Bike Care – Assembling a Bike Trail Kit

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jason from Revolution Cycles breaks down how to assemble a bike trail kit for on and off the road.

    Revolution Cycles

    Revolution Cycles was originally established in Georgetown in 1997, and has since expanded to bring the owners’ more than 40 years of experience to three additional locations in the Washington, DC metropolitan region: First to the heart of Clarendon, and eventually arriving in Rockville, MD and Stafford, VA. Our customers come from all aspects of the cycling community, from children getting their first two-wheeler to the racer looking to upgrade; from couples considering their first new bike since college to the hard-working courier in need of a quick fix. Our customers are the backbone of our business and we appreciate the confidence they place in us to provide them with an outstanding experience. Our commitment to service and excellence has resulted, among numerous other awards, in our being named one of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News’ Top 100 Bicycle Dealer each year since the award’s inception in 2004. We are also honored to be the official bike shop for maintaining and acquiring bicycling equipment for the US Secret Service -- including the White House, Naval Observatory and Foreign Mission divisions. We provide the same services for several other law enforcement agencies including the US Capitol Police, The National Institute of Health, US Mint Police, George Washington University Police, sections of the National Park Service, and several local Washington metropolitan area police agencies. Thank you for your support and for giving us the opportunity to earn your business. Please check out our website for more information regarding the products we carry and our locations.

    Jason: Hi! My name is Jason, I am a mechanic for Revolution Cycles.

    Right now, I am going to briefly go over what is entailed in an on the road or on the trail maintenance kit for your bicycle.

    We want to start with the pack itself that sits right under the saddle of the bicycle, strapped on to the rails of the saddle itself and the seat post. They vary in size, it basically allows you to carry all the equipment I am going to go over in one second. Some of them are different features, straps, different pockets, reflective piping, vary in price from anywhere from $20 to about $50 depending on size of the pack. What you want to keep in the pack is first an extra tube or may be two extra tubes, a patch kit with various size patches, all the necessary parts in there.

    The tire levers of choice and then a pump of some sort. Two different pumps that we have here, this particular pump is a CO2 cartridge pump. This uses a CO2 cartridge to inflate the tube, relatively quickly, easily, small and compact, so you can store it in your bag or store it somewhere on the bicycle.

    Second type is a manual mini pump. This is adaptable to both valves incidentally, locking feature. This can either be mounted on to the bicycle usually under the bottle cage, or you can also store it in one of packs that youll have on your saddle on your bicycle itself.

    Another important item for your traveling pack is a gauge to make sure you are putting enough pressure in your tire. Most floor pumps will have a gauge on them, but obviously, you are not going to bring your floor pump on the road with you and incidentally most of the mini pumps do not come with any kind of gauge. So, you either need to know by feel, how much pressure you are putting in your tube or have an alternative gauge, like the one you see here, this one is small and convenient, can fit inside the pack, nice and easy. So, that might be one, an item that you keep with your travel pack as well.

    The price range for these materials is right around $50, you can expect to pay right around $50, you can buy the items individually, or in some cases, they are available in a pack where it comes with everything you see here, for again right around $50. All these items that you see here can be purchased at your local bike shop.