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Equipment

Luck favors the well prepared.

A bike is just a mechanical contraption, and at some point, something's going to go wrong. I haven't ridden long enough to suffer worse than a flat tire, but it's just a matter of time. So, rather than hope for luck, I'm counting on being prepared.

That said, preparedness only goes so far. Short of bringing along a second bike, a repair kit is the best I can do. The basic repair kit that I keep tucked under my saddle contains the following:

This kit works for me on my rides around town. I figure if things go too wrong maybe I should just walk home. On longer rides like a century, I'll put a hand pump in my backpack along with an extra inner tube or two.

Just to stack the deck, I usually ride with my wife, and her repair kit is packed the same as mine.