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Old 09-15-21, 11:03 AM
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I run latex and butyl tubes in clinchers and latex in tubulars. I pump all tires every time I ride. It is sort of a pre-check inspection before riding. And I check electronic shifting battery charge. Generally, I put the bike on the car and drive to a route.

I carry a multi purpose tool, CO2, spare tube, patch kit, latex glove, tire irons, tire boot in case of tire cut and a mini frame pump. Lately, I have been riding my tubular race wheels on my time trial bike so I carry an inflator with latex sealer. I had to use my phone once to get a ride due to a sidewall cut where nothing seemed to work.

I do not watch videos of other riders and certainly if I did, the last thing I might observe was their tool/flat solution. Having said that, on a coastal ride in San Diego on the weekend, I will see between 50-100 cyclists on the road. So I get a pretty good idea of what is market for bikes, wheels, setup, toolkits/ bags, clothes and etc. I might see one rebent or a trike. I see more handcycle cyclists. I think the small power climbs on the coast, ahem, cause the rebents to choose other routes.

And if I stop and dismount, I am regaled by cyclists wanting to know if I am okay. I stopped to use a Jiffy John on Fiesta Island and as I was walking my bike to the john, a couple of cyclists yelled, are you good. In SD, we take care of each other so on any given day, we are very long on tools, tubes, expertise, CO2 and pumps.
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Originally Posted by kahn View Post
Although, I did just that about two weeks ago. The last person or Olympic weight lifter who tightened my rear through-axle did a fantastic job. I got a gashed tire (I might have been able to boot it) but could not get the through-axle loosened. I cursed, prodded and bent a tire level in futile attempts to get the thing loose. I even took off my bike shoe and tried using it as a hammer. It required a decent sized rubber mallet's 2-3 good hits to move it.
This should be cross-posted in the thread about bike shoes. If you wore the right shoes, you wouldn't have had a problem.
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Old 09-15-21, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
BTW I even carry a small bottle of alcohol to wash my hands if I get grease on them. The complete cyclist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope that it is not denatured so that it can serve double duty!
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Old 09-15-21, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by kahn View Post
I hope that it is not denatured so that it can serve double duty!
I guess we're starting to get the whole picture here. The OP, drunk on rubbing alcohol, spends his time checking out other riders' tool packages. I'm switching to baggy shorts ...
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Old 09-15-21, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
This should be cross-posted in the thread about bike shoes. If you wore the right shoes, you wouldn't have had a problem.
Rigid soles and spd but I guess I could not grasp them and get a good angle on the through-axle lever. And to make matters worse, I do have a hammer toe. I do recall years ago jumping on a tire iron along I-90 trying to get a bolt loose on my car's rim.
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Old 09-15-21, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
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And if I stop and dismount, I am regaled by cyclists wanting to know if I am okay. I stopped to use a Jiffy John on Fiesta Island and as I was walking my bike to the john, a couple of cyclists yelled, are you good. In SD, we take care of each other so on any given day, we are very long on tools, tubes, expertise, CO2 and pumps.
pretty much the same thing here; if i stop to stretch or something on any of my more frequently traveled routes, tons of passing cyclists ask if all's well. it makes me wish i knew enough to be helpful to someone i saw wrenching on the side of the road!
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Old 09-15-21, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
I guess we're starting to get the whole picture here. The OP, drunk on rubbing alcohol, spends his time checking out other riders' tool packages. I'm switching to baggy shorts ...
Or maybe baggy panties.
Real men bike riders know how to repair their bike on the road if need be.
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Old 09-15-21, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Or maybe baggy panties.
Real men bike riders know how to repair their bike on the road if need be.
And trikes (for those who need to be more stable and close to the ground.)
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Old 09-15-21, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Real men bike riders know how to repair their bike on the road if need be.
Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
And trikes (for those who need to be more stable and close to the ground.)
Of course, Rydabent rides a two-wheeled bent---so he is unstable and floating in space.

And wearing oversized panties, apparently, but that was a lot more information than I really wanted.
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Old 09-15-21, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Or maybe baggy panties.
Okay, I stand corrected. The OP, drunk on rubbing alcohol, spends his time checking out other riders' tool packages and fantasizing about them wearing panties.
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Old 09-15-21, 04:38 PM
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I carry a patch kit and multi-tool.
I've never carried a spare tube, tire, or brake and shift cables.

I have carried enough tools to disassemble the bike down to the bare frame. They came in handy when the freewheel came apart. Since I didn't carry any spare bearing balls, I had to walk back a hundred yards until I figured that I found enough.

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Old 09-15-21, 05:05 PM
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I donít bother checking my LHTís pressure every day for my 1.75 mile commute. Usually donít bother with a pump or flat changing stuff unless Iíll be going somewhere after work.

Right now Iím 4 days into a tour from northern VT to home. Havenít checked pressure once. Maybe at the end of the day tomorrow.

