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Essential Items to Carry Onboard for Flat Repair?

Old 05-28-15, 12:59 PM
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Essential Items to Carry Onboard for Flat Repair?



For the visual folks, I included the picture. Here's the list.

2 tire levers
extra tube
latex gloves
mini-pump
patch repair kit

Anything else you suggest I should have onboard the bike?

(I ask because I just recently learned of the latex gloves.)
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Old 05-28-15, 01:20 PM
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Add a couple of CO2 cartridges and inflator. They can be backup to the mini pump and make for a faster repair if riding with a group.
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Old 05-28-15, 01:32 PM
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Agree with your essential list except the gloves are definitely nice to have, but not "essential". The CO2 stuff is also very nice, but again, not essential if you have a mini pump that works.

If you're really trying to minimize the size of your kit you could also eliminate the spare tube in favor of roadside patching. Again, a very nice thing to have, but not "essential"

The truely essential stuff:

tire levers (but not essential if you've proven to yourself you don't need them for fixing the particular wheel and tire combo you're using)
patch kit
pump

Additional essential: a multi tool that will work with every fastener on your bike except maybe the main crank bolt.

nice to have in priority order:
spare tube
spare quick link
tire boot (I carry a $20 bill for double duty)
CO2 kit
gloves

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Old 05-28-15, 01:36 PM
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Skills for said repair? One of my bikes takes a 15mm wrench to get the wheel off. Most are quick release these days.
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Old 05-28-15, 01:38 PM
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Depending on the bike/tires, one can often get them off and back on without tire levers (which I never carry). I do, however, like a Swiss Army knife... just in case.

No latex gloves here either.

One of the things I've added to my patch kit is a single edged razor blade. Great for skimming that seam off.
I might consider adding to the patch kit is a spare unopened tube of glue. It is a big pain to be all ready to patch a tube, and have the glue all dried up.

A Park Boot fits well into your seat bag.

I've avoided using Scabs, but I think someone was saying that Park Scabs are better than other brands. Might be worth considering.
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Old 05-28-15, 01:44 PM
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I won't ride any distance now without nitrile gloves. Incredibly handy when you have to put a chain back on and can avoid having gross hands the rest of the ride.

I ride with a group of n00bs, they always have weird breakdowns and their stuff is filthy.
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Old 05-28-15, 01:52 PM
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Not for flat repair but there's no reason* not to carry a couple of extra chain links just in case.

(*unless you ride 11sp which requires a crazy tool to peen new links, but then you can just bring a couple of those KMC missing links things)
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
A Park Boot fits well into your seat bag.
Originally Posted by Camilo View Post
tire boot (I carry a $20 bill for double duty)
Until reading your posts I never heard of a Park Boot/tire boot. Thanks for the tips.

Spare quick link?
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Old 05-28-15, 04:55 PM
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I consider a spare tube essential. 5-10% of flats can result to damage to the valve. No spare tube and you are walking.

Even more essential for a newbie or someone out of practice as the wrong mistake in fixing a flat can result in the same kind of damage.

And in practice an unopened tube of glue is near essential.
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Old 05-28-15, 04:58 PM
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+1 on the tire boot. I cut up an old tubular tire but a dollar bill works almost as well. $20 bill works twenty times as well.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I've avoided using Scabs, but I think someone was saying that Park Scabs are better than other brands. Might be worth considering.
I carry the Park Tool glueless patches because they're fine for get-you-home repairs,and they last forever. Those little tubes of glue always dry out after the first use.

I always carry gloves because they're also useful if you come across someone injured. I also carry a 1oz squeeze bottle filled with hand cleaner and wrapped in a paper towel.
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Real men do not wear latex gloves, greasy hands are a sign of masculinity.

I have two small aluminium levers which fit on my key ring, in my jersey I carry a spare tube and small patch kit. I used to carry a C02 cartridge and valve adapter, but now use a pocket pump.
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Originally Posted by Sangetsu View Post
Real men do not wear latex gloves, greasy hands are a sign of masculinity.

I have two small aluminium levers which fit on my key ring, in my jersey I carry a spare tube and small patch kit. I used to carry a C02 cartridge and valve adapter, but now use a pocket pump.
What? You don't just inflate the tubes with your mouth? I've heard that's a sign of masculinity as well.
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Old 05-28-15, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Keith99 View Post
I consider a spare tube essential. 5-10% of flats can result to damage to the valve. No spare tube and you are walking.
I can't remember the last time I've had a flat on my road bike from valve damage. I've had the occasional flat too close to the valve to patch, but it is rare, probably because the valve is protected by the rim.

KEEP YOUR VALVES STRAIGHT.
If I mount a tire with a crooked valve, then I gently squeeze the tire and run the hand around the rim until the valve is straightened.

I do occasionally see a used bike with a crooked valve that has worn through the valve. But, that is NEVER on one of my own tires that I've installed and maintained.

Originally Posted by YouthInAsia View Post
What? You don't just inflate the tubes with your mouth? I've heard that's a sign of masculinity as well.
I do inflate my boat by mouth, and it is much bigger than a bike tire. But, it is hard to generate more than a couple PSI by mouth.
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Originally Posted by Sangetsu View Post
Real men do not wear latex gloves, greasy hands are a sign of masculinity.
My first enlistment was on the flightline;plenty of stuff coming out of jets you don't want on your hands. Also as I said,EMT's wear gloves for a reason.

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What? You don't just inflate the tubes with your mouth? I've heard that's a sign of masculinity as well.
I use my bike pump for my Harley,does that count?
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Patch kit, one spare tube, 3 plastic tire levers, full-size frame pump (Old-school Zefal HP), foil-packed hand-wipes from fast food place. I don't carry a boot, but should probably consider it. Hmmmm, I wonder if I wrapped the handle of one of my tools with Gorilla Tape if that would work just as well... For those who may not know, Gorilla Tape is VERY strong, VERY sticky 'duct tape'...
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Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
I carry the Park Tool glueless patches because they're fine for get-you-home repairs,and they last forever. Those little tubes of glue always dry out after the first use.

I always carry gloves because they're also useful if you come across someone injured. I also carry a 1oz squeeze bottle filled with hand cleaner and wrapped in a paper towel.
While I really like the Park Tools cementless patches and typically use them for making repairs, they don’t always make a repair that’s lasting. These patches just don’t seem to bond well with all inner tubes. Yes, I have some patches that have been fine for the last 3 years, but those tubes were ones whereby the patches bonded well with those tubes. Other tubes have only permitted the cementless patch to stick for several miles before the patch lets go and the tube goes flat. One let go just 30 minutes after I arrived home, so I consider myself fortunate on that day.

Until you know that the cementless patches are good with the composition of the inner tube you’re attempting to patch, it’s best to make certain you carry one or two extra inner tubes. Those extra inner tubes have saved me on more than one long distance ride.
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If you find removing your rear wheel daunting, there's a solution.

Rubena introduces bicycle inner tube that can be fitted without removing wheel - Cycling Weekly

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Two spare tubes. One tire lever. Three CO2 cartriges and inflator. Cell phone.
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Originally Posted by YouthInAsia View Post
Anything else you suggest I should have onboard the bike?
(I ask because I just recently learned of the latex gloves.)
duct tape. Wrap some around the tire lever.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Add a couple of CO2 cartridges and inflator. They can be backup to the mini pump and make for a faster repair if riding with a group.
No need. In my experience someone in the group will always offer up their CO2.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
But, it is hard to generate more than a couple PSI by mouth.
I used to know a lady who ... Oh, that's probably not appropriate here...
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