Bicycle Repair Kit
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:
- Spare inner tube
- Pair of tire levers
- CO2 cartridge, 16g (2)
- Microflate CO2 inflator
- Mini tool kit with allen wrenches
- Rubber patch kit
- Rubber glove (chains are dirty)
- Presta valve adapter
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.