6 Essential Tools Bikers Should Have

Chain Tool

At some point in your biking life, you’ll need to remove your old chain and replace it. For that task, you’ll need a chain tool to detach the chain and put on a new one. Even if you don’t have to replace the chain, you’ll still need this tool for whenever the link gets stuck. This is a light and portable tool, so don’t worry about bringing it along with you as you ride.

Tire Levers

Changing tires will be a hassle without this wide and flat blade made of hard plastic. This tool is your tires’ best friend. However, you should know that some levers work best with the tires of the same brand, so if possible, buy a tire lever that has the same manufacturer as your tires.

Multitool

Whether you’re a cyclist or not, a multitool is something you need to own. You could settle for a palm-sized one for emergencies. Taking it with you won’t be troublesome as well. Most multitool models include a chain tool, a screwdriver, hex keys of different sizes, and different-sized wrenches. I recommend Dewalt’s multitool.

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Floor Pump

Do I really have to emphasize how much you need this? Before trekking with your bike or participating in a race, make sure you check all your tires. If they lack air, just get your floor pump and fix the problem.

Gear Cleaning Brush

This brush comes with two different ends—one should be used to clear up the cogs of your cassette, and the other should clean the derailleur pulleys, crank arms, etc. Keeping your bike clean is one proof that it’s important to you. Besides, a neat bike speaks of how clean and responsible you are as a person.

Hex Keys

Don’t call yourself a bike lover if you don’t own Allen keys! You should have the following sizes: 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, and 10mm. Note that there are sets made for bikes, but if you’ve found quality ones in a hardware store, buy them; they’ll suffice.

 

Taking Up Biking for Fitness and Recreation

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If you are not yet into biking, now is a good time to take it up for fitness and recreation. It offers a lot of potential benefits not to mention the loads of fun you can get from it. The cycling skills you need are fairly easy to learn and pick up again even after several years of not doing it. Biking takes you to places where you see and experience things you would otherwise miss. And one of the best things about it is that it does not require much for you to get started.

Choose the right equipment

Get the bicycle that best fits your need. You do not have to shop for pricey equipment. Choose a bike that best fits your requirements. Use a cycling helmet that provides ample protection. And pick clothing and shoes that make your biking trips more comfortable.

Start slow and easy

One of the tricks in sticking to any exercise or physical activity is to keep it interesting and fun. The last thing you want is to feel miserable right off the bat. You can start short, slow, and easy during your first few rides. Find cycling groups in your community where you can learn the ropes and ride with other beginners. Or you can bike at leisure along your neighborhood bike lanes or at a park or biking facility near you.

Think safety

Learn the best ways to keep yourself safe on your bike rides. Read up on biking safety rules. Equip yourself with safety gears every time you venture out. Always carry an emergency contact card with you when you go out for rides. Bring a hydration pack or a water bottle and make sure that you stay hydrated while on the road. Another important aspect of bicycling safety is to ensure that you observe and follow traffic rules. Avoid riding in the dark, wear suitable clothing and reflectors that make you easily noticeable, and more.

Keep it fun

Variety is one of the things that keep biking fun. Explore new routes that are appropriate to your skill level. Look for new scenic bike paths to take. Or you can invite friends for a day of fun ride in the countryside. You can also come up with new challenges that can help you progress.