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5 Things To Take On Every Bike Ride | Hacks For A Trouble-Free Ride

5 Things To Take On Every Bike Ride | Hacks For A Trouble-Free Ride

(objects colliding) – Expect the unexpected. Okay, it’s a bit of a cheesy saying, but it’s one that I like to
live by, and in this video we have five hacks for
a trouble-free ride. They’re all pretty small and simple things that you can easily take with you, but could mean the difference between being able to ride home or having to call a taxi,
or even worse, walk. So, let’s get underway. (chill music) Number one, emergency lube. Stop sniggering at the back,
I’m being serious here. If you go on a ride, and there’s an unexpected torrential downpour, it can sometimes wash all
of your lube off your chain. Or if you’re on a really long,
wet ride it can happen too, and then you’re left with a
really loud, squeaky chain. But we’ve got a solution. Now, if like me you love
sushi, I love sushi, then you always get these
little soy sauce bottles, and these are great for filling
up with a little bit of lube that can easily fit into your
saddlebag or even your pocket. And then you’ve always got some if you need to just apply
a little bit mid-ride. And if you don’t have that and you need another little way to do it, then olive oil works pretty well. So if you find a cafe, then maybe ask them for some olive oil. Next up is gaffer tape,
or electrical tape. Now when I ride, I always
take a bit of tape with me. Not a full roll like this,
that’s a bit unnecessary, you’re never going to need that much tape. But a section of it that
I like to wrap around something like my mini pump. And even better, another way you can do it is actually wrap it around a CO2 canister. Then it serves a double advantage because it acts as insulation. When you set these things
off they get pretty cold. Now, why would you carry tape? Well, there’s loads of
things you can use it for. If your bar tape comes
undone and need to secure it, or if you’ve got a loose cable and you want to just tighten
that off against your frame or maybe you want to patch
the inside of a tire with it or maybe your shoe ratchet system’s broken and you want to just
bodge it and secure it so that you can get home. There’s loads of uses for tape. As I said at the start,
expect the unexpected, and a broken chain is certainly something that will catch you off guard
when you least expect it. So taking a quick link
is a really good way to quickly reconnect a broken
chain and get you home. But quick links can be quite easy to lose and they’re very small and can easily fall out of a saddlebag. So a good place to put it, top hack, is on your keyring, on your keys. Because you always have
your keys with you. And that way it won’t get lost. This next hack is a
favorite of Jon Cannings. Your bar ends and also
your stem are hollow, and this means they’re really good places for storing emergency items, or items that you want to keep hidden. Jon likes to put some money in there so that if he bonks on a
ride and has run out of money he can get some food at a petrol station. And the way he does it is he takes a small little reusable bag that is recycled from some
other purpose like this, stashes some cash in there,
and then puts it inside. And you take the bar end plug off, or if you’ve got a stem and
you want to put it in there, you can just remove the stem
plate and then you can see it’s hollow on the
inside of the stem there and you can easily stuff something inside. It doesn’t have to be money,
it could be anything else that you consider an emergency item. And lastly, don’t just chuck your old worn out tires in the bin. Instead get a pair of scissors and cut some sections
of rubber out of them and put those in your saddlebag. They don’t take up much room
and weigh next to nothing. They’re really useful
for plugging big holes or slices that you can get in your tire. You put then on the inside
and it stops the inner tube hemorrhaging through as you inflate it. I hope you found these
hacks really useful, and if you have, then give it a thumbs up and subscribe to the GCN Tech channel. And also let us know your own hacks in the comments section below, and we may make a video
on them in the future. And to watch another
video, why not check out How to Index Your Gears, down here.

100 comments on “5 Things To Take On Every Bike Ride | Hacks For A Trouble-Free Ride

  1. Quick links on the key chain. Great idea that I'd never heard before. Going to put one on right now. Tape on the CO2 cartridge is a good one too.

  2. Ive put my house keys (2 keys) on a teeny tiny key ring loop that came with the dogs whistle. Rather than the standard size key ring loop. The keys fold up really small and you hardly feel them in your back pocket or wallet. Sounds daft but it dose make a difference not having that funny shape pocking you in the back. I also take a couple of KFC lemon wipes and a tiny first aid kit on the training bike. Plus I carry spare tyres tubes and some basic tools in the car just incase I come across someone that needs them.

  3. Cut a rag down so it's just big enough to wrap around an inner tube. Stops the tube chafing in the saddle bag plus it's handy when solving a mechanical in a mucky situation.

  4. One of those little presta/schrader adapters in case the pump fails and you need to use the air at a gas station. Take next to no room in the bag.

