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What do consider ESSENTIALS to bring on a long ride?

Old 05-17-10, 07:30 PM
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What do consider ESSENTIALS to bring on a long ride?

My saddle bag has gotten heavy and is giving me problems. I have a Topeak Survival wedge with the fixer. Here is what I typically carry:



Unfortunately the bag is too heavy and broke the fixer and 2 subsequent purchased fixers while out on separate rides. I have since sewn a nylon strap around the bag and tied it underneath the saddle rails but it has me thinking about what i really need to bring.

1. I need a house keys to get back inside again.
2. (I guess) I need money/creditcard and ID to refuel & dehydrate and identify my mortal remains.
3. I need a waterbottle and a frame pump.
3. I need basic repair items. An extra tube and levers seem to be all I need to fix a flat. all of the other tools that came with the survival wedge have been unused. I guess a small allen set would be good to have but I haven't really needed it so far.

Do I really need a chain removal tool? I don't carry around a spare chain so what could I do on the road to the chain after I removed it? A patch kit is lighter than a tube, but sometimes it is so hard to find the leak to know where to patch it.

Anyway those are my thoughts. What do you guys like to bring on longer road trips? (50-100 miles )
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Old 05-17-10, 07:36 PM
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That bag itself is hideously over-engineered. You need a single multi-tool that include a tire lever and chain breaker along with the usual hex dimensions and screwdriver tips. They do not need to be separate components.
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I normally just carry the typical multi sized hex tool, tire levers, spare tube, and c02. If its a long ride i may bring an extra tube and 2-3 c02 cartridges.
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You can get a multi tool with a chain tool on it. Extra weight would be minimal. A chain tool is good in the event that your chain breaks. It's rare, but could happen.



You can also get some glueless patches that are maybe the size of a postage stamp and weigh next to nothing. I'm like you- I prefer to just change the tube on the road and worry about patching at home. The patches are good to have just in case, though.

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That's too much IMO.

Jettison everything except the tube, pump, tire levers, patch kit, water bottle(s) and keys.

And bring your cell phone. If too heavy in the bag put phone in middle back pocket.

And pitch your wallet, bring a few loose bills if you are stopping for drinks/snacks.
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The bare minimum I would carry for a long ride...
(1) Tire lever
(1) 12g CO2
(1) Patch kit
Cell phone
ID, credit card, health insurance card
House key
(1) 6oz Gel flask
(1) Water bottle

However I usually carry an extra tire lever, 16g CO2, and water bottle. I'll also carry a spare tube or two. That way I have enough water and tools to get my through a few flats. Two 16g CO2 can probably fill up three 700x23 tires, but probably at a lower psi.

I don't ever carry any tools though unless I go mountain biking. I'm a pretty good mechanic, so I keep my bike in good shape. If something more than a flat were to happen, I probably got unlucky.

Oh right I forgot to add... carrying bills is useful. You can use them to boot stuff or buy from places that don't take credit.
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In my saddle bag: Multi-Tool; 1, maybe 2 tubes depending on how far from home or the shop I plan on going; 2 or 3 CO2 carts w/ inflator; Glueless patches; Maybe a frame pump, again depending on the trip; A lock if I'm riding solo.

On my person: Cell phone; Camera; Credit card, Driver's license and Cash in a clip; Munchies.


OP, your Toepack is way over-engineered as previously mentioned. Do yourself a favor and get a cheapo Velcro-strapped pack and ditch all those unnecessary tools for a good multi-tool.
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Old 05-17-10, 07:55 PM
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1. I need a house keys to get back inside again.
You need a house key. Possibly keys as in two.
2. (I guess) I need money/creditcard and ID to refuel & dehydrate and identify my mortal remains.
You don't need a wallet to hold those. A plastic baggie and a rubber-band
3. I need a waterbottle and a frame pump.
I carry a dual means with a c02 cartridge. I pump the tire on my own and top off the extra psi with the compressed air. You don't want a long ride on crappy psi levels
4. I need basic repair items. An extra tube and levers seem to be all I need to fix a flat. all of the other tools that came with the survival wedge have been unused. I guess a small allen set would be good to have but I haven't really needed it so far.
See post above.
Do I really need a chain removal tool? I don't carry around a spare chain so what could I do on the road to the chain after I removed it?
Well... possibly just mend two links together and keep on riding with full function. Maybe a few gears if your chain was the bare minimum on length in the first place won't be usable. Worst case; if you still have a functional chain is to allow at least a limited single speed conversion to get you home.
A patch kit is lighter than a tube, but sometimes it is so hard to find the leak to know where to patch it.
Take the patch kit out of its case and wrap in a plastic baggie. it takes up almost no room and should always be included with an extra tube.

