5 Things to Have in Your Bike Repair Kit

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

You finally bought a bike and the only extra thing you need to buy is a helmet. You're ready to go! Not so fast. While I fully believe the first thing you need to buy along with a bike is a helmet, there are a couple more items to bring as insurance. The most common roadside maintenance you'll experience is fixing a flat tire. Here are the tools I recommend bringing with you.

1. Multi-tool with tire levers

What I love about this multi-tool is that it has many of the most common bits to tighten/adjust your bike or cleats while you are on the road. On top of that, these have tire levers that sit flush along the sides of the tool (space saving form factor). Of all the mechanic issues I’ve had, I found this to be the most inclusive while maintaining a slim profile.

2. Hand pump with an integrated gauge

Ever wonder if all that energy you used to pump your tire was enough? Truth be told, unless you’re a bike mechanic or have had years of experience fixing flats on the road, you might be underestimating how much air is in there. This hand pump with an integrated gauge removes all that guess work and gives you more confidence that your tire is sufficiently inflated. It’s compatible with different valve types as well (schrader and presta). Just be sure to practice using this at home so you get a feel of how it works (tightening and removing) the hose from the valve.

Note: If you ride often, I highly recommend owning a floor pump. Pumping your tire at home takes 30 seconds versus a few minutes and energy using a hand pump. You’ll be pumping/topping off air in your tires at least once a week (depending on how often you ride) as air does escape (ever so slightly!) over time.

3. Glueless patch kit

Glueless patches are an easy and seamless way to seal a puncture. Once you identified the hole, use sandpaper to rough up the area (about the size of the square patch hit comes with) so the patch can adhere better. Then apply and firmly press for 30seconds - 1min. I recommend using this method as a plan B if you don’t have a spare inner-tube on hand.

4. Saddle Bag