Bike Gear you really Need

On this page, I'll provide you links to bicycle equipment you'll absolutely need! I am telling you from my personal experience, that decent tires, decent (spare) cycling tubes, a good pump and a complete repair-kit are must-haves. You can find and buy these accessories from this page.

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The 5 Must-Have Bicycle Utilities

1. Bike Tires (click on the link to look for other models)



Continental Mountain King Tire

These tires are sturdy and durable. Rather made for mud, rocks and dirt roads, than for streets. A good pick if you want the wheels to last long.


Continental Race King Tire
The difference with the previous tire, is that this one is actually made for the streets. The low-profile, high-volume tires accelerate quickly. Because of the DuraSkin-reinforced sidewalls, the coating is protected against gashes and cuts.



2. Bicycle tubes (Continental vs Michelin)



Continental 42mm Presta Valve Tube

Even the best tires are worthless without durable tubes. The Conti-Tube has a unitube system, meaning that it fits with any tire size. Buy a few spare bike tubes and you are ready to travel through Europe per bike.


Michelin Airstop 700c x 25-32mm 40mm Presta Valve Tube

You can buy the Michelin Airstop in different sizes. It also has lots of positive reviews, as does the continental tube, so which one is better, I can't tell. I would not save money on tubes though. I would recommend buying an expensive one (both are under € 10 though).

3. Tire and Tube Repair-kits


Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool (19-Function, Gold)

The multi bicycle tool is for cyclists what a Swiss knife is for Mcguyver. You can detache a chain, it has 4 wrench sizes, different sizes of flat head and phillips head screwdrivers, T25 torx driver and 7 different hex wrenches!


16 in 1 Multi Function
Purpose Kits + Mini Portable Pump


4. Mini-Pump, Floor Pump or Frame-Mounted Pump


Lezyne Alloy Floor Drive Pump (Silver)

The Lezyne floor drive pump is an ideal purchase for you to have at home. It pumps fast, is sturdy and has a pressure gauge.


EyezOff GP96A Alloy Mini Bike Pump (Black/Aluminium) with pressure gauge, mounting bracket


Eyezoff has the ideal travel pump that I've seen so far. A frame-mountable mini pump with pressure gauge is the best way of making sure that your tires are in optimal condition during a long distance trip.



5. A good lock for your bike



If you are in the middle of nowhere, you better buy a good lock. Having your bike stolen on a place far away from home can become troublesome. I've looked at some locks from different price ranges.








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