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HTupolev 10-24-20 01:19 PM


Originally Posted by TortoiseAvenger (Post 21758259)
I have no doubt whatsoever I could learn how to do it. But all the crap I'd need all the sudden and have on me at all times? The tube, the pump, the levers... and a place to put them, That's what seems like a PITA.

So attach them to the bike. For example:

https://i.imgur.com/zCM4vk5.jpg

The saddlebag has a multitool, a set of tire levers, a Park GP-2 glueless patch kit, and a spare tube. My pump is next to the front water bottle, mounted on the same bolts that hold the water bottle cage.

The actual PITA is calling someone to pick you up because you couldn't just fix the problem on the go. It's not difficult to fix a puncture.


Originally Posted by Ironskillet (Post 21758361)
anyone have any good recommendations for a good small pump that can attach to a bottle cage?

I'm fond of the Topeak RaceRocket HP, which is what's in my photo above. It's quite small and weights less than 90g, and aesthetically "blends" better with a bike that most pumps do when mounted alongside a bottle cage. It has a very narrow cylinder, so it takes a lot of pumps to bring a tire up to pressure, but I don't find this to be much of a problem: the threaded chuck is on a rubber hose, so it's easy to pump very rapidly without worrying about damaging the valve stem. And since the cylinder is narrow, it's not difficult to achieve reasonably high pressures if desired.

Ed Wiser 10-24-20 01:22 PM

I always carry a repair kit an as a ride captain on club rides would help others with repairs.
Many new riders donít know how to do the basics. An it helps them learn how to do the simple things.

genejockey 10-24-20 02:03 PM


Originally Posted by Ironskillet (Post 21758361)
anyone have any good recommendations for a good small pump that can attach to a bottle cage?

I have a Lezyne Road Drive that came with a bottle cage mount (as in goes between the frame and the cage). I haven't had to use it on the road, having not had a flat since I gave up on CO2 inflaters.

(knock on wood)

genejockey 10-24-20 02:06 PM


Originally Posted by Ed Wiser (Post 21758412)
I always carry a repair kit an as a ride captain on club rides would help others with repairs.
Many new riders donít know how to do the basics. An it helps them learn how to do the simple things.

Years ago, I used to ride with a club, and on one ride I flatted. Before I knew what was happening, the Simonetti brothers, Carlo and Luca, had snatched my saddle bag and pump, swapped out the tube, and were finishing pumping it up. Fastest tire fix I'd ever seen, outside of NASCAR!

BenBoozer 10-24-20 02:18 PM

Heck, some bikes make it easy to carry your kit. The downtube on my Domane SL5 contains my spare tube, c02, tire lever and tools, its always there. I don't even use my saddle bag any more.

MntnMan62 10-24-20 02:23 PM

I ride about the same amount of mileage you do. But I also always like to be prepared. Therefore I always carry a spare tube, patch kit, pump and multi-tool. I've changed tubes on the fly on a few occassions. I don't like to rely on other people. Once a stick got stuck in my rear derailleur and it snapped clean off rendering the bike completely unrideable. The one time I needed someone to give me a ride no one was around. I walked the rest of the way home. Not too long but it just goes to show you, learn to rely on yourself. Self reliance is liberating.

dabac 10-24-20 02:37 PM

I carry flat-fixing stuff for any ride outside (easy) walking distance from home.

Thereís no guarantee that assistance is available when I need it.

If I leave the bike for later retrieval, thereís no guarantee itíll be there for me to pick up. And as a commuter, thatís a real nuisance. Well worth getting my hands dirty to avoid that.

Digger Goreman 10-24-20 02:43 PM

Not a lot of flats, but half from overnight twits breaking bottles on the MUP, combined with early morning commutes. A little late beats way late.... Flats happen....

I started 8 years ago paying way too much for the privelege of knowing nothing bike related. Between the good folks here and Youtube, I've saved on all but the more involved repairs :)

Ilbiker 10-24-20 03:00 PM

I personally would not ride without knowing how to change tubes or patch a flat. I’ve called my wife once in the last four years and that was because I was < 3 miles from home, it was 90 deg and I was soaked. My Domane is tubeless, so I carry two CO2 carts and my mini pump (habit). My Roubaix saddle bag has a patch kit and spare tube in it, plus I’ll carry a second tube in my jersey pocket. The mini pump goes back on the water bottle cage mount.

tomato coupe 10-24-20 03:03 PM

You're fine without any tools. To be clear, however, DO NOT CALL ME IF YOU GET A FLAT! I will not come to get you.

tkamd73 10-24-20 03:05 PM

I usually carry a small multi-tool, phone, credit card, and a twenty dollar bill, which will pretty much solve any issues I have on a ride. Then again, my wife and I, and most of my friends are retired, and they all have pick-ups or vans, a flat is a good excuse to get together for breakfast, lunch, or a beer. Of course I’m buying.
Tim

Moe Zhoost 10-24-20 03:29 PM

Personally, I'd say that if you feel lucky and well-supported you are spot on with not wanting to acquire and carry stuff that you may never need. Pay no attention to the pessimists that prepare for things that never happen to good folk, like flats, broken chains, slipping seat post, etc.

