inflator is a quick and
easy way to inflate after
a flat. Be sure to pack
an extra cartridge.
Prestaflator’s Prestaratchet with
all the necessary bits can fix
about anything that goes awry
on the trail. We stash this deep
in the pack in case we need an
odd-sized bit for a trailside fix.
We keep the Fix It Sticks T-Way
wrench close at hand and easy
to access. The permanently fixed
T-handle wrench gives plenty of
leverage and makes quick adjustments even quicker.
SKS’ Spaero double-action pump
makes a lightweight solution for
when you run out of CO2 cartridges. We also wrap a couple layers
of duct tape around the barrel for
Dial in your toolbox for every occasion
Our go-to riding kit includes
several tools to fix nearly anything that would come up on
a typical ride. We also like to
include things like zip-ties, a
collection of the most commonly used bolts, a sharp pocketknife and a waterproof bag for
our phone among other tools.
The Birzman Zacoo miniature shock pump
makes it easy for us to adjust suspension
settings on the fly. You’ll make friends on the
trail if you pack this.
Every rider should have a spare tube in the
pack. Should you be unlucky enough to have
two flats, though, a patch kit and tire boot
can be a lifesaver.
Every rider needs a quiver of tools at his or her disposal when things go awry. Not
everyone needs a full workshop that
would make a bike-shop mechanic
jealous, but everyone should at least
be able to change a flat tire and
have the necessary tools to fix simple issues. If you’re a DIY mechanic,
you may want to step up your game
to a simple kit that’s able to do
some of the more complex repairs.
Learning to work on your own
equipment can be a very rewarding
experience and will most certainly
save you a few trips to the bike shop
once you get the hang of the basics.
If you’re a true diehard perfectionist,
you may want to go full bore with
a kit similar to the ones the professional mechanics use.
This month’s “Garage Files” takes
a look at three different tool kits
for three very different types of
rider mechanics—the minimalist,
the DIY specialist and the faux pro.
Whichever type of rider you are, we’ll
tell you what should be in a properly
outfitted tool kit. We’ll also share a
few tips for keeping the contents
organized and right at your fingertips. Enjoy.