I’m not a great bicycle mechanic, but I want to have what I need for roadside repairs.  What should I have in my repair kit on rides?


The most important things are for repairing flat tires. They should be:

  • 1 frame pump
  • 1 pr. tire irons
  • 2 spare tubes
  • 1 tube patch kit
  • 1 boot to repair medium sized tire cuts
  • 2 feet of adhesive tape (e.g. duct tape) to repair
    larger cuts to the tire casing
  • 1 valve extender for deep section rims

In winter, a spare folding tire is also a good idea (I use an old racing tire).  I also like to take a presta-to-schrader valve adaptor just in case my pump fails but I can get to a gas station and use the schrader air supply.

Small tools for bike repair are also a good idea, but you don’t need too much.  I recommend the following:

  • 4mm allen wrench
  • 5mm allen wrench
  • 2mm allen wrench
  • chain tool and extra master link
  • spoke wrench

Small multi-tools are a good alternative.  Crank Brothers makes a nice tool that costs less than $20 and has all the things I mention above and more.

All these things will fit into a seat bag that’s small enough that you won’t mind carrying it on your racing bike.