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12 Essential Cycling Spares For Your Home Workshop

12 Essential Cycling Spares For Your Home Workshop


(techno sound effects) – You’re here because, wow,
you’ve got yourself some tools and you know how to fix your bike. Probably because you’ve been watching our maintenance videos,
but picture yourself. It’s 8 PM on a Saturday night and you’ve just finished tinkering
around with your bike and you’re meant to be
going out the following day. Well, I’ve got some essential spares that you should keep in your workshop so that you don’t miss out on that ride. (upbeat music) Spare cables. Yep, you never know when your gear cables or break cables are
gonna fray or even snap. So I always keep a couple of each and their respective anchors
in my workshop at all times. Importantly, I don’t actually keep them coiled up like this. I undo them and I keep ’em
in a nice flat position. That way you’re gonna get smoother braking and also smoother shifting when it comes to fitting them. Sometimes you can be left with a nasty little kink like that, which ultimately, you’re not gonna get that smooth breaking or good shifting. And if you’re using EPS or D Line 2 you don’t need to worry
about that at all, do you? But I would carry perhaps a
couple of spare cables at home. So a couple of those spared actual cables in case of snagging them somewhere on a ride or even just
moving the bike around. It has happened to friends of mine before and yep, they’ve been
left and they couldn’t go out on a ride the following day. So it used to be a prerequisite that we’d have to put ferrules on the end of both outer gear and break cables. However, that is not
always the case these days. Some components actually don’t allow a ferrule to enter where the cable enters the component. So, in that case, we just
use a basic outer cable. However, I would keep some of these around because you never know
what components you got on your bikes and basically,
there’s such a huge variety of them, you can have metal ones, plastic ones, some here,
they’ve got a actual little ending on them so that
protects the inner cable where it runs through. Also, importantly, make
sure you’ve got plenty of these around, cable ends. I don’t like seeing a
frayed cable and ultimately it could fray all the way down to where the cable clamps
into the component and fail. That’s not good, nobody
wants that to happen. (whooshing) So the rate of wear on break pads can often be overlooked. They can wear very, very fast. Especially in poor conditions. I always carry enough brake
pads in my home workshop to make sure I can just swap them out. I’m good to go the next day. So if you’ve got carbon make sure you got carbon specific ones
and the same for alloy. Don’t mix and match them because they’re not gonna perform
as well as you would like. If you’re using disc brakes make sure you’ve got some spares too. Importantly, that they’re
of the same compound as what’s already fitted. That way you’re not gonna
cross contaminate the discs and get poor braking. Also, for those of you on disc brakes, keep a very close eye on them. Some cycle cross friends of mine, who are at a pretty high level, can actually get through a
complete set in one ride. Yep, so in an hour, they can go through a whole set, so just be aware of that. Inner tubes, I always keep a few of these on the shelf at home. That way if I puncture
when I’m out riding, when I get back I can
just take one from a box, put it back in my saddle bag and I’m good for the next day. Also, this has happened
to me quite a few times, I’ll wake up the following
day to ride my bike again and both tyres are flat or just one and you’ve got a slow puncture. So there you are, you’re
back to square one, but not if you keep a
few spares on the shelf. Well, I tend to go for
700 by 18 to 25 c-width. That way you can go all
the way up to a 30 really because well, these tubes, they are pretty stretchy, aren’t they? And a final little tip. Go for something with
a removable valve core. That way if you need to extend it for deep section wheels, you can do. Failing all of that, make
sure you got one of these. The good ole puncture repair kit. So valve cores are a finicky little part that can plague you with
problems without even realising sometimes, what on earth is going on. How, well in side of them
there’s a little rubber washer which essentially keeps
the pressure in or out of the tyre when you press on the valve. Sometimes though, that rubber
can actually become perished, leading to a leaking valve. Other times the valve
internals can actually be clogged up with tubular sealant if that’s what you’re using. In that case, you can’t
inflate or deflate your tyre. Which is a problem. Also, sometimes when
you’re pumping up the tyre, these little valves here, they can actually become bent or twisted, or in the worst case
scenario, snapped off. So make sure you keep a few
of these spare lying around. Of course, if you’re
using a tubeless set up, do exactly the same, keep
a few of those valves laying around because they really do have a tendency to
become bunged up with sealant. Spare tyres, yep make
sure you’ve always got one or two of those
kicking around as well. I never actually ride these days with a tyre that’s got
a cut or a slash in it. I have done it in the past and I’ve punctured and I’ve
just asked myself the whole way, why did I bother going
out and riding on this. I could have just changed
it and got on with it, but instead I was at the
roadside getting cold, changing a tyre. So let that be a lesson to you. Also, once you fitted it, buy a new one as soon as possible just
in case it happens again. (whooshing) Make sure you get yourself
a good pot of grease. So just a general purpose. There are loads of
different types available, but a general one will see you right. So if you need to do an emergency repack of your hub bearings or even refurbish sealed cartridge bearing, you can do so, but do remember that if you do refurbish one of those cartridge bearings, it’s only going to be
good for a few more rides because ultimately it’s past it’s best. But hey, you can go riding that next day. (whooshing) It’s amazing how fast
rust can start setting in on a chain after you’ve washed it. So make sure that you’ve got some either wet or dry lube in your workshop so that once you’ve dried off your chain, you could apply it. That way, the next day you’ve
got a good looking chain and also, gears that work smoothly. (whooshing) Now it’s not uncommon when having a close look at your chain after you’ve cleaned it and oiled it, that sometimes
you actually notice a couple of cracks on a link or even some of those plates become bent. If that does happen, all you can do is just simply remove those two links and shorten the chain. So make sure you’ve got
either a joining pin or a joining link just
to actually rejoin it once you’ve done so because traditionally you can’t use those
existing pins in there. They’re not going to be as safe a join. Alternatively, just
have a spare chain there so you can carry on using all your gears and you’re not gonna shorten that chain. (whooshing) Cleats are actually one
of the most overlooked parts of your riding equipment. Yep, that’s right. Most people don’t even know
that they’re wearing out and before they know it, they’re gone. If not, they can sometimes
crack or snap too. So make sure you’ve got a set of these tucked away somewhere, but
somewhere you remember them. Also, the bolts and the washers too. The number of times I’ve seen someone and they’ve had one of these missing. Yeah, it’s quite high. So make sure you’ve
got them laying around. Bits and bobs. You can never have enough. I’ve got so many of these
boxes in my workshop, my shed and my garage. I had to bring in these two because they were the two
easiest ones to move around, and the two smallest, believe it or not. In there I’ve got all sorts of things. An old one inch head set spacer. I’ve still got some one
inch bikes kicking around. Cable guides, that sort of thing. Even a cable tie there. They can fix all sorts
of things temporarily. Chain ring bolts, for instance. Put them in there and use it. More commonly used though, by the mountain bike
community as my fried Dotty on GMBN has showed me. Also, bike parts basically are really specific to bikes, obviously. But you can’t go into
a little hardware shop and buy these specific parts. So when I get an old part, like this jaw race DR2 rear met which,
yeah, I managed to snap. That’s another story. What I’m gonna do is actually strip out all of these bolts and
the pins and the pivots so I can use them, possibly, on another project one day, so
make sure that you keep all of those old parts as much as you can. If you haven’t got any, ask your mates if they’ve got any. That way you might be
able to reuse one of your parts that you’ve broken. Or failing that, pop into
your local bike shop. They might have some old rubbish. Well, it’s not rubbish, is it? But some old bits that you can use again. (whooshing) Let me know in the comments down below what essential spares you carry at home so that you don’t miss out on a ride. Hopefully soon, as well, we’ll be able to check out my home workshop. It needs a bit of tidying up though because it’s full of stuff at the moment. Some of it you’ve already seen. And remember, as well, to
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100 comments on “12 Essential Cycling Spares For Your Home Workshop

