And that brings me to today's tip: have the following tools with you at all times while riding:
- At least 1 spare tube.
- Tire levers
- Air pump
- A multi-tool
I'd recommend practicing removing the wheel and such a couple times when you're not under the gun so that things go more smoothly when the actual event happens. And practice it on both the front and back wheels! Taking off the back wheel is a little more complicated than doing it on the front wheel, though it's not really that big a deal. If I'd practiced I might have remembered to re-string the chain before latching the wheel back into place and saved a couple more minutes.
Now, for the Citra-Wipes. These are seriously a miracle item. They clean anything with a little bit of elbow grease and some patience - and much more quickly and completely than soap and water. And the best part is that you can clean up IMMEDIATELY before getting back on your bike, so you don't have to get your grips all dirty before getting to your destination and being able to wash your hands.
I highly recommend these little packets - keep a couple in your saddle bag with everything else and have a supply at home to re-stock it after your trip. You'll be glad you did when you get to work and don't have to keep your hands off everything while trying to get to a place to wash your hands!
People, not speed.