Every cyclist should know how to use basic tools correctly. A well-chosen tool collection will help you:
The specific tools you need will depend on the difficulty of the road or trail you're on, how close the route is to civilization, and your own mechanical skills. Most novice cyclists start out with just the basics, then add tools gradually as they gain more experience and start planning more-adventurous rides.
The most common problem faced by cyclists is the flat tire. Flats can happen almost anytime, so carry the following items on every ride:
Longer and more challenging rides typically require a larger supply of bicycle tools. Luckily, most modern bicycles are designed so that a relatively small number of simple tools can be used to make common repairs and adjustments.
No single list of tools works for every ride. Some riders choose to carry all or some of the tools listed below; others carry them only when on long-distance rides or when riding in areas where repair shops and other facilities are not readily available.
REI carries a number of multi-tool kits—some are integrated with saddlebags—that combine all or most of the items listed below. Multi-tools are light, space-saving and a perfect way to stay prepared without spending a lot of money or lugging around bulky tools.
The tools listed here will not handle every mechanical emergency. But they'll be adequate to address the repairs and adjustment procedures that most recreational riders learn to perform over time.
On longer rides and rides that include lots of dirt roads or trails, you may want to clean and relubricate certain bike components from time to time to maintain good performance. The following items can be easily packed along to meet these needs:
Most road, mountain and town cyclists don't need spare parts. However, the touring cyclist should consider the following:
Only carry these items if you know how to replace them correctly.
By T.D. Wood
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Last updated: Tue Aug 07 13:16:59 PDT 2012
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