Be ready for punctures and mechanicals
If you usually ride with a group, you might not always remember to take the tools and spares to fix a puncture. We can get into the habit of leaning on our riding buddies when we get a flat tyre, but if you’re by yourself, that’s not going to work.
The best thing to do is to get a saddle bag, pack it with a tube, some tyre levers and a multi-tool, and leave it on your bike. Mount a mini pump to your frame, and you’ll have everything you need, on every ride.
Read more: How to carry spares on a ride