  1. If I "made sure" to have all of these, it would cost me more than my cheap bike. 😂💸💸💸    some day I'll have enough money to have the amount of spares like you Jon… 🤨😅

  2. My Essential Cycling Spare is bike#2. Flat tire before a ride? Grab a wheel off bike#2. I keep all sort of "old stuff" like freewheel removers and old bottom bracket wrenches that I'll never use again……..I have yet to find an innertube with a removable valve core. I tend to use Michelin tubes because they are unthreaded (They don't mess up the rubber gasket on my Silca track pump)

  3. In terms of spares, what are your thoughts on repairing inners and keeping them on hand? And do you ever have issues with repaired tubes and CO2?

  4. Great video, BUT I use GP4000S as well and they constantly have small cuts on them. If I changed them every time I rode in New Zealand I would go through a new set of tyres every two weeks.

  5. CO2 cartridges !!! Buy in bulk cause is much cheaper. Pop one back in your flat kit same as a spare tube. You’re ready to go!

  6. I don't think collecting crap from your mates or the bike shop parts bin is the best advice. Most stuff will just sit around your house/garage, forever. And just owning crap like that can take a mental toll. It all needs organising…

    I do keep a gear cable inner and sone spare brake pads for two of my bikes, and I've a few tyres for the bike I ride the most. They weren't bought as spares though, I was simply buying alternatives for different kinds of riding.

    I say keep it simple; ride your bike, and deal with problems as they arise. If you've got a second bike to use in an emergency, fantastic. If not, so what if you miss a ride? It's not worth hoarding all the shite "just in case". I used to do that, but have been much happier (with fewer boxes of crap) since I donated most of it to a local charity bike shop.

