What To Pack In Your Backpack Bike Tool Kit

What To Pack In Your Backpack Bike Tool Kit 

Anyone who works with machinery knows that mechanical issues can arise at any time. Bikes are no exception - and things tend to go wrong when you’re a ways from the trailhead. But with a little preparation, a to-go toolkit (in a backpack, fanny pack, or seat pack) can save you from miles of walk-a-bike time and get you back on the pedals.

Woman riding a mountain bike on a dirt path.
  • Tire Levers - Flats are the most common issue while riding. Be ready to change a tire with a set of tire levers in your pack or pannier.
  • Spare Tube - Stash a spare tube that fits your bike in case you have a persistent flat or issues with tubeless tires.
  • Hex Wrench - Loose seat? Brake lever needs adjusting? If you’ve got a travel hex wrench set, you’re able to make adjustments from anywhere. This little guy will help you tweak, tighten, and keep riding.
  • Tire Patch Kit- Practice using it before you hit the trail so you’re a tire patching expert before duty calls.
  • Tire Pump - A tire pump (or CO2 cartridge) can save you if you need to limp your bike back to the car and don’t have a spare tube or patch kit.
  • Travel Tire Gauge - These can come in handy when needing to refill a tire on the side of the road or trail.
  • Snack - The best tool to get you through mechanical issues? A tasty snack to lift spirits and improve focus. Toss some nut butter, electrolyte chews, or a protein bar in your emergency kit - you’ll thank us later.
  • Headlamp - Not a bike tool, but one you’ll appreciate having it once the sun starts to set and you’re still pumping up a tire.
  • Zip Ties - For anything your hex wrench can’t wrangle, a zip tie can often help you limp back home. Toss a few sizes of zip ties in your pack and you’ll be surprised how often they come in handy.
Woman riding her bike down a road.

Don’t get stranded on your bike outing - pack an emergency tool kit and you (and your riding buddies) will be glad you did when trouble arises.