One of the benefits of riding a bike is the freedom it allows you to delve deep into nature or to avoid a particularly nasty traffic snarl. It follows, then, that if you are striking out on your own then you will also need to fend for yourself if you or your bike gets a ding. Ride worry-free with a fully stocked bicycle emergency kit.
Spare Tube and Hand-Held Pump
Perhaps the most important thing that you’ll need when heading out on your bike—whether your trip is short or long—is a spare tube and hand-held bicycle pump. You should also consider keeping a tire patch kit with your emergency pack, too. All three of these items can help you fix a flat and get you to your destination (relatively) hassle-free.
A multi-tool can be used to help get a tube out of the tire, adjust a seat that’s too high, fix a chain, etc. Multi-tools are a must-have that every biker should carry at all times.
Hydration Pack & Snacks
Even if you’re not going anywhere too far away, it’s a good idea to carry some extra water and a non-perishable snack item in your emergency kit. These can come in handy if you do get a flat, have a problem with your bike, or end up traveling down the wrong path by accident.
A tire lever is an essential item for changing a flat tire. They work by sliding into the groove between your bike’s tire rim and your tube, helping to pop the tube out. Without a tire lever, doing this is nearly impossible.
Cell Phone, Cash, and Identification
You should always carry a cell phone, money, and your identification when riding. You never know if you’re going to need to stop somewhere and make a purchase, get a flat and need to call for help, suffer a bicycle accident, or just feel like grabbing some lunch. If there’s a medical emergency, carrying your ID on you will help medics to identify you quickly and notify your loved ones faster than they could otherwise.
Store Your Emergency Kit in a Safe Location
When you’re riding, make sure your emergency kit is stored in a way that’s safe. Avoid overly filled panniers, as this may create instability leading to an accident. For more tips like this last, check out our blog Some Road Biking Safety Tips to Get You Started.
For more information about bike safety and what to do if you’re in a bike accident in Washington State call Max Meyers Law PLLC today at 425-399-7000.