10 Items For Your Cycling Rucksack
Going out on your bike is great. Most will just ride for enjoyment, but if you are a bit more serious then then are certain items you should always think about carrying with you. Especially on a longer outing!
- Tyre Levers. Always a good idea as it makes tyre removal so much easier. A puncture is a pain at the best of times – make your life easy on yourself
- Spare tube and patch kit. An inner tube is always a good idea – they aren’t a large item to carry but can mean carrying on with your cycle or abandoning it altogether!
- Bike pump. Always carry a lightweight pump in your bag. Not just for a puncture – sometimes pressure can drop and your ride will be more comfortable with fully inflated tyres.
- Multitool. An ideal cycling gadget. A multitool has everything you need to strip and re-build your bike in one tool. Lightweight and compact, they take up barely any space but can solve pretty much any mechanical problem you might have, from a loose spoke on your wheel to creaky bolts, to brakes that require adjustments. Get one and keep it in your bag.
- Wet Wipes. Bikes can be mucky things. From changing a tyre or sorting your chain, having a wet wipe to hand is always useful!
- Spare lights. It’s always wise to have a set of lights fixed to your bike – especially during autumn and winter when daylight hours are minimal. However, it’s worth carrying a spare set in your bag, too, in case your lights run out of charge halfway home.
- A snack. Something to give you that boost of energy to finish your bike ride. And a drink!
- Your mobile phone. Just in case you have a problem. Also used to track your distance.
- Spare cash and a credit card – don’t go out without some means of paying for anything.
- Bike lock. For any eventuality, a bike lock is a necessity!
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