Traveling with a bicycle can be a rewarding experience. Whether it’s a vacation, race far from home, or getting some relaxation during business travel, here’s a few products that make the trip a lot easier.
1. Problem Solvers Locking Headset Spacer
A Locking Headset Spacer is a must have for anyone who needs to pack and ship their bike. When packing a bike, you must always remove the stem from the steerer tube. The whole headset assembly usually falls apart, and ALWAYS needs to be expertly re-adjusted. Get yourself a locking headset spacer, and all your troubles go away. The locking ring holds everything in place and maintains your bearing adjustment when your bike is apart! It weighs only 11 grams and is available in black or silver. It is only available for 1 1/8 inch steerers. It is also very helpful if you are swapping stems or playing around with your stem position. Problem Solved.
2. CDI Pre-Set Torque Wrench
A Torque Wrench is an important tool for any mechanic. Your stem bolts and seatpost clamp require a precise amount of torque. Unfortunately, most take some practice to learn how to use correctly. CDI Torque Wrenches eliminate over-tightening with a clutch that breaks at a pre-set value. Just tighten your bolt until the wrench makes a “Click”. They have magnetic bit holder so you can put the appropriate bit in for your components. They are available in 4nm (yellow), 5nm (orange), 6nm (green). Check with your stem and seatpost clamp for the maximum torque spec.
3. Air Smith CO2 Mini Pump and CO2 Inflator
Since you can’t take CO2 cartridges on a plane, Planet Bike’s Air Smith CO2 pump could be the perfect little pump for traveling. This pump does double-duty as a traditional hand pump as well as being able to accept a CO2 cartridge. And because of it’s super small size (5.75″ tall), you won’t have any problem fitting it in your luggage and your jersey pocket. So leave the CO2 cartridges at home when you fly and pick some up at your destination, or not!