When out doing a coast to coast run in the beautiful scenic countryside in the United Kingdom (100-150 mile depending on the route) or in areas where there are no shops around for a while, wipes are a complete saviour for unexpected situations. I also like cycling for a few hours on the cycling routes all around the outskirts of the city where I live. These little excursions can be anything from 2-10 miles plus depending on the time you have. Since my puncture repair kit for my bike is fairly roomy, I always pack a few types of wipes in there before setting off.
Greasy Chains - I often find if I change gears erratically when adjusting incline I have a problem with my chain coming off and it’s usually all the grease building up overtime. I find it really easy to use some special bike cleaning wipes to clean the greasy chain, once it’s done it will easily shift through the gears again. Although cleaning and replacing the chain makes my hands extremely dirty and greasy, some cleaning wipes with, for example alcohol works wonders in getting rid of every last bit.
Hot Spots - Cycling on a hot day or after a long ride will cause you to sweat in places that can get very uncomfortable; your bike seat and handle bars in particular will get fairly clammy and moist overtime but a quick wipe over will fix this problem.
Tyres - After a lengthy ride, the tyres start to obviously look a little worse for wear with mud, stones and even animal waste stuck in between the grooves. This is where wipes come in handy for giving the tyres a quick clean up. While you’re at it, it’s a good time to check your tyres for any excessive wear, embedded sharps or tears.
First Aid - Of course, accidents can happen anytime and when you’re cycling near other vehicles, as a cyclist, you are pretty vulnerable. So having a first aid kit with antiseptic wipes is pretty crucial to carry with you at all times. This is stored in with the repair kit. Hopefully, no major accidents will occur but having the basics of a first aid kit puts my mind at ease if anything were to happen.
There are many types of wipes for different purposes and it’s important to make sure you select the right wipe for the right job, they’ve saved me a few times when out on the open road in the middle of nowhere! Certain wipes especially antibacterial or alcohol based wipes come in smaller packs so there’s no excuse for not being able to carry them. You also never know where you need to share them when you’re out and about so it’s good to make sure you’ve got plenty with you.
Remember to always wear safety gear too - your helmet, knee pads, arm pads and wrist guards all make a difference if you were ever in an unfortunate incident. Happy and safe cycling to you all and make the best of the sunny weather!