Every expert has the paraphernalia they need for their work. Having the right equipment in your company on a long bike trail off the road can mean the difference between riding and hiking with your bike resting on your shoulder. There are several basic things that a rider should have.
A Powerful Pressure Mini Pump
A pressure pump comes in handy as one of the most crucial components that a bike relies heavily upon. Your tires are inflated with air to make the riding much smoother for you. It would be terrifying to ride your bike without some air in the tires. It would be more horrific to know that riding the bike without enough pressure can be the end of life to your bike.
A good mini pressure pump is not as cumbersome as the standard pressure pump is. You will have to go some few more strokes, but at the same time, you will not have to endure the pain of carrying the bike since you don’t want to ruin the wheel.
A Head Lamp for the Night
There never lacks those unfortunate times where you ride to a destination and find a party waiting for your arrival. You meet, greet, and interact. Just when you are about to leave, there is always this one person who keeps you a little longer. They are not so worried that you will get back home late in the night, and funny enough, it stops being a worry for you too. So, you sip your punch, like you own the world, and soon after you have left, the darkness sets in. You remember that your lamp is still at the bike shop, you should have bought it last week.
Well, you should always have a bike lamp in the ready if you are not certain that you will get back home riding, in time. pack one in your tool bag, and always make sure that you recharge it regularly.
The most basic and difference making equipment that you can have is a reflector jacket. It may seem funny that a professional biker as you is strapped in one of those, but you would not be sure what can befall you when riding without one. According to experts, life jackets increase your visibility significantly, and a motorist would be a few more times quicker to catch your sight when you have a reflector jacket, than without one.
Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
Tires and their pressure again. But riding classic bicycles whose tires have lesser pressure than they should would be compared to listening to a grumpy person talk. It exhausts, its drains your energy, and at the end of the day, you can’t tell what difference it made. A pressure gauge will save you from an over pressured tire that feels like a rock every time you hit a bump. A pressure gauge for your tire will help you determine what the most comfortable ride for you, that will not leave you either feeing deflated, or exceedingly inflated.
A Bike Rack
It is sad that you would wear slippers worth a dollar, in a carpet that cost you a thousand dollars. Similarly, you would not want to move your $1000-dollar bike on a bike rack that came well over $99. Find a bike rack that matches your ride. They say garbage in, garbage out. Having a poor bike rack may be the worst mistake that you make any time you ride. It will seem lost, holding up your bike for you, and it may end up degrading the professional image that you have spent time and energy in building.