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Best Bike Multi Tool

last updated Feb 18, 2019
If you’re on the hunt for the best bike multi-tools, then look no further—here we feature the best of the best, along with their pros and cons and what to look for before making your purchase.

If you like to go on long rides, then you should consider purchasing one of the best bike multi-tools. They’re great to have on hand in case of an emergency, or if you ever break down in the middle of nowhere. Whether you need a quick fix so you can get home, or just want to have something on hand for regular adjustments, you’ll find the best bike multi-tools on our list simplify your life and get things fixed as soon as possible.

In a Hurry? The test winner after 11 hrs of research

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Crank Brothers M19
96.8/100 our score
Use
98
Durability
98
Effectiveness
96
Style
95
Value
97
Crank Brothers M19
Why is it better?

Durable construction

Perfect for quick basic fixes

easy to carry

In a Hurry? Editors choice:
Crank Brothers M19
Test Winner: Crank Brothers M19
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#1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.8
Use
98%
Durability
98%
Effectiveness
96%
Style
95%
Value
97%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$24.91
#2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.8
Use
97%
Durability
96%
Effectiveness
97%
Style
94%
Value
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$16.95
#3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.2
Use
97%
Durability
96%
Effectiveness
95%
Style
93%
Value
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$26.39
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92
Use
92%
Durability
92%
Effectiveness
90%
Style
90%
Value
96%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$24.98
#5
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.2
Use
88%
Durability
88%
Effectiveness
86%
Style
86%
Value
88%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$12.99
#6
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.8
Use
85%
Durability
86%
Effectiveness
85%
Style
85%
Value
83%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$21.65
#7
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.8
Use
85%
Durability
86%
Effectiveness
85%
Style
85%
Value
83%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$19.98
#8
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.2
Use
83%
Durability
85%
Effectiveness
83%
Style
82%
Value
83%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$21.80
#9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80
Use
80%
Durability
80%
Effectiveness
80%
Style
80%
Value
80%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$99.95
#10
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
76.4
Use
78%
Durability
77%
Effectiveness
77%
Style
75%
Value
75%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$20.04
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Crank Brothers M19
  • Park Tool IB-2
  • Topeak Alien II
  • Pro Bike
  • Protocol
  • CrankBrothers 17
  • Vibrelli V19
  • Lezyne Rap 20
  • Leatherman Wave
  • Pedro’s RX
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Our Favorite Bike Multi Tools

1. Crank Brothers M19

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.8
Crank Brothers M19
Use
98
Durability
98
Effectiveness
96
Style
95
Value
97
best offer for today
$24.91
Pros:

Durable construction

Perfect for quick basic fixes

easy to carry

Cons:

A bit bulky and heavy

Crank Brothers is a compact multi-tool with 19 utensils including two Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers and a universal chain tool. It comes with a tool flask and can offer four spoke wrench sizes. and a tool flask. It is a well made tool that also comes with the protection of a lifetime warranty. will run in wet conditions.

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Style/Durability
This tool has a frame made of aluminum and the tools themselves are made with high tensile steel. It is light weight which makes it easy to pack it with you on a ride. What also makes it easy to pack is the flask that comes with this piece. Just slide the tool in and it is protected and and solidly tucked away.

Effectiveness/Use
You get many options with this easy to pack multi-tool. Two Phillips screwdrivers, 4 size spoke wrench, chain tool, 8mm and 10mm open wrenches, flat screwdriver, torx t-25 and t-10, as well as hex keys (2,2,5,3,4,6,8).

Value
Crank Brothers offers 19 high quality tools made with tough tensile steel. You get a sleek flask to hold it in as compared to your humdrum bag as seen with many of its competitors. The tools are accessed easily and the profile of the entire unit is flatter than many other multi-tools so it fits easily into anybody’s wedge pack.

2. Park Tool IB-2

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.8
Park Tool IB-2
Use
97
Durability
96
Effectiveness
97
Style
94
Value
95
best offer for today
$16.95
Pros:
  • Quirky
  • Easy to pack anywhere
  • Intelligent design
  • Great stocking stuffer
  • Really durable
Cons:
  • Some users may not know how to use it
  • No bag

The Park Tool IB-2 is one of the highest rated and most recommended bike tools out there. It features a variety of hex wrenches, a flathead screwdriver, and a Torx wrench--so if your bike decides to breakdown in the middle of nowhere, you will have the tools you need to fix it up--at least until you get somewhere safe.

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Style/Durability
When it comes to style, this tool is definitely sleek, minimalistic, and easy to carry. It is compact in size and lightweight enough to carry with you wherever you go. It is made of hardened steel, so it is definitely durable and built to last--you won't need to replace this one anytime soon, that's for sure. It also comes in several different colors to choose from, so you have that option as well.

