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    what tools do you carry for a daily commute

    hi everyone -

    so, company is moving further away which is a good thing cause 2.5 mile commute isn't as much fun as an 8 mile one. however LA streets sucks and have plenty of crappy pot holes. with that said, the first ride i took to the new office, i end up blowing out my rear tire on a pot hole (for those of you who do live on the west side of LA, the one pot hole in question is between culver and braddock on centinela - so um. . be warned). think it was a pinch flat or something. what sucks about the whole thing is that i wasn't prepared for this so instead of just being able to replace the tube and be on my way, i had to wait for someone to get me to take me to a bike store to get it done. so question is. . what are the essentials that you would carry with you on a daily commute?

    so what i have now is a spare tube, co2 tank (and an inflator). i have a small hand pump that i will be tossing into my bag from here on out. but more or less i'm looking for what you folks carry for a daily commute so i can complete my shopping list so i don't end up in this stupid situation again.

    thanks.

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    I keep a small bag of various tools in my backpack.

    15mm wrench
    Allen Key set
    Spare Tube(s)
    Tire levers
    Pump

    There's probably some other misc. stuff in there too, but I think these items are always in the bag.

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    Sup, I had a 10 mile commute through Culver City/Palms/Mar Vista/Venice/ SM for years. Typically carried my 15mm wrench, pump (topeak), two tubes, patch kit, diy tire boot, tire levers, 5 and 6 mm Allen wrenchs.

    Ever visited Bikerowave on Centinela and Venice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    Sup, I had a 10 mile commute through Culver City/Palms/Mar Vista/Venice/ SM for years. Typically carried my 15mm wrench, pump (topeak), two tubes, patch kit, diy tire boot, tire levers, 5 and 6 mm Allen wrenchs.

    Ever visited Bikerowave on Centinela and Venice?
    i think i might have seen it but never been. how is it? i'm looking for more or less a 'go to' shop. i've only been to a few shops out here on the west side and a few every where else. i go to the helen's on broadway quite a bit but mainly for random stuff like buy some clif bloks.

    what's a tire boot?

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    15mm Wrench
    Crank Brothers M19
    Pedro's Tire Levers x 2
    Lezyne Pressure Drive
    Tire Boot
    Patch kit
    Spare Tube x 2
    Zip Ties
    Quick Link
    Gerber Dime Multi Tool. (Really just for the pliers. To pull debris out of my tires)

    A tire boot is a piece of tough material that you can put between your tube and tire in case you get a hole in your tire that your tube will poke out of. A folded up bill can work too.

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    Tire boot is basically a patch for the actual tire itself -- ParkTools has kit you can buy but you can also use a dollar bill in a pinch.

    Quote Originally Posted by nappycappy View Post
    i think i might have seen it but never been. how is it? i'm looking for more or less a 'go to' shop. i've only been to a few shops out here on the west side and a few every where else. i go to the helen's on broadway quite a bit but mainly for random stuff like buy some clif bloks.

    what's a tire boot?
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    ah. . thanks for explaining. learn something new every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nappycappy View Post
    i think i might have seen it but never been. how is it? i'm looking for more or less a 'go to' shop.
    Bikerowave | DIY Bicycle Repair
    We operate an all volunteer bike co-op. It wont be so much as go-to for buying lots of new things but if you ever need to do repairs or want to learn to do them yourself, this is the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    Bikerowave | DIY Bicycle Repair
    We operate an all volunteer bike co-op. It wont be so much as go-to for buying lots of new things but if you ever need to do repairs or want to learn to do them yourself, this is the place.
    oh that's awesome. my go-to shop isn't for buying things, i do most of that online and through some local shops, rather i'm looking for a place that sounds just like what you just described.

    i'll check it out later today when i go out for my ride through centinela again.

    thanks.

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    i carry this on every ride, whether im going to the store or doing a century+

    strapped under my seat in a roadrunner tool roll:

    3wrencho
    shiny object +co2
    patch kit (patches, glue, couple squares coarse grit sandpaper[for smoothing out the tube], alchohol prep pads[cleaning off the crap so the glue gets a good seal])
    spare tube
    random multitool (with allens, extra ****ty tire lever, 1/4 socket, flat/phillips drivers]
    VAR bead jack

    lezyne micro floor drive (mounted to seattube)

    my keys also have a leatherman squirt so i guess you could count that
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    CrankBrothers M10 multi tool
    15mm wrench
    Patch kit
    Spare tube in a Ziploc bag
    Small Lezyne hand pump
    Ziploc bag with 2 zip ties, 2 band aids, 2 safety pins and a spare $20 bill
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    +1 on the 3wrencho, that thing is nice.
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    Allen key set.
    That's it.

    Had some flats on the way to and from work a couple times.

    Still haven't learned my lesson.

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    Tools/bags ruin the clean look of my whip, yo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Night_shift View Post
    Tools/bags ruin the clean look of my whip, yo.
    Carrying a bike with a couple o' flats is bad for my look. Wear a bag so you look bad, not the whip. yo.

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    Trash bags, duct tape, nylon rope and a coarse-tooth hacksaw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Trash bags, duct tape, nylon rope and a coarse-tooth hacksaw.
    i can probably fit all that in my laptop bag.

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    -Co2 chargers
    -patch kit
    -multitool
    -1 tire lever
    -adjustable wrench
    -folding knife

    I usually carry a tube or two as well, but I ran out a while ago and keep forgetting to buy more.
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    spare tube
    Park IB-3 multitool
    Rema tip top patch kit
    VAR compact bead jack
    2x Park levers (time proven best road lever; pedro's are too wide)
    lezyne carbon drive lite


    If I'm on a bike w/ track nuts:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Trash bags, duct tape, nylon rope and a coarse-tooth hacksaw.
    No shovel?

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    Two tubes, patch kit, hex wrenches, wrench for track nuts on fix gears. Frame pumps on all bikes. four or five dollar bills of any denomination in my wallet for tire boots. Leatherman or similar non-bike multitool/knife on my keys. This gets me out the vast majority of jams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FPC View Post
    No shovel?
    Waste of time. Coyotes take care of disposal.

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    18 tpi saw blades do a great job of cutting through human bone.






    not that i have any personal experience with that or anything. or have one in my trunk with questionable stains on it.
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    roadkit.jpg

    Longer rides add a chain tool and a couple links. btw the pouch is by Chrome, super tuff cordura.

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    Multi allen key tool
    15mm wrench
    Patch kit
    2x tire levers
    Spare tube
    Pliers
    Knife
    Mini pump
    Handful of mini bungees

    Lately my girlfriend has been into taxidermy so I've been keeping some gloves and a couple trash bags for when I find some road treasures.

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