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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-29-10, 05:00 PM   #1
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Your Large Person Tool Kit

I would imagine us heavier riders would put more stress on our bikes. Do you bring extra tubes or CO2 because you are thinking you might be more prone to flats because of your weight ? What tools do you usually carry with you when your out for a afternoon ride with your friends ? Thanks !!
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Old 04-29-10, 05:46 PM   #2
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All my bikes have a spare tube, patch kit, and basic tools in a seat bag as well as a pump. The tools have mostly been used to fix other people's bikes and I don't often flat as I have kevlar belted tires on all my bikes.
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Old 04-29-10, 05:54 PM   #3
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I carry a patch kit, pump or CO2, mini tool, extra tire irons and a good spoke wrench (I don't like the ones on the mini tool). If I have CO2 with me, I bring 3-5 gas cartridges. I need one cartridge to find the leak and 2nd to fill tire, third cartridge is for filling tire again after repatching when I didn't do a good job on the first patch.
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Old 04-29-10, 06:21 PM   #4
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Nothing out of the ordinary.

2 tubes
steel tire levers
pump
multi-tool
Power Links
fiber spoke
folding tire and patch kit (if I'm out on a very long ride or on gravel)
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Old 04-29-10, 06:31 PM   #5
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All my bikes have a spare tube, patch kit, and basic tools in a seat bag as well as a pump. The tools have mostly been used to fix other people's bikes and I don't often flat as I have kevlar belted tires on all my bikes.
I'm seriously thinking about investing in some kevlar belted tires sometime soon. Not having to think about flats so much just seems like a better time.
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Old 04-29-10, 09:47 PM   #6
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Same as above - tube on bikes + patch kit and carry a pump.

Weight based flatting is only an issue if your tyres are underinflated - pinch flats.

For a heavier rider, ensure that your tyres are always close to maximum pressure - I check and reinflate mine once a week.

So a good tool for heavy riders is a track pump with a pressure guage - extremely useful.
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Old 04-30-10, 02:47 AM   #7
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patch kit, spare tube, multitool, crescent wrench if the bike has bolt on wheels, mini pump.

if i want to cover all things i've ever broken out on a ride i'll have a fiber fix spoke, chain connector link, emergency derailleur hanger, folding spare tire, spare shifter cable, and spare rim. I don't carry a spare rim though.
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I carry a spare tube, patch kit, spoke wrench, multi-tool, frame pump, a 20 dollar bill, cell phone, and a good tire lever (not those junk plastic ones that come in the patch kit).

With those I can fix just about everything that could go wrong with my bike, and anyone else's I encounter. If you are curious about the 20, if you slash your tire you can tightly fold the 20 up and place it between the tube and tire. It becomes a temporary tire boot. If the boot fails, it becomes cab fare. Also useful for emergency coke and doritos, those can bring you right back from a near bonk.
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I carry a spare tube, a multi tool, a couple tire levers, and a pump. I've commutes 15ish miles RT daily year round for over a year now. In that time, I've only gotten three flats, and that's on $10/each tires. So, not so worried about flats, but I carry the proper tools anyway.