Effectiveness/Use
Since it has several wrenches and other tools on it, it is safe to say it comes with lots of effective option to fix up your bike. If you breakdown, you will most likely be able to at least fix it up temporarily if you have this tool on you.

Value
This product is available at a great price and is worth every penny given its versatility and durability.

3. Topeak Alien II

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.2
Topeak Alien II
Use
97
Durability
96
Effectiveness
95
Style
93
Value
95
best offer for today
$26.39
Pros:
  • Lots of tool options
  • Terrific customer service
  • Thoughtful design
  • Works well for on-the-go minor maintenance
  • Even with all the extra tools and added bulk, it stows away nicely
Cons:
  • A little bulky
  • Can be heavy when packing the tool whole, but the option to separate it into halves gives you options with regards to weight

The Topeak Alien II is tested and researched to ensure the materials and components are the highest quality. You get a total of 31 tools within a 2 piece body. It comes with a HD nylon bag. The 2 piece body gives you options on what you want to travel with regarding weight and needed tools.

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Style/Durability
Offering a sweet 31 tools, you would think some of would be redundant and maybe unnecessary but it is just the opposite. You can easily access each tool, as the location of each are placed perfectly in this tool. The two halves of the tool come apart which is not only convenient but one half will help support the other in terms of leverage when you are turning the tool.

Effectiveness/Use
This is a heavy duty product with all the tools needed to assist you should you need to make adjustments or repairs on the road. Has added advantage of etched labels on the tools. Well engineered and balanced.

Value
You have a fairly complete tool here that has literally everything you could ever need to make adjustments or repairs when you are on the road. It fits well in your traditional underseat bag along with the CO2 inflator, cartridge and extra tube. The knife is really sharp but safely placed within the tool and the wrench sizes are spot on to remove or install and adjust if you need them.

4. Pro Bike

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92
Pro Bike
Use
92
Durability
92
Effectiveness
90
Style
90
Value
96
best offer for today
$24.98
Pros:
  • Robust and comfortable
  • Terrific customer service
  • Slim design
  • Protective pouch
  • Lifetime warranty
Cons:
  • Limited number of tools available on this piece
  • Tough, sturdy tool could benefit from a rubber padding to protect your hands when you are applying pressure during and adjustment/fix

Pro Bike makes a reliable, slim and lightweight bicycle tool kit with the added value of a lifetime warranty to back it. It is stylish and functional, it will tighten any bolt with ease. Pro Bike makes excellent tools and follows up with their terrific customer service.

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Style/Durability
You will not be disappointed with this product or with Pro Bike as a company. This little tool, is just that, it is small and it is very unobtrusive. You can handle this one with ease and without sacrificing strength. It performs well.

Effectiveness/Use
Pro Bike is known for their awesome customer service and their attention to detail with their products. This is a compact, lightweight, reliable and practical tool. It can be stowed easily, and will not take up much space at all during your ride. Comes with a pouch that will protect your tool and keep your tool from scratching anything else you pack it with.

Value
This tool is perfect for your quick fixes that can unfortunately come up on the road during your ride. A slim tool that fits easily into any saddle bag, the Pro Bike multi tool will make your adjustments with ease. Great price for a reliable and well-rounded tool from a reputable company that has customer service in mind.

5. Protocol

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.2
Protocol
Use
88
Durability
88
Effectiveness
86
Style
86
Value
88
best offer for today
$12.99
Pros:
  • Dependable and rugged
  • Good value
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to take on the go
  • Highly rated
Cons:
  • Slightly larger than other multi tools in it’s category

The Protocol multi tool has 15 useable tools that are made of steel. It is a perfect tool for commuting and comes with a durable nylon carrying case and an attachment loop. This simple tool folds up to 3.5” in length.

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Style/Durability
Allen wrenches galore! It is a simple tool that is practical and easy to carry. It will be your reliable companion on the road should you run into any issues.

Effectiveness/Use
This tool is a decent and dependable multi tool. It has good quality, it is durable and it will function well for you on all types of bicycles. The attractive pouch is an added bonus that will hold your tool and keep it intact.

Value
This tool is exactly what you need to take on any ride should you find yourself having any potential problems. The design and quality are both there, nothing sacrificed. A quality piece that you won’t regret purchasing.

