You are on fire today. Weaving through corners, punching up pinches, looking back to see the suffering on your fellow riders' faces...it is a good day. Suddenly, as you look back, you hit a pot hole which is oh-so-common on our roads. The accompanying ...HISSSSS signals the dreaded but eventual puncture, and you begrudgingly shout out "MECHANICAL!".
The importance of a good tool kit should never be underestimated. In moments like the above, you are tested as a cyclist not only by your riding abilities, but also by your knowledge with how efficiently/fast you can get back on the road. A well thought out ERC (Every Ride Carry) provides you with the confidence to travel further and ride harder whilst minimising your reliance on other cyclists in the bunch.
CCACHE explores 4 different ways of kitting out your ERC below and the types of riders they likely to benefit.
Disclaimer - Always take into consideration your locality and your specific needs as a cyclist (eg: a fixie/ss rider would need slightly different tools to accompany their tool kit). Hopefully this article inspires you to go through your ERC and re-think what you actually need and do not need.
The "Weight Weenie" Rider
Lives life on the edge, taking only the absolute bare minimum to get out of a pickle. Sometimes leaves the multi-tool at home to reduce weight even further, because they already spent countless hours tuning/fiddling around with their bike, compulsively getting everything dialled in.
Prefers to carry everything in their back pocket. Runs a saddle-mounted light so they can take two bottles for their 100km+ rides. Their kit-fit is immaculate, so back-pocket sag is kept to an absolute minimum, even when carrying all of the below.
The "Man's-Not-Thirsty" Rider
Hates having any weight on their back. Only does sub-50km rides so doesn't require two bidons. Memorises all water refuel spots along a route, so they can top-up and stay adequately hydrated on a longer rides.
The "Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink" Rider
Never gets stuck. Ever. Would carry more spares if possible. Always ready to help if anyone else has a double puncture. Thinks "Weight-Weenie" Rider is very irresponsible.
1. Silca Seat Roll Premio
2. Continental Race 28 Tube x 2
3. Voxom WKL8 Multi Tool
4. Barbieri Piranha CO2 Inflator
5. CO2 Canister 16g x 2
6. Lightweight Tyre Lever x 2
7. $10 Dollar Note
8. Lightweight Valve Extender
BONUS - The "Euro Tubs Only" Rider
Tub riders never puncture anyways ;)