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Old 12-16-10, 11:41 AM   #1
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What tools do you carry?

Hello all!

I just picked up a little under seat bag for my bike, and plan to carry tools with me for when the unexpected happens on my commute. So far I have tire levers, a schradder adapter, tire pressure gauge, and glueless patches. I'll have a pump soon, and a spare tube.

Are there any other tools that are worth carrying? Or if something more serious happens do you just walk it home?

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Topeak Morph G with built in gauge
Presta to Schrader adapter
Spare tube
Park GP-2 patch
Park TB-2 emergency tire boot
Spin Doctor multi tool with a chain breaker
Spare SRAM chain link
2 lever
1 Quick Stix for stubburn punture resistant tire
Leatherman squirt P4 multi tool
small tweezer for pulling out thorns
Soap stone (similar to chalk)
zip ties
latex glove for the oliy chain
go towel
$20 for taxi or bus
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Flashlight, Topeak Alien multitool (I forget which), Topeak Turbo Morph pump, extra tube, three tire levers, and a patch kit.

For most of my day-to-day rides, I could safely leave most or all of it at home, really. I'm usually only 3ish miles from home or less, and always run puncture resistant tires or tires with Mr Tuffy liners.
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Crank Bros 17 multitool
spare tube
minipump
CO2 inflator and cartridge
2 tire levers
cash and bus transfers
phone

Enough to overcome a single flat and make minor adjustments. Anything worse, I get on a bus.
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Mini-Tool
6" crescent wrench
Tire levers
Tube
Patch kit
Schraeder adapter
Pump
Spare chain link
Spare batteries for front and rear lights
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Spare tube
Mini pump (Lezyne Pressure Drive)
Patch kit with tire boots
CO2 cartridge with chuck/head
Tire levers (2)
Mini tool (Topeak Mini-9)

In my MTB's kit I also carry a small (Topeak) chain tool so that I can avoid a long walk out due to situations like this:

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Crankbros 17 multitool (10/12mm wrenches, chainbreaker, spoke wrenches, screwdrivers, metric hexes)
15 mm wrench
Standard hex set
3 tire levers
spare batteries for my taillight
2 Spare tubes (road bike has one shraeder, one presta rim)
Spare chain link
Topeak morph mini pump
Bottle opener
Bus/snack money
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It kind of depends on your commute what you decide to bring. I used to bring a multi-tool, tire levers, patch kit, and road morph pump. After getting some better tires I carry nothing more than a multi-tool.

Other tools you should consider carrying: Cell phone and money, besides a lock.
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Pump, patch kit, levers, a set of allen wrenches, a multi-tool with a wrench, plyers, snips & a screw driver, and some tape and zip ties. On long trips, a spare tube, a couple spokes & maybe a length of brake cable.
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Topeak Alien II Multi-Tool
Topeak Micro Rocket Pump
Extra Tube
Flat Kit
Spare Batteries for Lights
A couple of bucks
Some GU energy gel
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Topeak multitool (includes tire levers and chain tool), spare tube, Lezyne micro pump. Wallet, phone, and keys also fit in the bag. (barely)
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Park Tool MTB-3, spare tube, patch kit and a pump(varies by bike). Some bikes I may have a small adjustable wrench in the seat bag too.

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After a fifteen mile walk of shame (barefoot to save my cleats on the uphill portions), I never leave home without a chain tool (most multi-tools have one). Other than that, a pump, tire levers, spare tube, patch kit (with an unopened glue), some change, $25, credit card and a cell phone. In the winter I put a package of chemical handwarmers in too.
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Mini-Tool
6" crescent wrench
Tire levers
Tube
Patch kit
Schraeder adapter
Pump
Spare chain link
Spare batteries for front and rear lights
What's up, identical repair kit buddy? If your mini-tool is a Crank Bros. Multi-17, then we could swap repair kits and not notice (well, tube sizes are probably different, but other than that). You don't happen to wrap your tools in a yellow duct tape burrito, too, do you? Because that'd be really weird.

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In the winter I put a package of chemical handwarmers in too.
This is a really good idea! I don't know why I never thought of that, seeing as how I carry emergency chemical handwarmers in my backcountry ski pack. Sorry, CACycling, it looks like we are no longer identical repair kit buddies.
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Park tool MTB-3,
hex key set,
5mm 1/4in hex bit w/extension & handle (for the front rack canti mount bolts),
chain breaker (in addition to the one on the MTB-3 tool),
diagonal cutters,
cut down, extra wide opening, 6in crescent wrench (for the lockring remover and/or the bottom bracket tool),
lock ring remover,
chain whip,
bottom bracket tool,
8,9 10,11,14,15,16,18,19mm combination wrenches,
crankset remover (not really necessary, since I installed auto extractor bolts)
pressure gauge,
schraeder to presta adapter,
electrical tape,
duct tape,
spare tube,
rear universal brake & shifter cables,
tandem length brake & shifter cables,
my air pump is also my seat tube,
an adapter for the pump (twist to chuck, I had to make it myself)
3 steel core tire levers
zip ties
patch kit
rag,
3in1 oil,
latex gloves,
extra batteries

