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Good Quality Portable Repair Kit?

Old 05-17-15, 08:56 AM
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Good Quality Portable Repair Kit?

I plan on doing long distance riding soon, and I'm looking for a decent yet portable repair kit. I am not a bike mechanic nor do I have exceptional survival skills (the ability to repair a complex machine using only a paper clip and chewing gum). Therefore, I need a kit that would be easy to use yet reliable/durable.

I'm guessing the kit would need to include something to repair flats on the go (no clue about the latest types of patches available today), some type of adjusting tool, etc. I'm hoping to place the small kit somewhere on the bike itself, so portability would be a nice feature.

Any suggestions?
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That's a frequently asked question. What kind of riding do you do?

For riding roads and typical trails, once I get my bikes sorted, all I that carry is enough stuff to fix a flat tire or two. Spare tube (or 2), tire levers, and a pump of some kind. If you can handle your own flat tires, you're about 95% self-sufficient. Once you start worrying about that last 5%, your tool and spares pack starts getting progressively heavier.

If you're doing real mountain biking, that advice doesn't count. If you're riding rocky single track and never break anything, you're not trying hard enough.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
That's a frequently asked question. What kind of riding do you do?

For riding roads and typical trails, once I get my bikes sorted, all I that carry is enough stuff to fix a flat tire or two. Spare tube (or 2), tire levers, and a pump of some kind. If you can handle your own flat tires, you're about 95% self-sufficient. Once you start worrying about that last 5%, your tool and spares pack starts getting progressively heavier.

If you're doing real mountain biking, that advice doesn't count. If you're riding rocky single track and never break anything, you're not trying hard enough.
Type of riding will most likely be 97% asphalt, 3% off road.

Unfortunately I didn't do my homework before buying a bike, so I ended up with a Fuji Tahoe 27.5 1.5 Disk. Very nice bike, but definitely built more for off road use than for road use. I thought about changing out the tires for something more road friendly, but I couldn't find anything in that size (27.5 x 2.25). So, I am anticipating a higher probability of punctures. Also, I will be riding with younger riders and would like to be prepared just in case...

I was looking at small hand held pumps for use with both Presta and Schrader valves, but reviews are extremely varied no matter which model or brand. Also, I have been reading about self adhesive vs. traditional patches. Again, opinions are all over the place with both types of patches.
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Old 05-17-15, 11:05 AM
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I gave my friend a chain tool , he found a ligher aluminum one.. it in the Pampas broke when he tried to use it,

and then had to figure out in Spanish , how to ask for a carpenter's nail to use to hit with a rock to improvise a chain repair,

on the eastern slope of the southern Andes.


My tube patch opinion: bring a good tube , swap it with the punctured one , then do the work to make a permanent patch in a more convenient place like a cafe.


Look back on the FAQ? It seems Topeak's Masterblaster get a lot of votes, its like a Mini Floor Pump.

there are many offerings in the folding minitool category , drop by a bike shop and look at the many variants.

the 27.5=650B there are nice supple premium road tires in that rim size _ Compass Bicycles: 650B Tires
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