Being Prepared – Avenir Care Package
When a bicycle becomes the main mode of transportation a certain level of preparedness is necessary. There are many undesirable situations that can arise when on a long ride or commuting. There is no way to predict what will happen, but having the right tools to efficiently fix the problem is the key to having a stress free ride. I picked up some essential accessories from Avenir that I carry with me to easy my mind about any trouble that I might come across on the road.
First item I grabbed was the Cinco De Fixie wrench. It is a combo of 14 & 15mm wrench, bottle opener, chain whip and lockring tool. Something like this is handy for the average fixed gear rider.
Lights are always important and are a requirement in most places after the sun goes down. Most small LED lights are good enough to increase visibility, but on dark streets they provide almost no illumination to the road. That can result in hitting a pothole or debris in the road. After blindly riding down the curvy cliff-side road of Interlaken at night I immediately realized the need for lights with some wattage. I grabbed the City Light combo, which cuts through the darkness like a champ.
A good pump is hard to find, and changing a flat on the go is never fun, but with the right pump it can be quick and painless. I suggest getting patch kit, a spare tube, and a travel pump for long rides to avoid being stranded with a flat tire far from home. With that said, this MTB shock pump is the best travel pump I have ever used. It has a heavy duty braided steel hose, with a high pressure gauge. The pressure release button ensures the air will make it into your tire with minimal air loss. The main thing I like about this pump is that it screws onto the valve stem. It works so much better then most clamp styles, which often pop off the valve when the pressure gets into the higher digits.
These are just a few things that can make life easier on the road, so pick up the essentials and get used to toting them around. Avenir makes just about everything which can be ordered through your local bike shop.Tweet