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    tool bag?

    Riding around home I just keep a small assortment of tools in a seat bag but I'm planning a month long tour this summer and plan to bring a much more comprehensive set of tools. I'm thinking that I'd like some sort of zippered bag where I can organize all my tools and spare parts in one place. That way when I go to make any repair I can unroll all my tools and parts and have them all laid out in once place.

    Anyone know of a nice lightweight tool bag that will be useful for holding a good collection of tools that can then be dropped into a larger bag or pannier?

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    Timbuk2, Park Tool and Chrome all make tool rolls. I think they sell some stocked with tools.

    For my daughter's bike, I bought a zippered, ****** pouch and sewed velcro loops on two sides so it attaches to the frame in the main triangle. I didn't think anyone would recognize it as a ****** bag. I figured folks would think it was just a triangular bag, made for cycling. However, on several occasions, we've been out riding and had people mention her packing heat. "Is that your daughter with the ***?" and "Certainly, she can't be old enough for a CHL."
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    I use a bank deposit bag. They are usually 11" x 6" medium weight vinyl with a sturdy zipper. Used to get them free from the banks. I have seen them $4-5 each at Staples.

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    I use these (small size) for my tools, toiletteries, first aid and batteries & chargers. They are tough and clear so it's easy to find things. I cut out the little plastic hook and tied a small string loop instead.
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    I took a heavy duty ziploc bag (not too big) and covered it in duct tape. I even made a couple tabs to make it easy to open, 'cuz I'm classy like that.

    IMG_6014.jpg

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    Thanks guys, I was thinking perhaps something along these lines. This is intended for motorcycle touring but the concept is the same:

    http://roadgear.com/sport-touring-tool-pouch-p-46.html

    But I'm open to ideas. I'll have to make a list of all the tools and parts that I'll want but definitely a couple multi-tools, spoke wrench, chain wrench, lube, spare tubes, patches, tire levers, hand wipes, along with a ziploc bag of essential spare parts. I'll need to go over the bike and trailer top to bottom to make sure I have every possible tool that I'll need.

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    You can also make your own out of bottom weight fabric. I did and it took me several hours and cost twice as much as going to the store and buying one.

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    a shop towel , rolled up with a few rubber bands around it , both carries the tools .
    and gives you some place, relatively clean, to lay the parts you take off, onto.


    Hemp Canvas would be Hip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    a shop towel , rolled up with a few rubber bands around it , both carries the tools .
    and gives you some place, relatively clean, to lay the parts you take off, onto.
    That's what I used in my motorcycle days, now I use one of those little cheapo nylon fold over things that aggravates the pee water out of me. Don't know how, when or where I got the dang things, got two of 'em.

    Hemp Canvas sounds good, a little bigger than what I have and actually folds over far enough so the tools stay in it, nice!
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    I just put my tools in a ziploc. It's lightweight, and the same one has lasted for several tours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timvan_78 View Post
    I took a heavy duty ziploc bag (not too big) and covered it in duct tape. I even made a couple tabs to make it easy to open, 'cuz I'm classy like that.

    IMG_6014.jpg
    That thing is evil!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    a shop towel , rolled up with a few rubber bands around it , both carries the tools .
    and gives you some place, relatively clean, to lay the parts you take off, onto.


    Hemp Canvas would be Hip.
    Funny thing. Rivendell will actually sell you that: http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/ba-rito.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlueToe View Post
    I just put my tools in a ziploc. It's lightweight, and the same one has lasted for several tours.
    Agreed. How many tools to you need to carry, really? I've got a tool bag I can barely lift that contains all of the tools, and many of the spare parts, necessary to build a bike from the frame up. On tour? I leave most of that stuff at home! I carry enough tools to rescue myself from an inconvenience or mild disaster, but assume that if anything truly major happens I'll need to hitch a ride to a bike shop.

