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Originally Posted by mountainwalker View Post
Spare tube, tube patches, tube replacement tools, lightweight air pump, CO2 pump, hex set, etc.? Where do you keep these items? Do your items fit in your underseat bag?
When I first started commuting, I always took a small pump and a repair kit with me. Now I'm much more cavalier. I don't take any "emergency" stuff at all. My commute is in a highly urban area, I ride a beefy, very well-maintained touring bike with 85 psi, 37mm tires, and in ten years of riding to work I've gotten exactly two flats and no mechanical issues. (It always helps to do a lot of preventative maintenance.) Virtually nothing ever happens, and when it does, it's not actually an emergency, just an inconvenience, so I don't worry about it too much. On longer rides, especially out of town, I'm much more prepared: pump, repair kit, spare chain, a couple of spare spokes, sometimes a Kevlar vest if I'm going to be riding past a high school or university...
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