As winter starts to fade away and the warm weather of spring arrives, many bikers will be hitting the open road. But even seasoned bikers often forget to bring essential items with them. This mistake might cause a slight annoyance but could also result in a significant set-backs for your trip. For example, you don’t want to end up on the side of the road with a flat tire with no way to fix it. Before you hop on your bike for your next road trip, take the time to ensure you have everything you will need. You will want to include at least the following essentials to give you peace of mind:
Extra Pair of Gloves
All bikers know how important it is to have a good pair of gloves. Quality gloves will improve your grip and make your trip enjoyable. If you fall off your bike, your gloves can act as a protective barrier between your hand and the ground. Some bikers overlook the importance of having an extra pair of gloves, and if you plan to go on a long trip, then there is always the risk of getting caught in the rain, and you don’t want to be stuck with wet gloves. To avoid this problem, bring at least one extra pair on each of your trips.
As technology continues to advance, even the most experienced bikers are making the mistake of trading their physical maps for their phone’s GPS. The problem occurs when your phone’s battery dies, or you find yourself in a location that has no cell service. When traveling in unknown territory, this could make it difficult to find your way home. Nobody wants to end up in this situation. When you have a physical map in hand, these problems will not be an issue.
You should always have a repair kit handy, especially on long road trips. Your repair kit should have a few wrenches, electrical tape, and a tire pressure gauge. It’s also important to keep a can of fix-a-flat on you. You don’t want to find yourself stuck on the side of the road miles away from the nearest town. You could be forced to push your bike for miles to get it to a repair shop. Fix-a-flat is not enough to keep your bike going forever, but it’s enough to get you back on the road long enough to get to a shop.
If you are ready to take your bike out on a long road trip, it’s important to take the time to pack your toolkit. While nobody plans to break down on the side of the road or run into other problems, unexpected events can occur at any time. Even brand new bikes are not impervious to problems. Keeping your toolkit on you for each trip will keep you safe from most of these issues and prevent any delays and added stress of being in a bind during your trip.