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    I let the dogs out AlphaDogg's Avatar
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    What tools do you carry on your rides?

    I will be honest.. I stole this thread idea from the C&V subforum. What tools do you guys carry and how do you carry them? I have this Bontrager saddle bag. It has a capacity of 80 cubic inches.

    I carry (number signifies quantity):
    (2) Pedro's Tire levers
    (2) Rubber Cement patch kits
    (1) Spare tube (700x35-45c)
    (1) Multitool
    (2) Nature Valley Granola Bars
    (1) LIVESTRONG bracelet (idk why)
    (1) Wallet
    (1) House key
    (1) On rainy days, my iPhone. On regular days, it lives on my iPhone mount.

    ..Yes it's a pretty big saddle bag.
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    Almost the same
    2 co2 cartridges
    1 inner tube
    multi tool with chain breaker, tire levers
    atm card and license (wallet stays in tuffy box)
    keys for jeep, tuffy box (so only two, rest get locked in tuffy box)
    collapsable baton fixed to bike (just in case)
    protein bar
    bottle water (refill spot 10 miles in)
    phone

    I wear most in shorts, rest in little saddle bag on bike
    Long rides, camelbak with more food, water and extra tube and pump

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    Oh.. I also have a pump mounted to my bottle cage mount (along with a bottle cage). In my bottle cage is always a Polar 24oz bottle.
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    I'd say that is about it, unless your multi tool lacks the chain tool I carry.

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    spare tube, Park three way, a Bontrager click torque for my wife's seat post, CO, frame pump, tire levers, couple of Clif bars. One to two bottles on the bike and my road ID. I usually have to carry my wife's cell phone and one to two phones for me depending on the week. Some days I think I need a touring bike.

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    Two Pedro Tire Levers
    Spare Tube 700x25-28
    Nashbar Multi-11
    Crank Brothers Power Pump Pro

    Storage
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    TIMBUK2 Seat Post Bag
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    rear rack and small trunk
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    I'm the only (a) tool .
    I have a tool bottle that I carry, but it has my lock in it.

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    Currently none, but some essential stuff is on the way, so this is what I'll start carrying when I return from vacation next month:
    - no name multi-tool with basic allen keys and screwdrivers;
    - Park Tool mini chain breaker;
    - no name tire levers;
    - one spare tube (28-35 most likely);
    - Giyo mini pump.

    All except the pump will go into a saddle bag.

    If you noticed the lack of a patch kit, I don't throw away punctured tubes, I just prefer to patch them back at home.
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    While riding near home:
    1 Park multi-tool
    1 Sunlite spare tube 700 x 35-40
    1 Planet Bike patch kit with levers
    3 dollars in ones and change
    1 Road Morph G pump (side mounted to a water bottle cage)
    1 Pair vinyl gloves
    1 Road ID
    1 cellphone
    Wallet with ATM card, credit card

    All loaded in either a Planet Bike saddle pouch or in my jersey pockets.

    Longer distances, I add:
    1 Camping Swiss Army knife
    1 Extra tube
    1 LED flashlight

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpeters11 View Post
    Road ID.
    I was thinking about getting one of those...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northwestrider View Post
    I'd say that is about it, unless your multi tool lacks the chain tool I carry.
    It does. All I have on my multitool is some wrenches, 2-3-4-5-6mm allen wrenches, a phillips screwdriver (perfect for adjusting limit screws), and a spoke wrench.
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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    I'm the only (a) tool .
    LOL
    Quote Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
    If you noticed the lack of a patch kit, I don't throw away punctured tubes, I just prefer to patch them back at home.
    If I can help it, I also patch at home, but I carry 2 patch kits just in case.
    Quote Originally Posted by Altair 4 View Post
    While riding near home:

    Longer distances, I add:
    Define near home and longer distances.
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    This may be a dumb question but what is a road ID?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbshabo View Post
    This may be a dumb question but what is a road ID?

    Shabo
    http://www.roadid.com/Common/default.aspx

    many people have them runners, bikers, etc

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    I carry my iPhone, that's it.

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    This is a timely question. When I ride solo I have my iPhone. The wife is only a phone call away.

    But if we do a ride together, we want to be prepared for a flat, and/or minor adjustments. So a 3 way allen wrench, a patch, and a pump. Better throw in some tire wrenches incase we have a tight tire. that should do it... Some might argue that patches don't work, that you should carry a tube. If you agree, the carry a 3 way, a tube, a pump and a tire wrench. For the other stuff, like breaking a chain etc, you have your iphone!

    Mike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
    (2) Nature Valley Granola Bars
    + 1 I love those things. The oats 'n honey are the best. Also like the almond and the cashew bars, but they like to turn into melted mush in the heat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarrick View Post
    + 1 I love those things. The oats 'n honey are the best. Also like the almond and the cashew bars, but they like to turn into melted mush in the heat.
    I just got a box of the oats and honey bars at Costco; 96 bars (48 pouches) for $12.79. I was so happy when I saw them. I love them! Before I got hooked on these bars, I would carry 2 Clif bars for when I got hungry.. But I got hungry often, so I would have to buy more Clif bars often. At $1 apiece, it adds up. These are a much better, much cheaper alternative.
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    For me:
    In the trunk box (rides <70km) or panniers (rides >70km)
    Multi-tool
    Tube repair kit - patches, glue, sandpaper, tire levers
    Adjustable crescent wrench
    Frame pump
    Water / Gatorade (amount depends on length of ride)
    Food (amount depends on length of ride) - bananas and Snickers bars
    Higher capacity pump (only on longer rides)
    Raincoat
    Lock

    In the handlebar bag:
    Compact camera
    Phone
    Keys
    Money (more if ride is longer in case I have a serious mechanical problem that requires taking a taxi to get home)
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    I carry the standard tools: allenwrench/screwdriver tool, rubber gloves, adjustable wrench, spare tube, 2 tire levers, and patches just in case. My pump is mounted under the water bottle cage.

    Why would you need a chain tool when out on a ride?

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    In a little wedge seat bag I carry a spare tube, Park Multi Tool wrench, and it's where I throw my keys, wallet, and phone. On the bike, I have a small pump behind the seat tube and an earlier version of the Topeak Survival Gear box on the front of the seat tube.

    http://topeak.com/products/Tools/survivalgear_box

    Also have an adjustable water bottle cage on the down tube.

    Lastly, I almost always carry this small Mountainsmith lumbar pack for an extra bottle of water, some basic first aid stuff, food items, a Victorinox Farmer knife, and whatever survival odds and ends I might need (I often pedal alone in the back country). While I usually carry it around my waist, a nice feature is the shoulder strap so I can carry it like a messenger bag if it's too hot.

    http://www.mountainsmith.com/product...bCategory2Id=0
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    multi-tool
    allen wrench
    3 tire levers
    spare tube
    glueless patch kit
    3 co2 cartridges and dispenser
    3 tyvek shunts
    spare seat clamp bolt
    grease rag (old handkerchief)
    mini flashlight

    plus
    small first aide kit
    small bottle sunscreen
    lip balm sunscreen
    towelettes
    small pack tissues
    2 plastic bags
    granola bar
    fanny-pack with wallet, keys, phone, etc

    all in a Transit rack-pack

    sometimes I'll have vise-grips, tape measure or pruner, depending on where I'm headed that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nutmegTN View Post
    Why would you need a chain tool when out on a ride?
    If the chain breaks..?
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    Multi tool
    Tube for each bike
    Tire levers
    Patch kit
    Cell phone
    Thats it cause my pumps broke. Hopefully theres a gas station with air nearby, (until I get a new one).
    Chain breaks Im walkin.

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