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.
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.