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10 Saddle Bag Essentials To Take On Every Bike Ride

10 Saddle Bag Essentials To Take On Every Bike Ride


– When it comes to
packing your saddle bag, the question everyone really asks is well, what do you actually need? So in this video, I’m gonna
run you through all the things that we think you should
be taking out on your bike. (tranquil hip hop music) – Let’s start off with the
obvious one, the inner tube. Now this is a must on any bike ride. Even if you’re running tubeless tires, sometimes you’ll get that
puncture that just won’t seal, so having one of these handy will get you out of a lot of trouble. Now some seasoned cyclists will tell you never to use tire levers, but why take the risk? Say you’ve got really cold hands or you’ve got a new tire
that just won’t come off, having a pair of tire levers makes the whole thing a lot easier. There are multi-tools and
then there are multi-tools so finding one that best works for you and your bike is really important. There are so many out on the market so have a good think about
which one you want to get and, ultimately, have it
on your bike at all times and then you’ll never be
stuck on the side of the road with problems that you can’t fix. A small bit of kit but super effective. If you’ve broken your
chain out on the road, then this is the tool you’ll want to use and that’s gonna get you back on the road. It’s easy to apply and
it’ll get you up and running in no time. Next up, patches. Now this is something you
do not want to overlook. It’s easy to carry and
they’re small and light but in the unlikely event
of a double puncture, this will become your lifeline. (tranquil hip hop music) Next up, valve extender. If you’ve got deep
section wheels like these, then having a valve extender is a really important bit of kit. If you’re out on a ride and you puncture and you end up borrowing
someone’s inner tube with a shorter valve, then
you just won’t be able to pump your tire up without one. Gas canisters, are they worth it? I personally would say yes. Getting your tires up to a sufficient PSI in a matter of seconds
is, well, just awesome. If you don’t know what a
tire boot is, let me explain. It’s a piece of tough material that goes on the inside of the tire to seal up any of those splits ’cause if you’ve got a
split in that outer tire, then you’re susceptible to punctures. Having some spare cash in your saddle bag is something a lot of people forget about but worst case, it’ll be
able to get you a taxi home or if you’ve run out of tire boots, it also works well to
patch up those holes. But I am gonna say, keep that one quiet ’cause especially if you’re going out on a ride with Lloydie, well, you’ll end up buying all the rounds. If you did enjoy this video, then don’t forget to
give it a big thumbs up. And if you’d like to
know more about the tools and how they actually work, then why don’t you check
out that video down there?

100 comments on “10 Saddle Bag Essentials To Take On Every Bike Ride

  1. I usually carry two tubes (second tube in place of the CO2 canister) and have a minipump mounted with my bottle cage. You won't run out of air with a minipump like you will with a CO2 canister, and you can put in the second tube in the bag in its place.

  2. Dude, you forgot a lot of essentials. My sadlebag has the following:

    – CO2 pump with capsule

    – two latex hand gloves
    – Spare tube
    – presta valve adapter

    – multitool

    – small cleaning tissue

    – two button cell batteries
    – small shoestring (to remove quicklink)
    – Tie wrap

    – quicklink

    – two plastic tyre levers
    – 20 Euro cash

    – easy patch

  3. Silca Premio Seat Roll (thanks to the Mikel Landa Pro Bike video, it poisoned me to get one for myself too)
    Schwalbe Inner Tube (fits 20c to 28c; I'm running Espoir 28c)
    PRO 22 Functions Mini Tool
    Tyre Lever
    KMC Quick Link (will swap for Connex soon)
    Nitrile Gloves (more durable than latex. a pair. disposable.)

    I dont bother with patch kits. there're chewing gum and leaves by the roadside for that!

  4. use a multi-tool with a chain breaker, I carry a few spare pins as I don't have a quick link, just in case I get a broken chain or have to shorten it for derailier issues. Always carry tyre levers as my new Gatorskin is impossible to put on without it, The old 4 seasons where never an issue (come on manafactures is It really that hard to make them all the same?

  5. A pair of Nitrile gloves is also handy. Keeps your hands clean when fixing a flat and when you are done, roll up the punctured tube, grab it with a gloved hand, and pull the glove over the tube. This puts the tube inside the glove and will keep your jersey pocket clean for the ride home.

