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Do you pack tools and a spare on your SS or Fixed?

Old 02-27-21, 11:26 PM
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Do you pack tools and a spare on your SS or Fixed?

Do you pack tools and a spare on your SS or Fixed?
One of the reasons these bikes are so fun are they are so minimalist and light.
What can you put on a 17 pound bike?
In my case I bought some Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires and put Mr. Tuffy Liners inside them, so I'm not packing a spare or pump.
You can't change those tires anyway, it takes an hour to mount them using 30 tie wraps.

All I carry is a 15 mm stub wrench, two hex wrenches, a cloth strap and tiny vise grips so I can disassemble, pull the tires and call my wife or a Uber.
If I'm in the mood, I use the cloth cord to tie to hang the bike from my shoulders and either jog or walk home.
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Old 02-28-21, 07:39 AM
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On my fixed gear, I carry a 15mm box wrench/tire lever, a tube and a pump in a saddle bag.
I also usually have another tube in my jersey pocket just in case.
I haven't found the need for any more than that.
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I use the same tool roll regardless of the bike’s gearing.
Never know when you’ll run across someone needs a hand. Or a multi-tool.
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I always carry a spare tube, levers, patch kit, pump and 4,5,6mm hex and tiny 10 and 12mm box end.

Also, my bikes weigh a good bit more than 17 pounds anyway. 😊

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It depends on which SSFG bike I'm riding and how far I'm going away from home. If I'm staying within walking distance from home and wearing walkable shoes, then I don't carry anything. Otherwise, I have a small under seat pack with a spare tube, CO2 inflator, tire irons, adhesive self-vulcanizing tire patches, and a 15mm wrench. On one of my bikes I have quick release skewers on my wheels, so I don't need the 15mm wrench.
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Originally Posted by 5 mph View Post
In my case I bought some Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires and put Mr. Tuffy Liners inside them, so I'm not packing a spare or pump.
You can't change those tires anyway, it takes an hour to mount them using 30 tie wraps
Technology so advanced... it’s inconvenient? 😊

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Somehow I ended up with a bike with nuts, and a bike with bolts - I use several different small carry modes but this checks all my boxes and fits in all of them...




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Really kinda simple. If you ride further than you want to walk carry the stuff to get going again. Have cell phones changed this old idea?
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Originally Posted by 5 mph View Post
Do you pack tools and a spare on your SS or Fixed?
One of the reasons these bikes are so fun are they are so minimalist and light.
What can you put on a 17 pound bike?
In my case I bought some Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires and put Mr. Tuffy Liners inside them, so I'm not packing a spare or pump.
You can't change those tires anyway, it takes an hour to mount them using 30 tie wraps.

All I carry is a 15 mm stub wrench, two hex wrenches, a cloth strap and tiny vise grips so I can disassemble, pull the tires and call my wife or a Uber.
If I'm in the mood, I use the cloth cord to tie to hang the bike from my shoulders and either jog or walk home.
i have a small saddle bag that fits:
1. Probike Tool Mini Pump
2. Tube
3. 5mm Hex wrench for my wheels
4. bandana
5. driver Lic and. Credit card
6. pair disposable rubber gloves
7. cell phone
8. 2 Tire levers


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Originally Posted by 5 mph View Post
I'm not packing a spare or pump.
You can't change those tires anyway, it takes an hour to mount them using 30 tie wraps.
I ... either jog or walk home.
Then get different tires and a proper repair kit. What's the point of even riding a bike if you're limited to staying within walking distance from home?
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Because of my MTB interest I have acquired the backpack habit. Nice Osprey pack with a couple of tubes, co2, basic tools, a bladder, etc. It works for me to put in the basics for single speed rides, a half day on the MTB trails, and my current road bike.

I used to be concerned about having what I needed when I went for a ride, now I've go the bases covered , with one bag, for most of my riding days for whatever I may be riding. I can offer help to other riders and pick up litter I may find on the trail, especially if I'm off road.
When I ride I am almost always gone for 2 hours minimum and I can handle most any issue that may crop up.

I like my bikes light and spare, I don't mind a backpack though.
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Old 02-28-21, 10:01 PM
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I usually keep my Trixie tool at all times on my Langster and when I ride it I usually carry my road kit which has Spurcycle Tool, Tube, CO2 and inflator and tire lever. I don't want nasty heavy tires with terrible tire liners so I can give myself the false impression I don't need tools. I am good on that. My little tool pouch is Topeak compatible so it slides on really quickly and easily and since my road bike and my Langster are the same tube size I don't need to change anything especially with the Trixie (but I also have wheels that can be removed with a hex key or 15mm).

