Preparing for a trip? What to ALWAYS have on your bike.

Finally taking some vacation time to really enjoy the open road? Maybe even just taking a full day trip to see how far you can get?  There are several things you should do to make sure you’re prepared for anything.  Always carry gear for ANY kind of weather with you on your bike, whether or not you’re going to start out wearing it (of course, we suggest always wearing full gear).  It may be warm and sunny when you begin your trip, but start raining at any time.  You should be prepared for hot, cold, dry and wet at all times.  It is also important to do a full once-over on your bike to make sure everything is in tip-top condition.  If your bike is near a service interval, certainly have it done before any long trip.  Always check your tire pressure levels, be sure all lights are working properly, and that everything seems to be in perfect working order.  These simple precautions can keep you from having any major trouble and will allow you to enjoy your trip to the fullest!
Keeping a few minor tools with you on your trip can save you in case of any minor issues.  A tire plug kit, including plugs (stops a leak) and a source of air (a CO2 filling device or an air compressor), can save many flats before they cause too much damage.  Keeping a small tool set can often come in handy for any minor loose screws, etc.  Staying prepared will ensure you won’t have any extra headaches on your trip.  As always, be safe and have fun!

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