  7. I have a modern road bike, a classic road bike and a Dutch bike, so…
    Zip ties, brake pads and shoes, CO2, 2x20x2000mm rubber strip (or a dead inner tube), black electrician's tape, cable ends, CR2032/AAA/AA batteries, 2-core electrical cable and spade connectors (dynamo4lyfe, baby), toeclips & straps, spare pedals, as well as a variety of nuts, hex bolts, washers and spacers in M3-M6.

  8. Spokes broke 1 last Saturday can't ride this week because I'm waiting for 1 spoke (ordered 5) LBS didn't have the right ones

  9. I keep a dozen conti tubes and spare chains and casssettes, jockey wheels, hangers, tires and bearings headset and B.B. and adaptors for B.B. 30 as well as plenty tri flo grease and ceramic grease and spare Allen bolts and bar tape. Yeah I ride a lot 😂🤙🏽🚴🏼

  10. I have everything spare that has to do with bikes ( tieres,…. inner tube… Chains… Pedals……. .) Pat from Belgium 🚲

  11. Spare derailleur hanger. Not always easy to find one for your frame at the local bike shop if you need one in a pinch. For a few bucks, good piece of mind knowing you have a spare especially before races or events.

  12. Definitely a derailleur hanger, because these are bike specific and the next shop might not even have the right one. Also take it with you when you travel.
    I also have a spare bearings for my wheels, but they are annoying to swap, so it might be a job for the shop.

  13. I always keep a spare derailleur hanger in the toolbox, especially as they're frame specific! Snap one of them and you might be waiting a week to get one delivered!

  14. Does Jon Canning ever consider having a garage sale so we can all afford the 7 million bits and bobs he recommends he has?

  15. I carry cable ties, attached to a topeak chain link tool in my handle bars. I carry tubes AND puncture repair patches. I have a couple of spare wheels ready to go…in fact being a hoarder, I could probably make a couple of bikes out of all the spares in the shed.

  16. I have a collection of around 100 spare nipples in my spares draw (from a set of wheels I've just built for my vintage bike). You never know when you're going to need a replacement nipple! 😆😂😉

  17. I have two bikes so if one can’t be ridden I ride the other and take the affected bike to the local bike shop :-). I do keep spare inner tubes for each bike and a puncture repair kit. In fact I used to only have a puncture repair kit. But I do love the videos. 👍

  18. Not essential to many but always have spare batteries for the power meter, or the Garmin HRM/WSP etc just in case. Other than that, you've got it covered I think! Di2 here so no cables for me!

  19. A supplement i recommend having.
    – Spare RD-hanger
    – Spare bearing balls (got a complete kit of 4/32" – 8/32" 144x for 20£)
    – Lights

  20. Hi Jon, I tried waxing my chain and it's great, but I found rust on the chain a few hours after a wet ride. What can I do to prevent this? Is it just that I need to wipe the chain dry with a rag?

  21. Some folks have mentioned spare spokes already, but spare spoke nipples of the right size also come in handy. And if you have a multi-tool with removable bits, spare bits of the common sizes are nice for when you inevitably lose one or more bits.

  22. I'm quite lazy to do any cabling work so I'll let my local bicycle shop do that work. i'll keep spares of grease, tubes, tyres, valve cores, bartape, electrical tape, CR2032 cells, brake pads

  23. With your 15 bikes at home, why would you ever need spare parts? You have spare bikes! While my number of bike is much lower than yours, I always keep two bikes ready to go. That way if the one I want to ride has an "overnight failure", I can just jump on the other one and still make the ride.

    I always keep a spare Di2 battery charged up. Over the years I've had about a dozen of red lights in the morning. Pop the new battery in and you are good to go.

  24. Spokes and nipples! With every new wheel set up I get a half dozen spokes of each length for front/rear(both drive-side and rotor side). Some aren't so easy to find when you're in a pinch and replacement is quick as long as you've got them around. I keep them in baggies with the length written on it and which bike/wheel set they're for.

  25. And I always have high quality patches to patch tubes. It is a huge waste to throw away a new tube because of single puncture. Learn how to properly patch and save yourself a lot money.

  26. Yes spare parts, Tube, old tiers just as a stand by until I get a new one, cables and housing and bits, lug screws and other spare screws.. but after that you run the problem of just collecting spare …. junk. Once a year or so you need to throw stuff out. It had been about ten years and I had all sorts of stuff that I'll never need. So edit I did. Now I have only one bin and one half empty spare parts container. And it makes things so much easier to keep track of what I actually do have and what I need to get spares of.

