A compact roll-back cable lock is
small, lightweight and ideal to
secure your pannier bags and
helmet to your frame. Perfect for
those very quick stops at a shop.
(Note; we do not recommend using this as a substitute for your
main bike lock)
10. Rear derailleur hanger. Any impact to the drive-side of your bike can result
in bending or snapping of your derailleur hanger.
There are hundreds of different types of hanger
so make sure yours is compatible with your frame.
7. Multi-tool. This essential bit of kit will
service most of your on-the-road
adjustments. They come in varying
configurations with the more expensive
one’s being sturdier and carrying more
function. We recommend a tool that features a full Allen key set, both
screwdriver heads (Slotted and Phillips) and a spoke key. We recommend
one of the excellent options we have in stock.
6. Puncture repair kit. Even though we’re carrying at least one spare tube a repair kit is still advised.
Some of us are unlucky enough to get multiple punctures in one journey. However,
at home we can patch these tubes up.
We strongly recommend the pre-glued
patch kit, it’s easier to use on the road.
Pre-glued patches aren’t as durable as a
standard patch kit but are a convenient
5. Nitrile gloves are very handy (pun intended) to keep you muck free.
We prefer the powder free
Nitrile glove version. Latex gloves can
cause unwanted allergic reactions.
4. Mini-pump or CO2 inflator.
If you use an inflator, pack at least one extra cartridge.
Needless to say you won’t be going anywhere fast
without carrying either of these. ;)
Ideally, choose a mini-pump that has both valve types
and hose to minimise valve damage
due to rough use. Remember folks a mini-pump isn’t a substitute for your track pump at home,
it’s designed for emergencies only.
1. Saddle bag which ideally is
waterproof or complete with rain cover.
Make sure it’s large enough
to carry some personal effects
along with your toolkit.
Cyclopolis recommends to invest in a bag that’s quick release and has a velcro security strap.
2. Inner tube (at least one).
Make sure its the correct size and valve type.
Be careful with the use of pre-slimed tubes
as valve blockage is a common occurrence.
We prefer a good puncture resistant tyre instead.
Less mess, more peace of mind.
3. Tyre levers. You’ll have a
tough job getting your premium
tyres off your rims in the wet
without a set of these. Bear in mind
these are to aid removal of tyre and
not to install. A good quality plastic
set is recommended over metal to
minimise rim damage.
As you can see these is marginal size and weight
difference between a mini-pump and CO2 inflator.
8. Chain breaker. We recommended a small but durable option
as these tools can often be quite heavy. Some of the multi tools
come equipped with a mini-chain breaker. It’s not often
chain-links get damaged or snap but when they do this is the tool
for the job.
9. Chain link. Following the
removal of a damaged link, a
new one will be needed to
refasten the chain. Make sure
your link is compatible with your
Dumbbell Spanner is a useful tool to service several
parts of your bike. It becomes an essential piece of kit
if you’re an owner of a single speed/fixie as it covers
the typical nut sizes found on them. Additionally, it’s
also covers a lot of old school saddles and seatposts
whose fittings vary from the modern standards.
Emergency tyre boot to temporarily patch a crack or
deep cut in your tyre (install on the inside of your tyre).
Temporary measure to get you safely back home.
Back-up lights maybe be a luxury many may
not invest in. However, they are very useful
for those much longer rides or when you’ve
been unable to recharge your main lights or
the lights have failed.
Cash. It’s good practice to carry money
with you on every ride/ commute as you
never know when you’ll need a quick
repair or taxi.
Spare brake pads, especially for
hydraulics are very useful for those
extra tough cross-country rides.
Excessive heating of the rotor can
cause your brake pad surface to
detach from the back plate. Eeek!!
Anti fog spray. Ideal for keeping your
sunglasses and goggles fog free.
If you can’t see, you can’t avoid the
Chain lube, does what it says
on the tin. A well maintained
chain ensures smooth power
transfer. We suggest carrying
this more for the off-road crowd.
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