So you rode your bike to work and the weather changed. You were out on the road and blew a tire. Or maybe you just want to save some money on costly riding equipment. Well, whether you have to call an audible from the office or on the road, or you’re just interested in ways to save, here are 7 hacks that can help make your ride easier.
Bars and gels can be great, but they’re often costly, and sometimes taste a bit like cardboard. But things like nuts, raisins, or beef jerky make for excellent ride snacks (try making your own trail mix). But remember to pack things that sit well, nothing will make you want to head in early quite like an unhappy stomach.
at home, so you’ll have the confidence to patch your tire on the road when needed. But, if your tire has a gash in it, a patch kit won’t solve the problem. In that case, use a dollar bill or energy bar wrapper, folded to fit inside the gash, to keep your tube from popping through.
If rain is coming, protect your seat and your bum with just a grocery bag and a rubber band. Wrap the grocery bag around the seat and secure it underneath with the rubber band. Then, when you’re ready to head home, just remove the bag and you will have a nice dry seat for your ride. Reuse the grocery bag and rubber band (and another identical set) to wrap around your shoes and those nice leather shoes you love will be safe from the elements.