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Old 09-15-21, 05:30 PM
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I check my tires before each ride and then I stop 1/3 of the way into the ride to check them, and again at 2/3 into the ride for my last pressure check.
At the halfway point of each ride I also stop to re-lube(dry ofc)my chain.
And I know it goes without saying, but I also change the batteries in my helmet light at the halfway point in case my hub dynamos fail.
Again, I know it also goes without saying but I also check my saddle bag before and during each ride to make sure my drivers license, medical ID card, credit card, next of kin list, and last will and testament are secure.
Anything less would be irresponsible and dangerous.
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Old 09-15-21, 05:56 PM
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Do you carry a crock pot on long trips so you can re-wax your chain?
Nope. I donít use hot wax. I use wax in solvent. Easier to carry and just as effective.
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Old 09-15-21, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Trek1100FeltZ5 View Post
AAA will come out and pick you up and your bike - up to 100 miles away
Why not carry some basic tools and be self-sufficient ??
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Originally Posted by Trek1100FeltZ5 View Post
AAA will come out and pick you up and your bike - up to 100 miles away
Not available in all states or counties.
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Originally Posted by downhillmaster View Post
I check my tires before each ride and then I stop 1/3 of the way into the ride to check them, and again at 2/3 into the ride for my last pressure check.
At the halfway point of each ride I also stop to re-lube(dry ofc)my chain.
And I know it goes without saying, but I also change the batteries in my helmet light at the halfway point in case my hub dynamos fail.
Again, I know it also goes without saying but I also check my saddle bag before and during each ride to make sure my drivers license, medical ID card, credit card, next of kin list, and last will and testament are secure.
Anything less would be irresponsible and dangerous.
You go a whole ride without changing your headset and bottom bracket? And do a whole ride on the same tires? You do like to live dangerously.
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OP also doesnít understand ďracer boysĒ and DF bikes.
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What's the upper hand in walking back for miles dragging a flatted bike, when at home you'd have to spend the exact same time to fix the same issue you can fix roadside? Apart from being able to wash hands sooner I suppose?
You're probably better and quicker at changing tires than I am. The last tire I changed took me more than 24 hours. I had trouble getting the tire to mount and broke all my tire levers (three of them), and finished the job the next day after visiting the LBS to buy more tire levers. If I'm riding too far from home, I'll take my cell phone and call my wife to get me, but so far, I've not yet needed to use that option. She's offered, so I wouldn't feel bad calling her.
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Somewhere out there on the internet archives is a bit of cycling wisdom that says, ever so well, that you can never be prepared for every eventuality. Carry what you decide to carry, fully aware it may not be enough. And it will be okay.
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Depends on the bike, distance, etc.

I prefer latex tubes on my road bikes. Not so much for the slight speed advantage, but for comfort. My neck is busted up from injuries, and latex tubes with supple tires are comfy. But those skinny 700x20-23 latex tubes don't hold air for long, so I have to check 'em before every ride.

I carry at least one butyl tube as a spare. And my minimalist spare kit fits in a very compact Lezyne Road Caddy: tube, CO2 inflator and cartridge, one lever, very slim multi-tool, sometimes a spare chain quick link. My other road bikes for longer unsupported rides will have two butyl tubes and two CO2 cartridges. And every bike has a mini pump, usually in a clamp bolted to the water bottle cage.

But my heavy comfort hybrid errand bike is mostly for short trips and I might not bother with a patch kit or anything else. I use heavy duty puncture resistant tires that have never had a puncture, even when I've pulled out staples, nails, glass, etc.

On group rides I and others have bailed out fellow riders who were under-prepared or completely unprepared for flat tires. Shouldn't be necessary, but that's how it is. If you watch videos of pros doing solo training rides, they almost always have a seat bag with spares. I don't get the vanity of recreational club roadies who don't even race amateur crits, but won't bother to carry a minimalist spare kit because it might slow them down or looks bad or something?

So on longer group rides I'll often carry extras for those folks. It's a little annoying, but I'm not gonna make a big deal about it during a ride. Easier to just help 'em out than fret over how to get them home.
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I was wondering what happened to @rydabent. It used to be that every four months or so he would start a thread about cycling wear, or diamond-frame bikes, or a couple other silly topics .... I was a little worried that it had been so long since we had heard from him.

I guess he was just busy riding ... and dreaming up new, even sillier positions to both defend and use to attack others.

Welcome back, Mr. Rydabent.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Or maybe baggy panties.
Real men bike riders know how to repair their bike on the road if need be.
How would you know this?
Real men bike riders donít ride tricycles
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I maintain my bikes well enough that I only feel I need a patch kit, tire levers and CO2 inflator for the roads and routes I ride. I do however have a multi-tool and spare tube in my saddle bag. Bike-packing, touring, solo century riding and jumping off of cliffs on a poorly assembled Huffy from Walmart may have different equipment needs.

I do find it interesting that along the way in this thread masculinity is starting to be measured by the ability to fix a flat or the number of wheels on the bike. As long as folks are riding what they enjoy I don't think it should matter to me if they ride a recumbent pulling a sag wagon full of gear.
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I maintain my bikes well enough that I only feel I need a patch kit, tire levers and CO2 inflator for the roads and routes I ride. I do however have a multi-tool and spare tube in my saddle bag. Bike-packing, touring, solo century riding and jumping off of cliffs on a poorly assembled Huffy from Walmart may have different equipment needs.

I do find it interesting that along the way in this thread masculinity is starting to be measured by the ability to fix a flat or the number of wheels on the bike. As long as folks are riding what they enjoy I don't think it should matter to me if they ride a recumbent pulling a sag wagon full of gear.

Also, pretty ridiculous that masculinity is somehow the ideal for this. I've gotten some damn good roadside advice from a woman bike mechanic who just happened to be riding by. Just shows how gender imbalanced BF is that someone gets away with the implied put-down of femininity.
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