The majority of my away from home tool/maintenance is me grabbing my multitool to tighten up the 5mm allen bolt on my Mirrycle mirror once every couple of weeks so it doesn't swivel when I don't want it to.
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I would imagine us heavier riders would put more stress on our bikes. Do you bring extra tubes or CO2 because you are thinking you might be more prone to flats because of your weight ? What tools do you usually carry with you when your out for a afternoon ride with your friends ? Thanks !!
I carry two tubes, multi-tool, tire levers, spare Power Links, a couple zip ties and a pump. I don't carry that stuff because of my weight, I carry it because you never know when you'll need it. I never thought that my weight would make me more prone to flats, either (I guess maybe it does...I just never thought about it).
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I'm seriously thinking about investing in some kevlar belted tires sometime soon. Not having to think about flats so much just seems like a better time.
I like mine, but I've managed to flatten one. It took a lot of abuse, though; I crashed playing slalom between some concrete pillars in the rain, and ripped the wire out, which eventually punctured the inner tube. But the other one is in perfect condition, and they've done well on Seattle's streets, which have their share of broken glass.
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One other thought on heavy people and flats. Even though she weighs around 130 (meaning I've got 80 - 100 lbs. on her at any given time) she typically flatted 5 times more often than I did We were running the same tires at the same pressure on very similar bikes so weigh isn't necessarily a major factor. I switched to Gatorskins on both our bikes and no flats since September.
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Old 04-30-10, 06:43 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone who took the time to answer my question. I've got some great ideas on what to buy for my tool kit now. I never would have thought about a multi-tool until some of you suggested it. Thanks again !!
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Old 05-01-10, 09:21 PM   #14
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about multi tools. I have a couple of different ones, topeak alien and crank bros 17, I like the topeak multi tool more since the allen wrenches are longer and provide a little more leverage also when adjusting my seat bolt, I tend not to nick my carbon seat post with the longer allen wrenches.
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Old 05-02-10, 07:18 AM   #15
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about multi tools. I have a couple of different ones, topeak alien and crank bros 17, I like the topeak multi tool more since the allen wrenches are longer and provide a little more leverage also when adjusting my seat bolt, I tend not to nick my carbon seat post with the longer allen wrenches.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll see if I can find a Topeak Alien for my new tool kit.
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I disagree that heavier people get more flats. The only tool that a heavy person might want to bring along (that a light person wouldn't) is a spoke wrench to fix wheel problems. Make sure it's the right size for your spokes & know how to use it.

For a day-long solo ride:

- tire levers (not metal)
- spare tube
- patch kit
- tire pump. I prefer an actual portable pump (Topeak road morph) because I can use it as many times as I want (no running out of air, etc.). Since I already weigh a lot the extra ounces don't matter to me. I can see the benefit of CO2 in self-supported race situation (faster, light weight, etc.)
- multitool (I have something similar to the Topeak previously listed). MAKE SURE that your multi-tool has the correct bits and pieces for your bike. In other words, it would suck if you needed a 6mm hex wrench for a seat post and your kit didn't have one. Obviously your multi-tool can't do everything but it should cover the basic adjustments (brake adjustment/repair, seat adjustment, & spoke wrench).
- 1st aid kit (real pain meds, large gauze pads, suture kit, etc.). This is in case of a major accident and I need to limp to the nearest phone or town. For smaller cuts and scrapes I just clean them up at home.
- Advil & Benadryl
- cell phone (charged)
- ID (I use RoadID + drivers license), credit card for purchases, five $10 bills (don't spend unless required, can be used to buy a ride into town, etc.)
- iodine tablets (emergency water purification, used only if desperate for fluids)
- emergency calories (gels, etc.)
- lightweight lock for bike (depending if I'm stopping in towns)

If I'm out with friends I carry almost everything listed above (except the lock). A pound here or there doesn't make a big difference for me / my level of fitness.
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Old 05-03-10, 04:44 PM   #17
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Underseat bag

1 tube
irons
3 CO2 cylinders
nozzle
patch
presta/schrader adapter
4 quarters

top tube bag
extra tube
wallet
keys
cell phone
lip balm
ipod
multi tool

a pump is mounted on the frame as well..

I have learned in the past to be well prepared..
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Old 05-03-10, 07:55 PM   #18
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Greg_R, why don't you like metal tire irons ?? Too rough on rims ? I'm putting in an order within the next week that's why I ask. My wife and I just started doing nightly rides and I know it's a matter of time before one of us gets a flat. I want to be well prepared when it happens.
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Smooth metal tire irons are good for changing flats in winter. When it's freezing out, plastic levers can snap.

As for my tool kit: tube, patch kit w/ levers, 15mm wrench, and pump. I've started carrying my multi-tool again when I destroyed my RD and needed a chain breaker and didn't have it.
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I like the metal irons.. but i carry a small set of plastics in my bag.. they have worked well for me.
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