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    Remember to bring EVERYTHING!!

    I started commuting again I have a decent sized commute. I forgot to bring extra links and a chain tool for my S/S , and the chain broke I spent a lot of time walking to the bike shop. Always remember to bring extra parts and tools or you will get stuck! hopefully everyone has a great commute
    The Ferrari ('05 Bianchi Forza) had a flat (Stupid Glass) the Japanese wagon ('77 Nishiki with Arkel Utility Basket) was in the body shop (On my bench being repainted...repent ye rust)
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    Oh yes I always carry extra tubes, tires, chain tool, links, chain, spokes, BB tool, BB, and a portable work stand. You just never know when that rare breakage happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanparrish View Post
    I started commuting again I have a decent sized commute. I forgot to bring extra links and a chain tool for my S/S , and the chain broke I spent a lot of time walking to the bike shop. Always remember to bring extra parts and tools or you will get stuck! hopefully everyone has a great commute
    For that kind of thing I bring 7 quarters. Bus fare. I'm never more than a half mile from a bus stop on my commute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
    Oh yes I always carry extra tubes, tires, chain tool, links, chain, spokes, BB tool, BB, and a portable work stand. You just never know when that rare breakage happens.
    What, you don't carry spare brake and shifting cables? What do you do when your front brake cable breaks while going down hill?
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    I always tow my car behind me, so I never have this problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmclaughlin807 View Post
    For that kind of thing I bring 7 quarters. Bus fare. I'm never more than a half mile from a bus stop on my commute.
    Wow bus fare is cheap in Denver. Where I'm from, I would need 12 quarters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanparrish View Post
    I started commuting again I have a decent sized commute. I forgot to bring extra links and a chain tool for my S/S , and the chain broke I spent a lot of time walking to the bike shop. Always remember to bring extra parts and tools or you will get stuck! hopefully everyone has a great commute
    Friend of mine and I went on a Saturday Century ride. 50 miles in on a 24% grade I snapped a chain. 50 years cycling experience and neither of us brought a chain tool. 6 hours later...well you get the idea. I don't go to the end of my driveway w/o a chain tool, links, spoke wrench, multi-tool, etc. anymore. My commutes are always great, hope your are from now on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ottawa_adam View Post
    Wow bus fare is cheap in Denver. Where I'm from, I would need 12 quarters!
    ha! all i need is 2 quarters, or 4 if i want a day pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdotbois View Post
    I always tow my car behind me, so I never have this problem.
    personally I like to tow a spare bike to insure I am never stranded

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThreLittleBirds View Post
    personally I like to tow a spare bike to insure I am never stranded
    Nice! But do you ride the other bike or use it for spare parts?

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    I tow a small welder and generator in case I get a frame crack.

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    I carry a small folding bike in my messenger bag as a spare.

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    Each bike has its own permamently affixed tool kits and spare bike parts bag. Except for my race bike. That just the basics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metaljim View Post
    ha! all i need is 2 quarters, or 4 if i want a day pass.
    Ha! all i need is, free! They even have bike racks on the front of the buses.

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    It doesn't matter how many tools or supplies you carry. When you break something, that will be the one day you forget to bring the right stuff. I actually keep a decent supply of tools, tubes, patch kits in my seat bag while commuting. Over the past year, I haven't had to use any of that stuff once. The only supplies I've had to use along the way is spare batteries, and I have had to replace those several times during rides over the winter.

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    Yeah there is no bus that runs from my house to school so it would be like an all day walk to get back home I wish they had AAA for bicycles
    The Ferrari ('05 Bianchi Forza) had a flat (Stupid Glass) the Japanese wagon ('77 Nishiki with Arkel Utility Basket) was in the body shop (On my bench being repainted...repent ye rust)
    so I took the SUV ( Cannondale V2000 Active 100SL)

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    I drive and park to keep the distance manageable. Knowing me, it's only a matter of time before I jump out and notice there is no bike with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Wonderful View Post
    I drive and park to keep the distance manageable. Knowing me, it's only a matter of time before I jump out and notice there is no bike with me.
    Yeah I am kinda stupid that way to I really don't care about distance I just ride
    The Ferrari ('05 Bianchi Forza) had a flat (Stupid Glass) the Japanese wagon ('77 Nishiki with Arkel Utility Basket) was in the body shop (On my bench being repainted...repent ye rust)
    so I took the SUV ( Cannondale V2000 Active 100SL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanparrish View Post
    Yeah there is no bus that runs from my house to school so it would be like an all day walk to get back home I wish they had AAA for bicycles

    AAA will pick you up if you have the recreational vehicle coverage.

    LOL It does not specify that the recreational vehicle must have an internal combustion engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fordfasterr View Post
    AAA will pick you up if you have the recreational vehicle coverage.

    LOL It does not specify that the recreational vehicle must have an internal combustion engine.
    lol I like how you think
    The Ferrari ('05 Bianchi Forza) had a flat (Stupid Glass) the Japanese wagon ('77 Nishiki with Arkel Utility Basket) was in the body shop (On my bench being repainted...repent ye rust)
    so I took the SUV ( Cannondale V2000 Active 100SL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdotbois View Post
    I always tow my car behind me, so I never have this problem.
    UM cars break down more often than bikes. It would be smart to carry your bike in the car in case of breakdown, not the other way around ( ) and I do know your comment was sarcastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    What, you don't carry spare brake and shifting cables?
    Spare cables zip tied right next to the existing ones. Duh.

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    AAA for bikes.

    Personally, I carry my destination with me. That way, when I break down, I'm already there!
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    I have my butler follow me on his bike, with a spare bike for me on his shoulders- in addition to the complete tea service for 4 persons, should I come across a group of lovely ladies in need of tea.

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    I actually carry a pretty extensive (and heavy) toolkit every time I ride. I have almost never had to use these tools on my own bikes (and I have been riding for decades), but I do stop to provide roadside assistance to others. I'm not an extrovert by any means--my motivation is to do anything to promote cycling, commuting and utility cycling in particular.

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