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.
- 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.
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.