  5. DON'T do quick links with your keys! They snag to things in your pocket, scratch items easily (especially your new phone) and – might get damaged since some surfaces are thin. Besides – not only you hardly need them when NOT on bike, you will not have them with you when doing some kind od proper event, like race, where you take bare essential and skip stuff like keys. Instead – use electrical tape to glue them to your cables where they're not visible (or wherever you fancy). That way you have both – quick links when you need them and a bit of spare tape.

  6. I keep the quick link on my chaintool. You will go nowhere without a chaintool. And I keep a mini roll of ducktape on a straw in my bag.

  7. instead of section of tire to patch a cut, you can take some tyvek paper. its much lighter, less bulky, and a few layers will last FAR longer than just getting you back home. i've ridden the tread-life out of cut tires, just replacing the tyvek as needed

  8. Good TIPS. I like the Quick Links TIP. Instead of an old tire I use small cut pieces of Tyvek – Insulation Wrap for Tire Boots.

  9. best thing ever is a base layer folded up small in a plastic bag, if you have a cafe stop or a mechanical there is nothing better than putting on a dry base layer during the winter months after a stop planned or unplanned

  10. Cell phone. The only cell phone I haven't taken on a ride was my original bag cell phone, you youngsters will have to look that one up.

  11. conti tires famously known for the torn sidewalls, the only tires you need piece of other tire to be able to come home 😂

  12. -Just bring a single house key or key fob on a ride and tuck it inside the inseam of your bibs like a gel pack. Saddle bags fall off. Things fall out of back pockets. But you will know if your leg goes missing.
    -Tape your chain quick link to a C02 canister or minipump (in two pieces obviously so it sits flat). Now you've got air, tape, and chain fix in one item.
    -Keep a laminated photocopy of your driver's license/ID inside the bar plugs along with backup money. No need to carry a wallet now, just spare coffee money (can be tucked inside shorts with your key).
    -If you use a saddle bag, a pair of latex gloves tucked in are a godsend. They take up almost no room or weight and will leave you with clean hands after a mechanical…and consequently clean bar tape and no ruined greasy kit.

  13. I hide a Tile bluetooth tracker on my bike (don't even try to guess where I put it!) in case someone steals my bike. I can then hunt the bugger down and have my wife beat the crap out of them. 🤣

  14. When you eat KFC they give you those wet wipes in a little packet: keep one of those in the saddle bag for clean hands after a chain drop.

  15. I carry an energy gel. Great for getting you home when you bonk and the packet also goes in a split tyre. Funnily enough I got that one from a "5 hacks to get you out of trouble" GCN vid a couple of years ago. Used it once and worked perfect and saves carrying bits of old tyre around. Ollie can't have watched that one.

  16. I always take a waterproof, unless there's no chance of rain at all. There have been times when it's helped me avoid hypothermia.

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  18. Great vid and lots of good hacks in the replies. Slightly off topic question: Is that a 140mm disc rotor I see on the back wheel? Or is it a 160mm?

  19. A few elastic bands have many uses along with tweezers (first hand experience of removing thorns from hedgerow clippings) Latex gloves and a small rag keep everything snug in tool bottle.

  20. Has anyone tried the last one with the extra tire/tyre (all love) strip? I have thought of that one, but never envisioned it working. Can anyone confirm the hack one way or the other?

  21. Fun Fact! I don't always take my keys with me on a ride, but I"m thinking I could just as easily use a twist tie to fasten one to the zip on my saddle bag.

  22. I always cut a length of old inner tube and roll it over my co2 canisters no noise from them clanking about in the bag.

  23. I carry a Velcro strap in my handle bars. The only problem when you hid something is unless you use it often, you forget that it is there.

  24. I used the cut up used tire a few times. Make the edges as smooth as possible because they can rub a hole in your tube pretty fast. In the US, the roadsides often offer some materials for a bodge. I once made a tire boot out of a discarded oil jug. A Swiss Army knife can be a godsend. I often was thought to be a smoker because I had a habit of carrying a butane lighter. These may be more for hiking and camping but a lighter can help with patches. It's kind of a balance to the type of riding your doing. I like to be self-supporting and finding hacks I like and work for me are great. I do almost carry a whole roll of electrical tape, but I have lights and fenders and it can come in handy, take the center out and flatten it to save some room. You can also wrap tape right on your seat post.

  25. I keep some zipties, presta/schrader adapter, extra electrical tape and a small tube of brush on super glue all fits in the handlebars! I also keep an old tubular tyre with because I ride tubulars all the time!

  26. I too love sushi, however I think those little soy sauce bottles are unique to EU/UK as I’ve never seen them here in the US.

  27. I've been riding for 40 years. As a competitve cyclist, a bike messenger, and as one of 'the converted'. In all my time I've never bothered to employ any of the hacks you suggest, nor do I suspect I'll do so in my next 40 years of cycling. I do like your videos though, and I'll keep glued to your channel.