6. CrankBrothers 17

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.8
CrankBrothers 17
Use
85
Durability
86
Effectiveness
85
Style
85
Value
83
best offer for today
$21.65
Pros:

Has Torx T-25 wrench built in

Super convenient design

Has what you need for basic issues on the road

Durable build

Cons:

A little bulky in a pocket

Made with mountain-bikers in mind, the CrankBrothers 17 multi tool offers a chain tool as well as Torx T-25 wrench along with its typical package. You get four spoke wrench sizes, seven hex wrench sizes, in addition to 8 and 10mm open wrench, philips and flathead screwdrivers all made with high tensile steel. You also have built-in side grips.

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Style/Durability
You will get a tool with high quality material as per usual from CrankBrothers. Expect to use this tool a bunch and have it for the long haul. It will stand up to years of repeat use.

Effectiveness/Use
Small and light enough to fit well in any small saddle. Tools work great especially handy is the chain tool which adds extra support that will give you additional confidence on the road. You are getting every Allen wrench that you need to fix your bike up in a pinch should you ever need to.

Value
This nifty little compact tool will not let you down if you ever need it. Super sturdy, it is very well made and engineered as the tool itself performs like an impressively powerful handle for the wrenches and for the chain tool. A great, reliable set of portable tools.

7. Vibrelli V19

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.8
Vibrelli V19
Use
85
Durability
86
Effectiveness
85
Style
85
Value
83
best offer for today
$19.98
Pros:
  • Quality feel, fit and finish
  • Good value
  • Includes glueless tire patches
  • Protective pouch
  • Compact product that includes a chain tool
Cons:
  • Case fits only the multi tool, not the patch kit
  • When using one tool, the others move around

The Vibrelli V19 is an intelligently designed multi tool that offers 19 tool options. A chain tool and glueless puncture patches are included in this kit along with textured side bars for added grip. You can easily keep it all together with the carrying case that is also included.

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Style/Durability
19 tool options Hex (2,2.5, 3,4,5,6,8); a Universal chain breaker; M7, M9, 3.3mm, 3.45mm spoke wrenches; 8 and 10mm open wrenches, phillips screwdrivers; torx (t-25) and non-slip sidebar grips. This tool meets military grade MIL-STD 810G, it is built to last with hardened high-tensile Cr-V steel and the confidence of a lifetime warranty.

Effectiveness/Use
The Vibrelli is almost gift like in it’s appearance. The fit and finish are high quality. The tool is very light and is all stainless steel. This tool will hold up nicely for you and look good too. Attractive carrying pouch is included.

Value
This tool is well made and very compact, and can hold up to some decent torque. Nice side grip bars that will help in wet or tight spaces. It is an overall great value for a multi tool. It will get the job done for you when you need it and you can pack and travel with it easily.

8. Lezyne Rap 20

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.2
Lezyne Rap 20
Use
83
Durability
85
Effectiveness
83
Style
82
Value
83
best offer for today
$21.80
Pros:
  • Good for minimalists
  • Has all the tools you will need
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to take on the go
  • Quality company that makes top tier products
Cons:
  • Allen heads could be longer

The Lezyne multi tool accommodates road and trail rides. It is made of stainless steel with forged aluminum side plates. Extremely durable tool, it offers an ergonomic design and it is also corrosion resistant. It includes a forged steel chain tool.

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Style/Durability
All riders really should be carrying a multi tool with them. This tool is very well made and offers a lot of features. Minimalists can feel comfortable with this tool because while you can find other well-constructed tools that weigh less, but then they do less. However, if you come upon an unexpected problem on your ride, this tools isn’t going to weigh you weigh you down in any type of noticeable way and it is going to have the features you need to make your adjustments quickly and get back on the trail.

Effectiveness/Use
This tool is highly rated and that is not a surprise because Lezyne is a highly reputable company. They just plain make good quality products, and this is no exception. This quality tool can stand up to heavy torque, and prove a useful and dependable, long lasting tool that will serve you appropriately.

Value
Great company that produces quality tools. This bike multi tool has everything you need for all your adjustments and fixes when on the road or on the trail. Ingenious design and sharp appearance this multi tool has got it all.

9. Leatherman Wave

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80
Leatherman Wave
Use
80
Durability
80
Effectiveness
80
Style
80
Value
80
best offer for today
$99.95
Pros:
  • Technically certified
  • Has all the tools you will need
  • Intelligent design
  • Works exquisitely
  • Nice, solid feel
Cons:
  • Terrific concept, but design could be tweaked
  • Plastic is present on this tool

The is a highly researched and tested tool that offers 19 accessories. It is constructed using high tensile steel, and is designed with a small size and weight making it easy to take on the go. multi tool accommodates road and trail rides. It is made of stainless steel with forged aluminum side plates. Extremely durable tool, it offers an ergonomic design and it is also corrosion resistant. It includes a forged steel chain tool.

