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How often have you used the mult-tool set on the road?

Old 10-05-18, 10:52 AM
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Zero times.

There has always been public transport available (or I just walk my bike the rest of the way).
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Old 10-05-18, 10:59 AM
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Old 10-05-18, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
There has always been public transport available (or I just walk my bike the rest of the way).
You obviously ain't a 'murkan. We don't have none of that commie stuff 'round tchere.

Well, we do, but it (a) doesn't go from near my house to near my work, and (b) hiking in 6 miles the other week was a bit much.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
You obviously ain't a 'murkan. We don't have none of that commie stuff 'round tchere.

Well, we do, but it (a) doesn't go from near my house to near my work, and (b) hiking in 6 miles the other week was a bit much.
Just get an 8 seater mate, they always take bikes.
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Old 10-05-18, 12:27 PM
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other options also work. I usually use the 49-seater order up a 49-seater when I get a flat.
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Old 10-09-18, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
Yesterday!

I was taking the road bike out for a spin and my left pedal came off. Never saw such a thing in my life.

But I was glad I had my multi tool with the 8mm pedal allen key. (At least I would have been had I not realized the crank arm was busted and no amount of tools were going to get that pedal back in. It was a nice day for a walk home anyway.)
Same thing happened to me once. I was way too far off to walk it home, so I tightened the pedal as best I could, and limped it home. Very light pressure on the loose side, heavier pressure on the tight side. I stopped to tighten it up regularly, and I got home. Slowly, but I got home.

I mentioned this to an experienced cyclist. He looked at me like I was a Martian, saying that I was supposed to snug stuff up like that before every ride. Dunno...? Not sure what everyone else does, but I don't snug up anything before rides. But now I carry a multitool
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Old 10-09-18, 01:57 PM
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Only a few times on my current bike (no more quick release) to adjust my seat height. I always do a pre-flight, so the rest of the bike is pretty maintenance free.
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My ride weighs a ton already yet I only travel with a multi-tool for a few days after I add a component that may need adjusting until it feels right (seat, brake pads, cables, handle bars).

On the flipside I enjoy being helpful to fellow commuters and I know I've been asked at least 5 times in the last year if I had Allen wrenches... Unfortunately for them the stars didn't align...
As does mine. But a multi-tool is something you just can't afford to ride without. My seat tilt went out once and that last 6 miles was very unpleasant.
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Old 10-10-18, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by nogasbiker View Post
Same thing happened to me once. I was way too far off to walk it home, so I tightened the pedal as best I could, and limped it home. Very light pressure on the loose side, heavier pressure on the tight side. I stopped to tighten it up regularly, and I got home. Slowly, but I got home.

I mentioned this to an experienced cyclist. He looked at me like I was a Martian, saying that I was supposed to snug stuff up like that before every ride. Dunno...? Not sure what everyone else does, but I don't snug up anything before rides. But now I carry a multitool
I do not snug everything up before a ride.

I'd have asked the experience cyclist if he checks his car's tire pressure, oil level, shocks, and serpentine belt tension before every drive. It's not an airplane where you have to check every bolt in a pre-flight check.
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Old 10-10-18, 07:18 AM
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I re-torque seat rail clamps, seatpost clamp, stem bolts (all of them,) and wheel skewers (bolt on) on all of my bikes once a week. Because those are the parts I would least like to fall off.
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Old 10-10-18, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
As does mine. But a multi-tool is something you just can't afford to ride without. My seat tilt went out once and that last 6 miles was very unpleasant.
It depends on the bike as to if you need a multi tool.

My Specialized Crosstrail has I think 6 different allen bolt head sizes for the various bolts. Plus the phillips head screws for the rear light bracket. Plus the torx screws for the brake rotors. So I keep my multi tool with me at all times.

My Trek Crossrip has 2 allen bolt sizes, the phillips head screws for the light mount, and the torx screws for the brake rotors. So I keep 2 allen keys, one with a phillips screwdriver head on the long end. And I take my chances on the brake rotors never coming loose.

There is just no need for the multi tool on the Trek bike because I can dissemble everything but the bottom bracket with 2 allen keys.

That being said, I never EVER leave the house without those 2 allen keys.

You should ALWAYS have repair tools. You don't necessarily need a full multi tool.
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Old 10-10-18, 08:47 AM
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I learned the "ABC Quick Check" a few years ago, and it's such a habit that I do it unconsciously.
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Old 10-10-18, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
I do not snug everything up before a ride.

I'd have asked the experience cyclist if he checks his car's tire pressure, oil level, shocks, and serpentine belt tension before every drive. It's not an airplane where you have to check every bolt in a pre-flight check.
I ride twice a day commuting, and usually a ride or two on the weekend. It's not reasonable to check over every bolt before every ride, and honestly, it's not necessary. (Though I've been over the bike twice since something started rattling the middle of last month, and still haven't found it...)
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How often have you used the mult-tool set on the road?
Perhaps, half a dozen times back in the 1980s and early '90s.

In the past 10yrs ... once, IIRC.

Worth it? Often, yes. Usually, no. (For me.)

For a few of the minor repairs that are likely to occur? Perhaps not if within 5KM of either end-point of the ride. But they can sure be useful if the problem is fixable and you've got the spare part(s) necessary. Would hate to be incapable of doing those simple things I've got spares for only to find I couldn't for want of a simple tool I have elsewhere.
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(Though I've been over the bike twice since something started rattling the middle of last month, and still haven't found it...)
Does that drive you insane?

I've had that. Where I got and tighten every single bolt on the bike. Take off all the add ons (rack, lights, etc) and there is still a rattle that defies physics.

Then it just mysteriously goes away!
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Sure my Topeak adds weight, but its not like I'm carrying an industrial tool box. Thing is, your bike is a mechanical device, therefore, I consider it an emergency kit for my bike.
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Mostly only if I have fenders my bike which get loose sometimes. I only use them in the wetter times of the year so I didn’t lock tite them.
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