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Old 03-31-17, 09:18 AM
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Tool kit and bag

I started travelling for work by bike . I kept my pump and some patch around my waist . Can you share other tool s that i can bring along. I intend to have a bag that i can place around the bike and detachable as well ... hope to see some pics of yours a s my reference
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Pump, patch kit, tires levers, spare tube and a multi tool to fit the bolts and screws on your bike. And know how to change a tube?
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Yes to the above, and pay attention to the type of fittings you have on your bike and select an appropriate multitool for your needs.
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Old 03-31-17, 09:37 AM
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Tire levers, definitely.

I prefer tubes to patch kits. Much quicker to replace the tube, and patch it when you get home. If I get two flats, I guess I just wasn't lucky that day. I like these little saddlebags, small, pack well up under the seat, and hold the tube and levers with a bit extra room for keys, cards, etc. Can get them on sale for $7-8 regularly: TransIt Small Speed Wedge
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Chapman bike kit https://www.amazon.com/Chapman-2309-.../dp/B01786549A or direct from Chapman. Very light and super well made. Put a tire tool inside the flap and snap it down. Replace the screwdriver handle on the outside with a CO2 unit since you can use the spinner top and wrench everywhere. Wrap a spare tube around it. Done. Fits easily in a mini seat bag.
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Old 03-31-17, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by rumen View Post
I started travelling for work by bike . I kept my pump and some patch around my waist . Can you share other tool s that i can bring along. I intend to have a bag that i can place around the bike and detachable as well ... hope to see some pics of yours a s my reference
I've been using this set of tools for years, only need to add patches and replace the glue periodically. All fits into the small bag shown, pump is mounted to the bike frame.
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A square of canvas cloth can wrap up your tools, and a toe strap can secure the tool roll to the back of your saddle.
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Old 03-31-17, 11:35 AM
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Tube, patch kit, multitool, tire levers.

Depending on distance an old water bottle can be cut down. fold the tools in a bit of canvas held with velcro/strap.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Tire levers, definitely.

I prefer tubes to patch kits. Much quicker to replace the tube, and patch it when you get home. If I get two flats, I guess I just wasn't lucky that day.
I carry a spare tube and a patch kit. I have had 2 flats in a day, so the extra 1.7 grams* of patch kit was well worth the struggle.

*I don't really know how much the patch kit weighs
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Old 03-31-17, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
I carry a spare tube and a patch kit. I have had 2 flats in a day, so the extra 1.7 grams* of patch kit was well worth the struggle.

*I don't really know how much the patch kit weighs
Yeah, fair enough, it would be easy to stash in the back of the bag, and definitely better than walking!

And since I opened my mouth, I'm eagerly awaiting the day I get two flats in the next week or so
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Yeah, fair enough, it would be easy to stash in the back of the bag, and definitely better than walking!

And since I opened my mouth, I'm eagerly awaiting the day I get two flats in the next week or so

Go ride someplace unprepared where there are goatheads, you'll get your two flats in one day.
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Old 04-01-17, 03:02 PM
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I just picked up a slime patch kit at Walmart it comes with a few patches and glue it was just under 2 bucks and is in a plastic case and a small foldable Allen key set and with saddle bags I carry some light rain gear just in case
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Pretty much self explanatory. spare tube, CO2 inflator, multi-tool, patch kit, tire levers, chain quick link, insert for hydraulic brake caliper for changing tires. cash. Topeak micro seat bag.

Also often carry a min-pump or extra Co2 cartridge.

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Old 04-01-17, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
Pretty much self explanatory. spare tube, CO2 inflator, multi-tool, patch kit, tire levers, chain quick link, insert for hydraulic brake caliper for changing tires. cash. Topeak micro seat bag.

Also often carry a min-pump or extra Co2 cartridge.

Assuming it's purpose made, what's the exact name of that red brake caliper wedge, and where can I get one - or is it just some old spatula or something like that you had lying around?

Cheers
TRJB

EDIT: Nevermind, found it here along with some others:

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/BSPLPSP/plastic-pad-spacer

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What is the purpose of the caliper wedge?
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I've been riding long enough that I have seen my bad days re: flats. My tool bags have 2 tubes and a patch kit. If I can find the hole and the repair is straight forward, I patch it. (I want to locate the hole so I know where to look for offending debris in the tire Once the hole is found, patches do a really good job of marking it.

I put only the hex wrenches that bike needs in my tool kit and whatever special tools that bike might require. (Headset, BB and crank tools are ones I do not bring. There's a place for good maintenance habits.) Sometimes and some bikes - a spare spoke or two and a spoke wrench. Leatherman in my pocket for long rides. A lighter, cheaper (and quite inferior) Gerber multi for local rides. (The Leatherman grabs my jersey fabric so I keep it in a cloth bag. Access to multi and keys is much faster with the Gerber.

