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Old 04-25-16, 08:30 AM   #26
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Frame bag, which has enough extra room for wallet/keys/phone for pannier-free lunch rides.
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Old 04-25-16, 11:00 AM   #27
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I put tube and levers in a ziplock in my pannier. I used to carry it on extra water bottle holder until I got a topeak morph pump. Pump is handy but I hated giving up my tool spot. I did not want to mount pump to frame and really did not have room anyway.
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Since I have a Brooks saddle I use a classic leather seat bag...
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I have a seatbag with my road repair stuff in it (levers, tube, patch kit, multitool, pack of allen wrenches), but I typically don't have it on my seat, as I have grown dissatisfied with its insecure attachment. The strap moves around and the bag ends up hanging low and swinging side to side and bumping my legs (and probably making everybody behind me think about scrotums).

So usually I just have the seatbag sitting in my kittier. For long road rides though I like to shed weight and take the kittier and the rack off, in which case I'll put the seatbag on the seat temporarily.
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Old 04-25-16, 01:03 PM   #30
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SO's backpack He's been unemployed for a few months and started riding with me to work, and I don't complain because he's a very handy mechanic lol.

But for those rare days I ride alone I keep my tools in my panniers along with all my stuff (my kit consists of: spare tube, pump, tire levers, patches). In my early cycling days used to have a seat bag, which was kinda small but was enough for a spare tube + well hidden spare lock key (in case I forgot my house keys)
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Old 05-04-16, 08:45 PM   #31
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I ended up buying a Medium size Topeak aero wedge bag. I put a tube and a tire lever in it and I have a ton of room for anything else I want to carry. I do pan to buy a rear rack and lights (dynamo) at some point soon.
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Howdy!

If that's all you plan on carrying, I'd go the same route and use a bottle of some sort in the water bottle cage. On rides under 10 miles, I would load up a water bottle with water and the other with tools, tube, patch kit, etc. Worked just fine. I realized quickly I liked to bring more on the road so I'm just doing panniers now and it's always with me. Backpack was my very first option but for how humid it gets it's just cumbersome.
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Old 05-04-16, 09:50 PM   #33
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I plan to do at least one pannier for my commuting so I can take my work clothes with me.
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Old 05-05-16, 06:51 AM   #34
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One of the sides in my rack trunk bag has mini pump, spare tubes and if I carried tools, that's where they'd be. I do have a leatherman in the other pouch, that's just my EDC.
I keep them in this bag because I don't always ride the same bike, so the tools go with the bag that I always ride with.
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I use a seat bag and keep the rack clear for other cargo. Except that I've strapped the pump underneath the rack, where it's pretty much out of the way.
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I carry a repair kit, first aid kit, and rain cape in a handlebar bag. When I got it, I was intending to remove it as needed when I parked the bike. But putting the bag on and off was harder than it should have been, so I got a nylon camping bag that fits inside the handlebar bag. When I don't feel safe leaving the stuff on my bike, I just grab the camping bag to take with me. If the handlebar bag ends up stolen, I'll go looking for another that goes on and off more easily.
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Depends on the bike. My commuter has all of the tools/tubes/cable lock in a handlebar bag. The phone goes in there, too if it is a rainy day.
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Old 05-05-16, 03:33 PM   #38
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Tools, pump and tubes in my messenger bag, one tube of each size for my 3 commuter bikes(26", 700c, 20") Also holds my lunch, water, and anything else I need to bring. Comes with me into work.
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Tools in a tool bottle.
Tire repair kit, spare tube, rag, lock chain in seat bag.
What's a tool bottle? Is it a commercial product or something you adapted?

Mostly I use a trunk bag.
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I have a Topeak Wedge seat bag medium and I carry most of the same things GeneO carries. No chain links but add spare batteries, Clif shot, two latex gloves, and the larger vulcanizing patch kit. Pumps go on the frame.
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Do you guys leave all those nice tools on the bike when you lock up while working?
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What's a tool bottle? Is it a commercial product or something you adapted?

Mostly I use a trunk bag.
Googling Tool Bottle gives plenty of answers.

The top link:
http://amazon.com/dp/B00KZ858LS

Personally when I was doing that I just used a peanut butter jar. Perfect size.
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Rack trunk....plenty big enough for a small hatchet, duct tape, rope and plastic tarp.
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I have a large Topeak rack trunk kind of thing and it has a compartment under the cover large enough to carry two spare tubes, tire levers and tire boot kit. Works for me!



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Do you guys leave all those nice tools on the bike when you lock up while working?
I do, but I live in a fairly low-crime city. I've had three bikes stolen in the last 40 years, but so far I've never had any accessories/tools taken. And two of those bikes were taken out of unlocked garages, not somewhere I'd ridden and then locked them up.

Where I carry my tools depends on the bike. On my bikes with racks, I keep a small tupperware-esque container in the bottom of my pannier that has my tools and spare tubes. On my bikes without racks where I use a backpack, I keep them in a seat bag.
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Both.
When I ride my SS bike I use a backpack, and that bike has a saddle bag with stuff in it.
When I ride my old hardtail MTB, it has a rack on it, so the repair stuff stays in the outer pocket of the pannier.

THey are different sizes tires (700c vs 26"), but yes I did buy an extra CO2 inflator, and extra cartridges and a few extra tire levers so each bag was already stocked and there was nothing to move back and forth.
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Do you guys leave all those nice tools on the bike when you lock up while working?
Yes, but I don't even lock up. not a lot of crime around here. I have a lock but I'm not sure exactly where it is. I could find it if I was going somewhere I needed it.
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Do you guys leave all those nice tools on the bike when you lock up while working?
At work, I keep my bike indoors, or on a corporate campus that would be hard to get in and out of without attracting attention. Elsewhere, nobody's ever bothered my bike, much less my seat bag. When I go shopping and visit more than one store, I just leave my purchases in my bike basket and go into the next store. My only exception, is I won't do that with alcohol, because some kid might grab it.
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I have one of these in a bottle cage on my downtube, it is water tight and nothing rattles around in there.

And yes I leave the tools on the bike, most people would not notice it down there almost behind the crank plus it would be awkward to reach for. I leave most things on my bike, at work we have garage parking for our bikes and at home I keep it inside. When I go around Minneapolis I am not too worry about anyone taking anything of my bike, no one seems to care much.


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