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4 Things You Should Bring On Every Bike Ride

Words by Cycle King

on 05/05/2021 17:14:00

1. Spare inner tubes and tyre levers

We’ve grouped these 2 together as they’ll both help you with the same problem: a puncture. If your inner tube needs replacing during a ride, the easiest way to get the tyre off is by using a tyre lever.

Often made from strong plastic, tyre levers help you remove the tyre from the rim. They're used by sliding them under the bead of the tyre, which releases it. Do this on one side of the tyre then you can slip the punctured tube out and either fix it or replace it.

We carry a wide range of tubes, repair kits and tyre levers both online and at our stores so make sure to visit before your next ride!

2. Tyre pump

Once you realise that you’ve got a puncture, you need to be able to fill your spare inner tube. Tyre pumps come in a few different varieties, all with different pros and cons.

Small pumps are easier to carry around with you but it will take longer to fill an inner tube. Larger pumps are the opposite! You could even invest in a gas canister if you want to inflate an inner tube in a couple of seconds. These are a bit pricier, though, so keep that in mind.

Whatever you decide to go for, a tyre pump is crucial if you get a puncture. Whether it’s in your bag or attached to your bike, make sure you have one with you for every ride!

At Cycle King you can find whichever pump fits your needs here

3. Multi-Tool

Over time bolts and screws can come loose as we ride our bikes. It’s important you check these regularly but we all forget from time to time! For this reason it’s important to carry a multi-tool when you’re out on a ride. A multi-tool will provide you with most of the common things you need to fix these problems.

They’re cheap, small, and easy to pack in your cycling bag. Multi-tools are worth their weight in gold due to how many times they will save you during a long ride.

The tool shown below has the 5 most common tools needed and only costs £6.99! You can pick yours up here

4. Credit card/debit card

We’re finishing on the most important thing you should take with you every time you go for a ride. A credit or debit card, and some cash, can save the day almost every time.

Bike broke down and you can’t fix it with what you’ve got on hand? Friends or family not picking up the phone? Having a credit or debit card can pay for a taxi to get you those 20km home!

Never leave the house without it.

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