What Your Safety Kit Should Look Like

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There's two kinds of riders, those that prepare the for the worst and those that don't. In the event of an accident, packing a safety kit can make all the difference. You hope that you'll never need it but you'll be thanking yourself later should the day come where you took a turn maybe a little too hot. While it's usually best to carry as many useful items as you think you'll need, you have to considering how long your rides are going to be. It's more important to be better prepared for that long trip you have planned (like Sturgis for those in America) compared to every day riding. In this post, we've narrowed it down to the essentials so you can build a kit that you can break out at any time in case of an emergency.

First off, you want to pick up a basic tool kit and duct tape. This can be a life saver if you're ten miles out from the nearest gas station and you need to do a quick jimmy-rig to get you to that next stop. If your bike is in tip-top shape you shouldn't run into trouble but you never know what might happen on the road. You might even consider buying high-vis tape. In theory, you should already have plenty of hi-vis either on your bike or on your riding gear, but if you don't, putting some strips of the stuff on your bike and/or using it for repairs will help you ride safe. Furthermore, your tool kit should have some zipties, for quick fixes, and a tire gauge.

If you wreck your bike it goes without saying you're going to be in more trouble than a wrench and duct tape can fix. Worst case scenario, nothing is going to bail you out better than a having your credit card and cell phone in hand.

After you've put together everything to take care of your bike, now you need a solid first-aid kit. Your bike may be your prized possession but anyone who's been in a wreck before knows how bad skidding down the road can be and the injuries you can sustain. Signing up for a basic first-aid course where you learn how to clean and dress wounds is a very great idea. The guy who goes the extra mile ends up handling business the best when things go south. If you weren't already privy to it, Tampax pads are some of the best bandages out there for heavy bleeds and you should definitely throw a handful of them into your first aid kit, just saying.

Emergency kits don't have to have every little thing to be effective, but if you prepare for realistic mishaps, then you'll be far ahead of the curve. Everything you need should easily be able to fit into a nice leather roll bag that you can strap to your front forks. You'll hardly notice its there and it won't weigh down on your sense of adventure.