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Old 05-04-05, 08:36 AM   #1
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What's in your tool bag?

What repair parts do other tandem teams carry with them? We carry frame pump, 2 tubes, folding tire, patch kit, chain tool, extra links and SRAM power-links for each chain, tire levers, basic multi-tool, and cel phone. We've helped others as often as ourselves on rides. We always ask cyclists on the side of the road if they need assistance with anything.
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Old 05-04-05, 08:47 AM   #2
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In the bag.....
3 tire levers
1 patch kit
2 tubes
1 mini multi-tool w/chain tool
money

frame pump

Should add short length of chain and tire boots....just in case....
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Old 05-04-05, 09:08 AM   #3
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Road Tandem:

Small seat pack under my saddle (don't you love the mixed lexicon) contains a rolled-up / foldable tire & small first aid kit with wipes and adhesive strips.

Small seat pack under Debbie's saddle contains a tire lever, one or two tubes, a Crank Bros. Micro 17 mini-tool, a patch kit with a couple SuperLink III's, three links of spare chain, a spare valve extender w/o-rings (we run deep section rims), a vial with both Tylenol and Advil, and one spare Frog cleat**.

Money, keys, ID, and food go in the jersey pockets.

Blackburn FP-1L is attached to the underside of the internal tube on Debbie's 1/2 of the tandem.

Off Road Tandem:

Med. size seat pack under my saddle contains 2 tire levers, one tube, a Crank Bros. Micro 17 mini-tool, a Park compact chain tool, a patch kit with a couple SuperLink III's, three links of spare chain, and if I remember to move them over from the road tandems the vial of Tylenol & Advil, the small first aid kit, and spare Frog cleat.

A Blackburn mini-pump resides in my Camelbak along with keys, ID, and food.


**While incredibly simple and reliable, if you let your Frog cleats go too long the small little elastomer piece with the metal ramp that keeps your shoe attached to the Frog pedal WILL quietly fall off and there's nothing you can do to fix it in the field aside from duck-taping your shoe to the pedal for the ride home, ala 'Breaking Away' (been there, done that as recently as our 3 Gap ride before watching the Tour de Georgia come through Dahlonega. As Tim Allen would say, if you can't fix it, duck-it!
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Old 05-04-05, 11:09 AM   #4
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Howdi

Got sludge in my tubes - one spare tube for just in case, glueless patches, 3 tire levers, CO2 bomb, + have a little bracket on bike that holds two spare bombs, wet wipe, 2 plasters, multi tool, money (notes) in case the tire gets cut so can use as gator and to buy coffee with a muffin at the end of a glorious day out on the bike.

Cell phone, car keys, jelly babies and food in back pocket.

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Old 05-04-05, 12:07 PM   #5
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This is why we ride Tandems -- to carry all these tools with us

Full set of allen keys for the sizes used on the T
Small adjustable spanner
2 tubes, 3 tyre levers,puncture repair kit, and folder tyre.
Chain breaker, and 4 spare links for chain, and on longer rides also carry a spare chain.
A good volume pump that is checked before each ride.

I do a quite a few long distance off road rides and in addition to these basic tools, for these rides I carry a spare Rear derailler cable, and cable cutters to get the damaged cable off, a selection of spare nuts and bolts,that will fit the bike. First aid kit, but also extras on this are headache pills and stomach pills.

Then in the spare capacity, 6 cereal bars, and as much dried fruit as we can cram in.

Oh then theres the phone(s) two different phones on two networks to give us a better chance of getting a signal from the different providers
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It's so tempting to claim just a mobile phone and a Visa card. We've always got one or two Topeak folding tools, a spare tube, patch kits, chain links, first aid kit, spare cleats and hardware, and some sort of portable nutrition. All of our riding is done in loops that rarely take us far from civilization. Even when we go in the bush, it's a loop that takes us back out by the beach and coffee shops.
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It depends on how far and where we are riding. Our Topeak Roadmorph pump goes along with patches and a spare tube on all rides. A multi-tool, a hyper ******* spare cables, spokes, a folding tire and some small serious tools might be added for longer rides.

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Gotta thank you guys for the Topeak Roadmorph suggestions... SOLID pump.
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Oops. Forgot about our Sigma pump that folds out into a floor pump. Makes me feel like I'm in a James Bond movie, assembling a sniper rifle, on the rare occassions we use it.
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Road Tandem:

Small seat pack under my saddle (don't you love the mixed lexicon) contains a rolled-up / foldable tire & small first aid kit with wipes and adhesive strips.

Small seat pack under Debbie's saddle contains a tire lever, one or two tubes, a Crank Bros. Micro 17 mini-tool, a patch kit with a couple SuperLink III's, three links of spare chain, a spare valve extender w/o-rings (we run deep section rims), a vial with both Tylenol and Advil, and one spare Frog cleat**.

