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Bikes: "Hildy", a Novara Randonee touring bike; a 16-speed Bike Friday Tikit; and a Specialized Stumpjumper frame-based built-up MTB, now serving as the kid-carrier, grocery-getter.

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Originally Posted by AndrewP View Post
If any member of your family has a bike without quick release hubs you will also need an adjustable wrench to fit the axle nuts.
I carry a 5/8" mini ratcheting wrench with my folding bike, which doesn't have QR hubs. It takes a little more elbow grease, but is so convenient! I no longer carry an adjustable wrench.

Allen wrenches are without a doubt the tool I carry that gets used the most. You really only need a few sizes for most bikes - no need to carry the entire set.

Here's a gratuitous shot of my Acorn Bags tool roll I keep on my touring bike:

In order of what gets used the most:

Allen wrenches
Needlenose pliers (these will also snip extra plastic off the end of a zip tie )
Zip ties wrapped around a rag
Assorted screws, nuts, and bolts
Tire levers
Duct tape wrapped around a stubby pencil
Rubber gloves (which I've never used)

With this loaded up, I toss a pump and some tubes in my trunk bag and I have everything I need.
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