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What do I need to prepare for a cycling tour?
What does the equipment for riding include? What is the necessary period equipment for new riders? The following analysis for everyone one by one introduction!
Body equipment includes a floodlight flashlight for cycling, code table, bike bell, front wheel rack plate, rear rack (divided into disc brake version and ordinary brake rack), tail light, warning light, various capacity packets for long-distance travel, seat bag, handlebar front bag, top tube bag, wheelset and frame reflective stickers, water bottle and second water bottle holder (small size frame may not have a second water bottle holder), portable air cylinder, silicone cushion cover, etc.
Personal equipment includes bike helmet, gloves, windproof glasses, magic square towel, lock shoes, cycling clothes, sleeve cover, leg cover and harness.
Helmets are the most basic piece of cycling equipment, and research data shows that of the more than 500 cycling fatalities each year, 75 percent are caused by fatal head injuries. Medical research has found that wearing a helmet on a bicycle can prevent 85% of head injuries and greatly reduce the degree of damage and accident mortality. In addition to protecting the head, a good helmet can also resist wind resistance and has features such as light weight, infusion and good ventilation.
Gloves include half-finger and full-finger gloves, the palm area will do thickening treatment, better gloves are generally padded with silicone layer, play a good shock absorption function.
Cycling glasses should choose glasses that fit your face shape and fit your face well. High quality cycling glasses frame and lenses are flexible, and will not break in the event of a violent impact, and can protect the cheeks and brow bone area.
1. Spare inner tube
Tire puncture is the most common problem when riding out. So please carry an inner tube that fits your car with you. Spare tires take up little space, are easy to use, and can be replaced in a short time to continue riding.
2. Tire repair tools
In addition to the spare tire, you also need a set of tire repair tools. Murphy's theorem reminds us that the inner tube just replaced may also be broken again. Besides, bringing a tire repair tool can also help others.
3. Tire pry bar
Tire repair with a tire pry bar. The pry bar can be inserted into the gap between the outer tire and the rim, and pry the outer tire down. Then repair or replace the inner tube is a piece of cake. And the pry bar can be placed in the riding bag or in the clothing pocket of the riding suit.
4. Pump (or carbon dioxide cylinder)
If a tire is punctured, whether you use a tire repair tool or a spare tire, you have to find a way to inflate the tire. Therefore, a pump is very necessary. A pump is usually fixed to the frame and is small enough to fill up the tire and get you back on the road.
Some riders prefer to use a CO2 cylinder. This battery-sized contraption releases compressed gas, which can pump up your tires in seconds. The CO2 cartridge is also lighter than a regular cartridge, but it requires some skill to use. If you're not careful, the inner tube that you just changed may blow up again. In addition, a carbon dioxide cylinder can generally only be used once.
5. Combination tools
Whether it is a long or short ride, your car may need to be repaired or adjusted, and this is where a convenient and practical combination tool becomes a necessity. A set of combination tools usually comes with a variety of different sizes of independent tools, including universal wrenches, hex wrenches, screwdrivers, chain punch and so on. With so many tools neatly stored in a small bag, it is simply a portable toolbox for car repair. In addition, many combination tools are also equipped with a bottle opener for extreme environments.
6, Cell phone
I know more than one cyclist who only takes his cell phone with him when he goes out. If the bike breaks down, he can first let the bike dealership to help him transport the bike (a free service provided by some car stores when you buy a bike), and then call a cab to go home.
7. ID, money and insurance cards
Bring these just in case, and hope they never come in handy. Carry some change with you to buy water and snacks on the road. If the outer tire is cracked, you can also stuff a dollar bill into the tire to block the cracked area so the inner tube won't swell out. Again, remember to bring a copy of your ID and insurance card. Although God will bless you, these documents are vital in case of an unfortunate event. As a final reminder, please note your emergency contact number on the back of these documents, as well as any medical contraindications or allergy medications you have.