Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tools You Should Take with You on Long Bike Rides

Avid bike riders who hit the trails for entire days or who enjoy testing their strength on the roughest terrain know that they need to take many safety precautions to ensure that both they and their bikes will be okay for the journey. One of these safety precautions involves carrying a miniature toolkit that will provide them with everything that they need to make any necessary on-the-spot repairs to their bikes in order to ensure they can make it back home safely.
If you do not yet have a mini toolkit that you can easily carry with you on any long ride, especially if you go mountain biking, read on to learn what the kit involves and then head out to purchase the necessary tools to get started.

Mini Air Pump

You probably have an air pump at home to keep your tyres properly inflated, but if you end up suddenly needing to add air to your tyres while you are out and about, your floor pump will not do you any good. Therefore, have a mini pump with you at all times. It is small and light enough to be easy to carry with the rest of your travel toolkit.

Puncture Repair Kit

In the event that your tyres are suffering from puncture wounds, having the right repair kit handy will make getting back on your bike a snap. If you do not have this on hand, you will have a very hard time biking home.

Tyre Boot and Tyre Lever

To repair a gash in your tyre, you will need to use a tyre boot, but you will not be able to get the tyre off for proper repair unless you also have a tyre lever, so be sure to keep these two tools in your travel toolkit.


A multi-tool is great because it is small and easy to carry with you but it contains all of the major tools that you would need for your bike while you are away from home, including a screwdriver, tyre lever, spoke key, chain tool, and more. Look for a high quality multi-tool so that you can rest assured that all of the mini tools within it will actually be functional and you will not need to bring duplicate tools with you if certain ones don’t work well enough.

Inner Tubes

In the event you need to patch up your tyre while on the go, you will want some inner tubes to make the job easy. These also come in very handy in the event of a complete blow out.

Adding Insurance to Your Toolkit

Having the right tools on hand can help you out in an emergency while out on the trails, but having a good insurance plan is also necessary for those times that your bike is damaged beyond repair and needs to be replaced, or it is vandalised or stolen from you. Protect Your Bubble bike insurance is one of many great options available for you to choose from that will match your needs and budget.

About the author:
Laura Ginn is a sports blogger who thoroughly enjoys riding her bike everywhere, including up to the mountains. She knows that accidents can happen and repairs may need to be made suddenly while out on the trails, and that is why she has a mini toolkit that she takes with her wherever she goes.
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  1. Betchai, these are all important tips and ones that every rider should know. I am going to pass this post onto a friend who doesn't even wear a helmet. He needs to know about this. Thanks,

  2. Such a thorough list that bikers should bear in mind and take consideration on taking when going for a long bike ride.

  3. I'll remember this very well. I also need to remind hubby to bring those tools with him.