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    Talk to me about mobile maintenance

    I am having the fiancee load me up with a few bike accessories (rack, bag, etc.).

    I'm thinking about some sort of portable pump, tire levers, patch kit.

    Anyone have a recommendations on the pump? CO2 system?

    I'm a fat guy, sooner or later a tube will give out under me.

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    I carry a spare tube (I'd rather get back on the road quick and patch when I get home - like I did yesterday), patch kit (in case I get another flat), tire levers, pump (CO2 is great till you run out, with a pump you can fill as many tires as needed) and a mini tool (for minor adjustments). Also carry cell phone, drivers license, credit card and cash. Figure I'm covered for whatever hapens that way.

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    I chose a small pump for my road bike, because I can always pump, and I wouldn't always have enough CO2 cartridges. I always carry at least two spare tubes, and have never had to use both, but you never know. I don't carry a patch kit with me, but I do have a patch kit at home to put on the tube that fails on the road, if it is a small enough hole, otherwise I just throw them away.
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    Pump (Road Morph came highly recommended, that's what I got), spare tube, patch kit, tire boot, wrenches I need to do stuff to my bike, flashlight at night, paper towels, wallet, etc.

    On the spare tube vs. patch kit- I always carry a spare tube. Last time I had a flat on the road, I pulled that tube out, started to air it up, and it had a big hole in it already- good reason to carry the patch kit! The tire boot and wrenches are for the bike in the avatar, and might not be needed on a normal road bike.
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    I carry 2 tubes and a frame pump. I've had SEVERAL CO2 believer partners borrow my pump after their carts failed or after a second or third flat on centuries.

    Also carry a spoke wrench for sure! I've adjusted wheels after a spoke break including several friends. Even if you can't do it, someone is always willing to help but not everyone will have one.

    Tire irons to remove the tire from the rim.

    Small tool from Sears. Has flat and phillips SD and opens to a very small set of pliers. Only about and inch big but a big help. I've let others use it on roadside problems. One being a broken pin on a tandem Softride beam. Pulling broken derailleur cables. belive me, they help!

    I also carry 4 allen wrenches. Not the bulky minitool sets. I carry regular AR's as they easily slide into the side pockets of the seatbag and take up nearly zero room.

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    I carry two tubes, tube repair kit, a small tool kit, frame pump, tire levers, and presta valve adapters
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    Small first aid kit. They are at X-mart in camping supplies.
    Bike multi-tool or two(sometimes you need two hex wrenches and only one bike tool is worthless).
    Folding rain poncho because they take up very little room and one never knows what the weather will do.
    Leatherman tool, may be needed for mechanical failure, first aid, or many other uses.
    Tube and levers.
    Patch kit.
    Zip lock bags to keep your cell and wallet dry should the weather go bad.

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    Spare tube, a small patch kit, three tire irons, a multi tool, a CO2 cartride, an itty bitty mutli tool and an itty bitty leatherman type tool, $20, a frame pump, and my keys and cell phone. It all fits in a relatively small seat bag.

    I'm going to have to figure out how to carry a spare tubular for one of my bikes, and a small can of tubular fix-a-flat type stuff.

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    I'm in the other camp. I ride a ton of centuries, and never carry a pump. A Co2 inflater and 4 cartridges has always been more than enough, and I ride a lot of centuries.

    I also carry a spare tube, a patch kit, re-reinforced tire levers, a multi-tool, some paper money (for booting and misc), and a cell phone. The patch kit has some alcohol swabs and a Presta/Schraeder valve adapter.

    With the exception of breaking a chain once, it's all I've ever needed in the last 10,000 miles or so.
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    My friend has an awesome pump - Topeak Road Morph G Bike Pump with Gauge


    Product Description
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    Every dedicated cyclist needs a good portable pump for his or her training rides. However, many on-the-go pumps are somewhat clunky and not all that easy to use. Enter the Topeak Road Morph G, which packs floor pump efficiency and ease of use into a compact, portable design you can bring along for the ride. The Road Morph G boasts a clever foldout footpad that stabilizes the pump against the ground rather than your hand, creating a comfortable, efficient pumping motion. Plus, the pump's flexible air hose makes it easy to work with awkward or tight valve placements while also helping prevent valve stem damage. Other features include an extra-long barrel, an inline gauge, a secure mounting bracket, a Presta/Schrader head, and a plastic thumb lock. The Road Morph G measures 2.2 by 13.8 by 1.1 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 0.49 pounds.


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    The fold-down foot rest gives you floor pump leverage and the hose means you lower the risk of ripping the valve stem as you pump. Padded T-handle provides comfortable inflation. Reversible head quickly converts from Presta to Schrader. Lightweight aluminum barrel.

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    I carry a pump, CO2 inflator and some cartridges, tire levers, tube, patch kit, multitool, chain tool, and some extra links. I also bring a cell phone just in case. On longer rides, I bring some cash, credit card, and drivers lic.
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    I've got two bicycles set up with similar wheels/tires so that I only need one kit; 2-3tubes, tire levers, air pump, multitool, small vice grip pliers, 15mm wrench (for the Surly's bolt-on wheels), a few zip ties and short length of duct tape around a piece of pencil. It all goes in a fanny pack that I loosely strap around my waist. Fanny pack is big enough to hold lunch, and also has two water bottle pockets for extra H2O (rarely used). Bicycles: Trek FX7.3 & Surly Steamroller (set up as a single speed w/two brakes) both with 700 x 32 tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missbumble View Post
    My friend has an awesome pump - Topeak Road Morph G Bike Pump with Gauge
    Same one that I use, and it's great. Additionally, my mobile repair kit is comrised of:

    - Topeak Survival Gearbox
    - Allen wrench for my front hub
    - 2 tubes
    - steel tire levers
    - 5 red cable ties

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    Thanks for all the awesome advice!

