Emergency Contact Information1 of 7
Out on the road, there's a lot that can go wrong. For those most unfortunate situations, carrying your emergency contact information can help you get the help you need as fast as possible. Two convenient options are Road ID and ICEDOT, which can be worn either on your wrist or helmet for easy access to essential information following a crash.
Insurance Card2 of 7
Take it from someone who's had to go to the hospital a few times following a crash. Carrying an insurance card is just as important as your driver's license and can speed things along if you have to make a trip to the emergency room.
Baby Wipes3 of 7
Replacing a broken chain link or changing a flat tire can leave your hands a mess. Instead of having to finish your ride with dirty, greasy hands, a baby wipe or two in a sandwich bag can keep you and your handlebars clean and happy.
An Empty Gel Wrapper4 of 7
A patch kit won't do much to repair a torn sidewall. In a pinch, try an empty gel or energy bar wrapper to protect your inner tube until you can make it home and replace your tire. And if you've got duct tape (see slide 1), two layers of protection will do the trick just fine.
Newspaper5 of 7
Back in the day, cyclists didn't have lightweight windbreakers at their disposal for chilly descents. Instead, they used newspaper to shield the wind by stuffing it inside their jersey across their chest to block the wind. This method is still useful today, especially if you don't want to get stuck carrying a jacket for the entire ride. Folded newspaper takes up barely any room in your jersey pocket and can be disposed of when you don't need it any more.
Money6 of 7
Refueling stops, a taxi or a cell phone that's out of range are just a few reasons you might need a little cash while you're out on your ride. And if you happen to gash your tire, a dollar bill (or the duct tape) could be used to keep your inner tube from bubbling out.