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    Top What should I bring with me when commuting?

    I just started commuting and would like some advice on what experienced commuters bring with them. As of now I bring
    1-patch kit
    2-spare tubes
    3-small tool kit
    4-pump
    5-rag
    I'm sure there's some other things that I'll wish I had, probably when it's too late. Any advice is appreciated.

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    how far is this commute? sounds like a long trip

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    What I take:

    Lock (Abus, not Kryptonite)
    Multi-tool + park chain tool + spare links (and these days I always check I got the chain parts as I seem to always drop a chain when I don't have these)
    park Wheel truing key
    Pump + repair kit

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    I carry:

    Pump
    Spare tube
    Self-adhesive patches
    Tyre levers
    Multi tool (inc. chain tool & spkoe key)
    Track nut spanner
    Leatherman
    Spare batteries for lights

    Oh, and a short piece of duct tape :-)

    I also carry some surgical tape and a couple of dressings since the time I had to do the 2nd half of my commute with road rash dribbling blood down my leg.

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    Seems everyone is much the same, but less is best and the idea should be to not break down. You wouldn't expect a car to why expect a bike to.

    I carry

    Spare Tube
    Pump
    Patch kit
    2 allen wrenches
    If it's not raining a light weight rain mac, (really light weight).

    I've been commuting for about 15 years and never needed any more and only rarely needed the above with the exception of the rain mac.

    You need to maintain your bike so it doesn't breakdown, cleaning lubing and tightening stuff once a week, with a full take to peices and put back together, about 4 times a year. (Replacing anything that is worn out). I commute about 50-100 a week depending on where work is. I have never been stranded except when I crashed my bike into a car being stupid. Me not the car.
    Mike

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    in winter I carry
    pump
    1 spare tube
    patch kit
    allen keys from a Cooltool.
    spoke key
    leatherman mini tool
    zip ties
    first-aid graze kit
    waterproof over pants
    spare socks
    plastic bags

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    HID headlight
    Halogen headlight (for backup)
    LED helmet mounted light (mainly for repairs)
    2 LED blinkies
    waterbottle
    pump

    In seat bag:
    Spare tube
    Pressure guage
    Patch kit
    Tire levers
    Screwdrivers
    8 and 10mm ratchets
    Small, 10mm cresent wrench
    Spare chain link
    Chain tool
    Spoke wrench
    Metric allen wrench set
    $20 cash
    Bus fare
    Health insurance card
    Energy bar
    Spare AAA batteries for LED's
    Electrical tape wrapped around ratchet
    Zip ties
    I bought individual tools instead of a multitool because I wanted to have top quality tools for work at home, as well as on the road. A good multitool would replace a lot of what I carry, but it just hasn't made it into the budget, yet.

    In my saddlebags, I carry my wallet, work clothes, and lunch (I keep shoes at the office). I don't carry a lock because I keep my bike in a closet at work. If I have an unfixable problem to or from work, I can put my bike on the bus. In the winter, I also stick an emergency blanket in the saddlebags.

    At work, I keep energy drink mix and drip lube. Sometimes I need the sugar boost to get home at the end of the day. Sometimes my chain has an annoying squeek I don't want to hear on the way home.
    Last edited by Daily Commute; 02-25-05 at 06:28 AM.

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    Spare tube
    Patch kit
    Tire levers
    Pump

    Change of clothes and lunch.

    I have any tool I need at work other than a chain tool. I have never needed one other than for planned maintenance.

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    1) spare inner tube
    2) spare halogen bulb for headlight
    3) tool kit with, chain tool, spoke wrench, adjustable spanner and tyre levers
    4) mini-pump
    5) locks
    6) waterproof jacket
    7) waterproof overtrousers
    8) pen and paper for taking driver details in case of non-fatal (to me) accident
    9) lights and blinkies with spare batteries
    10) rubber shoe covers
    11) baseball cap for putting under helmet in case of rain
    12) glasses with interchangeable dark and clear lenses
    13) 2 plasters
    14) sram chain link
    Last edited by royalflash; 02-25-05 at 06:45 AM.
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    I don't bring anything other than my wallet, keys, comb and cellphone. I think the best plan is to make sure the bike is unlikely to break down, rather than bring a lot of stuff.

    Paul

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    Ah yes tire levers, otherwise the pump, inner tube and puncture kit can become pretty useless. I can get my tires off without a lever in a warm dry house, but by the side of a road in the wet and dark, I doubt it.
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmikepowell
    Ah yes tire levers, otherwise the pump, inner tube and puncture kit can become pretty useless. I can get my tires off without a lever in a warm dry house, but by the side of a road in the wet and dark, I doubt it.
    In a crunch, your quick-release levers might work.