need to get:
Fiber fix spoke,
cone wrenches
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Park tool MTB-3,
hex key set,
5mm 1/4in hex bit w/extension & handle (for the front rack canti mount bolts),
chain breaker (in addition to the one on the MTB-3 tool),
diagonal cutters,
cut down, extra wide opening, 6in crescent wrench (for the lockring remover and/or the bottom bracket tool),
lock ring remover,
chain whip,
bottom bracket tool,
8,9 10,11,14,15,16,18,19mm combination wrenches,
crankset remover (not really necessary, since I installed auto extractor bolts)
pressure gauge,
schraeder to presta adapter,
electrical tape,
duct tape,
spare tube,
rear universal brake & shifter cables,
tandem length brake & shifter cables,
my air pump is also my seat tube,
an adapter for the pump (twist to chuck, I had to make it myself)
3 steel core tire levers
zip ties
patch kit
rag,
3in1 oil,
latex gloves,
extra batteries

need to get:
Fiber fix spoke,
cone wrenches
Wow, you got enough tools to setup a bicycle repair station at a street corner.
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In underseat bag:

Spare tube
Patch Kit
cycling multi tool with a chain breaker, allen wrenches, etc...
SOG (leatherman like) multi tool w/ pliers
Spare SRAM chain link
2 tire levers
spare light

In panniers:
Topeak RoadMorph G
Spare tube
zip ties
roll of duct tape
cell phone
some money
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I now have:

Pump
water
Cell phone, wallet keys etc in my pockets
bike lock
tube
patches
schradder adapter
Spare light batteries
air pressure gauge

It shocks me how many of you carry multi tools! Looks like I'll be adding one to my list soon.

Thanks for the replies everyone!
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Park mini tool
mini pump
CO2 cartridges and inflator
spare tube
patch kit
exam gloves
Purell hand cleaner
spare batteries
cell phone
cable lock
Sram power link
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It shocks me how many of you carry multi tools! Looks like I'll be adding one to my list soon.
They're pretty handy and you can get a decent one for less than $10.
I carry a tube, tire boot, glueless patches, lever with duct tape wrapped around it, tool, CO2 cartridge and inflator. I also carry a frame pump.

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GP's and mine are pretty similar.

Park I-9 Multitool (contains tire iron and chain breaker)
Patch kit
Tube
CO2 head and 2 CO2 carts (these are to get me back on the road and to the train on time if I flat in the morning- or in case of pump failure)
Topeak road Morph G pump (for every other flat)
A couple feet of duct tape wrapped around pump body.
SRAM 9 speed quick link
Petzt Tikka Plus headlamp for repairs or backup headlight
$10
2 zip ties
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Geez, my kit is pathetic in comparison to some of the posters here.

In the seat wedge, I have a tube and patch kit (glue-less). In the water bottle on the outside of the down tube are the tire levers, a Park MT-1, some Leatherman knock-off, and another glue less patch kit. Mess bag has the spare batteries for the front light.
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Spare tube... Tire levers.. patches/glue.. cheap chinese multi-tool... topeak mini pump.. and a park tools black spoke wrench.
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Park tool MTB-3,
hex key set,
5mm 1/4in hex bit w/extension & handle (for the front rack canti mount bolts),
chain breaker (in addition to the one on the MTB-3 tool),
diagonal cutters,
cut down, extra wide opening, 6in crescent wrench (for the lockring remover and/or the bottom bracket tool),
lock ring remover,
chain whip,
bottom bracket tool,
8,9 10,11,14,15,16,18,19mm combination wrenches,
crankset remover (not really necessary, since I installed auto extractor bolts)
pressure gauge,
schraeder to presta adapter,
electrical tape,
duct tape,
spare tube,
rear universal brake & shifter cables,
tandem length brake & shifter cables,
my air pump is also my seat tube,
an adapter for the pump (twist to chuck, I had to make it myself)
3 steel core tire levers
zip ties
patch kit
rag,
3in1 oil,
latex gloves,
extra batteries

need to get:
Fiber fix spoke,
cone wrenches
All that for a commute?

I don't think I carry that much stuff on a long haul tour. But to each their own, I know a guy that used to tour with a spare hub...

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Xtrajack - it might be easier to just carry a spare bike!

I carry enough to fix flats and broken chains. Maintain your bike properly at home, and there's little chance of any other failures.

A good multi tool will have tire levers and a chain tool integrated so no need for separate ones.
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