  6. Naive question: why would seasoned cyclists tell neve to use tyre levers? Is there any risk of damaging any components by using them? #askgnctech

  7. Add spare CR2030 battery to your kit, a lot of sensors use it, nothing more frustrating that your power meter dying mid ride. Usually it's a quick swap. I also have latex gloves, chain tool, couple of chain links and few zip ties. All fits into GCN Essentials Case ❤

  8. I ride 50-60 miles a day, the only thing I take is a pump and puncture repair kit. Haven't even had the need for them yet since all my punctures have happened just as I'm getting home, strange

  9. Inner tube needs to be protected or it will get holes worn in it. I cut the toe end off an old sock and put mine in that.

  10. Zip ties ; presta to schrader valve adaptor; chain pins; small chain pliers; piece of old inner tube; quality glue and patches; small swiss army knife; medical patches; medical tablets etc.

  11. I use one tire lever never needed 2 can’t imagine not using at least one how the hell would u even remove a tube without one ??🤷🏼‍♂️ some Jedi mind trick maybe 😂

  12. A ten euro note is really useful in the south west of England……!!! Some very sound advice though in all seriousness.

  13. I ride with my dad and he checks to make sure I have everything and if I don't he makes me get them and lead all the way round of the ride for punishments

  14. When it comes to multi-tools, I wonder if companies like Park would ever offer a bespoke multi tool. You could order only the tools you need for a particular bike. Better yet, a bike shop could build these on the spot. The bike shop could also verify that you have all the tools you would need. It would be cool to have on labeled "road bike" and another labeled "mountain bike"

  15. I also use a copy of my citizen card and even a very small card with my blood type and some emergency contacts… We never know!

  16. 50 quid as spare cash? wtf GCN you know we're a month away from brexit and all my money's gone to stockpiling

    ps you're stretching the 'essentials' if you consider a CO2 canister essential

    How about a snack bar, some simple first air supplies, a whistle? Those are a tad more 'essential' than CO2 canisters

  17. If you're going to be riding after dark, a headlamp for your noggin', like hikers use, can be very useful if you have to do some sort of repair.

  18. Nice video. I carry all those plus things listed in the comments. I don't worry about the weight, I'm personally carrying much more and a little extra weight just means more exercise. One question, though – the title says 10 things, I counted only 9, unless the tire levers count as two. Am I missing something?

  19. I definitely carry an inner tube and a CO2 canister but UK roads sound really bad on gcn and cycling weekly videos. I get about one flat every 1-2 years.

  20. Rule #29 // No European Posterior Man-Satchels. — —Rule #31 // Spare tubes, multi-tools and repair kits should be stored in jersey pockets.

  21. Yo Hank, quick link chain links are not going to help at all without a chainbreak tool. If you had the Topeak Survival Wedge one would had been all ready included along with spoke wrenches (spanners). Also, a few plastic ties and a roll of electrical tape have saved many rides. And I always wear a few rubber bands on my wrist for those who just can't keep their hair out of their eyes! 😉

  22. Rule #29 !

    Lezyne Caddy Sack all the way.

    2 tubes in Tyvek envelope to stop chafing, 2 CO2, Multi Tool (with Chain tool), quick link, valve core tool, string, cable ties, tyre levers, patches, boot, Jethro Tule for the fixed gear and beer

  23. Gas canister? I'd rather take a mini pump for infinite re-use (it fits in my frame bag, saddlebags interfere with my rear reflector and light).
    A quick link is useless if you can't remove the broken link. Where's the chain breaker?
    Perhaps a pair of small backup lights, in case the ride takes longer than planned (applies to both day and night rides).

  24. Apart from the essentials like innertubes and tire patch,,Valve adapters and a cut out piece of an old tire if youre very cheap into buying tire boots will save you or your mates from long distances of riding..

  25. If you take care of your bike, have maintainess regularly, check your bike components before riding it, then you can forget about multitools. I haven't carry it for many years.

  26. Thanks Hank! Excellent. You have suggested things I had not thought of, and in one case (tyre boot) I had never heard of!

