Mountain Biking - Carrying tools
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What do you guys use to carry like say a multi tool and a tube on your ride. I am looking for something I can get under my seat or somewhere I can just stash stuff on a long XC ride.
09-16-04, 09:25 AM
I carry a Camelback and stash my tools in there.
I do have a saddle wedge on my road bike and carry two tubes and a mini-tool.
Mine is a Pedro's. www.pedros.com
09-16-04, 10:26 AM
I also use a hydration pack on my MTB for tools. On my roadbike I have an underseat bag that can hold quite a bit (tube, cliffbar, keys, credit card, tire levers, tools, etc.).
09-16-04, 10:50 AM
saddle wedge. I keep a presta tube in there, some levers, an allen key set, a leatherman PSTII, and about 4-5 gel packs.
Yes, that bag is more heavily stuffed than the trunk of a geo metro on a family outing.
edit: oh and i forgot my cateye el110 led light, which I use as an emergency "legality" light for street when the batts on my niterider die.
I use a seat wedge on my commuter for stuff like tubes, tire levers and a small multi tool. On the trail I carry that stuff (and more) in my CamelBak.
09-16-04, 01:06 PM
I either use a camelbak, or I can usually put the things I need in my jersey pouches. Tubes, small multi-tool and mini-pump all fit in one pocket, then there's room for other stuff in the other two like clif bars etc...
Camelbak M.U.L.E. with TopPeak Hummer multitool, spare Presta tube, small patch kit, minipump or CO2 inflator, chain links, energy bars, & flashlight (unless a short AM ride). Digital camera sometimes.
More space than I really need, but I carry stuff for other riders much of the time too.
Also have 2 smaller Camelbaks (Classic and Hydropak) for shorter rides.
09-20-04, 01:54 PM
I've a question for tube changing. Do most people just cut their tube if they pop it and dont have a patch kit, but do have a tube? Or do they remove the wheel and the tires then the tube?
Plus... what are tire levers, exactly? Can't you just push down on the valve, let the air out and use of your fingers to take the tire off?
09-20-04, 02:06 PM
I carry a tube and a ptch kit. The tube is my first defense, the patch kit is backup (I have never had to use it). I usually remove the wheel and one bead of the tire, slip the old tube out, and then slip the new tube in. I usually save teh popped tube for patching at home.
I am not sure what you mean about cutting the tube, or what you will gain from it. If you are going to cut the tube to get it off the bike without removing the wheel, how would you get the new tube on the wheel? I may be missing something.
As for tire levers, I often use the levers to get the tire off and push it back on the rim with my hands. My new tires (velociraptors) are more difficult to get on the rim than my old tires (hutchinson mosquitos).
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