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Old 2017-02-20, 05:48 PM   #1
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Tool kits - what do you take with you?

If you're going for a ride out, what tools do you usually take with you?

Any particular tools you've come across that you think stand out from the rest or nifty items or gagets you'd like to share with us all?
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Old 2017-02-20, 06:25 PM   #2
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Short rides: Park-tool MT-1

Most rides: Lezyne Micro floor pump, patches, crankbrothers m19, levers, zip ties, tape, large 8mm wrench for cranks. All but the floor pump is in a canvas tool roll I can throw into whatever bag I'm using, so I'll usually carry a small tool like the MT-1 or some other small allen key set in a more accessible pouch.

Some rides: I'll throw in a cable lock in case I want to pick something up at a store, bluetooth speaker, spare blinky lights, extra batteries.

Overnights: small med-kit with a blood clotter, bear spray, kevlar spoke repair kit if I'm on a smaller wheel (<36.... they just don't fit the big wheel) I would highly recommend these for Muni riders if you like doing crazy stuff far out in the woods: https://www.amazon.com/FiberFix-Emer.../dp/B001GSMQZC

Just depends on what you think you'll need. I haven't had too many maintenance issues, but I usually come prepared, and I've sacrificed more repair gear to people in need than I have used. Invest in good, lite gear, and you won't care about the weight of bringing too much. Tools like the Fenix E05 or E01 light, a cheap tiny pocket knife, and zip ties are invaluable as a get-me-out-of-jail-free card, as they are cheap, weigh almost nothing, and are reliable for many different situations.

TL;DR: allen keys, patch kit, pump, and other stuff as needed.
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Old 2017-02-20, 07:27 PM   #3
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I like to carry a SEARCH FUNCTION with me.
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Old 2017-02-20, 08:30 PM   #4
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I like to carry a SEARCH FUNCTION with me.
Do you keep that next to the stick up your butt?
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Old 2017-02-20, 09:35 PM   #5
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Do you keep that next to the stick up your butt?
That's exactly where I keep it. Didn't you use it on the Iron Horse Trail one year?
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Old 2017-02-20, 09:49 PM   #6
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That's exactly where I keep it. Didn't you use it on the Iron Horse Trail one year?
Nope, didn't need it I have my own...
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Old 2017-02-21, 08:49 AM   #7
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Short rides: Park-tool MT-1

Most rides: Lezyne Micro floor pump, patches, crankbrothers m19, levers, zip ties, tape, large 8mm wrench for cranks. All but the floor pump is in a canvas tool roll I can throw into whatever bag I'm using, so I'll usually carry a small tool like the MT-1 or some other small allen key set in a more accessible pouch.

Some rides: I'll throw in a cable lock in case I want to pick something up at a store, bluetooth speaker, spare blinky lights, extra batteries.

Overnights: small med-kit with a blood clotter, bear spray, kevlar spoke repair kit if I'm on a smaller wheel (<36.... they just don't fit the big wheel) I would highly recommend these for Muni riders if you like doing crazy stuff far out in the woods: https://www.amazon.com/FiberFix-Emer.../dp/B001GSMQZC

Just depends on what you think you'll need. I haven't had too many maintenance issues, but I usually come prepared, and I've sacrificed more repair gear to people in need than I have used. Invest in good, lite gear, and you won't care about the weight of bringing too much. Tools like the Fenix E05 or E01 light, a cheap tiny pocket knife, and zip ties are invaluable as a get-me-out-of-jail-free card, as they are cheap, weigh almost nothing, and are reliable for many different situations.

TL;DR: allen keys, patch kit, pump, and other stuff as needed.
Nice concise reply, greatly appreciated thanks.
Think i'll get myself one of those MT-1's as they look handy.

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I like to carry a SEARCH FUNCTION with me.
Gee, now why didnt I think of that!
Oh wait, maybe I did and after seeing that same post and noticing it was three years old, perhaps thought it was worth asking again as a lot can change in 3 years.
But hey, thanks for pointing that out with your big stick.
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Old 2017-02-21, 05:31 PM   #8
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I always carry around my Fix-It Sticks, I work at a bike shop, and am constantly tinkering with stuff, so It makes sense to have a tool like that at my disposal.

When I am out riding, I usually just take my Fix-It Sticks, sometimes a tube and pump.
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Old 2017-02-21, 05:42 PM   #9
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Gee, now why didnt I think of that!
Oh wait, maybe I did and after seeing that same post and noticing it was three years old, perhaps thought it was worth asking again as a lot can change in 3 years.
But hey, thanks for pointing that out with your big stick.
Not to mention if everyone just searched, that would put an end to most of the discussions going on... It's about people helping people, not just data. Look at the top of the page, it says "community"
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Old 2017-02-21, 06:31 PM   #10
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If you're going for a ride out, what tools do you usually take with you?

Any particular tools you've come across that you think stand out from the rest or nifty items or gagets you'd like to share with us all?
I guess that could depend on what you're riding and where. I usually take nothing with me other than my mobile phone for dire emergencies, and I leave tools in my car when I'm away from home. I'm usually within walking distance of my car or house when I ride, but most of the trails I ride now have tools and pump stations available, so even that is becoming less of a necessity. If you're going really far, and/or if you're an extreme rider, to start with I'd recommend carrying the tools needed to change the tube, an extra tube and/or patches, a pedal wrench, and a tool for tightening your cranks. Pare that down as you learn from experience. Doing a check on your unicycle, as well as routine maintenance before riding can avoid a lot of issues during a ride.
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Old 2017-02-21, 07:17 PM   #11
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A generic cheap Allen key multi tool, pedal wrench, a Pump. Sometimes Patches/a tube if I have one, spoke wrench.
Nothing spectacular, no fancy lightweight multi tools. I'd say if you have none of the above, get a good multi tool at a bike store, if you already own it, throw it in a bag and make it your tool bag. It will weigh less than a bottle of water, which most people take along anyway.
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Old 2017-02-21, 07:21 PM   #12
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ahh right, forgot the pedal wrench. I use a simple cone wrench (15mm) instead of a full pedal wrench. They are more flemsy, but they get the job done and weigh a lot less. Most of my wheels have a 6mm interface behind the pedal, so you really don't need the pedal wrench.
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Old 2017-02-21, 07:26 PM   #13
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Saturday was the first day I have ventured far enough from the car to take more than my phone and carkeys with me. I took a pump, an Allen key to fit the seat post clamp, a cycle lock and key, my purse and my phone which is always on a lanyard round my neck for easy access. If anything more drastic had needed doing I would have walked back to the car.
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Old 2017-02-21, 09:12 PM   #14
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the left one is just a light piece of pipe as extension for the allen keys
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Old 2017-02-21, 09:13 PM   #15
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4 and 5mm allen keys, patch kit, tyre levers, pump. No roadside/trailside repairs needed yet, just adjustments.

I just got a new hydration pack which has more cargo space than my old one. Now I'm trying to resist the temptation to carry more junk.
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