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