How to Build It Yourself: Pocket Bike Kits

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How to Build It Yourself: Pocket Bike Kits
Pocket bike kits are essential for every biker. (bike image by chrisharvey from

A biker should carry certain items at all times. These items include tools to help fix your bike in an emergency as well as first aid materials to deal with basic cuts, bumps and bruises. Although bike shops sell pre-assembled kits, you can build one for less than half the price. Building your kit inside of a handlebar bag will ensure easy access as well as the ability to take it off and carry it around your waist.

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Things you need

  • Handlebar bag
  • Information card
  • Cash
  • Bike multi-tool
  • Inner tube
  • Hand pump
  • Tire patches
  • Shower cap
  • First aid kit

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  1. 1

    Gather a list of important numbers, including three emergency contacts, local doctors offices and emergency rooms and the addresses of each. Print these on an index card to keep in your handlebar bag.

  2. 2

    Make a copy of your identification card to keep with your emergency contacts. If you can, get an ID card specifically for your handlebar bag.

  3. 3

    Bundle your emergency cards in a few £13 bills. This is emergency money and should be kept in your handlebar bag at all times.

  4. 4

    Arrange your hand pump, bike multi-tool, tire patches, spare inner tube and shower cap in your handlebar bag. Arrange them in the order listed with the heavier, bulkier items on the bottom. The shower cap is for your bike seat when it rains.

  5. 5

    Arrange individually wrapped alcohol wipes, small and medium bandages, a roller bandage, gauze and a small bottle of sunscreen in a small plastic bag. This first aid kit should fit inside of your handlebar bag without trouble.

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