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Tools to carry with me(7 posts)

Tools to carry with melemmy999
Aug 18, 2003 6:06 AM
I am new to road biking and was wondering if there was a good multi-tool for road bikes? The one for my mtn bike is 3/4 lb and just too bulky and I really don't need all of those tools. I was thinking that I just need Allen wrenches from 2-8mm, flat & philips screwdriver, tire levers, chain tool. I was thinking of this one:

http://www.topeak.com/cgi-bin/SoftCart.exe/Store/toolbar.html?L+scstore+cpjj5692ff89b389+1061216186

but it doesn't have a chain tool, it doesn't have an 8mm Allen and you can only carry 5 of the 9 bits inside the tool. However I like the idea of only taking what you need. Any other suggestions of tools that do not have torx, knife, bottle opener, hex wrenches, etc?
re: Tools to carry with meAlpedhuez55
Aug 18, 2003 6:41 AM
I have always been partial to the Ritchey CPR-4. It has 5 and 6 mm allen keys; 8, 9, and 10 mm sockets; two tire levers; a spoke hook and a flat head screwdriver, 5 and 6 mm allen keys; 8, 9, and 10 mm sockets; two tire levers; a spoke hook and a flat head screwdriver. Unlike some of the mini tools, you actually can get good leverage with this tool. It is also only costs about $4.00. It is one of the best buys out there.

I usually pack CPR 4, a patch kit, a chain tool (most if them on minitools do not work well) patch kit, spare tube and shimano chain pins and links. I will wrap some duct tape on either a mini pump or CO2 inflator. That will handle most repairs you can run into on the road.

Mike Y.
This is what I take.sievers11
Aug 18, 2003 6:49 AM
In pack...
1 extra tube
1 patch kit (real patches, not park super crap patches)
2 park tire levers
1 crank brothers multi-21
3 band-aids

In pocket...
keys
cell phone (most important)
bill fold (most most important, id and heath info)

Extras if I need the kitchen sink...lunch, GU, extra water, rain jacket, arm and knee warmers
This is what I take.lemmy999
Aug 18, 2003 7:15 AM
I have never heard of the multi-21. I thought they only made the multi-17 and multi-5.

The multi-21 has Torx and open wrenches that I don't think I would need. I can't think of anything on my bike that would need 8,9,& 10mm open wrenches...But I may be wrong.

I found the Topeak Hummer which has only one tool I don't need (the Torx) and it is just a socket that fits over one of the Allen keys, so I could leave it at home.

I was thinking of carrying:

Tube
Patch Kit
Topeak Hummer (or some similar tool)
Mini Pump
Shimano chain pins
Bandages of some kind
Car key
Cell Phone
ID/Health Ins Card/$5/Credit Card
Asthma Inhaler (most important for me)

I may make a card with ID and Health information
on it so I don't have to keep switching them back
from my wallet to my pack (because I would probably
end up forgetting them at times).
re: Tools to carry with meBill RHIT
Aug 18, 2003 7:29 AM
Might want to carry some old tire shims. Mine saved me on a metric last weekend when I rolled over a large broken bottle in the middle of the road (not paying attention, and talking to a friend). Basically, you just cut a few inch long section of an old tire, and the place it inside of the tire you are running if it gets cut open. This will get you home.
Crank Bros. Multi-17. (nm)jtlmd
Aug 18, 2003 1:54 PM
this works for me...chipnseal
Aug 18, 2003 6:10 PM
On the bike in a short big mouth water bottle:
spare tube
patch kit
3 levers
3 CO2 cartridges
chain tool, quick link spare
wet nap (like you get at the rib places!)
3 or 4 dollar bills
presta to shrader adapter
taped to the outside of the bottle is a copy of my driver's license and health insurance card

In my jersey:
split alien tool= 1/2 in right pocket 1/2 in left pocket
cell phone in back middle pocket

Note: The "bottle system" works for 90% of my rides. I can easily transfer it to another bike. And, if I think I'll run out of water with only one water bottle then I'll plan the ride to include a refill stop.