The Best Biking Gear for Flats

The Best Biking Gear for Flats
For cyclists, flats are an accepted, if dreaded, part of cycling. Anyone who's spent enough time on a bike has suffered a flat tire. In many such instances the person is left standing on the side of the road, wishing he'd been better prepared. Preparation means investing in the right tools, which means those tools that handle the job with routine excellence.

Pedro's Tire Levers

Pedro's tire levers come in a pack of two. They're relatively large for tire levers but are strong and fit well in the hand of the mechanic. The wide, thin tip slips easily under the bead of the tire. The yellow color of the levers makes them easy to find in case you ever drop one on the side of the road. Tire levers are a must when removing a punctured inner tube from a tire.

Bontrager Inner Tubes

Bontrager inner tubes are light and sturdy. Bontrager offers six different varieties, from standard to self-sealing, which promise to seal small punctures. A division of Trek Bicycle, Bontrager products can be found in most bike shops. Bontrager offer a 1-year warranty against defects and workmanship for their inner tubes. Stock up on these, and carry at least one on every ride.

Park Tool PMP-5 Frame Pump

Bicycling Magazine gives this frame pump its highest review for the category. Frame pumps in general are portable and designed to attach to the frame of your bicycle. Once you remove your damaged inner tube and replace it with a new one, you 're going to need a pump to put air in your tire. The Park PMP-5 features adjustable length and is compatible for both presta and schrader valves. The pump weighs 260 g and currently, in 2010, retails for $24.95.

Genuine Innovations Ultraflate Plus Pump

The smaller, lighter alternative to a frame pump, the Ultraflate fits comfortably in the palm of the hand and uses a Co2 cartridge. The head of the Ultraflate is compatible with both presta and schrader valves. A trigger lock keeps you from accidentally discharging precious Co2. A single Co2 cartridge will easily inflate a fully flat tire. Weighing a mere 74 g, the Ultraflate will be hardly noticeable in the pocket of your cycling jersey.

Article Written By Matthew Ferguson

Matthew Ferguson is a writer living in Savannah, Ga. He has been writing for over 10 years and his work has appeared on various online publications. A collection of his short stories was published in spring 2010. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

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