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Contents of a bike emergency kit


Q. I go biking with my friends to the beach all the time, and I always keep a repair kit and a cell phone handy. But is there anything else I should be carrying, like a Swiss army knife or the like?
— Christian the Cyclist, Bronx, N.Y.

A. Way to think ahead, Christian. That’s the first step to making sure that your bike ride doesn’t turn into a long hike home. To fill you in on the best stuff to carry I called up my buddy Adam Craig, nine-time national champion mountain biker. Here’s his advice for you:

“I never head out on a bike ride — even if I’m just riding down to the beach — without three key pieces of equipment: a spare inner tube, a mini-pump to use on the tube, and a bike-specific combo wrench. The wrench should include allen keys, screwdriver and a chain repair tool. You can get a seat-bag to hold all of these things or just put them in your pocket like I do.”

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10 Comments on Contents of a bike emergency kit

  1. The general contents of an emergency survival kit depend on the location. Basic components in a survival kit address the needs of first aid, food, water, shelter, navigation, and signalling.

  2. Review many lists and ideas andd customize one that is tailored to you.

  3. NINTENDO64 // July 11, 2011 at 10:55 am // Reply

    I go bikeing with my 2 friends every day and I have a mini 4 intch backpack that I attached to my bike and I am only carrying 2 things in it right now 4 banddaids and a rechargeable flashlight all you do is crank it its 1 intch big.

  4. i like the stuff on that list but i think a first aid kit and extra water would be also good to have on that list.

  5. My friend and I have a track in the woods

  6. expert biker 101 // June 27, 2008 at 6:46 pm // Reply

    when you have to fix your gears on the trail, you don’t need a tool to do that so don’t pack one, because you can do it by hand, and it also cuts down on the weight.

  7. expert biker 101 // June 26, 2008 at 9:37 pm // Reply

    i carry a first aid kit, and a bike repair kit in my seat bag, i think that you especially need these in the woods with mountain bikes like i do.

  8. I cary a pack of HUMAN repair tools, caws im more important than a bike.

    • Those are good, especially since you don’t care about your bike’s needs when your bleeding.

  9. Wouldn’t you want tire wrenches to change the tube?

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