    I got the bag today (TransIt Epic trunk bag), and the seat post mounted rack to put it on. I picked up the tire levers recommended by the mechanic I trust the most, a spare tube, and a nice Topeak mini-pump. I already have an allen wrench multi-tool, but I still need a small multitool.

    The mini first aid kit sounds like a good idea too, though I hope I never need it.

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    I hope your mechanic recommended Pedro's tire levers. They're the only ones I've found that will handle road tires without eventually bending or breaking. I use a Crank Brothers Multi-19 multi-tool. I also like to carry pre-glued patches (e.g. Slime Skabs, Park GP-2) since they're easier to apply than conventional patches. I also carry a Park CT-5 chain tool and a spare SRAM PowerLock master link for my chain. Plus the much-loved Topeak Road Morph Pump w/Gauge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechKnowGN View Post
    Thanks for all the awesome advice!

    I got the bag today (TransIt Epic trunk bag), and the seat post mounted rack to put it on. I picked up the tire levers recommended by the mechanic I trust the most, a spare tube, and a nice Topeak mini-pump. I already have an allen wrench multi-tool, but I still need a small multitool.

    The mini first aid kit sounds like a good idea too, though I hope I never need it.
    Two cheap additions - zip ties and a Cliff Bar wrapper. Zip ties are the duct tape of bikes - they can fix almost anything. Broken light mount? Zip tie it. Lost headlight? Zip tie a flashlight to the handlebars. Etc.

    Cliff Bar wrappers make a great tire boot if you have a hole or small tear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    I hope your mechanic recommended Pedro's tire levers. They're the only ones I've found that will handle road tires without eventually bending or breaking. I use a Crank Brothers Multi-19 multi-tool. I also like to carry pre-glued patches (e.g. Slime Skabs, Park GP-2) since they're easier to apply than conventional patches. I also carry a Park CT-5 chain tool and a spare SRAM PowerLock master link for my chain. Plus the much-loved Topeak Road Morph Pump w/Gauge.

    He actually recommended ones PBS can only order, and dont stock, but told me of the in house ones which to get,.

    I forgot to buy a patch kit, but I can get that later. I saw the Crank Brothers multi-tool and it's on my list of possibles.

    I also need a chain tool and a pedal wrench as I need to switch out the pedals from the mountain bike for now until I find pedals I know I want enough to pay for them.

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    Here is the stuff that I carry. Many of us tend to carry the same stuff! All of the stuff below packs pretty easily into a medium-to-large sized seat bag.

    1. 2 spare tubes, wrapped in plastic grocery bags. The plastic bags are slippery and make it easier to pack stuff around them in the bag, and can be used as emergency rain gear that goes over your helmet and saddle.
    2. Tube patch kit (flat in a zip-lock bag). I prefer the type with glue. The glue-less ones tend to fail on me.
    3. Mini tool with tire levers. I like the Topeak Hexis 16, because the built-in tire levers snap on-and-off the handle.
    4. Frame pump. I prefer frame pumps to CO2, and ones with a rubber hose that attaches to the tire valve (prevents cutting the valve stem on the wheel when pumping). There are a few decent ones out there, but the Topeak Road Morph has a proven track record for durability.
    5. Cell phone.
    6. 2-3 feet of duct tape, wrapped flat around a 3-4 inch piece of cardboard. This has saved me lots of walking miles and miles from home.
    7. 2 reflective velcro ankle bracelets. They wad into almost no space at all in the bag, make you more visible when worn after dark, and can be used to clamp broken bike parts together and/or secure things you don't want to hold in your hands to your bike. These have also saved my bacon on many occasions.
    8. Some basic first-aid supplies. I carry a couple of waterproof and adhesive knucke bandages, 2-3 butterfly closings, and antiseptic wipes.
    9. A couple of feet of toilet paper rolled into a flat square. Comes in handy for first aid as well.


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    I bought the Topeak Master blaster for my pump.

    That Hexus 16 is exactly the kind of tool I'm looking for.

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    One thought about tire levers: You usually need 2-3 of them. I tend to keep 2 Pedro's tire levers and the tire lever on my multi-tool.

    I also tend to keep a single Gu gel in the saddle pack, just in case I find myself in the midst of an accidental death-ride and risk plonking.

    What I would love to see one o' these days is a quick emergency maintenance "refresher" course that folds up. I'm figuring 2-4 pieces of waterproof paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechKnowGN View Post
    He actually recommended ones PBS can only order, and dont stock, but told me of the in house ones which to get,.
    If you ride a mountain bike just about any lever will work. Tires on road bikes, however, can be amazingly difficult to get on and off the rim. I've bent, broken, or otherwise ruined about a dozen sets of tire levers before finding Pedro's. They're plastic and pretty cheap, but they always get the job done. I have a pair of them packed with every bike I own. Highly recommended!

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    Mobile maintenance

    Allen wrenches in the sizes (2 on the motobecane CF,4 on the steel Paramount) I need.
    Topeak Road Morph pump (someone else mentioned how great COs are till you run out..truth there)
    and topeak mini road morph pump (the mini I have an attachment under the mini bag on the CF for)
    Tubes and several strips of cut up tube (for those slashes in the tire when you're 30 miles from nowhere)
    Patch kit with a spare spd cleat and set of screws for same)
    Plastic tire lever and a plastic coated alloy park tire lever (because one never knows when the other rider is going to have wired ons)
    Cel phone.
    (I was never a great believer in them till the past two seasons)

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