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Robert Gaggini
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What spares do I carry on my normal commuting or training ride? Cycling 200km per week to work enables multiple punctures but I keep my kit very simple.

 


 



Spare Kit


I carry two new tubes, 3 tyre levers, mini pump, 2 CO2 canisters, and CO2 inflation device which is carried in a cut out water bottle. That's it!


I have been caught out several times with 2 punctures on a single outing, but not once with a mechanical where I have required another tool.


Punctures


I have many stories about punctures that are stranger than fiction. I will spare the details for now, however

  1. You will always get more punctures when riding on wet roads.
  2. Always keep a look out for cuts on tyres, especially on sidewall.
  3. Check for embedded glass with every tyre inflation.
  4. Always determine the cause of a puncture before replacing tube.
  5. Always complete a forensic search, (tyre off and examined when folded both ways) if you have not found a cause for your second puncture.
  6. You will always get more punctures on a worn tyre.
  7. Stop immediately and remove any article caught on the tyre surface.
  8. Avoid a pinch flat by lightly inflating tube before completing the tyre remount.
  9. Make sure you have compatible rim size/tyre diameter because life is too short without.
  10. Don't turn your bike upside down when removing the punctured wheel.
  11. Always offer help to another cyclist with a puncture. It's good karma.

Thank You for Reading. Please Share.

Robert Gaggini
Mt Gambier Winner 2005

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Robert Gaggini is founder of Adelaide Cycling Academy and owner of Infuga Retreat. As a cycling coach Robert brings years of experience to a wide range of Cycling Activities.

 

Winner of multiple cycle races including Mt Gambier 100mile classic 2005, and Alphutte 2003, (4th in 2012). Participant in a variety of endurance events including Paris-Brest-Paris, and is a 40km per day commuter for over 20years.

 

If you require any assistance with training plans, cycle coaching or if you just want to ride faster, Robert is happy to assist.

 

 

 

 

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