  27. The #1 essential item for a saddle bag is a box of matches so that you can burn the saddle bag by the side of the road before you set off

  28. In addition to James fine list, here are some more essentials:

    1 – thin rubber gloves (to keep hands clean when working on a chain — this is in case I need to help another cyclist — my chain is waxed so it's fairly clean to work on)
    2 – small cotton rag for cleanup
    3 – spare presta valve core (during cold weather it's easy to unscrew the valve core instead of the valve and the core goes flying and cannot be found)
    4 – valve wrench (Park Tool VC-1)
    5 – band-aids (in case you cut yourself)
    6 – toilet paper (enough for one "serious" emergency)
    7 – identification and insurance information (in the U.S. I carry photocopies of my driver's license and insurance card — I do not carry originals so they cannot be stolen)
    8 – emergency contact info (my wife's name and cell phone number printed on a small piece of paper — I carry two copies, one in my pocket, one in my saddle bag)

    Regarding multi-tools, I carried a Park Tool MTB-3 for many years. It was great having so many tools in one and I used it many, many times. But it was heavy and it's chain tool wasn't designed for 11-speed chains. Last year I upgraded to a Lezyne STL-20. It's much lighter and includes a chain tool that is compatible with 11-speed chains. I had to use the STL-20 for a couple of emergencies last year and it worked great! Note: I think it is always best to carry a multi-tool that has a built-in chain tool.

    Regarding the CO2 inflator, I prefer a small pump because it can be reused. CO2 cartridges are single-use, heavy and can malfunction. My training routes are long enough that I usually want to be prepared to fix two or more flats on one trip. So I carry a pump even though it requires upper body strength. The tough question is "which pump?" I chose a Lezyne Digital Road Drive mini hand pump because it can pump up to 160 psi (11 bar) and it has a digital pressure gauge built-in. It has a short rubber hose to connect to the valve so you can operate the pump without stressing the tyre valve. And it is small enough to fit inside my aerodynamic Ibera SB9 saddle bag so I don't have to carry it in my pocket or elsewhere on my frame. I've had to use it twice last year to pump a tyre up to 120 psi (8.3 bar) and it was a lot of work but it did work. The tyre only needed 110 psi (7.6 bar) but, when you use a mini pump, you generate a lot of heat and this temporarily raises the temperature inside the tyre. Once it cools, the pressure will go down a little. So, when using a small mini pump, pumping to 120 psi will usually result in a final pressure near 110 psi after the tyre cools to the ambient temperature. Note: When choosing a pump, I select one that is rated for a minimum of 120% of the highest pressure I need.

    Regarding money, I only carry it in my pocket (along with the aforementioned photocopies of my identification and insurance information). If money is needed, you don't want to forget that you left it in your saddle bag. It's much better to carry it in your pocket so it's always with you. I use a small zip-lock bag for this (to keep it dry). When carrying paper money, I never carry a single denomination. Rather, I carry several small denominations so I can "make change" if necessary — in an emergency, the person you need to pay may not be able to make change. For similar reasons, I carry a few coins. Plus the coins are helpful if I need to open a battery compartment (some power meter battery compartments are designed for this).

  29. Nice! 5k beautiful looking road bike. Bad! Crap looking topeak saddle bag. There are some great on bike storage solutions which don’t negatively affect the handling of your bike on the market and don’t impact the look of that nice looking aero bike.

  30. always check your multi tool every few months after being in a saddlebag un-used they seem to attract grit and damp a quick loosen and spray
    will make sure that its useable if you ever really need it

  31. If you’re over 50, a compact pair of reading glasses might come in handy. All those gadgets are useless if I can’t see what I’m doing with them.

  32. I would add some toilet paper/wet wipes and a single edge razor blade for trimming tube seams down and cutting tire boots to size. Also possibly a tubeless tire plug kit.

  33. A quick link is handy, but only if you have the tool to drive out the chain bolts.
    What about the good old pump? I prefer it especially in winter to stay warm while pumping up the tire again 😉

  34. I always carry one of those individually-packed wet wipes, liberated from a fast food outlet. Handy for cleaning your hands after a puncture, dropped chain, etc. The packet makes an excellent tyre boot and, I guess, the wipe could save the day in a Tom Dumoulin situation

  35. There have been several comments, but I didn't see anyone mention a spare derailleur hanger. they are light, small and it seems every bike has a different size or type. It's not a common issue, so just having a spare in the garage may be good enough. Every rider should have a back up though in my opinion.

  36. Hi if switching over to tubeless does this reduce the amount of items needed in the saddle bag?

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