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Old 05-06-16, 06:18 PM   #51
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You need more stuff on that...
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Old 05-06-16, 07:48 PM   #52
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Definitely time for a cat litter bucket there.
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I carry the following in a ziploc bag: CO2 inflater w/2 cartridges, spare tube, levers, glueless patches, allen key/nut set, mini leatherman, mini chaintool/spoke wrench). My road bike and commuter bike have the same tires, so I just toss it in the seat bag for the road bike and either pannier/messenger bag when I am commuting. If I am riding my mtn bike, it goes in a camel back that has a shock pump and mt bike tube resident in it.
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Old 05-06-16, 11:32 PM   #54
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Once I discovered the Camelbak, I threw away the seat bag, water bottle, and water bottle cages, and never looked back. My Camelbak with the emergency kit it contains is an always carry.

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Old 05-06-16, 11:44 PM   #55
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Undoing a seat pack multiple times is a minor hassle that's major enough for me to not want to deal with it, so I use a peanut butter container. Until I have to use the tube, it's packed tight enough that it doesn't rattle.

I liked this idea so well I've moved my first aid kit to a translucent pint plastic jar that I'll tape to the support between the rear rack and seat stay. I like having a clearly visible first aid kit and I'm not worried about anything being stolen. The bag I'd been using was more valuable than the stuff inside, and it was a hassle to detach and reattach for every errand stop. And the plastic jar has more room so I can carry extra gauze, elastic wraps and antiseptic/cleanup towelettes.
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I currently have 1 bike which I use for exercise and commutes during the week. For long recreational rides, I throw my tools in a seat bag which includes food, a spare tube, pump, tire levers, and small multi tool. On commuting rides, I dump all but the food into a pannier and head to my destination!
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Seat bag tied under the seat.

Contents:
1 spare tube
Park self-sticky quick patches
2 tire levers
2x6" pieces of Gorilla brand black duct tape wrapped around each tire lever - to repair a blown tire in a pinch
Park spoke wrench
Bondhus Gorilla Grip Allen tool - no cheap ill-fitting Allen tools for me thank you.
Park chain breaker

Oh, and I carry a mini pump not CO2 inflators. If I have to fill a tire I want something that is dead-on reliable as I to need to GET to work; not figure out a way to get air into a tube when the clock is ticking and my inflator doesn't work.

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Old 05-09-16, 10:33 PM   #58
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You need more stuff on that...
Whats funny is all my other bikes keep minimal kit, most have a simple tool roll under the saddle with a tire lever, tube and CO2. This bike just gets to carry it all and does gracefully.

Riding this heavy commuter everyday helps when I hop on the road bike or the SS 29+ pugsley.
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Do you guys leave all those nice tools on the bike when you lock up while working?
My bike is in my office. It all gets locked up
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Old 05-09-16, 11:41 PM   #60
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Do you guys leave all those nice tools on the bike when you lock up while working?

My bike comes inside with me. I would not lock up expensive bike in a rack.
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Old 05-11-16, 12:48 AM   #61
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My bike is in my office. It all gets locked up
Ditto.. i've noticed more companies allowing employees to do that. Also now paid monitored lock-up places here in downtown toronto..
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Rack trunk....plenty big enough for a small hatchet, duct tape, rope and plastic tarp.
Do you have to dispose of bodies often on your commute?
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Old 05-11-16, 01:31 PM   #63
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Do you have to dispose of bodies often on your commute?

...only on some Mondays. After those busy weekends.
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I run one of these. Fits lots of stuff and has a nice little inner "cup" for keys, etc.

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I use the nifty SWAT system from Specialized. It takes advantage of otherwise dead space on the frame to store tubes, levers, patches CO2 cartridges etc in a weatherproof housing below the downtube bottle holder. It also stores a multitool below the seat tube bottle holder and has a chain breaker under the stem cap.

https://specialized.com/us/en/access...-xc-kit/106014
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Old 06-30-17, 10:40 PM   #66
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I keep a pump attached to my bike's frame. Repair stuff is kept in a storage pod that sits in a bottle cage. Stuff I bring:
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Old 07-01-17, 12:26 AM   #67
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I toss stuff haphazardly into whatever bag I'm using. In addition to bike tools, inflation tools and tire levers, I also have a knockoff Leatherman, a first aid kit, a Sierra cup, a pair of REI Novara arm warmers and a pair of North Face windwall fleece gloves. The wipes and rubber gloves are a good idea, I should start doing that.
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I couldn't make my mind up, so I have all of the above. The common denominator is a seat bag that has a spare, first aid kit, and various tools. It's always with me. I have an Osprey Radial 26 backpack if I need to carry anything (like my lunch, lock, laptop, or change of clothes) and use it only as my first option. I also have a rack with a nice sized bag. I only mount the rack and trunk bag when I need to carry more clothes, food, etc. for longer trips. I can mount the rack in less than 5 minutes and most of the time I don't need it, so it usually stays at home. Helps save weight, but it's nice to have that option.
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I keep my tool kit inside a Thomson stem bag inside the back of my frame bag.
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Old 07-04-17, 08:58 AM   #70
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I made a small canvas tool wrap that mounts neatly to my saddle rails:


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I've had a variety of nice seat bags I've used, but I recently got tired of having to take everything off the bike every time I lock and shop. I've gone to a Patagonia Atom sling bag with stabilizer strap and everything is in there, including my mini u lock. My repair kit is in a fold down buckle bag. The bike feels more responsive with the added weight on me instead of the frame, the sling bag doesn't make my back sweat, and I can just get off and go (after I lock up). In the Bay Area you don't leave anything on your bike if you want it there when you get back. Some a-hole even stole my adult son's ripped triangle bag which was empty!
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My bike has 2 water bottle holder. In one of them I carry all my tools in a DIY tool bottle. The tool bottle is two cheap water bottles cut at both openings and joint together to become one. I have my 2 tubes, multi tool, spare chain link,tire levers, pump and fork pump in it. I usually place heavy items near the BB area where the seat tube meats the down tube.
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I would to advise members here to refrain from carrying certain bike tools on their body. With this, I mean, in your jersey pockets or in any bags (including hydration packs) you have on your back.

Bicycle pumps, shock pumps and multi tools are all tools made from metal/hard materials. If you fall on your back, these hard items can cause injuries to back or even severe injuries to your vertebrae.
The best things to carry in your hydration bags are water and other soft items. One way of testing them out..put whatever you want into these bags. Put them on. Lean against a wall..if there's no pain or nothing hard poking into your back, then it should be fine.
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Each one of my bikes has its own frame pump and under-saddle wedge with a spare tube of the appropriate size and a patch kit. Beyond convenience, this helps ensure I don't accidentally bring the wrong parts on a ride.

The fixed-gear has one of those sweet PDW combination axle nut wrench/tire levers in there, too.
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