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    It's all about the Ort. TrackGuy's Avatar
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    What's in your tool kit?

    The bum bag that I use to hold my tool kit was getting a bit overweight, it topped out this week at a whopping 2 1/2 pounds. After emptying it out, discovered the following:
    4 tire irons
    2 CO2 cartridges and inflator
    1 Topeak Alien
    2 patch kits
    1 mini bottle Purell
    1 Mag (2xAA) flashlight
    1 15mm PB wrench (ride a fix)
    9 quarters (in case I forget both Metrocard and cell phone)
    2 Hibistat first aid wipes
    1 asthma inhaler

    In all honestly, only need less than a third of all this stuff and should probably get a smaller bum bag to encourage more frugal choices. I will be reducing duplication and converting to lighter versions of the essentials but before I throw the baby out with the bathwater, was wondering what other people consider to be the absolute bare minimum tool kit for a commute.

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    Everything I need to change a tire plus some:

    1 tube
    Roll of rim tape
    Patch kit (a few patches, some sandpaper, and a small tube of glue, wrapped up in latex gloves)
    Key of 4 Allen wrenches (all I need to tweak every bolt on my bike)
    Gerber multi-tool
    3 small metal tire irons (I've broken too many plastic ones to trust them)
    Spoke wrench
    Chain tool
    Small rag
    Small LED flash light
    Several zip-ties

    Frame pump under the top tube
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    1 tube... sometimes 2 tubes but I just switched to my summer wheels and need another spare tube.
    1 Patch kit
    1 Multi tool
    Set of 3 tire levers
    Extra chain link
    3 zip ties
    1 roll of electrical tape.

    All this fits into a small section of my rack trunk bag and maybe weighs a pound (if that)

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    Tube
    Patches (park tool glueless)
    sandpaper
    Park Tool MTB-3 multi
    3 links of chain and one SRAM powerlink
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    This



    Granted this is my mountain bike kit and I don't necessarily carry it everyday but sometimes...
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    I use a caradice nelson longflap bag.

    this seems like alot to some Im sure But my commute is 19 miles if I take the MUP and about 2 miles are locked in by water on both sides and many sections are in the middle of no where so I like to be prepaired.

    side pocket #1

    cable lock, spare blinkie, first aid kit, small LED light


    side pocket #2

    1) 6" ADJUSTABLE with electric tape wrapped on handle (in case I need tape)

    2) Serfas multi tool with chain /spoke tool

    3) 5 4 3 mm allen wrenches

    4) tube

    5) large patch kit

    6) shimano pins (my chain) sram quick links for others (good samaritan)

    7) 3 tire levers

    8) 2 co2 cartridge with head

    9) swiss army knife

    10) cable ties 3 or 4

    11) 4 or 5 quarters

    thats it

    I also carry a blackburn mini pump but its strapped to my bag.

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    1 CO2 cart
    1 tube
    small patch kit
    Multi-tool

    I carry a spare tube in my backpack along with a mini-pump. If all else fails I have my cell phone.

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    Holy crap, some of you people carry a lot of stuff. But then again, my commute's only an 11 mile round trip.

    2 titanium tire levers
    2 spare tubes
    1 patch kit
    multi tool
    mini pump

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    One set of tire levers.
    Two spare tubes.
    One set of allen wrenches.
    One bike pump

    I also typically carry a pocket knife and a flashlight, but they are not in my tool kit per say.

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    1 tube
    1 patch kit
    2 plastic tire levers
    Park MT-1 multi tool (weighs 53g)http://www.parktool.com/products/det...11&item=MT%2D1
    Spokey plastic spoke wrench
    Chain tool
    Presta to Schrader valve adaptor
    1 shop rag
    $5 bill
    2 quarters
    Xerox copy of my driver's lisence and medical insurance card

    ...carried in a generic REI seat bag

    Topeak road morph pump on the frame

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    No tool kit. My philosophy is to make sure the bike is relaible enough that I am unlikely to need one. Since I commute in an urban area with lots of taxis around, this works.