  27. Chains, cassettes, brake pads, cables and housings, various ferrules, cable ends, 2 kinds of grease, chain lube, broken parts that can be cannibalized as needed, takeoffs from upgrades to reinstall if upgrade gets annihilated in a crash, rubber grommets and wraps for shims (great for repairs of friend's bikes with ill fitting mounts, etc), o-rings, tubes, patches, tires, freewheels…anyone need a straight block DA 7 speed freewheel? toe-clips, extra pedals and cleats of antiquity because not trash yet, chain rings of odd sizes (still have some interesting sizes, including a 49), and more, as you might have suspected by now.

  28. On all of my bikes I have a Presta/Shrader adapter…..can be very important
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=50&v=cZja_8crIEI

  29. Only what I can fit on the bike for a training ride.
    Got two bikeshops within a two mile radius and a bike to ride to them – better than storing myself 🙂

  30. Would be great to learn a bit more about the characteristics of different compounds for disk brake pads, and the cross-contamination issue that you mention…!

  31. I've accumulated so many spare and obsolete things over the years. I need to go through them and get some nice boxes like that to organise them. My stuff is all over the place and I struggle to find what I need and often end up buying a new item!

  32. I always keep a few rolls of higher tack electrical tape. I even have like 20cm at the bottom of my seatpost not only to know how high my saddle should be but also to tape a broken spoke to another. If should fall and mess up my handlebar tape I can fix that aswell. Also if a inner cable snaps the outer cable is not secured – tape it. I change the one on the seatpost twice a year.
    Carbon grease is a must and teflon tape to fix creaking seatposts.
    Teflon tape in case of you run out of thread locker.
    Vulcanized tape also a must when changing inner tubes to make the new tube valve stop rattling in my 35mm aluminum wheels
    Cable ends if a you need to change cables or oil up the cables.

  33. I think we need a tour of Jon's garage/shed. I think it'd be an awesome video to watch! We'd get to see all the spares, bikes and other components and items that Jon has collected through out the years.

  34. I've got spares wheels in my shed because I buckled my back wheel on Easter Sunday so couldn't go out on bank holiday Monday

  35. Removeable valve cores. Ugh!! I bought a stack of conti tubes, and whilst they are adequate tubes, some of the valves were so loose as to be only finger tight. Cue puncture and CO2 adapter AND mini pump being the screw on type. So once the pressure is ok in the tube, the valve comes out when the pump is unscrewed. Not funny at all. If you have removeable valves and screw on pump, then please make sure they are tightened up before you need them. A drop of thread lock gives me greater peace of mind… enjoying these videos. Thanks. 👍👍

  36. for a person who exclusively use shallow-section rims, I genuinely hate removable valve cores. they don't do me any good, and they often pop out with screw-in pump heads that come with portable pumps.

    imagine going thru 300 pump cycles, only to undo that valve core when detaching, and starting it all over again.

  37. Soldering iron and heat shrink for DI2 cable repairs!  Disconnect the battery first and ideally use pliers as heat sinks either side of the cable break that you're fixing. Easier for me than having to remove bottom bracket and replacing an internally routed cable!

  38. What is your opinion on the nix 40.45 carbon wheelset
    Here is a link: https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/nix-40.45-carbon-clincher-wheelset-626349

  39. #askgcn Hi guys great job with the new channel. A video request. I started riding tubeless-Mavic UST. But I still carry a spare tube. Could you show us how to fit a spare tube and how to remove the valve in case you are in a Pinch. Although according to Si's video the Mavic's seem unsinkable, but then again so was the titanic

  40. I found I had a slow puncture the other day – luckily I had built a set of spare wheels and swapping only took a few minutes. Also, when a BB goes its usually one side only, so I keep the good side. A few months ago I was able to hack a BB from two separate items.

  41. One bit that is definitely worth keeping from old derailleurs is the cable pinch bolt and washer if it is in half-decent condition, not sure about keeping other parts of broken derailleurs.

  42. Got a spare valve extender in my saddle bag and a few CO2 cartridges as spares. Interesting that your Shimano cleats came with black bolts. The ones we get here in the Philippines are chrome. I live 2km from my LBS but still have spare tires and tubes.

  43. Spare tubes, chain link, that’s about it. I can get anything I need that same day at a store, something shipped to my house in two days, or if necessary have a bike shop repair it within 1-2 days. If had a big ride coming up I wouldn’t be riding a couple of days before it anyway. I’d be resting and making sure everything was good to go on the bike.

  44. I have about 5 framesets, 20 wheelsets, 3 forks, 40 stems, 30 bars, etc, this is what happens when you get lots of bikes and parts 😂 my stuff's all 1 inch threaded era though

  45. I try to keep some spare spokes in my toolbox (together with a spokekey and nipples). Especially straight pull spokes, because they don’t have them at my local bike shop.

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