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    I carry similar to above, but would like to add:
    An extra key for your lock. esp. if it is a lock that does not need the key to lock it. (i.e. padlock)

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    Aside from change of clothes, I don't bring anything for commuting that I wouldn't normally be carrying on any other ride. Same as a lot of the other posters: spare tube, patch kit, pump, tire levers, combo tool, presta/schrader adapter, and a few dollars.

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    pump
    multi tool
    wound wipes/dressings
    money (bus.. also emergency boot for tire)
    cell phone
    lunch
    poncho or rain suit
    and the most important things:helmet, lights and spare batteries(I commute before daylight and sometimes after dark)

    spare dry clothes at work
    And I am sure there are other choices I haven't thought of, yet...

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    Thanks to all, I haven't even thought of bringing $, or tape, or anything to fix my chain,...and a few others. I appreciate your patience with the newby. F.Y.I., my commute is 13 miles one way, a mix of streets and bike path.

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    Some are uncomfortable without alot of stuff on their commute. Generally, the most you need is what is necessary to fix a flat. That is of course if you keep up the maintenance on your bike. In general most commuter bikes take a beating and require regular checking over, even more attention if your an all weather commuter. A well cared for ride will seldom break down on the road.

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    I don't even bring the stuff for the flat. I wouldn't be able to fix a flat anyway. I'm ashamed to admit I don't know how. I've never been able to pry the tire back on again.

    I've got a phone, though, so I can call for a ride. Sensible shoes so I can walk.
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    8.5 mile commute. I like bike lanes.

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    I carry two multi-tools, actually (Topeak Toolbar, Topeak Alien)... along with a patch kit and CO2 inflators. I do not, however, carry extra tubes. Obviously my other normal stuff such as wallet, keys, cellphone, etc.

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    When I started commuting last year I carried so many tools it wasn't funny. I've pared it down to my pump, self adhesive patch kit, 4mm-6mm allen wrenches (two 5.5's for my seat post), a 15mm end wrench (for my rear wheel- single speed), multi-spoke wrench, two tire irons, and a screw driver thats double sided with reversible bits on each end. If I break down worse than that on my commute, then I'll just call for a ride. On longer rides than my 6 mile commute, I also care spare chain links and my chain tool. Oh and of course I carry my celphone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes
    I don't even bring the stuff for the flat. I wouldn't be able to fix a flat anyway. I'm ashamed to admit I don't know how. I've never been able to pry the tire back on again.

    I've got a phone, though, so I can call for a ride. Sensible shoes so I can walk.
    learn it is a shame to have to depend on someone else to fix your problem. don't be one of those females that are clueless about their transportation. I am sure your LBS can show you.

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    I carry this in my seat pack..

    Topeak Hummer Multi-Tool w/Chain Tool
    2 - Spare Tubes
    2 - Tire Levers
    1 - Crank Bros Speed Lever
    1 - CO2 Inflator w/ 2 cartridges
    1 - Park Tire Boot, in case you blow your tire
    1 - Park Self Adhesive patch Kit
    1 - Spoke Wrench

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    Spare tube, patch kit, the main three Allen wrenches, spoke wrench, tire levers, some duct tape, a piece of tuffy liner (for temporary fix on side wall puncture on the tire), rubber band, and a small bungee cord (one that will fit in the side compartment of the saddle bag, and an old sock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes
    I don't even bring the stuff for the flat. I wouldn't be able to fix a flat anyway. I'm ashamed to admit I don't know how. I've never been able to pry the tire back on again.

    I've got a phone, though, so I can call for a ride. Sensible shoes so I can walk.
    We all have our ways of dealing with things, but changing a tire is a basic skill. I'm a total klutz, and I even can do it. Practice at home on a day you don't need to bike. Get a good set of tire levers and a bike maintenance book you understand (you can use the library if you don't want to buy the book). Your LBS might be willing to show you. If they balk, offer to pay them $10 for "labor."

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    I carry the following always:
    Spare tube
    patch kit
    Park tire boots
    pump
    tire levers
    folding hex wrench
    extra SRAM powerlink (I use SRAM chains...if it breaks I fix it with a powerlink)
    water bottle
    lunch
    day's change of street clothes (I leave shoes at work)

    If my ride is extended (basically if I add miles that day to exceed 20 one way) I also carry:
    spare folding tire
    2nd spare tube
    chain tool

    Last but not least if I ride the singlespeed I carry a couple of extra chain links...kinda need every one

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