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What tool(s) do you carry on your regular/training rides?(21 posts)

What tool(s) do you carry on your regular/training rides?jtferraro
Mar 18, 2003 9:09 PM
For mtb'ing I carry tire levers, a hex tool(similar to this, from Crank Bros:


a chain tool(w/extra chain links), and a spoke wrench. Actually, I also carry my Leatherman in my CamelBak, not to mention a spare tube, glueless patch kit, and a Zefal mini pump. For rode use, I'm looking to cut down what I carry and therefore, buy some new tools. I'm thinking of buying a Crank Bros. "multi-17":

and Crank Bros. "SpeedLever":

Also, per the below post and responses, the Crank Bros. "Power Pump":

for back-up of my CO2 inflator w/extra cartridge(or to get some initial air in the tube as to assist w/install and total 110+ psi). Naturally, I'd be carrying at least one spare tube and the glueless patch kit, too. Now I just need to find a nice saddle bag to accomodate this stuff. Sound like a plan?


Sounds like a plan...Matno
Mar 19, 2003 1:34 AM
That is a perfect assortment of stuff. Only one or two small points. If you want to go really lightweight, the Ritchey CPR-13 is quite a bit lighter than even the crank brothers Multi-5 (52g) but has almost all of the tools of the Multi-17. (I'd go with the Multi 17 for the mountain bike in a flash if I didn't already have an Alien). I carry one, and though it's not the most convenient when it comes to actually using it, it works well enough for emergencies. I even tightened and trued my whole wheelset with it once! (I wouldn't recommend that though).

Also, I've heard (but I'm not sure if it's true) that glueless patches, while fine for mountain bike tubes, don't work well with high-pressure road tubes. Can somebody back me up on this?

I gotta get me one of those speedlevers...
About that Ritchey CPR-13...jtferraro
Mar 19, 2003 5:55 AM
sounds like a nice tool if it's lighter than even the CB's Multi-5 but also has most of the tools that the Multi-17 has! Does that include the chain tool and spoke wrench? Do you have a link to this tool? I'm gonna try to find a link for more info. When you say it isn't the most convenient when actually using it, you aren't referring to it's strenghth, right? I mean...the actual tools are steel, right(like on the CB's)?

I'm curious if you're right about the glueless patches. Hmm...

Yeah, I've heard wonderful things about the Speedlever!


2nd the Ritchey CPR-13 plus a reciprocating saw (nm)terry b
Mar 19, 2003 6:52 AM
Yes. Chain tool and spoke wrench.Matno
Mar 19, 2003 11:12 AM
Both work fine in a pinch. Also has: bottle opener, phillips and flathead screwdrivers, 3,4,5,6,8 mm hex keys, 8,9,10mm hex wrenches, 14 and 15mm spoke wrenches.

When I say it's not the most convenient, I mean that it doesn't have any comfy handles anywhere, and the spoke wrench can only be turned about a 1/2 turn at a time. Still works fine though. This is a tool that you pretty much forget about because it's so small, but still there when you need it. Isn't that perfect for road riding?

Here's a link to the place I bought mine (you have to scroll down):
re: What tool(s) do you carry on your regular/training rides?tarwheel
Mar 19, 2003 5:26 AM
I carry a Crank Brothers multi-tool, plastic tire tools, a CO2 inflator and 3 cartridges. I also carry a spare tube, a small tube repair kit, a spare Wipperman link in case my chain breaks, a spare seat post binder bolt (broken a few while out riding), a tire boot, and a Schrader/Presta adaptor. The valve adaptor weighs practically nothing and is essential in my view. I got a flat one day 25 miles from home in the middle of nowhere and wasn't able to reinflate my tire adequately with CO2 because I had trouble finding the leak. With the valve adaptor, I was able to refill the tire at a nearby tractor shop and ride home. I don't carry a pump anymore because I rarely ever get f***s and have never gotten more than one on a ride, although I have enough CO2 to fix two tires.
Which CB's multi tool, the 5 or 17?Also, your tube repair kit...jtferraro
Mar 19, 2003 6:00 AM
your tube repair kit, is it a glueless one or something different? Also, what is a tire boot? Yeah, that schraeder/presta adapter is a great idea, especially if I don't bother carrying the pump.

