Introduction: Bicycle Survival Kit !

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This is a bike survival kit that I think every cyclist should own and take with them when they bike.
The Bike survival kit contains a selection of survival items that will help you survive any situation..

Essential numbers card:
If you are lost or hurt and need some help and don't have a mobile available you can refer to your number card (if you are really good at remembering numbers you don't need this)

Small coins and a note:
The small coins can be used in a pay-phone if a mobile is unavailable, the larger note can be used to buy water/ snacks/ taxi home or anything else you need

Mini first aid kit:
The kit contains some plasters and some tissue, if you have one you should also include an antiseptic wipe, this kit can be used to patch up any cuts or grazes you may encounter.

Puncture repair kit:
Probably the most important part of the kit. The puncture kit contains a small section of sandpaper , a Rubber adhesive solution , q-tips and various sized inner tube patches.

Key holder:
This key holder can be cut to accommodate any type of key and any size, you could use it to store a house key/ bike lock key/ shed key / locker key.... any key basically , you can also store multiple keys.

I have taken an abnormal amount of photos for this instructable so if you get lost just look at the pics :D

Step 1: What You Will Need

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Below is a picture of the materials and items i used, i also used some things not in the picture so i have made a list.

1 Altoids tin (minus the contents :D)
Puncture Repair Kit
Rubber soloution
Small section of fine sandpaper
Inner tube Patches
1 Q-tip
1 Small tissue
3 Paper clips
Section of card which is larger than tin
Some foam board
Pencil + Sharpie
2 Coins
1 Note
3 Plasters
Antiseptic wipe (optional)
Adhesive (either super glue or a glue gun)
1 Key
Tiny piece of Blue tack
X-acto knife / Sissors

Its not actually as much as it seems :D

Step 2: Essential Numbers Card

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In the unfortunate situation of your mobile running out of battery or credit you may be forced to use a pay phone booth, if you cant access the contacts on your phone will you be able to remember the essential numbers?

1 - First take your card and cut it into a rough rectangle which is slightly bigger than the Altoids tin
2 - Place the tin on the card and using a pencil lightly trace round the base of the tin
3 - Then using scissors or a craft knife cut along the outline and remove any excess card
4 - You may need to trim the edges of your card to make it fit into the tin lid
5 - Once your card fits the lid you can use glue to stick it down, super glue or a glue gun work well.
6 - Now the card is in place open your contacts list and write down the most important numbers which you would call in an emergency. (not 911 / 999 because if you cant remember that you shouldn't be on a bike at all.....)

Have a look at the picture for an example (I have blacked out the numbers on computer)
I have included my home phone number, both parents mobiles and my brothers (absolute last-resort)

Step 3: Key Holder

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The Key holder is used to safely store a key where it cannot fall out, get lost or rattle around.

1 - Place your key on top of the foam board and trace around it with a pencil
2 - Now using an X-acto knife cut out the outline, you may want to cut slightly inside the outline to ensure your key has a snug fit and wont fall out
3 - Trim the piece of foam containing your key so that it fits nicley at the bottom of your altoids tin

Look at the last pic to see it in action!

Step 4: Puncture Repair Kit

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When going out on a bike ride a puncture repair kit is an absolute must! punctures can strike anytime anywhere and to anyone! so be prepared!! :D

1 - Decide how many patches you want and what size combinations you want
2 - I used a small strip of paper to keep all the small pieces together (optional)
3 - Put the kit into the altoids tin, use a small piece of bluetack to keep rubber solution in place.

Step 5: Medical Kit

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Now this medical kit wont perform heart surgery but it will help you with small cuts and grazes.
I have included three small plasters and a small tissue in my medical kit, if you have an antiseptic wipe handy it would be a good idea to include that too.

1 - Using scissors cut your tissue into a small rectangle so you can fit it in the tin
2 - Then use 2 paper clips to hold the tissue together
3 - Place the tissue and the three plasters in your altoids tin.

Step 6: Money Holder

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If you are out and about on your bike and your mobile phone runs out of battery or credit than you will have to use a pay phone, so this part of the kit lets you keep coins some where they will not get lost or rattle about allowing you to contact whoever you need.

1 - Using a small section of foam board and some scissors cut the foam so that it fits in one end of the altoids case.
2 - Place your two coins on the foam and trace round them with your pencil
3 - Using an X-acto knife cut along the pencil line and remove the excess foam
4 - Check the coins fit
5 - Using scissors cut out a piece of the thin card and card to the back of the foam , this will stop the coins falling through
6 - For The note simply fold it up and paper clip
7 - Put the note in first and then the coin holder to clamp down the rest of the contents.

Step 7: Decorating the Tin

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I didn't want t leave my bike kit as an Altoids tin because i have lots lying around and i didn't want to loose it so i quickly created a small logo and printed it off along with the instructables robot.
Unfortunately i didn't have any color ink left so i had to resort to old school coloring pencils :D
Before i stuck the images on i used some white electrical tape to mask the writing on the tin.

Step 8: Finished!!

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I really hope you enjoyed reading this as much as i enjoyed making it!!

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BudgetBugout (author)2013-07-14

Great kit! I like the cut outs for the coins. I just uploaded an Altoids survival kit. You should take a look.

flashcactus (author)2009-05-02

I couldn't find altoids in russia no matter how hard i search. Just wanted to ask: what dimensions do the tins have?

95 mm wide, 60 mm long, 20 mm tall

dollardude (author)flashcactus2009-07-24

i used a maths kit tin..

