1. A Puncture Repair Kit

It might not be the most exciting, but it goes without saying that you need a puncture repair kit. It’s useless to carry, that is, until it’s called upon. Then, it’s a lifesaver. Fortunately, you can get a compact kit containing self-adhesive patches, sandpaper, tire levers, and a CO2 inflator for next to nothing.

2. A Water Bottle

Picture the scene. It’s a sweltering summer day, and you’re out for a ride, but the heat in the air is making your throat feel as dry as the Sahara desert. Sure, it may seem like a simple accessory, but you can’t go without it when you need it. The humble water bottle, a cyclist’s trusty companion.

3. A First Aid Kit

While it might not be as glamorous as the latest carbon fiber frame, a first aid kit is an indispensable companion for riders of all levels. Okay, you can probably leave out the tourniquet and emergency blanket for a short commute to work. But if you plan on tackling any trails, going off-road, or just taking on any kind of distance, a small first aid kit can do a world of good.

4. A Multitool

It’s hard to beat a multi-tool when it comes to getting a bang for your buck. This pocket-sized powerhouse brings versatility and convenience in a small footprint.  Whether it’s an Allen key to tighten up that loose stem, seatpost, or bottle cage or a chain tool to remove a broken link, this tiny toolkit has one goal: to keep you in the saddle longer.