Hah - dind't want to say the word "flat", eh? ;-)


CB 17tarwheel
Mar 19, 2003 6:54 AM
Personally, I prefer something with a chain tool. I also have the Ritchey tool but use the Crank Brothers even though it's heavier. I was never totally confident that the Ritchey tool would hold up if needed since it is such lightweight aluminum. I just bought a cheapo patch kit at a LBS. I don't use glueless patches because I've heard they don't work very well. It doesn't take long to patch a tire the "right" way. A tire boot is just a piece of stiff paper or plastic to line a tire in case you cut a sidewall. You can use a dollar bill (or $5 or $10, if you're rich) in a pinch, or you can just cut out a piece of kevlar paper from a USPS mailer envelope. It's not uncommon to cut a sidewall if you hit a rock in the road, and a boot might just be the thing that gets you home. I've got some stick-on plastic boots, I think made by Park or Performance -- but, really, a dollar bill works just fine.

Oh ... and never say the "F" word. It's bad luck.
Thanks for the info and explanation of the tire boot! (nm)jtferraro
Mar 19, 2003 10:27 AM
Mar 19, 2003 5:35 AM
I use the Power Pump (2) on both my road and mt bike rides. With a little work I can achieve ~ 90psi for road tires. I recommend this little pump to everyone. I also have the Multi-17 and so far it is great. Have never needed more than a standard tire lever. Most tires come off by hand.
Depends.Spoke Wrench
Mar 19, 2003 6:08 AM
On my road bike I don't carry hardly anything, just enough stuff to handle one flat tire. Keep in mind, though, that I don't live in goat head country, I use puncture resistant tires if I'm going to be riding in an urban area where I expect to find broken glass, and I don't think a couple mile hike-a-bike or a need to be rescued ruins the ride. That's just another part of the experience to be treasured. The worst rides make for the best stories.

I carry a bit more with me when I go mountain biking. Most noteably, a Park mini-tool kit. It has individual tools that I find easier to orient and work with, and a decent chain tool. Just don't lose the replaceable pin out of the chain tool (that once cost me a 3 1/2 mile walk).

I can't remember what-all I have in my tandem pack so I should probably clean it out. One spring I found a banana that had been left over from the previous fall - yuck. I also can't remember the last time I had to repair one of my own bikes roadside. I prefer to do my maintenance in the comfort of my shop at home.
> 30 miles, alien; < 30 miles, tire lever & cellphone nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 7:38 AM
and what about 100mi+ rides?cyclopathic
Mar 19, 2003 8:38 AM
everything but the headset press. nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 8:43 AM
don't skip on itcyclopathic
Mar 19, 2003 8:58 AM
the friend of mine managed to crack lower race on 600km brevet.
actually,JS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 9:11 AM
for the most part, i carry and rely upon a topeak alien. if i'm riding fixed/ss, i'll also carry a PB wrench and a lockring spanner. of course, this doesn't include the spare parts and stuff i carry. i'm probably doing this next brevet fixed, so the bike will be lighter, but i'll carry the extra tools.
you are a studcyclopathic
Mar 19, 2003 12:38 PM
fixie is beyond my reach I have bad knees
Park MB-2, tube, glueless patches, frame pump, compass.dzrider
Mar 19, 2003 7:38 AM
The MB-2 has the best tire levers I've seen, and enough stuff to get home from most mechanical disasters. I prefer a full size pump to the cute little ones. Glueless patches hold almost as well as a Rema kit and you don't have to worry about the glue being dry when you go to use it. I got the compass at a trail race and actually used it once on a cloudy day 25 miles from home. Without it I would have been likely to find myself much farther from home in a world where the sun sets in the east.
Even on centuries, I travel lightUncle Tim
Mar 19, 2003 10:04 AM
I do about 25 centuries a year and an occasional brevet. I travel pretty light an haven't gotten stuck yet. Here's what I have:

A very small multitool that combines a chain tool, spoke wrench, 4mm allen wrench and straight blade scewdriver.

CO2 valve with three 16oz. Co2 cartridges
(no pump)

5mm, 6mm, and 8mm allen wrench

1 Tube
Patch kit (I prefer real glue)
Tire levers

This all fits into a medium size saddle pouch.
Belt, suspenders, and kitchen sink (tho' not the faucets)Trent in WA
Mar 19, 2003 11:17 AM
For brevets, I usually schlep around an Alien, tire levers, a patch kit, 2 tubes, a spare folding tire, Zefal pump, a CO2 inflator and 2 cartridges, and a few extra links of chain. I'm planning to add a couple of fiberfix spokes to that quiver shortly. And I have been known to carry a small bottle of chain lube, just in case. I carry all of that in one of the side pockets of my Carradice camper longflap saddlebag, which we've nicknamed "Fat Elvis."

Belt, suspenders, and kitchen sink (tho' not the faucets)JS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 11:25 AM
what do you carry in the rest of the pack, pray tell?