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    I made my own tool roll to fit the tools I take. Park Tool has a tool roll for bike tools. The tool roll give me a clean visible surface to put tools and parts I am using. I put shadows on the pockets to keep thing organized and accounted for. I keep a spare tube and patching kit in a separate small saddle bag. It might have taken me an hour to layout the pattern and sew mine together.

    https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/dire...size=large&v=3

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    When touring, I use an old water bottle with a wide opening to store all my tools and spare bits. It usually goes in the 3rd cage mounted on the downtube.

    On commutes, I use a small tool roll inside my pannier.

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    Don't forget to carry a small towel or rag or clean the grease off your hands after a repair. There are few things less disgusting than riding for several hours with that stuff all over you, your clothes, and the cheek you keep wiping sweat off of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timvan_78 View Post
    I took a heavy duty ziploc bag (not too big) and covered it in duct tape. I even made a couple tabs to make it easy to open, 'cuz I'm classy like that.

    IMG_6014.jpg
    Please supply your contact information so my lawyer can contact you regarding patent infringement.
    Actually, mine is a superior design since it doesn't require the use of one of those h-e-a-v-y ziploc bags.

    Tool_Pouch.jpg

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    The "Simplygib" duct tape roll with easy open tabs gets my vote!
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    So are those duct tape pouches a stealth way to carry a supply of duct tape for other repairs, or do you just like making junk out of duct tape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by texasdiver View Post
    So are those duct tape pouches a stealth way to carry a supply of duct tape for other repairs, or do you just like making junk out of duct tape?
    As Red Green would say: "Duct Tape -The Handyman's Secret Weapon"

    For me, I carried a sawed-down 10" crescent wrench (cut to fit the length of my seat bag), chain breaker, spoke wrench, 6mm Allen wrench, tire levers, patch kit, squeeze tube of white lithium grease, a 1.5oz aerosol can of WD40, flat and #2 Phillips screwdrivers, freewheel tool, crank extractor, a shop rag, and a spare inner tube, and most importantly my flipee-flyer (cloth frisbee-type thing with bead chain in the outer hem) all in my mid-70s 8" long and 5" diameter Cannondale 'Toot' seat bag. Spare spokes were taped to the chainstay with black electrical tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texasdiver View Post
    Thanks guys, I was thinking perhaps something along these lines. This is intended for motorcycle touring but the concept is the same:

    http://roadgear.com/sport-touring-tool-pouch-p-46.html

    But I'm open to ideas. I'll have to make a list of all the tools and parts that I'll want but definitely a couple multi-tools, spoke wrench, chain wrench, lube, spare tubes, patches, tire levers, hand wipes, along with a ziploc bag of essential spare parts. I'll need to go over the bike and trailer top to bottom to make sure I have every possible tool that I'll need.
    I like the looks of that one. I picked up something similar from an Army Navy surplus store for about $5 IIRC. It holds: 8mm wrench, 10mm wrench, Sharpie, ballpoint pen, Fiberfix spoke kit, patch kit, tire levers (2), a small screwdriver and probably a couple of things I'm forgetting. I've seen something similar for the civilian market (Bucket Mates?).

    I do need to pare down to something smaller now that I'm not running a clunker that needs constant repairs. I probably don't need to be carrying around full size box end wrenches anymore...
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    Quote Originally Posted by simplygib View Post
    Please supply your contact information so my lawyer can contact you regarding patent infringement.
    Actually, mine is a superior design since it doesn't require the use of one of those h-e-a-v-y ziploc bags.

    Tool_Pouch.jpg
    makes me laugh, once on a motorcycle ride coming back from the states, my hands were freezing, so I duct taped some plastic bags into mitts to wear over my motorcycle gloves, worked a treat.

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    I don`t ride anywhere exotic or take megatours, and check my bike out before taking off, so just the "small assortment of tools in a seatbag" (probably very similar assortment to yours) plus a few extras, that still fits in a seat wedge. Sometimes, when a lot of dirt roads are expected, I carry an additional tube beyond the one spare already in the seat wedge. That second spare is a little too much to stuff in the wedge, so I just find it a home wherever I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texasdiver View Post
    So are those duct tape pouches a stealth way to carry a supply of duct tape for other repairs, or do you just like making junk out of duct tape?
    I saw an article about Teresa Scanlan, and I was sold.

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