    Paul

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    For commuting:

    patch kit
    Pedro's tire levers
    spare tube
    generic multi-tool
    Leatherman Mini
    Topeak Mini-morph

    When pillaging:

    Topeak Mountian Morph
    spare tube
    Craftsman strap wrench
    mylar blanket
    patch kit
    Pedro's tire levers
    flat roll of Duck Tape
    Leatherman Juice
    Rav-x multi-tool
    Craftsman stubby combo/ratchet 15mm wrench
    Craftsman 10mm wrench
    small pedal wrench
    pair of latex gloves
    travel bottle of Gojo hand cleaner
    bandaids
    antiseptic pads
    paper towels
    assorted zip-ties
    few feet of paracord
    spare blinkies

    Everything except the pump,tube,and strap wrench fit into a zippered neoprene bag about the size of a paperback. I carry more crap when out with my friends because they usually wind up needing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck G
    Xerox copy of my driver's lisence and medical insurance card
    Wow, that is a fantastic idea! I just made a copy of those along with a copy of an advanced medical directive I carry and stuffed it in my seat bag. THANKS!!!!!

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    My commute pack is my ride pack for weekend/recreational rides, so it's a fit-all.

    Front pouch on my backpack:

    Leatherman multi-tool
    Spare tube
    2 repair kits (good mix of patches/sandpaper/glue)
    2x plastic tyre irons
    3x metal tyre irons
    few cable ties
    quarters
    dollar store allen key tool - covers most bolts on the bike
    multi ring-wrench - used for brake nuts, wheel nuts, etc.
    spare AAs and 2x spare Cs for my lights (one of my rear lights take AAAs, but my main is a double AA setup).
    Spare back light - they're a $7 6-function LED blinky - I use one on the bike in solid mode along with a schwinn on blinky from Canadian Tire.
    edit: spare dust caps, not that these are imperative, it's handy - and they came as part of a repair kit I got from Canadian Tire.

    I'm not sure what else is in there right now, I've not looked in a long time.

    One of my biggest problems right now is that I rely on being local to a gas station for flats - I've no portable pump (I use a regular footpump) - so I need to look into getting a top-tube or an easily/good portable solution. On long hauls, I can pack the footpump (single barrel, not so bulky in a backpack) but on my commute I don't bother.

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    3 tire levers
    1 frame pump
    1 patch kit
    2 spare tubes
    1 multi-tool
    1 spare link
    1 FiberFix emergency spoke
    1 small roll duct tape
    3 zip ties
    2 spare AAA batteries

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    1 tube, 1 patchkit, 1 leatherman (the heavy part), 3 tire levers (spooned together) and a folding hex-wrench thingy. I have to look more closely at my new ride but if it is all hex, no phillips-head, the leatherman will be walking from here onwards...

    edit-> oh yeah, frame pump on the seat tube, but the rest is in a wedge bag under the seat.

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    Topeak Mini-9, 3-way, chain tool, small section of chain, AA, AAA batteries(two each), spoke wrench, zip ties, small side cutters, patch kit and a Leatherman. Patch kit is for others as I've gone airless recently.

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    3 tire levers
    spare tube
    first aid kit
    multi-tool
    15 mm wrench
    Topeak road morph

    The last three items aren't actually in the kit, but I carry them with it.

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    3 tire levers
    1/2 dozen glueless patches
    foldable allen wrench set
    foldable screwdriver set
    digital air pressure gauge
    spoke wrench
    indelible magic marker

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    wow, from the uber-minimalist to the kitchen sink.

    I take:
    1 tube (keep wanting to leave it home though)
    1 plastic tire lever
    multitool (with chain tool)
    patch kit
    usually have a pocket knife as well

    cell phone
    wallet

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    This is what's in mine. Except for the frame mounted pump that is.

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    Raiyn, you carry *glueless* patches? I tried those. They refused to hold at high PSI.

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by rykoala
    Raiyn, you carry *glueless* patches? I tried those. They refused to hold at high PSI.
    I sure do. I follow the same procedure as I would with a glued patch and they work fine @ 80-85 PSI. It's not a permanent solution, (although one I put on my girlfriend's tube lasted 2 years until the valve itself failed) but it's better than nothing.

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