I will be picking up my new bike Saturday. I will be riding primarily on a paved out & back trail (as opposed to a loop). My biggest concern is flats. I will be carrying a frame mount pump, a spare tube, and a patch kit. Unless I have two flats, this should get me out and back. However, I still have this concern about getting 15 miles out and having to walk a disabled bike all the way back. Could take many hours.
Unless someone can suggest additional precautions, I canít think of anything else I can do with regard to flats. So, my question is: Are there any other items of survival (other than food and drink) that I need to be carrying with me? How serious are popped spokes? (say 1 or 2). OK to ride 15 miles or so?
Other than flats, what are the most common mechanical problems for road bikes?