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The best bike gear and gadgets to have on your next tour

Check out these products that you might want to invest in before your next bike tour so you can make your trip smooth riding.
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Are you equipped with the most useful bicycle gear and gadgets? When you're on a bike tour, the point is typically to disconnect from the world, get some fresh air and good exercise, but that doesn't mean your trip won't be made a little easier – and safer, in some cases – with the latest equipment! 

Check out these products that you might want to invest in before your next bike tour so you can make your trip smooth riding.

1. Portable cell phone charger
You already know you need to have your cell on hand in case of emergencies, but don't risk losing charge and losing touch. These days, tech-sperts and bike enthusiasts have come together to supply you with genius inventions like phone chargers that juice up your phone as you ride. Of course, you could also just choose from a wide selection of portable phone chargers. Either way, you'll feel more at ease having a backup support system in case the unthinkable happens. 

2. Flat tire kit
When it comes to a flat tire, there's no app or gadget that can save you. Therefore you need to be prepared with the proper equipment to deal with a flat so you can keep on riding. Sometimes leaks are caused because you have a hole in your tire, other times it's simply because your air cap is loose.

"What can't duct tape fix?"

If the former, ensure you have some duct tape on hand to repair the lining. You can find the leak by putting your tire in the water and rotating until you see air  come out. Then you can slap some duct tape on and that should hold you over until you're able to replace the lining. What can't duct tape fix?

Of course, your kit will need to contain a mini bike pump with a built-in gauge so you don't over-inflate. 

Some of this equipment could really save your trip!
Some of this equipment could really save your trip!

3. Fabric repair tools
if you're on the road or trail and your pannier, or even your bike shorts, get an unlucky rip, then you'll want to have a quick fix on hand. And no, you won't need a sewing kit. Instead, make sure you pack some patches. A pannier rip would benefit from vinyl plastic repair tape so all you have to do is slap the tape over the rip and get going again.

If your seam busts, then you'll want a waterproof adhesive that will hold in any condition. This adhesive isn't just a pants saver – it can also benefit you on longer trips as well. Don't get caught with a leaky tent either! 

4. Bike lights
Don't undervalue this piece of bike equipment – a bike light can save lives! If you're in a particularly high traffic area then you'll want some blinking lights on you, and your bike to signal that you're there, especially as it starts to get dark out. You can attach these to your waist or wheels. However, you can also get a head lamp to help show you what's ahead.  It can also help you if you pull over and set up camp. 

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About Stephane Marchiori

Owner of Cyclocamping.com
Bike touring since 2003, including:
a 5-Year Bicycle Journey Around The World!

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