REDMASTA 10-24-20 03:29 PM

i carry a spare bike attached to my back. can never be too prepared.

Maelochs 10-24-20 03:51 PM

Cycling is not good exercise, I hear, but walking is. Don't' bring tools or tubes.

CargoDane 10-24-20 03:56 PM


Originally Posted by REDMASTA (Post 21758559)
i carry a spare bike attached to my back. can never be too prepared.

I think you'll find carrying a pump and a means to repair a puncture is not even close to carrying "a spare bike". But ,hey, go without the very minimum if you want.

Milton Keynes 10-24-20 05:42 PM


Originally Posted by Ghazmh (Post 21758387)
Why bother carrying a heavy water bottle? Hopefully someone will be standing by the road just waiting to give you free water.......

Or you can call someone to come give you a drink.

CargoDane 10-24-20 05:44 PM

Love it! Next time I'm finding it hard to go uphill with a loaded bike, I can call my friends to carry the stuff up and I can pick it up to go down the hill.
This is bloody brilliant! Nothing like expecting one's friends to come bail you out because you can't be bothered even with the basics.

Milton Keynes 10-24-20 06:00 PM

I've only done the "call of shame" once so far. I was riding gravel down a hill one evening, racing to get back home before dark. I hit some large flat rock in the middle of the road, too late to swerve or miss it, and I heard the hiss from the front tire and knew I was going flat. Had it not been getting dark I'd have just thrown a new tube in, but I didn't want to ride unfamiliar gravel in the dark with a not-very-bright headlight. So I called my wife who came out and picked me up. I ended up having not one but two sets of pinch flats in my tube. Nowadays, though, I have better headlights so should it happen again I'll just fix it on the side of the road, though I still don't ride much gravel in the dark.

GlennR 10-24-20 06:12 PM


Originally Posted by TortoiseAvenger (Post 21758259)
I have no doubt whatsoever I could learn how to do it. But all the crap I'd need all the sudden and have on me at all times? The tube, the pump, the levers... and a place to put them, That's what seems like a PITA.

Doesn't take up that much room
https://i.imgur.com/TgYfmYc.jpg

This is all i carry and I go on many 50+ mile solo rides.
https://i.imgur.com/G1XUcN8.jpg

Most shops have basic mechanic classes for free or a few dollars. If you're doesn't, then suggest they do it.

Darth Lefty 10-24-20 06:18 PM

Threads like these I’m still surprised people don’t learn how to do this when they were, like, eight or ten, and there are actually classes and even practice

GlennR 10-24-20 06:25 PM


Originally Posted by Darth Lefty (Post 21758747)
Threads like these Iím still surprised people donít learn how to do this when they were, like, eight or ten, and there are actually classes and even practice

What do shops charge for labor to replace a tube?

BTW, it takes me maybe 5 minutes to replace the tube on the side of the road. How much time does someone waste driving to the LBS, waiting and driving home?

Ogsarg 10-24-20 06:27 PM

Anyone that rides a bike should know how to fix a flat. I think my Dad showed me how to do it when I was 7. I am not one to carry a bunch of tools around but do not go anywhere without what I need to fix a flat. It is pretty easy to swap a tube and refill a tire and the parts and tools you need are about as expensive as that Uber ride you take and way less expensive than replacing the bike that you left locked up hoping it would still be there when you got back.

Koyote 10-24-20 06:32 PM

It's called the "call of shame" for a reason.

Spend $40 on a kit, watch a youtube video, and then fix your own flat tire when it happens. It's part of being a cyclist.

Mojo31 10-24-20 06:58 PM


Originally Posted by TortoiseAvenger (Post 21758259)
I have no doubt whatsoever I could learn how to do it. But all the crap I'd need all the sudden and have on me at all times? The tube, the pump, the levers... and a place to put them, That's what seems like a PITA.

Dude, levers ($7), tube ($8), CO2 inflator and cartridges ($20), and saddle bag ($15) is a small price to be prepared. It ainít rocket science.

Youíll pay more than that buying your friend dinner after he picks you up.

GlennR 10-24-20 06:59 PM

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...e+bicycle+tube




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