When I first got into road biking, I didn’t even know, how to change a tire. I remember, I was so scared damaging my back wheel if I’m taking it out of the frame that I avoided practising it. Therefore I also didn’t practice how to change a tire. Then, with my first flat, I had to walk home the last 3Km of the ride despite I had all the tools with me. Lesson learned and now I’m ridiculously good at puncture repairs. My personal best is under two minutes 🙂
I think, every rider has to know this basics. How to change a chain, tires, indexing gears and trueing a wheel. And every rider has it’s own toolset for the job. This is mine:
- a blckburn minipump (60g)
- a bit of isotape wrapped around it
- spare tube
- tire levers
- park tool super patches + sandpaper
- a plaster
- little bit of salt
- and a 86g Mount Zoom Multi Tool (review is coming soon)
All together my essentials weigh round about 250g. I pack it in a small small plastic bag, which easily slides into the backpocket of my jersey. That comes in really handy for me, because I love, that I don’t have to use a saddlebag. And for commuting I just throw it in my backpack.
What are you’re essentials? Did I miss something?