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Riding a bike is meant to be a fun experience. There are times while out on the road, or casually riding a local trail, that a flat tire – or some other minor bike incident occurs. Don’t be left stranded because something was forgotten at home.

Once you’ve decided which type of bike bag to attach to your bike, now it’s time to make sure it’s properly packed.

Here are a few things you shouldn’t leave home without if you’re going for a ride. Also, I’ll add a few outside resources and a YouTube video for you to check out.

List and more after the jump… 
Tube – Keep at least one bike tube in the bike pouch, and many riders have an additional backup just in case. It depends on ride duration, amount of space in the saddle bag, and other varying factors – use your best judgment, but make sure you have at least one new tube while out riding!

Patch Kit – Another must have. Patch kits are cheap and easy to find at a local bike shop or online, and make it so you’re able to patch a tube puncture. When out on a group ride, it’s occasionally possible a fellow rider will appreciate you being properly prepared – and able to lend a hand.

Tire Levers – Bring at least two tire levers, so removing and putting the tire back on the rim is significantly easier – and faster.

CO2/Inflator – Whether it’s a bike pump or CO2 and an inflator, what good are extra tubes or a patch kit if you can’t fill the tube with air?

Multi-Tool – A multi-tool could be your best friend while out on the road. Need to change your saddle height? Something need tightening? Double check the basics before intense training? The ability to make a quick roadside adjustment can make all the difference in a comfortable ride.

Cash – An emergency source of cash, whether it’s for hydration or food at a cafe, or if you need something from a bike shop, cash is king. Even more so if you’ll be in remote areas where stores might not be as keen on accepting debit or credit cards.

Bonus Tip: Unless you wear a Road ID or something similar, slipping some type of personal contact information that includes your name, date of birth, and an emergency contact is a good idea. It’s better to be prepared in case of an accident or otherwise unforeseen incident.

Global Cycling Network explains the proper way to pack a bike saddlebag:

[Image courtesy of Pixabay / MIH83]

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