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.
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
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
Small section of fine sandpaper
Inner tube Patches
1 Small tissue
3 Paper clips
Section of card which is larger than tin
Some foam board
Pencil + Sharpie
Antiseptic wipe (optional)
Adhesive (either super glue or a glue gun)
Tiny piece of Blue tack
X-acto knife / Sissors
Its not actually as much as it seems :D
Step 2: Essential Numbers Card
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
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
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
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
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
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!!
I really hope you enjoyed reading this as much as i enjoyed making it!!
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