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Old 04-13-21, 07:07 PM
Clark W. Griswold
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Originally Posted by ClydeClydeson View Post
I have a small multi tool with allen keys, a couple wrenches, and a chain tool. The body of this tool, to which all these different bits are attached, splits apart and can be used as two tire levers. I can fit this tool, a spare tube, and a patch kit into a small seat bag.

There are dozens of different styles of multi-tools and many have a chain tool built in - a chain tool is the one thing that a well-stocked non-bike workshop is unlikely to have, and is very difficult to substitute for any other item. Here's one:

A broken chain is uncommon, but unless you have a chain tool you are probably walking home if it happens. I did once manage to partially put a chain back together with two rocks, and made it just strong enough to get me to a house where someone was working in the garage and could lend me some pliers to bring the chain strength from 5% up to maybe ~50% of a good one.
I have a tool with a chain tool on it but it is not as compact as I would need it to fit in that tiny pack and I really like the pack it works with my Topeak system and I don't want to change that and their medium packs are just a little too big. If it gets really bad to the point my chain is broken I am probably having a crappy enough time I will just want to call a friend and buy them lunch or dinner or take a bus back or something like that. I haven't had any major stuff like that so I don't worry about it too much.
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