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Style/Durability
This multi tool is CELAB-certified. CELAB is a body that does inspections on the technical construction of companies who manufacture and supply various products. WAVE takes testing their products seriously and ensuring that they comply with the highest of standards and technologies available to offer the most well made products in the market.

Effectiveness/Use
The WAVE brand is one who boasts that they are a team of bike lovers. They design their products with the avid, rugged bicyclist in mind. They care about the quality of the products they put out, this is a tool you are going to buy and it will work.

Cost and Value
The WAVE is pretty much everything you need to take on a ride. It is a nice, compact kit that includes screwdrivers, allen keys as well as chain and spoke tools. It is brilliantly designed and this tool can stand up to wear and tear, you will keep this tool with you for the long run.

10. Pedro’s RX

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
76.4
Pedro’s RX
Use
78
Durability
77
Effectiveness
77
Style
75
Value
75
best offer for today
$20.04
Pros:
  • Solidly built
  • Has all the tools you will need and a nice bag
  • Dependable tool that won’t let you down
  • Nice value
  • Great chain tool feature
Cons:
  • Some people have said that it is a bit heavier than they expected

Pedro’s RX is a quality multi tool. It is compact, small and light and it offers all the fundamental tools you will need to fix your bike on the road. It has a really nice chain tool and it also offers multiple spoke wrenches.

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Style/Durability
You get a very sturdy tool here. The chain tool is absolutely top notch, it slides in and out smoothly and it fits tight. It is a solid choice for your portable bike repair kit. It will fit nicely in your pack. You really can’t go wrong here.

Effectiveness/Use
The chain tool is much easier to use than you would think and it works like a charm. You won’t leave home without this little gem. The thoughtful placement of the tools is a pleasant feature. All the tools are solid and sturdy as well as easy to unfold and fold for use.

Value
The Pedro’s RX is a terrific multi tool that is fully equipped with most everything needed for a bike repair kit. It is equipped with all the tools you need in a bike repair kit to keep your rides going strong. It comes at an affordable price and is highly rated.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Use

Bicycling is a super fun and healthy activity that many enjoy.

It is a great cardio workout that can be a real calorie burner. In general, a 180 lb. cyclist that rides at a decent pace can potentially burn 650 cal/hr. Outside of the health perks, riding off road or cross country as they say is not only physically challenging and enjoyable, seeing the sights and exploring outdoors is a terrific way to spend a morning or afternoon on a nice day.

All that said, it is important to be prepared when you hit the road or the trail because you will be able to cover quite a bit of ground. Yes you need snacks and water, but just like with a car who holds a spare tire, having the right multi tool made of rugged material and with the tool assortment to allow you to have the option of fixing most any problem or make any adjustment is a must have in your pack.

Durability

The best toolls will be made with strong, high quality materials that can hold up to the tension and torque needed to make fixes to your bike.

The tools we reviewed were either made with high tensile steel or stainless steel. High tensile steel is a perfect material to use in something like a bike tool because it is the type of metal that can handle tremendous amounts of stretching and pulling and be strong enough not to break in the process.

Steel is used in many tools and is the obvious choice. Steel comes in a variety of forms and it is graded. The grade is based on the percentage of carbon it has in it and the difference in stainless steel and carbon steel is simply the amount of chromium added to it. Stainless steel is made with a large amount of chromium in it and the protective layer it has allows it to resist corrosion and rust. That’s great for increasing the longevity of your tool.

Effectiveness

Your bike multi tool needs to be able to work well for you on the road and keep your wheels turning. A multi tool that is strong, durable, has the versatility of tool options and is easily packed away and traveled with are all important points for a rider. You want a diverse amount of tools that are strong but also come together in a package that is lightweight. A light tool is so important to the practicality of your gear. You do not want any extra unnecessary weight holding you down or back from a nice long ride. You want one that will give you all the Allen wrenches and hex keys, one that will also have screwdrivers and having a chain tool is a really nice addition. Once you have a concrete multi tool you will have the complete portable fixer upper kit right along with your CO2, tire lever and patch kit.

Style

It is important to consider the style and how the tool is to be used.

How many functional tools can a manufacturer fit into a multi tool while still being compact, lightweight and durable? Add in a sleek appearance and that is a tool most avid cyclists are going to purchase. Many of the best multi tools we reviewed came with pouches or bags, some type of holder. Some also came with a chain tool, which most any cyclist will tell you is invaluable. Crank Brothers really does design right with an awesome multi tool that has a sweet design and they do one better than a pouch, you get a legit steel carrying case.

Value

Multi tools can range in price from affordable to fairly pricey depending on what your needs are.

