Cycling to work can alleviate stress, but this doesn’t mean things always go to plan. Here are a few must-have essentials for every commute so you can always be prepared for the most common of problems to stop you in your tracks.
Puncture repair kit and tyre levers
We all get punctures eventually. Keeping a repair kit and a set of tyre levers with you will get you back on the road in no time.
A standard kit should contain several patches, some glue, sandpaper, and chalk. If this all sounds a bit much to you, or you’re short on space, you can buy pre-glued patches instead.
Not all kits come with tyre levers, so grab a set of these as well. You’ll need these to remove your tyres, and they usually come in packs of two or three.
If you just don’t have the energy to patch your inner tube, you could carry a spare tube instead. Remember to check the inside of your tyre and remove any sharp objects poking through before replacing it.
If you’re unsure about fixing punctures and changing tubes, find a maintenance class near you!