When it comes to packing your saddle bag the question everyone asks is what do I actually need? So in this video, James shows you all the things he thinks you should have in your saddle bag.
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Right, let’s get started with an obvious one the spare innertube. Now this we would say is a must, even if you use tubeless tyres, sometimes you’ll get punctures that just won’t seal no matter what you do, so having an inner tube handy will stop you having a long walk home. We would use a small plastic bag to wrap your spare tube in this way you can roll it tight to save space and it is also protected from getting snagged or damaged.
Some seasoned cyclists out there will say you shouldn’t need tyre levers as you should be able to remove a tyre with your bare hands. But why take the risk? If you’ve got cold fingers or tyres that are new they can be really tough to get off having, So having a pair of tyre levers will make life a lot easier. As to what ones to go for I would go for some plastic ones, this way you won’t damage your rim and as an added bonus they are also nice and light.
Multi-tool (with a chain breaker)
It’s worth taking a bit of time over this one because there are multitools and then there are multitools. Many multi-tools are nothing more than a selection of different size Allen keys, but we would say the main thing you want to make sure any multi-tool you’re using has, is a chain tool. This means that if you do ever snap your chain out on a ride, you can remove the broken link before fitting the next essential product on our list.
A quick link is a small but effective bit of kit, It’s fairly easy to apply you might need to put some pressure on the pedals to click it in securely, this is a lifesaver in the event of a broken chain. A quick link looks like this it looks like a normal chain link with a gap in it so you can apply nicely and easily. (Think of it as a quick release for your chain).
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