Whether you’re out for a long ride across the Appalachian Trail or just setting out to the grocery store a few blocks away, having a few essential bike accessories in your bike pack can really save you a headache during your trip.
Be sure that you have your water bottle. That’s incredibly important. Always keep hydrated and make sure that your water is clean. If you’re concerned about the water, buy a bottle that has an integrated filter. You’re also going to want to have some protein bars and other snacks with you when you ride.
Other bike accessories you might want are a chain tool, a wrench or two, and definitely a flat head and phillips head screwdriver. Don’t worry, you don’t have to carry a veritable toolbox with you. Bike ahead sells multi tools that are small and can carry easily in your backpack.
Obviously you’re going to want to keep a small pump and an extra bike tire tube in your pack in case of a flat. Here’s a tip though. To pop the tire off the rim of your bicycle, carry a butter knife around with you. It’s a small but effective tool that will save you possibly a headache on your ride.