Money, keys, ID, and food go in the jersey pockets.

Blackburn FP-1L is attached to the underside of the internal tube on Debbie's 1/2 of the tandem.

Off Road Tandem:

Med. size seat pack under my saddle contains 2 tire levers, one tube, a Crank Bros. Micro 17 mini-tool, a Park compact chain tool, a patch kit with a couple SuperLink III's, three links of spare chain, and if I remember to move them over from the road tandems the vial of Tylenol & Advil, the small first aid kit, and spare Frog cleat.

A Blackburn mini-pump resides in my Camelbak along with keys, ID, and food.


**While incredibly simple and reliable, if you let your Frog cleats go too long the small little elastomer piece with the metal ramp that keeps your shoe attached to the Frog pedal WILL quietly fall off and there's nothing you can do to fix it in the field aside from duck-taping your shoe to the pedal for the ride home, ala 'Breaking Away' (been there, done that as recently as our 3 Gap ride before watching the Tour de Georgia come through Dahlonega. As Tim Allen would say, if you can't fix it, duck-it!
You got my attention. What are SuperLink III's and why the spare chain if the SuperLinks are some universal link?

Thanks from an under prepared beginner, as all I carry is the tire levers, two spare tubes, chain breaker, large set of allen wrenches and a rag.
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I carry spare links for the timing chain, because if it should break it needs to be repaired to the same length as before so it fits on the timimg rings. With the main drive chain, you can make-do with a shorter chain. Just watch out for that large-large ring commbo!
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2 Multi tools
Tire levers
Spare tube
Patch kit
Folding Tire
Presta-schrader adapter
Frame pump
Pin wrench for tensioning the sync chain
Chain connector link
Short length of duct tape

Plan to get spare cable, spokes, and some extra chain links before the STP.
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You got my attention. What are SuperLink III's and why the spare chain if the SuperLinks are some universal link?
Superlinks



If you're using Campy or Shimano chains your best bet for a re-useable link is the Forster (formerly Craig) SuperLink. In general, the SuperLink III (Green Card) works with Campy 10spd; SuperLink II (Pink Card) works with 9 speed, SuperLink I (Yellow Card) works with 8/7 speed.

They are available at Branford bike for $7.95/ea (ouch). http://www.branfordbike.com/chains/chains4.html#item5

But, unless you're buying something else from Branford, save $2 or $3 by buying them from Lickton's: http://www.lickbike.com/i0338150.htm

Spare chainlinks are usually needed for fixing timing chains and also come in handy when you've forgotten to replenish Superlinks used to fix your own chains or for good samaritan repairs.
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Good question. I don't know for sure what's in my tandem tool bag. I know that it's less than I used to carry. Maybe the time has come again to re-evaluate how much stuff that I'm carrying. On my single bike, I just carry enough stuff to repair one flat. On the tandem I THINK that I have a Park mini-tool kit and probably a couple of inner tubes. I know that I have a couple of CO2 carts and an HPX pump.

Mostly I don't worry about it. Just as dogs can smell out and harrass the people who are most afraid of dogs, I think that bikes may be able to smell the people who are excessively fearful of mechanical break downs. The best way of minimizing the amount of burden that you carry with you is to learn to ride with a light heart.
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I do quite a few randonnees and carry sufficient tools and spares to get me trackside mobile again. Just face it, if you have a major problem then the phone comes in usefull and an aborted ride. What gets me though is the amount some people carry. I can understand the family group needing extra clothes, or food, but the amount some people carry is ridiculous. Last year The Tandem did our big one, and all the spares we required were in a top bag on the pannier. As Tandems on these events are a bit rare, we did make it that any Tandem specific spare that may be required was in this top bag. No surplus clothing, other than a pertex that will pack up small as we knew it was not going to rain. No extra tools that would increase the weight of the Tandem-- Just sufficient to get us out of any trackside repair.

On one of the meet points with our backup vehicle we took pity one one of the other riders and offered to take his bag to the finish for him. He accepted with glee and I swear his pack must have weighed 20 lbs. Even with our extra parts for the Tandem,(Which were spare derailler cable and cable cutter, 2 tubes, spare folder,2 spare chains,and chain splitter and a box of assorted nuts and bolts) our top bag did not weigh 5 lbs. In fact for this year, I hope to lose the weight of the pannier and bag by using 3 or 4 small frame or saddle bags hence losing about 2 lbs.

Yes dogs may smell fear, but then theres Sods law, that if you leave a spare at home, you will need it. I'm hoping good preparation will eliminate Sods law and hope the dogs keep sniffing, but don't bite.
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Patch kit, spare tube, few bucks, multi tool, and a cliff shot.
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