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Old 04-09-19, 07:07 AM
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Tube.
Tire levers.
Allen wrenches.
Band aids.
Tire boots.
Tube patch.
Shower caps (to quickly throw over my gps computer)
Zip lock bag (to quickly waterproof my phone, car keyfob, etc)
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In saddlebag:
tube
pr tire levers
two CO2 cartridges and head
5mm allen
pr nitrile gloves
spare quick link for chain

In jersey pockets:
minipump
Garage door remote
ziplock baggie containing phone, cash, DL, medical insurance card, credit card, ~$10 cash
couple of energy bars or a banana, depending on distance
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Old 04-09-19, 11:45 AM
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Generally a tube and lever. Some (most?) times a hex key set and a patch kit.
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Old 04-09-19, 12:14 PM
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I like to take a chain breaker tool with me and a few spare links, I've had my chain break on me one to many times, but that's usually if I ride 12 miles plus. It's been a few years since then, now I'm just doing shorter rides as I try to get my old endurance back. I don't take anything with me.
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Old 04-09-19, 01:32 PM
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I'm awful about this; maybe I took the Boy Scout motto too seriously, but I carry spares of nearly everything, and a bunch of tools, some redundant. The only thing I haven't thrown in is the 12" adjustable wrench I bought to adjust my headset.
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Old 04-09-19, 03:43 PM
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Overall it's kind of re-iterated why I asked in the 1st place and that I'm carrying a load of stuff I don't really need ... most of our rides never get more than 20 miles from home and the further away we are ... the closer we are to a bike shop

Totally get though that people carry more for longer rides / touring, think I'm going to break it down into 2 separate packaged things ... one for everyday rides and something else with "extras" in that's easy to grab without having to think about and check it before I go.

Quite tempted with the bottle bag's, I've small frames and my 29er ..... if I put a frame bag into the triangle I can't get a single water bottle in there (irrespective of how small it is) but with one those I could at least get one in there ....
My gravel bike has a mount under the down tube so would get on there and as this is the bike I'm more likely to take for longer rides in the summer, would leave space for 2 water bottles in the triangle which would be very welcome on those hotter days and hasn't been an option for me up until now!!!

Granted I could just everything into small saddle bag but I have larger saddle bags for if I need to take spare clothing ... or peel off layers as I warm up but don't need them most of the time so take them off.

Cheers for everyone's input ... always interesting to see what other people do especially as so many on here have an abundance more experience than me
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Old 04-10-19, 08:40 AM
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You do mean "minimum", right? That presumes that I'm not riding so far distant that I'll need to be self sufficient for more major repairs.

Minimum = repair a flat tire
Minimum+ = repair a flat tire, tighten a fastener on the bike, adjust brake or derailleur (such as with a brand new build that's on its shakedown)

So, for minimum that'd be a mini-pump, two Pedro's tire levers, one innertube, one fresh patch kit. The mini-pump might be bottle cage mounted or might be in a pocket. If the bike is my fixed gear, I add the combination stubby 15mm wrench/tire lever.

For minimum+, I'd add a multitool.

For mountain bike riding, I carry more. Because crashes. I always have a multitool and chain breaker with quick link. I also carry a spare derailleur hanger for my frame. Sometimes you have to limp home without a rear derailleur...

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Old 04-10-19, 08:51 AM
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1 tube (in a protective repurposed sunglasses bag)
1 lever
3 CO2 cartridges and chuck
3-6 scabs
13-in-one multitool w/chain break
1 quick link

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Old 04-10-19, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
In saddlebag:
tube
pr tire levers
two CO2 cartridges and head
5mm allen
pr nitrile gloves
spare quick link for chain

In jersey pockets:
minipump
Garage door remote
ziplock baggie containing phone, cash, DL, medical insurance card, credit card, ~$10 cash
couple of energy bars or a banana, depending on distance
That quick link isn't much good without a chain break.
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Old 04-10-19, 09:57 AM
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A Topeak multitool. That is all.

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Old 04-11-19, 10:51 AM
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Allen wrench muti-tool, cell phone, drivers license, and credit card.
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Old 04-11-19, 12:59 PM
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All I really care to always have in the saddle bag is tube and pump, but I always also carry patch kit, levers and multi-tool.

