Sadly we can’t all have our own private pro cycling service course, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a personal stash of cycling supplies that will always come in handy (especially right before a big ride). Our list of gear to stockpile certainly doesn’t cover everything – so post a comment below with what’s on your list!
1. Inner Tubes
You can never have enough of these. You never know when a flat will strike, and you don’t want to get stuck with a flat tire and no way to fix it. Always carry at least one when you ride, and have a few on hand at home.
Having a good assortment of gels, chews, bars, and hydration mix at home makes it easy to always stay all fueled up on a ride. Just grab something from the cupboard and go.
This seems like kind of a weird one, but we’ve had more than a few chains randomly snap on us on a ride (ok, maybe it wasn’t so random—they were probably well past their wear life anyway). Having a chain or two on hand can limit the amount of time your bike is down.
Most cassettes are pretty much toast after about 1,500-3,000 miles, depending on how often you clean your drivetrain. Cassettes can be kind of expensive, so when we spot a good deal on them (watch your inbox for Bike Nashbar emails!), we like to pick up one or two whether we need them right then or not. Afterall, eventually it will need to be replaced, so why not save some money and be secure in the knowledge you have a spare on hand.
Did you find the saddle you absolutely love? Buy another one. We’re not kidding. At some point the manufacturer is going to change the shape, design, or just stop making it all together. This can be a traumatic event in the life of any cyclist. But you can lessen the impact by having a second one on hand, ready to swoop in and save your behind when your old saddle finally bites the dust after years of loyal use (or a crash).