Hello, and thanks for visiting this BMX article. In this BMX article you will be reading about the bare essentials that you will need for BMXing, for at home, for when you are on a ride, and in general to always carry around with you.
First things first, you should always carry around a backpack with you when you go for a ride, at a park or street. Put it down near where you are riding, and dont lose it.
The worst thing that can happen to you is that you are miles away from home, with no way to get back, and you get a puncture. This is bad, you can’t even roll down hills on the way back. Because of this, there are several things that should always be carried in your backpack with you. First of all, a puncture repair kit. These are cheap, and work wonders. Second of all, a spare inner tube. If you are in a rush, then instead of trying to find the hole, or if it is a rip, you can just stick a new inner tube in and repair the old one when you get home. But to do this, you need several tools. These are, a tyre lever, an adjustable (or the correct size) spanner/wrench, a puncture repair kit, a spare inner tube and most importantly, a pump. The best kind of pump to carry around with you is a small hand pump, that will do to get enough air in the tyre to get home.
Another thing that should be in your backpack, is a set of allen keys. These come in sets that are on one tool, like a Swiss army knife, so they are very easy to carry around.
All of these things are enough to get you back up and running, and get you home. But when at home, what should you have there?
Personally, I have a big foot pump, with a pressure gauge on it. A stock of about 10 inner tubes, spare tyres, and most parts on a bike, but not all of these are neccessary. What I would say the “essentials” are is; A decent pump, with pressure gauge, a lot of inner tubes/repair kits, spare tyres, grease, lubricant, rags, allen keys, spanners and spare parts of things that are likely to break, eg a bottom bracket or spokes.
If you have all of these at home, you will always be covered of every eventuality. Also, one thing which is not an essential, but may be a good idea to have handy, is a guide book to repair your bike. These can be picked up relativley cheap, but will be a huge help when it comes to looking for how to tighten your bottom bracket or you headset, and give great tips in general.
Thanks for reading this BMX article, in the next one there should be a guide to replacing and repairing inner tubes, so that you will always know what to do when the time eventually comes that they need repairing.