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This Bike Pic Wednesday, we captured this biker dude riding in the rain on his commute to work in Washington County, near Stillwater, MN.

Bike Pic May 08, making the best of a wet Wednesday ride

This Bike Pic Wednesday, we captured this biker dude riding in the rain on his commute to work in Washington County, near Stillwater, MN.

Here are some tips on maintenance after riding in the rain.

What better way to continue your fun than finding your #NextBikeAdventure.  See all the great ideas and bike destinations in the 2019 Bike/Hike Planning Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘Bike Pic’ 

Now rolling into our 12th year as a bike media, our goal is to encourage more people to have fun. In this expanded e-guide issue, we have added more free bike maps to review for planning your next adventure.

As we continue to showcase more destinations you can explore, we are all about capturing fun photos to capture those memories. Hopefully, some worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

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As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure. Here you will find all the information you will need when visiting one of our Community Map Partners, accessible on your mobile-friendly devices.

Watch for our spring print guides in May.

The spring 2019 Bike/Hike Guides will be available soon in both print and digital format. So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your #NextBikeAdventure.

Please share all our pic’s with your friends and us on our Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to smile; we may be around the next corner with our HFB camera, ready to capture you for our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day!

When you're out touring the countryside or riding your bike in town here are six bike maintenance items to carry with you to help fix the most common problems you may encounter.

Bike Maintenance – Six Items to Have Along on a Ride

 

When you’re out touring the countryside or riding your bike in town here are six bike maintenance items to carry with you to help fix the most common problems you may encounter. The good news is that these will all fit in the small pack underneath your seat or in your rear jersey pockets. And, if you don’t already have the bike maintenance tools or items, you can mostly likely pick them up for a reasonable price at your favorite bike shop.

1. A Spare Tube is Essential for on the Road Bike Maintenance

If you’re going to be out and about, the most likely problem you’ll have with your bike is a flat tire. So bring along a spare tube. They are fairly compact, easy to change out, and you’ll be back riding in no time. Never changed a flat tire? Here is an easy instruction video on how to change a flat.

Have a tube that fits your tire is the most important bike maintenance items you can carry with you.

Have a tube that fits your tire is the most important bike maintenance items you can carry with you.

In addition to a spare tube, you will want to carry a patch kit. If you get a second flat, or a friend you are riding with has multiple flats, you’re going to gain some extra points for having that kit. Plus, using a patch in a tire adds a tough skin protector to a surface area when you aren’t able to find the sharp object that created the problem in the first place.

2. A Set of Tire Levers

If you’re going to fix a flat tire, you’ll need tire levers. These small tools slide under your tire and help pull it off your rim so that you can remove the tube to patch it or replace it with a spare.

A pair of tire levers makes getting it easier to pry the tire from the rim, without pinching the tube.

A pair of tire levers makes getting it easier to pry the tire from the rim, without pinching the tube.

They fit easily in your pouch or jersey pocket, and you really don’t want to be without them

3. A Pump or CO2 Inflator

Whether you repair your tire with a patch kit or spare tube, you will need to inflate the tire again after the repair. That’s where a small bicycle frame pump comes in handy for bike maintenance on the road. Usually clamped to your frame, these little pumps will put enough air in your tire to get you back on your way.

A small air pump is a must have bike maintenance item to have along unless you prefer a CO2 cartridge.

A small air pump is a must have bike maintenance item to have along unless you prefer a CO2 cartridge.

Some riders prefer to carry CO2 cartridges – these small cylinders deliver a burst of pressurized air to refill a tube in a matter of a few seconds. They are lighter, but require a bit of practice to use or else you can blow out the tube you’ve just replaced. Plus, they cost about a dollar a piece for what is typically a onetime use. For information on how to use these inflators, check out the Youtube Video talking about it.

4. Multitool Gadget

For any number of potential fixes or adjustments you might face on the road, a multi-tool is a handy gadget that you’ll want to take along no matter how short or long your ride.

A multitool is a great bike maintenance item to have along for making adjustments, to opening a bottle of root beer.

A multitool is a great bike maintenance item to have along for making adjustments, to opening a bottle of root beer.

A multi-tool typically comes equipped with a dozen or more individual tools in various sizes including Allen wrenches, hex bolt wrenches, screw drivers, a chain tool, and more. Tucked neatly into one small package, it’s like a portable tool box for fixing your bike – in more ways than you can ever imagine. Plus, many come outfitted with a bottle opener too for when you are back and ready to celebrate another fun ride.

5. Mobile Phone

Every wonder how we got by, in the days before cell phones? It’s nice for calling home to get picked up in case of breakdown or for calling your buddies who may be ahead of you, or behind you, on those longer rides.

When bike maintenance requires calling for help a cell phone is a great tool to have along.

When bike maintenance requires calling for help a cell phone is a great tool to have along.

There is no reason not to carry a cell phone, especially with all the apps for mapping, cadence, and speed.

6. Cash/Identification and Insurance Card

This is one of those just-in-case items that you bring and hopefully will never use. Take along a few dollars for drinks and snacks along the way. And, in case of a split in your tire, a dollar bill can be laid along the split inside your tire to keep your tube from bulging out too badly until you can get it repaired. Also, be sure to bring along copies of your identification and insurance cards. God forbid you get into an accident, but in case you do, you’ll definitely want and need these items.

When bike maintenance requires some buying power cash and/or a credit card is good to have along, with an ID.

When bike maintenance requires some buying power cash and/or a credit card is good to have along, with an ID.

Tip: On the backside of these documents, write down your list of emergency contacts as well as any special medical instructions or allergies to medicine you might have. Also, if you have any pets home alone, this can be noted along with your emergency contacts so one of the contacts can take care of the pet if the need arises.

Now, with these items stowed away on your bike, it’s time to leave your troubles at home and enjoy the trails and roads. Most of all, it’s time to have fun!