What do you guys like to bring on longer road trips? (50-100 miles
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I have really bad luck with flats. I carry a hydration pack without the bladder:
1 extra Sportsdrink
3 Tubes
1 Flat kit
2 Multi-tools (one, traditional bike and one that converts to a knife and pliers/wrench)
Saddle rack that hold two additional bottles and 4 c02 cartridges
1 Mini-pump on frame boss bracket
2, 200 lumen flashlights
2, GoPro cameras
1 Armadillo Tire (yes, the whole damn thing)
1 Compact vest
1 Mini speaker
1 Mp3 player
1 wallet
2 Keys
1 Cellphone
Various pills and drugs



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My long ride saddle bag holds:

2x inner tubes
Topeak Mini 20 Pro multitool
3x 12g CO2 cartridges + Innovations Air Chuck SL
Park glueless patch kit
Park emergency tire boot
Sram Powerlink (if chain breaks, remove offending piece and replace with link)
Schrader valve adapter (as a last resort to fill up tires at a gas station or with a generic pump)
House key (as in a single key, not the whole damn keychain)
2x latex gloves + chemwipe

All fits quite nicely in a small Topeak Wedge. I'm confident that will get me home through any mechanical short of a catastrophic wheel failure which would probably send me to the hospital.
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Old 05-17-10, 08:01 PM
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Those aren't too recent of pics, but rest assured I do also carry those batteries and another Sony digicam.. those just give a rough idea about how much BS I take...ha ha ha
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Originally Posted by wrr1020 View Post
I normally just carry the typical multi sized hex tool, tire levers, spare tube, and c02. If its a long ride i may bring an extra tube and 2-3 c02 cartridges.
This.

I also carry:
-One of those $1 rain ponchos
-A few feet of double sided velcro strap wrapped around some tubing on the bike
-A half dozen medium and small zipties.
-A few bucks wrapped around my Drivers License and insurance card (and maybe a debit card).
-A pack of SKABS for patching flats.
-A small dose of a medicine, I may or may not need (a couple small pills)
-And a key.

All the extra stuff I mentioned take minimal space and weighs but a few ounces.

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Never leave home without it, you never know.
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I have never actually seen a CO2 pump in action before.

How do you guys say they compare to an actual hand pump.
And where do you keep it? in the bag or on the frame?

Another thing is that I have two frame mounts and one of them has a water bottle and the other has a frame pump.
I have thought one of those mini pumps that attach to the water bottle cage so I can add another water bottle in the summer.
But I really like a handpump with a hose and gauge and not sure they make one small enough to fit on a combo cage.
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What goes in my bag that I have on the bike at all times:

Spare tube
Patches and glue
CO2 inflator and spare cartridge
Tire levers
Multitool

For a long ride, I'd have that bag, plus:

Both bottles on the bike
Pack of Shot Bloks
Around 5 bucks, just in case
Cell Phone
ID
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for 100-140 km:
1 multitool, 1 patchkit, 3 tire levers, 1 tube all in plastic bag, go in the middle pocket with my keys, money and phone.
outside pockets, 2 water bottles, 4 granola bars.
on the bike, two bottles, lezyne road drive.
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The pump is what I actually use and the micro c02 widget is roughly the same that I have... very tiny and portable.
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No saddle bag - not a fan, all in jersey pockets:

Left pocket:
2 - 4 gels depending on length of ride
mini pump

Mid pocket - Zip lock with:
3 tire levers
1 tube
mini tool
Patches
4 band aids
6 ibuprofen
$20 or credit card
Emergency phone numbers

Right pocket:
Cell phone

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in saddle bag
2 tubes
2 co2
co2 pump
multi tool w/ chain tool

pocket:
Cell phone
jimi wallet with cash, id, cc

I don't carry keys since I've got a keypad garage door opener
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2 tubes
1 mutlitool (tiny one)
1 skabs patch kit
1 frame mounted pump
1 Wallet
1 Keys
1 Cell Phone

I bring my actual wallet so I don't have to constantly remove my ID, credit card, and insurance cards. I don't even notice it in my jersey pocket.
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Newly added to my saddle bag: patch kit...after flatting out twice 15 miles from home...though at least my bag had a cell phone in it to call for a ride home.

-Spare tube
-Levers
-Multitool
-Phone
-Keys
-Patch Kit
-frame mounted pump
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Does anybody know or have a tool that is solely a compact chain breaker? I have a SOMA woodie with a chain break, but it's pretty chunky.
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bike, tube, pump, food, water.

Anyone who recommends any more is a sissy
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Gels, 2 $5 bills, cell phone, chapstick, visine, Inflator and 2 cartridges, 1 extra tube, my tiny multi tool, my house key (no key chain just it loose in my bag), and 1 bottle with water and 1 with gatorade.
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I carry in my seat bag:
Co2 "pump" w/ cartridge in it
Spare Co2 cartridge
basic multi tool
Park super patches
2 tire levers

I carry in my jersey pocket:
Cell phone
Driver's license & debit card
Any food I deem necessary
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