Multi tools can range in price from affordable to fairly pricey depending on what your needs are. We took price into account when we reviewed our 10 best list because money is important. You don’t always get the best product by spending more and you don’t necessarily get the worst product by spending less. If you are on an isolated trail or far away from civilization, you need a tool that is going to work. It won’t matter how much you spend on your tool at that point, the only thing that will matter will be does it stand the test of making your fixes and adjustments. All of the tools we reviewed are affordable and reliable. These are quality products that will be there for you for the long term, and help you when you need it and you won’t have to spend an arm and a leg to buy them.

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Proper Maintenance can help prevent issues on the road.

Keeping your bike maintained is super important whether you do it by yourself or at the local bike shop. A bike in tip-top shape will keep you on the road for many miles. Similar to a car, there is bike maintenance it is just something that you have to accept when getting into bicycling. Should you notice something is off or doesn’t feel right, take a look at it yourself or give it to the professionals at your local bike shop. Learning how to do some maintenance on your own isn’t as hard as you think. There are lots of online tutorials and some outdoor recreation stores hold classes where you can learn in person the tools and skill needed for bike maintenance.

Exercise, Stress Relief, Couples Activity? What ever the Reason......

Bicycling is a super fun activity.  It is a great cardio workout that can be a real calorie burner.  In general, a 180 lb. cyclist that rides at a decent pace can potentially burn 650 cal/hr. Outside of the health perks, riding off road or cross country as they say is not only physically challenging and enjoyable, seeing the sights and exploring outdoors is a terrific way to spend a morning or afternoon on a nice day.  

Other Factors to Consider

Bottom Line

In addition to the criteria used to review our list of multi tools, you may also want to consider the reputation of the company. Some companies, simply put have strong reputations for making top quality products consistently, they are leaders and experts in their field. We included some of these companies in our review. Buying from a reputable company with a good standing in the industry will most likely also come with a tool that you are more than likely going to like as well as the customer support and service that goes along with a solid brand.

It is important to understand that even though you can purchase the best, lightest multi tool on the market, you are still going to have limitations. Any multi tool is not going to be able to take the place of full sized tools or your local bike shop, but when you are out there far away from the conveniences of a bike shop per se, a multi tool is invaluable

Compatibility

Since these products are designed for use on your bikes, it is important to not assume that you can use them for much else. However, many of them are also great products to carry with you at all times, or take with you on camping trips or when you find yourself outdoors. Make sure to consider whether you want something more versatile, and research the product to ensure it can be use for things other than just your bike,

Another important thing to consider here is whether or not you can use the tool on your bike. While most of these are designed to be compatible with all bikes, it is possible that it may not be. Take a thorough look at your bike specs as well as what the tool has to offer before making your purchase to ensure that it is compatible with your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: What are some riding hazards to be prepared for?
a:

There is a lot going on around you whether you are riding in the mountains, on busy roads or in the county. To keep yourself safe, pay attention to your surroundings. Hearing clearly is a crucial part of that to be abreast of what is happening all around you, so don’t muffle your hearing with headphones. You want to listen for car doors opening, movement near you, traffic, etc. Try not to ride closer than 4 feet to a car and stay out of a vehicle’s blind spot. Watch for debris and uneven roadways. Cross railroad tracks at a 90-degree angle which will help to not catch your tire. Learn bike hand signals to keep the rest of the bikers and motorists up to speed on what your next move will be.

q: What are the most common damages seen?
a:

Common repirs often include repairs to the tire, spokes, gears, chains, bolts, hande bars, seat, and pedals. This is why a good multi tool is critical to staying safe and being able to enjoy your ride to its fullest!

q: What are some core items that are necessary for a bike kit?
a:

For any trip you should really have packed a mini-pump, spare tube or tire-patch kit, tire levers and a bike multi tool that has Allen wrenches. An added note, you will need to know your tire/tub size, and you can easily find that information on the actual tire itself.

q: What are some options for storage on a bike?
a:

There is actually a wide variety of options to carry your necessities for your bike trips. A lot of what you pick really depends on your personal choice. You could do an underseat bag which is also known as a saddlebag and it is mainly used for small items like multi tools and other repair products. A rack trunk fits on the rear and can hold a sizeable amount of gear. Panniers will attach to a rack on your bike, they allow for greater ability to haul more items. A front rack bag is similar to a pannier. The messenger or laptop bag is something that you, the rider wears. A day pack also is also attached to the rider. A handlebar bag can carry small items that are easily accessible due to the location attached, on the handle bar as the name displays. Last a basket can be used and some can be detachable which is great for a shopping day trip.