All my bikes have real pumps.

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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
What is the purpose of the caliper wedge?
When the wheel is off, it keeps the pads from closing. Since they are self adjusting if you accidently close the brake with no rotor, you may need to pry the pads apart. It is a SRAM "pad spreader" that came with the bike.
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When the wheel is off, it keeps the pads from closing. Since they are self adjusting if you accidently close the brake with no rotor, you may need to pry the pads apart. It is a SRAM "pad spreader" that came with the bike.
That's what I figured. I have Shimano hydros on the MC, but have never had or needed such a device; maybe I've been lucky, but maybe I should carry one!
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In addition to the basics, (patch kit, inner tube, tire levers, hex wrenches and such) I carry a pair of thin pliers, which has come in handy a few times for cable adjustments and holding nuts in place on old brakes and fenders while adjusting. Also a spoke wrench and a chain break, although I have used the chain break on the road only twice in 25 years.
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Old 04-02-17, 08:52 AM
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thanks for the response guys ... i learned that riders brought some necessary basic tool kit and additional one based from their experience.This will aside from the distance they intend to travel.... hope this thread will a learning to upcoming newbie li ke me ... thanks again
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I carry a spare tube and a patch kit. I have had 2 flats in a day, so the extra 1.7 grams* of patch kit was well worth the struggle.
I always carry a tube, usually two, and also some glueless patches ... and a patch kit for a longer ride, just in case.

it is fine to say "If I get two flats it wasn't my day" unless you are 25 or 50 miles from home when you fin out "It isn't your day," and there is no one to call for a ride (I guess for some folks it is easier to call a cab for $70 bucks than to carry five glueless patches which cost $1.)

I actually got two flats last weekend on a simple 25-mile pleasure ride which would have been a nightmare (or actually a four-hour walk) if I hadn't been prepared. I find it has not been my day far too often to mess around.

Glueless patches almost always work for a while and sometimes forever (I don't trust them, but I have a lot of issues besides that ... ) But they each weigh about as much as a bandaid and take up about as much space. i can bear that enormous burden if the alternative is a $50 cab ride or a 50-mile walk pushing my bike.

Tire irons (2 should do) and a multi-tool .... a length of duct tape wrapped around something is recommended but I often forget to bring it---but everything is better with duct tape.

I bring a mini-pump ( an old Blackburn airstick is my current favorite because it is small enough to fit in a large seat bag and gets the job done) because CO2 while being much quicker and Much more convenient, is not reusable.

If I were to get two flats and use all my CO2 .... then what? If I messed up one CO2 charge (didn't attach it properly because I was tired, angry, on the side of a busy road in a light rain with night falling and I Already had a flat, dang it, and now another? It just is not my day) then wow .... I have a new tube, ready to go, and Worthless, because I cannot inflate it enough to ride it---and if I try to ride it I will likely pinch-flat and be more screwed.

It helps to know how to take links out of a chain and how to jam a derailleur into a fixed gear in case you snap a chain or break a cable. And if you cannot change a tire .... at night, on a busy roadside int he rain, or on a rural road in the pitch black, using only your headlight ....

On the other hand,, some guys grab a glueless patch and a CO2 cannister and never think twice and do fine.
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...If I were to get two flats and use all my CO2 .... then wot ... On the other hand,, some guys grab a glueless patch and a CO2 cannister and never think twice and do fine.
>>> wouldn't 3 co2 cans be smaller than 1 pump **********??
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>>> wouldn't 3 co2 cans be smaller than 1 pump **********??
Wouldn't matter much when you got that fourth flat.
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I'm a belt-and-suspenders kinda guy. I like doing decent-length solo rides (50+ mi) so I try to be self sufficient. I've stopped before to help someone pump up a tire but I try not to rely on finding the same courtesy.

In an underseat bag I have a spare tube, a pair of tire levers, a small multitool, a CO2 cartridge and inflater, a very small pressure gauge, a Presta to Schrader converter, a couple of bandaids, a spare chain link, copy of my ID, a $1 bill and a $5 bill ($1 bill for patching a tire cut). A small frame pump rides on the side of a bottle cage. On longer rides I will also throw a ziplock with a pair of latex gloves, another tube, and a chain breaker wrapped in a piece of shop towel.

The thing is, I've used all of these at one time or another, most often for folks on the rides who have forgotten to bring anything to repair a flat or mechanical issue. Too much? Probably. But I feel better carrying it, and we have enough to worry about when riding on the roads far away from home or friendly transportation.
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Wouldn't matter much when you got that fourth flat.
>>> correct you are sir ... four give me ... tho by my 4th i'd be looking for my DEhexer
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