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Old 07-14-11, 11:04 PM   #1
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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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Old 07-15-11, 02:07 AM   #2
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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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Old 07-15-11, 02:16 AM   #3
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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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Old 07-15-11, 05:58 AM   #4
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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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Old 07-15-11, 07:52 AM   #6
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Tools
Two Pedro Tire Levers
Spare Tube 700x25-28
Nashbar Multi-11
Crank Brothers Power Pump Pro

Storage
Cage Rocket Dry SPod
TIMBUK2 Seat Post Bag

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Old 07-15-11, 08:02 AM   #7
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rear rack and small trunk
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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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Road ID.
I was thinking about getting one of those...
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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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Old 07-15-11, 11:09 AM   #13
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I'm the only (a) tool .
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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.
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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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This may be a dumb question but what is a road ID?

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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!

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(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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Old 07-15-11, 08:48 PM   #19
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+ 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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Old 07-16-11, 09:27 AM   #22
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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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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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