Tools And Spares
Having the right variety of tools—and spares, if possible—is essential. There's no reason to haul your complete rollaway tool chest. Do an inventory of the fasteners on your bike and make sure you have the tools to fit them. In most cases, a selection of sockets from 8mm to 17mm, corresponding box-end wrenches, and a set of Allen (hex) keys or sockets will cover most bikes. Be sure to have the necessary tools to remove both wheels. You should also have an adjustable wrench of some sort (a set of channel lock pliers, for example). Additionally, include zip-ties, a power drill with an assortment of bits, wire cutters, safety wire, electrical tape, an air pump, and a reliable tire gauge.