A few things extra, since they don't take much space or are easier to keep up with on the bike. Spoke wrench for that bike. Chain breaker. Something to boot a tire. Sometimes a ziptie and a small blade.
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Old 04-11-19, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
  • Extra medications (heart meds, pain killers)
Are you bringing something prescribed for you or are you trying to think ahead for some emergencies? Epi?
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Old 04-11-19, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by rosefarts View Post
Are you bringing something prescribed for you or are you trying to think ahead for some emergencies?
Some of both. The first aid kit generally only has a few doses each of benadryl, ibuprofen, and aspirin. If you have a breakdown you might miss a dose of your prescription.
Epi?
If you need it. I'm on a beta blocker, epinephrine is no fun! I have to ask for no-epi stuff at the dentist, for instance.
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Old 04-18-19, 08:39 PM
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Saddle Bag
  1. Topeak Ratchet tool
  2. 4Nm Torque Wrench
  3. Patch kit
  4. Presta adapter
  5. master links
  6. $20 bill / 12 quarters
  7. Portland Designs CO2 inflator
  8. CO2 cartridge x2
Fanny Bag
  • LIRR Bike Pass
  • Leg/arm Reflector
  • whistle w/lanyard
  • Inner tube
  • Batteries - AA, AAA
  • 2 Blue Lights
  • Rubber Gloves
  • USB powerbank
  • Headlight Battery
  • Headlight
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Old 04-20-19, 07:01 AM
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Condom. Just in case.
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Old 04-20-19, 10:39 AM
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I have a spare tube, patch kit, tire levers and multi-tool. If I am going out all day and I remember to charge it, I bring a power bank and cable for my phone. I have a pump mounted on the frame. Wallet with ID, insurance card and credit card in my jersey pocket.

I have never actually changed a tire. I know how it is done, but I have been very lucky so far and haven't needed to. (which is amazing considering the condition of the roads around here). If I'm fumbling, I'm sure someone will stop to help me as long as I have everything I need with me.
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Old 04-20-19, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Wattsup View Post
Condom. Just in case.
An optimist! LOL. I guess you took the boy scout motto to heart.
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Old 04-21-19, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by RhythmRider View Post
Saddle Bag
  1. Topeak Ratchet tool
  2. 4Nm Torque Wrench
  3. Patch kit
  4. Presta adapter
  5. master links
  6. $20 bill / 12 quarters
  7. Portland Designs CO2 inflator
  8. CO2 cartridge x2
Fanny Bag
  • LIRR Bike Pass
  • Leg/arm Reflector
  • whistle w/lanyard
  • Inner tube
  • Batteries - AA, AAA
  • 2 Blue Lights
  • Rubber Gloves
  • USB powerbank
  • Headlight Battery
  • Headlight
I think i may try this
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Old 04-21-19, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by NomarsGirl View Post
An optimist! LOL. I guess you took the boy scout motto to heart.

Better to have and not need, rather than....
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Old 04-21-19, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
That quick link isn't much good without a chain break.
Not if his chain already has a quick link on it. Mine does, and I carry a spare as well. I can see myself losing one of the links during a tire change...Murphy's law.

How's this for an idea... Carry a white hankerchief to rest under your itsy bitsy bike parts, on the ground/grass/dirt. That's another way to help from losing parts....and a ziplock bag too!
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Old 04-21-19, 08:40 PM
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Spare tube
Patches
No tire lever (don't need it for my tires, have two built into multi-tool)
Fiber spoke
Special magic Mavic spoke wrench
Multi-tool with chain breaker
Spare link
Spare quick link
Mini-pump (downtube)
Inflator and 1 CO2
Presta adaptor (on front valve)
$5 bill
CHL (location dependent)
Couple of zip ties

The only reason to call for a bail out is a broken frame/seat, broken wheel or broken me.
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Old 04-21-19, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Wattsup View Post
Not if his chain already has a quick link on it. Mine does,
If your chain breaks/bends at a location other than where your main quick link is currently, you'll need a 2nd quick link to fasten the two ends, after removing the broken/bent links with the chain break tool.
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Old 04-22-19, 07:05 AM
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commuting:
spare tube
tire lever
chain breaker / spare link
topeak mini rachet
mini 15mm wrench
crankbros klic pump
2 pair exam gloves /small rag

long rides:
2 tubes / patch & boot kit
2 tire levers
chain breaker / spare link
topeak mini ratchet
leatherman
zefal frame pump / pressure gauge
2 pair exam gloves / large rag
zip ties / mini gaf tape
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Old 04-22-19, 10:18 PM
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The seat bag usually does not change. Burrito HB bag is standard for QR removable items.

Seat bag
Chain holder (fits over dropout to lift and hold chain when wheel it removed)
two patches cut from gallon milk bottles 1.5 x 1 inch in case of large sidewall cut
4 allen keys for major components
2 quick links
1 inner tube wrapped in saran wrap.
tiny patch kit.
spare M5/M6 allen bolt
small tire levers
clip-on taillight
some zip ties
house/car keys (maybe in jersey or shorts zipper pocket)

depending on ride
spare folding 28mm tire held by toe clip strap under the seat bag or in a water bottle cage tool container.
small hefty bag rolled inside handlebar
second inner tube in saran wrap.
headlight

In front burrito bag,
iPhone
bandaids and wetnaps (usually in ziploc baggie in jersey pocket)
tiny vial with aspirins
mini sunblock tube.
24" surgical tubing
wallet (depends on shorts or jersey worn).
small folding lockback Buck knife in foam wrap.

Zefal frame pump usually on bike / sometimes a Silca.
Spare spokes in seat post.
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