Tools/Equipment to Bring.

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  1. lagriff

    lagriff New Member

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    What are the minimum tools and/or equipment that should be taken on a road ride. I ask because I recently had both tires go flat and I had nothing on me. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thank you.
     
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  2. dabac

    dabac Well-Known Member

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    There's really no set answer to that, it depends on a lot of things:
    • how intent are you on finishing the ride?
    • can you call someone for pickup, friend or a cab?
    • how do you feel about carrying stuff?

    Some really dislike carrying stuff and will either chance it, or rely on calling for help/pickup if something should happen. Some will happily carry a sizeable pack to be able to finish the ride.


    As soon as I'm out of walking distance I always carry:
    • one spare tube,
    • tire levers
    • pump
    • self-adhesive patches to deal with a 2nd flat, if needed
    • a small plier, to help remove any penetrating debris
    • chain breaker
    • quick link
    • spare brake cable
    • spare shifter cable
    • a folding multi-tool
    • Some zip ties, a length of duct tape

    It all fits in one saddle bag and seems like a reasonable compromise between bulk and self-reliance to me.
    Longer rides, I add another tube and spare brake pads.
    Maybe even a spare tire.
     
  3. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    In by seat bag are:
    1. An inner tube
    2. A patch kit (regular ol' glue-ons, not self-adhesive; and although not specifically gluons, there are shit loads of gluons on the interior volume of my seat bag)
    3. 2 tire levers
    4. A piece of Tyvek (used as a tire boot for for those occasions when a tire cut is large enough that the inner tube might poke through)
    5. A bit of cash or a credit card
    In one of my back pockets is a mini-tool.
     
  4. CAMPYBOB

    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Tube
    Patch kit
    Spoke wrench
    CO2 inflator
    2 tire irons
    Park Tool tire boot
    Park Tool IB-12 multi-tool

    In the jersey: cell phone, micro tire pump and the guy that's pulled my ass out of more hot water than MacGyver...our savior, in whom we trust.

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