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Old 05-18-06, 08:12 AM   #1
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Mountain Biking Repair Kit - What do bring along?

Hi. I just joined last week and my gf and I are going to take our bikes out on some trails this weekend. I am wondering what most of you actually take along besides water and a little food. Does anyone carry packs with tire repair kits or anything else? I don't want to overdo it but I also don't want to carry a bike for 4 miles if something goes wrong. Thanks.
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Old 05-18-06, 08:32 AM   #2
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I carry a multi-tool, I like the crank brothers multi-17 tool. I also carry a tube, CO2 inflator and a SRAM power link. I had to use the tool and the power link on a ride yesterday when the guy I was riding with broke a chain. Only took about two minutes to get moving again.

Those seem to get me out of most binds. If anything is wrong that I can't fix with those tools I probably wouldn't want to fix it on the trail anyway.

Epic rides are a different story of course.
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You should carry:

Patch kit - I prefer the glueless
Pump or CO2 Inflation system
A good multitool http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4217
Tire Levers
Extra tube
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exactly what LC said plus I have a tire lever and a patch or two.
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Oops, forgot tire levers. Keep in mind that if you ever forget them and have a flat that you can use your quick release skewers in a pinch. I had to do that during last weekends race.
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I also wrap some duct tape around my seatpost, so it's always there in case I need it.
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keep a basic first aid kit in your car, and if you're allergic to bee stings, bring your EPI with you.
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My tool kit (which I carry on all bikes whether it's road, off-road, touring or commuting) consists of

Tube to match tire size
Rima Tiptop patch kit with approximately 10 patches (I've used that many on rides before )
Var Tire lever
Cool Tool (much better than current multitools )
Sram power link in 8 and 9 speed (usually 2 of each)
A multisize spoke wrench
A Leatherman Squirt S4 (scissors)
A Leatherman Squirt P4 (pliers)
Extra 10-32 allen screws
Some duct tape
Zip ties
shock pump
A 16 penny nail (with a rock it works well as a punch for tightening loose bottom brackets)
A hypercracker tool for removing the cassette lock ring

When I tour, I also carry spare spokes for the freewheel side.

I have a first aid kit that I carry if I'm going a long way away from home but otherwise, I just use common sense and what is at hand for injuries.
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Thanks for the tips; I went out at lunch and bought a small pump, 4 patches, a multi tool with tire levers built in, 2 'chain links' and a tube. I think I'm almost set for now! I might get a Camelbak too......
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You might consider carrying a small chain tool, even if your multi-tool already has one. The multi-tool ones work fine, but can be a bit awkward to use. Both my Topeak and Crank Bros multis have chain tools, but a dedicated chain tool makes the job quicker and easier.

When I'm mountain biking, my Camelbak contains:
-water, of course (though I'll sometimes carry water in a bottle too, to rinse things off if necessary)
-Clif gels and/or Clif bars
-Topeak multi-tool
-spare tube
-zip ties
-Shimano master pins
-SRAM master link
-tire levers (though I don't usually use tires that I can't get off and on by hand)
-patch kit
-folding saw (for trail upkeep)
-sometimes---cell phone, money, ID, trail map
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In addition to all that I now carry a spare derailler hanger. Busted mine out in the woods....had to walk.
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I've been carrying a pair of disposable latex gloves, so I don't have to get totally dirty if I have to deal with the chain.
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In addition to all that I now carry a spare derailler hanger. Busted mine out in the woods....had to walk.
With a master link and a chaintool, you could have single speeded it. That way you wouldn't have to walk all the way
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Throw in a spare crank bolt. Nothing worse that losing one and stopping every 10 pedal strokes to hand press your crank back on only to find out that when you do get back to the shop, you've rounded out the interface and ruined your crank arm.

The duct tape around the seatpost works great. I've got a black seatpost and I buy black duct tape. Wrap the post 5 or 6 times and it's always there. Duct tape is great for repairing sidewall blowouts on your tires.
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With a master link and a chaintool, you could have single speeded it. That way you wouldn't have to walk all the way


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minimum I carry water, crackers, multi tool, 4 c02 canisters and dispesnor, extra tube(s),qwikstik tire lever, small first aid kit w/Benadryl in it( Im highly allergic to stinging insects) in case of allergic reaction, cell phone, i.d.,shock pump.
I usually carry more than that like patch kit, allen wrench set, etc. and will be adding some duct tape to my seatpost. great idea, thanks.
I also use a Deuter M3 hydration pack to carry the stuff
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Jeeeeze some people really pack on with the accessories!

I make my load as light as possible...i have been riding for a while and i figure the most important thing i have used as been a 5mm allen key. I take an allen key 'multi' tool (it has all the different allen keys in that fold out).

No way do i bring scissors never needed them never will....used to bring duck tape but it was a waste of space (never thought about wrapping it around the seat post though!). I bring a pump that fits in vertically in my hydration pack.

I bring:

1. Spare Tube
2. Pump
3. Patch Repair Kit
4. Tyre levers
5. Allen key

I bring my phone and some food, lots of water and THATS IT!
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tube and patch
pump
tire irons
multi-tool
chain breaker (cause the multi-tool ones awlays suck).
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How do most of you carry all these things, I guess you have the bags that attach to your bike or some people have a hydration pack.
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Yup, in the camelback.
Before that, I used seat bags.
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tube and patch
pump
tire irons
multi-tool
chain breaker (cause the multi-tool ones awlays suck).
For a normal ride it will just be a tube- 2 tyre levers and a patch kit.A mulitool would be handy but I haven't found found one I like yet so also carry 4,5,6, allen keys and a rag.

Then you get the situations that you are on a longer ride and what do you carry? I have shredded tyres before so carry a spare folder. Chains break so also carry a spare chain and chain breaker. Then i might get hungry so a couple of gel packs and cereal bars. and then....... The list can go on.

See the attachment for my "expedition" pack on the Tandem and it is surprising how little I use out of the Bag. Couple of tubes maybe, but if I leave anything out- Sods law come in.

The big pack is carried on a Seat mounted pannier but the normal riding spares can be carried in the back pocket if going light.
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May i ask why you carry a spoke wrench?
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With everybody trying to get sutch light fast and agile bikes seems like these big bags and heavy weight really undo all that extra spending.

You dont find all this stuff to be in the way especally on a very hard/fast ride with alot of jumps/drop offs and bumps?

If anybody has a link to good cheap bags for a Marlin/Piranha/Wahoo let me know they all have the same frame, not sure if most of them are just a "one fits all"
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Well to be honest, i went for a ride the other day without the hydration pack on, and its SO much easier! ...i just forget whats its like not to wear one! If your only brinign water just use water bottles on the bike, but if you intend to pack other stuff a small camel back is great.
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