  28. Bar ends I understand as a good place to store things, but stem??? Why don't you put in the bottom bracket if you want it in a place hard to remove? Pieces of old tires is a great idea though.

  29. Thanks for the great vid, my key ring now has quick links and pump is wrapped with electrical tape immediately after watching this!!

  30. Love the idea of asking for olive oil at a café!! At the only café on one of my long routes someone once asked for brown bread for their scrambled eggs on toast. Reply "it'll be brown when it's toasted". Somehow don't think they'd have any olive oil going spare…

  31. I'm a big fan of the BBB Tools & Tubes plastic canisters to hold everything during winter and keeps it dry – enough space for: long valve tube, 2x COs with old tube on them, CO2 inflator head in a little bag (stops it seizing), Park chain tool, 1 tyre lever, Topeak Mini 6 tool, 11s Quick Link in a little bag, Park Super patches with £2 coin electrical taped to it, Lezyne tyre boot, 2x latex gloves, 5g tube Muc-off lube, couple of zip ties and a couple of Garmin rubber bungies. Total weight is 510g and as its in the seat tube bottle holder, don't really notice the weight. Only use one water bottle in winter anyway. Leaves jersey pockets free for phone, gels and gilet. I dont ride with keys iif I can help it n case they stab you in a crash!!

  32. I take a 5 or 10 and have it stashed between my phone case and phone. If it is not see through no one will know it is there.

  33. **TOP HACK** If you attach a playing card on your chain stay, when it hits the spokes it sounds like a motor bike. Thank me later 👍

  34. In my back pocket I always carry a plastic phone protector bag from Decathlon, in which I not only put my phone but also keep a bank note, spare house key (I never take all my keys, the noise!), and most importantly: A CARD WITH MY PERSONAL DETAILS AND EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE NUMBER. If you’ve ever lost consciousness after a crash, you start thinking about these things….. 😉

  35. I keep business cards inside my bar ends and seatpost; if my bike is ever stolen, I have a fighting chance of proving it's mine if I find it at a pawn shop.

  36. A friend and I once got some fat drippings from a sausage vendor on the side of the road when his chain ended up bone dry. Worked a treat!

  37. I use an old isotonic tablet tube for my emergency money fund. I can get around €40 of €1 and €2 coins in there for that emergency

  38. I always wrap leccy tape around my pump, no point doing it around CO2 canisters as once they're used you throw them. Always stuff a pair of latex gloves inside a new/wrapped tube that way you won't forget to put them on before changing a puncture.

  39. Bring photo copy of your ID/ card and on the other side copy your insurance card. small pice of two sided paper and it can save your life.

  40. Two cotton wall balls in a small zip-lock back. If you get a puncture, run one of those around the inside if the tube to find what's pushed through. They'll snag on the glass/thorn/whatever leaving a little tuft. Far better that, than run your finger around and end up with a nasty cut.

    You can use the same zip-lock bag to keep other small items in, such as quicklinks – which does remind me that I'm now riding an 11 speed, not 9, so my old QLs won't actually fit! Oops.

  41. You don't need to store money in the stem/bar plug – you want toilet paper! No more coming home from a ride with one or two socks less than when you started…

  42. I like to take two, two extra tubes on rides. In order to save space I squeeze the tubes as tightly as possible and then wrap them on saran wrap. This allows me to fit two tubes in my jersey pocket in the space that would ordinarily fit a single tube.

  43. I like the tyre hack but tyre patches also work a treat especially the self adhesive ones I road a couple 1000km with a repaired tyre no problems

  44. Instead of bits of old tire – thin plastic cards – same purpose – lighter and easier. Plus use bottle holder can instead of saddle bag – easy to transfer between bikes – or put in back pocket of jersey.

  45. Expect the unexpected, what do you do when a badger runs out in front of you like on one of our rides a few months ago!! 😂 🦡

  46. Absolute Guinness! I've never put Quick Links in the key ring.
    However, 90% of the time I travel with my BOB Yak trailer. I may need a place to put the 12 of Guinness on the way back home.

  47. Similar for me. Pair of latex gloves, tire levers, a spare tube, a top peak mini pump, ID card, credit card, and a key…guess where? They all fit it in a small water bottle. I’m really liking the idea of replacing my cards with a photocopy of my ID and a $10 bill so I can leave them in there permanently.

    If I go on a ride where I need two water bottles this all gets moved to a saddle bag. I don’t see the point of carrying much else. The chances of anything more serious are slim to none. I’d rather call for a ride that one time than carry extra stuff everywhere the other 999 rides.

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