If I was married and was going to call my wife then I would rather just have nicer tires, nice soft supple tires (but in those instances my wife would be on the ride with me because I wouldn't leave her at home and go riding without her because I love her dearly) The only time I might want a more reinforced tire is for nasty commutes or touring but even then never would I ever run a separate tire liner unless I got paid to do so and didn't have to actually promote the product. Just for notation purposes I am not talking about Tubeless set ups with foam dealys or anything like that but anything you would put between a tube and a tire.

Though if I had my ideal wife we would have a sweet custom built titanium tandem with the independent pedaling thing that DaVinci? does and maybe a Pinion drive and Rohloff with belt drive and plenty of tire clearance and room to carry bags and go touring and have all kinds of fun.
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I put the same things in all my bike bags with small changes for specific parts and needs. Bags all get (2) tubes (as appropriate for those tires), patch kit, (2) tire irons, the needed Allen wrenches. Fix gears get a wrench for the rear hub. (Front is QR.) That wrench may be a peanut butter wrench, 6" Crescent or Pedros Trixie. If I have doubts about the wheels, a spoke wrench. Every bike gets a real frame pump because I like riding on the proper pressure and over 100 strokes gets old.

30 miles home is 30 miles home. Bike weight means little if it isn't ridable.
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All of my bikes get at least one and preferably two spare tubes and some sort of multi-tool and tire levers; depending on the bike there’s either a vintage or a modern Zefal frame pump. Most of my bikes have a small under saddle bag for this.

My Gitane TdF is my only fixed gear with track nuts so an old Park 15mm peanut butter wrench goes in the bag. The Raleigh Competition and the Mercian Vincitore fixed-gears have q/r hubs and don’t need them. Because the Mercian is my long distance bike it usually wears the capacious Carradice Nelson with a larger Topeak Alien multi-tool in one side pocket and two tubes and a patch kit in the other.
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For 40 grams (or .08 pounds) more than the weight of oneMr. Tuffys I could carry a spare tube. Add on another tube weight 95grams (or so) for a PDW 3Wrencho which has a 15mm and Tire lever and put it into a little SpeedSleev with a CO2 cartridge and inflator (or get a bottle cage mounted set up for that) and I really am not carrying much that much and add a bunch of weight or bulk. Just as an FYI.
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I have a saddle bag with a tube, CO2 pump, multi-tool, tire lever, $5, and a handwipe.
Only needed to use it a couple time, but glad I had it when I needed it.
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Originally Posted by 5 mph View Post
Do you pack tools and a spare on your SS or Fixed?
One of the reasons these bikes are so fun are they are so minimalist and light.
What can you put on a 17 pound bike?
In my case I bought some Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires and put Mr. Tuffy Liners inside them....

Damn dog, you're rig is 17lbs and you're running 10lbs of tires/liners/tubes....
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I have nothing with me usually, altough a 15mm wrench would be a good idea on longer rides, atleast i can pack it in a car trunk then. I like living on the edge with that tubular tire life.
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Always a 15mm wrench, multitool, levers, tube and co2
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I always bring along the same "kit". Either in a fanny or compact backpack(for longer rides).
The only additional weight I carry on my bike(s) are the water bottle(s).
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On my SS bike I also have tire liners, so I stopped bringing a bike pump. I figure I could roll my bike to the nearest gas station air pump. On that bike I carry a spare tube, 1 tire lever, a 15mm wrench and 3 hex wrenches. On my geared bike I have an air pump, spare tube and my multi-tool.
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On longer rides, I take a spare tube, small pump, tyre levers and a dumbbell spanner (aka bone spanner) which is the shortest spanner I have that fits my wheel nuts. On shorter rides, I often risk it without.
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My saddle bag always has at least one spare tube, multitool, and my PDW 3wrencho -- a combination tire lever and 15mm wrench. I keep a small Lezyne pump on the bike as well (bracket attaches via bottle cage mounts). That's pretty much all I need for most rides. Anything else can go in a jersey pocket if I'm wearing one, or my little hip bag if I'm not.
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I just got the Pedro's "Trixie" tool and love it. I leave it on the bike using one of my water bottle positions (I have two)

https://www.amazon.com/Pedros-Multi-...5180520&sr=8-3

In my seat bag I carry a spare tube wrapped in an old sock (to wipe my hands in an emergency and to protect the tube), a tire lever, a Park preglued patch kit (its tiny and works great), two CO2 cartridges and a tiny CO2 inflator.
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