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Old 02-07-19, 04:46 PM
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Park I-beam multi-tool that includes chain breaker and tire lever and every size wrench needed for full tear down. Rema patch kit, spare tube, mini pump, CO2 inflator and two 20G carts, piece of old tire sidewall for boot, pair of nitrile gloves and a few paper towels in case things get messy. All fits in an underseat medium size bag.
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Old 02-07-19, 05:08 PM
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which one?/

1) its front panniers not a small saddle bag , and this time of year 1 of them has rain gear (for me it's a Cycle rain Cape & hat )..
1a) Brompton.. 2 pockets on back of touring bag , They QR off of the O bag..
2) big Karrimor or Carradice , lots of capacity in the main compartment. what you'd put in a under seat small bag I put in the side pockets ...
or one of the back in 1a..







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Old 02-07-19, 07:05 PM
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Basically, the means to fix a flat.
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Old 02-07-19, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by luddite_68 View Post
My typical Saturday ride is 45-60mi all on the road. I occasionally do a supported charity imperial century. My bag fit 1 tube, 2 CO2 carts with valve & tire levers. I carry consumables like food & Nuun tabs in my pockets. Last week, miles from nowhere, I got a small cut in my tire. I thought it was small enough that I could put in a new tube and be on my way (I was not aware of the dollar bill trick). It worked for about 100 yards and the second tube blew resulting in that call I dread making to my wife. Please through the bike rack in the car and pick me up.

So I bought a larger bag that now holds 2 tubes, 3 C02 carts with valve, tire leavers and a nifty multi-tool. There is a little space left. What are you guys carrying in your saddle bags?
A little trick I learned from Bike Forums, tie a knot in your tube, reinstall, fill with air then ride away. Works great, a bit difficult reinstalling the tube though, but gets you home.
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Old 02-07-19, 07:31 PM
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I keep most all of the usual gear you've seen listed in this...(Mounts in your second cage normally-, stuck on the gravel bike for the pic).
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Old 02-07-19, 08:05 PM
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I'm liking the patch kit idea. Any recommendations? Will a tube patch put on the inside of a tire repair a cut in the tire?
Better to take preventative measures. I apply the patches before flatting.
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Old 02-07-19, 08:24 PM
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Better to take preventative measures. I apply the patches before flatting.
Or you could just stay home (the ultimate preventive measure).

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Old 02-07-19, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by csrpenfab View Post
Park I-beam multi-tool that includes chain breaker and tire lever and every size wrench needed for full tear down. Rema patch kit, spare tube, mini pump, CO2 inflator and two 20G carts, piece of old tire sidewall for boot, pair of nitrile gloves and a few paper towels in case things get messy. All fits in an underseat medium size bag.
On what size tire are you using the 20g carts?
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Old 02-07-19, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by 02Giant View Post
A little trick I learned from Bike Forums, tie a knot in your tube, reinstall, fill with air then ride away. Works great, a bit difficult reinstalling the tube though, but gets you home.
Thanks for that. New voodoo to me.
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Old 02-07-19, 10:24 PM
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On what size tire are you using the 20g carts?
700x32 on my flat bar road/gravel bike. I use an inflator head that can be turned on/off. I gave up on the “one shot” CO2 heads years ago.
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Old 02-07-19, 10:42 PM
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Lezyne self stick patch kits include a tire boot. The whole thing is half the size of a credit card and only slightly thicker. I've used these kits for a couple of years. They work. I replace them about once a year although the older patches were still good.
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Old 02-07-19, 11:17 PM
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I'm liking the patch kit idea. Any recommendations? Will a tube patch put on the inside of a tire repair a cut in the tire?
If you like Cliff bars use the wrapper saved me a few times for a quick boot
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Old 02-07-19, 11:51 PM
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I use a small toolbag with: 2 tubes in a sock, patchkit, 2 irons, the allen wrenches for that bike and (sometimes and for some bikes) a spoke wrench and a small tube of sunscreen. Plus specialized tools for specific bikes (like a wrench for the rear hubs of my fix gears). That covers me for just about everything. (The sock keeps the tubes from getting cut by the tools.)

I also always carry a bunch of one dollar bills. They make excellent tire boots and are completely usable for their intended purpose after you get home. (I've ridden home with 1" slashes, using up to 4 bills. Higher denominations also work,. A $20 got me home once.)

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Old 02-08-19, 06:15 AM
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Nothing much different than the usual stuff in my (small) saddle bag. Hand pump, tire levers, spare tube, multi tool, master link, gloves.
Food, ID, cash stays in my pockets or sock .
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Old 02-08-19, 07:28 AM
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Not a saddle bag but a trunk pack. All the usual tire repair parts and pieces plus chain repair. And a mini shop of tools. Except for flats most of the tools have been used to fix bikes of people on the trail with no tools at all. Surprising the most used tool is a 6 inch crescent wrench.

I just dont understand people that ride with nothing at all.
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Old 02-08-19, 07:34 AM
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Lots.


Good Lord man, are you crossing the Donner Pass with that thing.
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Old 02-08-19, 08:17 AM
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Good Lord man, are you crossing the Donner Pass with that thing.
Two weeks in MT with one night in ID. Full camping and cooking gear. This was the route:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23235312?beta=false

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last big climb was up and back down the west slope of Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, where I spent two nights. Rode up and back down only with foul weather gear, but I did cross it with a full load during my Seattle to Ocean City, NJ trip.

It's not as much as it looks. The left rear pannier has lots of space left for things like groceries. The front panniers also have more capacity. The right rear has some, but it's pretty full because it holds my sleeping bag. I could but that on the front rack but it causes more drag. Since I have the room, I pack it in the pannier.
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Old 02-08-19, 09:00 AM
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I carry two tubes, patch kit, (I’ve had days with multiple flats), tire levers, multi tool, shoelaces for any emergency attachments, two small pieces of tire and have a pump attached to the frame.
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Oh yeah, I also carry a few zip ties for random unforeseen emergency repairs.
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I just dont understand people that ride with nothing at all.
There's a name for people like that: stranded.
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There's a name for people like that: stranded.
Very true. Until someone like me comes along. Im retired and in no hurry and enjoy helping people.
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I carry 2 tubes, tire tools, alcohol wipes. Also I carry a patch kit in addition to tube(s) also a mimi hand pump in addition to CO2's.
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I carry a spare saddle in my saddle bag. I mean, that's what their for, right? Kinda like gloves in the glove compartment of your car?
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Old 02-11-19, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by luddite_68 View Post
Problem is the tube protruded through the small cut in the tire.
A piece from a worn out tire will cover the slash. I carry spare patch kit glue and a patch kit, a tube, co2 X 2, a valve and a mini pump, levers, mini tool kit and a freewhee removal socket on the touring bike. On the roadie, tube, patch kit, levers, mini tool, co2 and a valve. The patch kit is a must to keep you from walking!
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The minimum is a tube, levers, patch kit, ID, and tire boot. I have a mini pump attached to the frame.

On rides where I'm time constrained I'll bring some CO2 also. On longer rides an energy bar and some candy for energy. Sometimes I'll bring a bike multi tool, though it has been years since I needed one unexpectedly.
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