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Old 04-30-08, 12:49 PM   #1
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i need advice for my repair bag

for longer rides i like having some piece of mind that even if old reliable decides to take a dump, i can fix it.

right now i have a large saddle bag with the following,

1) a mini pump made by crank bros.
2) an extra tube
3) a small patch kit
4) 3 tire levers
5) a small adjustable wrench
6) a set of allen wrenches
7) a multi tool with pliers

is there anything else you would recommend for on road repairs only
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Old 04-30-08, 01:24 PM   #2
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I have used a spoke wrench on rare occasions to do a roadside repair - quickie truing job.
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Old 04-30-08, 02:24 PM   #3
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I carry two tubes instead of one and a patch kit...........less hassle if you do run into a second flat on a long ride.
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mini chain tool?
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i think i'll hold off on the chain and spoke tools for now as i am not very proficient at using either and it would probably be disastrous if i tried to mess around with them on the road.
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a chain tool...

A chain tool and an extra lenth of chain would definitely come in handy. Lots of multi tool come with a chain breaker.
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That's more stuff than I carry. Most of the time I carry only enough stuff to fix one flat tire. When I ride my fixed gear, I don't even carry that. I prefer to do my maintenance at home.

That said, a few allen wrenches can come in handy, expecially for making initial adjustments on a bike that's new to you. Anything beyond a basic tightening and you're generally going to need a replacement bolt or something so you still won't be able to fix it.

I'm frequently surprised by the amount of tools and stuff that some riders claim to carry with them on every ride. Besides the weight of the tool pack they must also be carrying a huge load of worry on their shoulders to think that they need so much stuff.
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right now i have a large saddle bag with the following,

1) a mini pump made by crank bros.
2) an extra tube
3) a small patch kit
4) 3 tire levers
5) a small adjustable wrench
6) a set of allen wrenches
7) a multi tool with pliers

is there anything else you would recommend for on road repairs only
I carry the same as you on my MTB and road bike but I added a presta to shrader adapter. My commuter has only tube, tire levers and pump (it's a short commute and if I had a problem I'd just have someone haul me and the bike to my office and deal with it there).
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I carry 1, 2 and 3. I also put a small rolled up piece of duct tape in the patch kit to use as emergency tire boots. Instead of the rest of the items I carry Topeak Hexus 16. The set of tools to carry depends on the bike you are riding. I don't have any use for an adjustable wrench and I would never use pliers on any of my bikes.
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I carry 1, 2 and 3. I also put a small rolled up piece of duct tape in the patch kit to use as emergency tire boots. Instead of the rest of the items I carry Topeak Hexus 16. The set of tools to carry depends on the bike you are riding. I don't have any use for an adjustable wrench and I would never use pliers on any of my bikes.
i use the wrench for the bolt on my dérailleur. the plier multi tool comes in handy for a lot of things, many unrelated to mike maintenance.
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I've found that those mini pumps achieve not near enough tire pressure to do anything worthy, unless yours is the ones I've tried to deal with before. You might look into replacing it with a C02 inflater, they seem pretty reasonably priced and will get you back on the roll in a hurry. Usually I take one or two allens, as the one that fits threadless headsets fits close to anything that needs adjusting, a small adjustable crescent, some tire levers and a spare tube, but thats really only if I'm riding a long way.
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topeak road morph. 120 psi in just over a minute....
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for longer rides i like having some piece of mind that even if old reliable decides to take a dump, i can fix it.

right now i have a large saddle bag with the following,

1) a mini pump made by crank bros.
2) an extra tube
3) a small patch kit
4) 3 tire levers
5) a small adjustable wrench
6) a set of allen wrenches
7) a multi tool with pliers

is there anything else you would recommend for on road repairs only
Bus fare, for when your problems are too serious for road repairs. It is incredibly annoying when you are having a bike problem far from home to discover you don't have cash or the right change to take the bus.
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Have you ever used that Crank Bros. pump? I took mine back and got a good one (Topeak). The guy at REI told me they get a large percent of those back as returns.
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Actually....there are a few items missing. Forgive me, it's early in the season.

Items missing (but that still fit inside the bag):

Duct tape wrapped around a sawed-off Bic pen
Small slips of paper
$5 bill (tire boot, food money, gas bribe...probably used for a pint)
Swiss Army knife with two blades, tweezers, nailfile and toothpick
Kevlar replacement spoke

Also carried in hydration pack or on bike:

Mylar space blanket
Compact shock pump
Regular tire pump
First aid kit (Includes a bunch of misc. stuff)
Spare tube
Business cards
Medical I.D. Card
Cellphone

I'll have to label that pic I posted and edit it.
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1 quikstik = 3 tire levers
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In keeping with the trend, this is what I use:



Just a small generic leather bum bag (I think Americans call them fanny packs?), with the following:



Not pictured is the spare tube. Never had to walk home

On longer rides (60KM+) I'll also carry a small backpack as it's handy to contain extra hydration, chain if needed, topographic maps and the like.

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Instead of concentrating on what you need to carry, concentrate on what you might need to fix. Then select tools to accomplish the task.

You may need to be prepared to fix these common problems:

1. Flat Tire
2. Adjust brakes and derailleurs
3. Fix large cut in tire
4. Fix a broken link in your chain
5. Deal with a broken spoke (drive side rear)
6. Clean up road rash in the event of a crash
7. Fix a broken wire (generator light users)

For the above, I carry:

1. Spare tube, patch kit, pump, tire levers
2. Multitool
3. Duct tape for tire boot (also spare tire on long rides)
4. Chain tool (part of multitool) and spare SRAM PowerLink
5. Spoke wrench (part of multitool) and FiberFix emergency spoke
6. Simple first aid kit
7. Keychain knife and pliers (very lightweight), electrical tape.

In addition, I carry a few zip ties. They come in handy more often that you might think.

For short rides, where you can simply call a spouse or friend for a ride home if all else fails, you can get by with just flat tire repair and a multitool to make adjustments. But, as rides get longer, you may need to be prepared for more serious repairs.
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Actually....there are a few items missing. Forgive me, it's early in the season.

Items missing (but that still fit inside the bag):

Duct tape wrapped around a sawed-off Bic pen
Small slips of paper
$5 bill (tire boot, food money, gas bribe...probably used for a pint)
Swiss Army knife with two blades, tweezers, nailfile and toothpick
Kevlar replacement spoke

Also carried in hydration pack or on bike:

Mylar space blanket
Compact shock pump
Regular tire pump
First aid kit (Includes a bunch of misc. stuff)
Spare tube
Business cards
Medical I.D. Card

I'll have to label that pic I posted and edit it.
Cellphone
You forgot one of the most important things WB.... toilet paper. Leaves, grass and gravel are ok, but nothing beats cottony softness between the cheeks at a trailside stop. Makes the whole experience feel downright luxurious. Plus, you know it's extra weight you no longer have to ride with, lol.
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You forgot one of the most important things WB.... toilet paper. Leaves, grass and gravel are ok, but nothing beats cottony softness between the cheeks at a trailside stop. Makes the whole experience feel downright luxurious. Plus, you know it's extra weight you no longer have to ride with, lol.
You're absolutely right...and I do have some biodegradeable TP in my pack.

I also didn't include tire levers because I intentionally choose tire/rim combos that don't require them.
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