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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?

    Thanks!
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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
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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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    Whats_In_My_Seat_Bag.jpg

    Topeak Alien II Multi-Tool
    Topeak Micro Rocket Pump
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    A couple of bucks
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by xtrajack View Post
    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!
    Whiskey

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskey View Post
    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.
    Last edited by GP; 12-17-10 at 12:03 PM.

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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.
    My first "real" bike :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtrajack View Post
    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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