ERCCRE123 (author)2009-01-24

"not 911 / 999 because if you cant remember that you shouldn't be on a bike at all...." LOL

=SMART= (author)ERCCRE1232009-03-26


bobt4 (author)=SMART=2009-12-02

 i dont get it whats 911/999

=SMART= (author)bobt42009-12-03

emergency phone numbers

Doctor Freeman (author)=SMART=2010-09-09

whats 999 i know 911 is the police

sharlston (author)Doctor Freeman2010-09-26

999 is the emergency services in england

cheesepuff04 (author)sharlston2011-06-17

it 000 in australia

Why are they all 3 numbers?

mg0930mg (author)Doctor Freeman2011-06-17

Did you really just ask this question?

Doctor Freeman (author)mg0930mg2011-06-18

Yes I did. Why?

mg0930mg (author)Doctor Freeman2011-06-18

How old are you?

Doctor Freeman (author)mg0930mg2011-07-01

If find that is none of your buisness (sorry if that sounded scarcastic).
I was just wondering why instead of 911, we have 1, or 2, or 3, ect.

mg0930mg (author)Doctor Freeman2011-07-01

It's just easier to remember, and England didn't want 911. Australia wanted 000 they're easier then 911...

I was wondering because, to me at lest, it seems like a rather simple concept..

Doctor Freeman (author)mg0930mg2011-07-01

Correct me if i'm wrong, but 1 is is one of the easiest (and lonliest) phone numbers there are, and the 500 miliseconds spent dialing could very well save you life, though it's not likely.
finnaly, i ment mean in the perenthisies in my last comment.

mg0930mg (author)Doctor Freeman2011-07-01

Also easy to misdial.

Doctor Freeman (author)mg0930mg2011-07-01

As is 911 ( I'm not trying to be rude).

mg0930mg (author)Doctor Freeman2011-07-01

911 is in between being too long to dial, and fast enough to do even when hurt.

pro2xy (author)mg0930mg2011-11-09

Its so, because they are easy enough to remember, while at the same time, being 3 digits and that too on the opposite corners on a phone keypad (911), its not very likely a number that could be dialed accidently.
Moreover, were you people actually trying to fight over it? Lol.. :P

Hallmar (author)2011-06-06

@ =SMART= This is great idea and thanks for sharing it with us. Can i use another tin can besides this one like a Soda or beer can?

Amby-chan (author)2010-07-08

I think even if you did memorize your numbers really well, it's still good to have, so if your unconscious, someone can call them for you.

abadfart (author)Amby-chan2011-01-30

ya kind of like setting your ICE contacts on your cell phone

Knot71 (author)2010-08-04

I really like the idea of having your name on the tin!

LemonLily (author)2009-03-27

The key idea and the money keeping thing is cool. Thanks for sharing. But too bad I don't bike. I don't even know how...

littlebastard (author)LemonLily2010-06-26

you dont know how to ride a bike?

shaunaaltman (author)LemonLily2009-09-20

I'm going to make some of these as Christmas gifts.

shooby (author)2010-06-13

No tire (tyre) levers??

EFT4Me (author)2010-03-03

Lots of cool ideas. I realize space is limited but there are a few simple small things that can make a difference if you need them.  Ever try riding a bike with a headache or worse, toothache?  Jeez Louise, the bumps can be murder!  A couple of aspirins or Tylenol, a few antacids take up little space. In the dime stores they used to have a plastic poncho for 99 cents (folded up to 2''X 3'') that you could   duck tape under your seat.  Lastly, when thinking about the poncho I recalled another 'rubber'  type item.  Easily fits in the tin & can keep you healthy.  Extends  your life  while protecting against  other types of 'accidents'...Enough said?

allenmt (author)2010-01-01

 gr8 ible gonna make soon but need altoid tin

shaunaaltman (author)2009-09-20

I don't really ride a bike, but I'm going to make a kit as a gift. What is the sandpaper used for?

hammertong (author)shaunaaltman2009-12-07

 The rubber cement that holds the tube patch in place sticks better if you rough up the area around the hole. Some patch kits come with a small piece of metal that resembles a cheese grater for this same purpose.

knektek (author)2009-11-02

in another altoids tin you can put the puncture repair kit a wrench, spare tyre (to fit your bike wheel) and a pump. ps# you would need about 4 or 5 tins for that lol.

shaunaaltman (author)2009-09-20

I wonder how difficult it would be to add a blinking red light to the front and some kind of clamp or velcro attachment to the back....Has anyone tried something like this?

godofal (author)shaunaaltman2009-10-03

make a red led and a white led to it, and you also have a emergency light! add a small coin cell, 1 bright red led 1 bright white led, 2 resistors (100ohm should do it) , a switch and some way to attach it to your bike/body shouldnt take that much space...

duck_tape_ (author)2009-08-31

I agree, you just need a chain tool, and maybe a few extra links.

Seleziona (author)2009-08-30

cool, probably gonna make it!

anonymouse197 (author)2009-08-09

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dollardude (author)2009-08-07

where are altoids from?

lothartje (author)2009-03-26

Nice man i realy ganna make it ;D

dollardude (author)lothartje2009-08-07

you should, its fun

awesome but learn to spell first

=SMART= (author)lothartje2009-03-26

Awesome Thanks

lilbrewdog (author)2009-07-31

YAY!!! i made mine (excluding the key, i don't need it. :) ) and it looks great...but my stuff is kinda crammed in there, so i taped it closed, then put the lables on. :) i wrote "tear off tape!" in red printer ran out of collored ink. :(

kenexinator (author)2009-07-26

You know it might be better if you placed a map in there too! (obviously a small one!)

dollardude (author)2009-05-19

look at mine...

Rock Soldier (author)dollardude2009-07-21

Bike survive?

dollardude (author)Rock Soldier2009-07-24

You make one and put up a pic!

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