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A lesson on being prepared...(8 posts)

A lesson on being prepared...must_pedal_harder
Apr 28, 2001 8:25 AM
Well, got my 5200 yesterday and went out for a short ride today. I was riding home with about ~14 miles left to go and I hear a click from under my butt. Oh shoot I think, I look back real quick to see if I lost anything and a quick swipe with my hand reveals that all is in order. Then, a second click and my saddle starts to loosen up. *rap I think to myself, a rail on the saddle must of broken or something. I pull to the side to see that the screw on my seat post securing the saddle (sorry for the lack of the technical terms) is loose. All I would need is the hex key to tighten it back up but alas, here I am, sitting on a road essentially in the middle of no where with no tools!

Something as trivial as the lack of a little tool ruined my whole ride back. I tried to tighten the bolt a little with rocks on the side of the road but they wouldn't tighten it tight enough. I rode the rest of the way stopping every mile to tighten and check that I didn't loose the screw - most of the ride I had to pedal out of the saddle in fear of breaking the rails on the saddle.

Not fun! I'll never be caught without tools again, even if it's an hour fling. Let this be a lesson to me, and those of you who don't carry them with you either...
put it down to bad lucksteveuk
Apr 28, 2001 3:12 PM
Don't worry fella - it'll never happen again so long as you periodically check your nuts, bolts and screws are fast! All u need on a day ride is puncture repair equipment water, food and a waterproof jacket if rain threatens. You can't go lugging a whole bike tool kit with you everytime u go out it's not practical! Honestly man it's not worth taking tools out and if the worst comes to the worst you got a 4 hour walk home pushing yer bike and hey you only live once so if that ever happens enjoy it!
put it down to bad luckTeach
Apr 28, 2001 5:51 PM
Gotta disagree. I don't carry a lot, just stuff to change a flat AND a small hex tool. Would have had a ride ruined before I got the hex tool if a friend hadn't had one - I fell and my handlebars were pointing to the side, an easy fix with the right tool. Stuff just stays in my saddle bag.
Same here...thank goodness I had a toolKristin
Apr 30, 2001 6:14 AM
They're small and very handy. After I swapped paint with a bridge this weekend, I was glad to have the necessary tool to re-align the stem. Walking 12 miles wouldn't have been fun.
I hate it when that happens.......12x23
Apr 28, 2001 4:08 PM
You can get hex wrenches that are about two (or so)inches long. I have the one that fits the der cable, seatpost clamp, stem clamp & top cap, etc...., whatisita5mm?..., and it only takes up a very small corner in my bag. It's all I've ever needed.
Tools to bring.boy nigel
Apr 28, 2001 5:04 PM
Hey MPH,

Sorry to hear about your misfortune; really ruined your ride, eh? :(

Besides a mini-pump, tube, 1" x 1" glueless patch kit, and two tire levers, I also carry two little L-shaped hex wrenches (I rubberband them all together, and they fit nicely in my jersey pocket). The wrenches are 5mm and 6mm, and they'll cover 99% of anything I need to tighten. No heavy multi-tools needed--most have WAY more than most people need, and take up space and WEIGHT. If I could find a small, light enough phillips-head screwdriver, I'd carry it as well (cleat screws, for example).

Be prepared, and enjoy your rides with confidence.


re: A lesson on being prepared...BrianU
Apr 28, 2001 7:43 PM
Along with the usual tire repair stuff, I carry a Ritchey CPR-14 tool. Weighs next to nothing and has about everything you could ever need.
re: A lesson on being prepared...vram
Apr 28, 2001 8:40 PM
I learned my lesson the hard way too. I went on a 40-mile ride and in the middle of my ride I hear the water bottle cage starting to rattle. Every crevice on the road made the cage rattle like crazy. It was irritating like hell and ruined my ride. I wish I had my hex-wrench.