PostHeaderIcon The Bike Survival Kit

Anyone who rides their bike on a regular basis has had a flat tire or had a chain break; maybe even the brakes go on a ride. Luckily for us bikers, fixing your bike while out on a ride is relatively easy. Having the right tools in good order is the key. It may make the difference between enjoying an all-day ride or being forced to pack up your bike and heading home. So, what tools should you bring along for the bike ride?

 Bike Survival Kit  First off you need to ride safe and good maintenance is a big part of riding safe. It’s actually quite easy to do routine maintenance on your own bike. Before you go out on a ride you should make sure your tire pressure is correct. Check you brakes for wear and your chain for lubrication.

Another thing to think about for a safe ride is motorists are used to looking for car-sized objects. To enhance your visibility, wear light-colored or fluorescent clothing and accessories. Apply reflective tape to your helmet and moving parts on your bike, and always use proper lighting at night.

Now for: “The Tools Every Biker Should Have Along for the Ride”

First and foremost, you should have the tools to repair a flat fire. Next, invest in the tools needed to maintain your chain and brakes. But here is the complete list.

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A basic bike survival kit should include:

Tire patch kit
Spare tube
Chain tool
Wrenches in various sizes

A more extensive bike survival kit would include:

Chain cleaners
Solvents specifically designed for bike chains

 Bike Survival Kit  Things to Check Before You Hit the Road
Brakes: Ensuring your brakes are working well is vitally important. Make sure you check your pads often to prevent rim damage and to ensure that your bike actually stops when it is supposed to. Adjusting the tension is also important.

Chain: Degrease the chain and re-lube it. Clean rear sprockets with a brush tool.

Gears: Check derailleur gear action and cables. Degrease chain and re-lube. Clean rear sprockets with brush tool.

Pedals: Make sure the axle spins freely. Check bottom bracket axles for looseness.

Steering: Make sure handlebar and stem is tight.

Frame: Check for damage. Make sure the seat is adjusted appropriately for your height.

Wheels: Make sure spokes and nipples are tightened and wheels are trued.

Check tire pressure and condition. If your suspension fork is quick release, make sure they are tightly fastened, and don’t forget to check tire pressure.

There are many times when bikers are faced with frustrating problems while in the middle of an exciting ride. We really want to avoid these problems if at all possible. How? By simply carrying a survival kit . The kit can be carried in a small pack strapped to the seat of the bike or some may use one strapped to the Handlebars. It looks like a lot, but if you watch what you buy you can find compact tools that can fit in these small packs easily.

So, what are you going to do when your bike breaks down miles from home? Stick out your thumb, or with a bit of forethought and effort on your part, you can make repairs and get yourself home.

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