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Everyone carry a cyclist rescue kit?(19 posts)

Everyone carry a cyclist rescue kit?DougSloan
Jan 12, 2004 8:15 AM
This was suggested long ago here, but since then I always carry in my car a bag of goodies for cyclists who may need rescuing. I figure it's one potential way to "give something back"... At one time or another, I could have used just about anything on the list. Here's what I carry:

1. floor pump with convertible head
2. several road and mountain tubes
3. several used foldable road tires, 2 tubulars and Tufo glue strips, and 1 mtb tire
4. bottle of water
5. misc tools to fix just about anything on a bike
6. could of chain master links, Connex, I think
7. valve extensions
8. tube patch kits
9. Tufo sealant
10.Park tire boots
11.chain lube
12.small towels
13.gloves
14.sunscreen
15.salt tablets
16.batteries
17.inner cables
18.Hammergel and energy bars
19.misc small parts, like spokes, nipples, bolts, wheel magnets
20.first aid kit

Miss anything?

Of course, this also could be used to help myself, should I get somewhere for a ride and discover something is broken or forgotten.

Doug
Nice. Ya wanna be our support car this season? ;-) nmSpunout
Jan 12, 2004 8:23 AM
Holy Smokes! What are you a chase/support car!?cydswipe
Jan 12, 2004 8:28 AM
Kiddin' man. I thought of these:
Portable workstand
extra socks
Cheap replacement sunglasses
Hat
Bottle of Peroxide
Cell phone
Toilet paper
just a prepared SamaritanDougSloan
Jan 12, 2004 8:33 AM
Reminds me, I do have the cell phone, baby wipes, and paper towels (when you have a 1 yr old, that's a given). Hadn't thought of giving away clothing, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to carry some old stuff.

Doug
No good can come of interfering with natural selection...Cory
Jan 12, 2004 8:47 AM
Actually I keep a somewhat smaller kit in the car most of the time (in many years of cycling, I've never once broken a cable or seen one break, and a wheel magnet certainly isn't an emergency need). I've "loaned" many tubes and donated my pump several times. But a cyclist who rides without some of this stuff probably isn't making much of a contribution to the gene pool, and helping him may have unforeseen consequences...
No good can come of interfering with natural selection...DougSloan
Jan 12, 2004 9:45 AM
That's a very Conservative sounding thought... ;-)
what, no winch?mohair_chair
Jan 12, 2004 8:59 AM
Where's the IVs, signal flares, and stretcher?

I'll bet that guy stuck on the side of the road because he lost his wheel magnet will be really glad when you come by! Rescue indeed!

:)
Do you drive a yellow Fiat w/Mavic painted on it?(nm)AFred
Jan 12, 2004 9:22 AM
A fine idea DougOffTheBack
Jan 12, 2004 9:32 AM
This is a very generous thing to do for the cycling community, and will no doubt generate tons of good karma for you. You will be blessed in this life and the next.

But, since I can't resist goofing on this, let me suggest some additions:

brazing torch
replacement dropouts & derailleur hangers
bench grinder & small generator
headset press
Four sets of wheels: 700 and 650 with Campy and Shimano cassettes
espresso machine
You forgot the folding massage table (nmm)Mike Tea
Jan 12, 2004 9:36 AM
god...how much would you pay if...Bonked
Jan 13, 2004 10:08 AM
someone with an espresso machine pulled up next to you at the end of a long ride? i think that's the best idea yet!
Cleat screws and a "peanut butter" wrench (nm)Mariowannabe
Jan 12, 2004 9:34 AM
My dog says you're the leg he's been looking for. (nm)owmynads
Jan 12, 2004 9:37 AM
You forgot touch up paint, and a jar of Grey Poupon....Gregory Taylor
Jan 12, 2004 10:13 AM
Seriously, not a bad idea to carry some stuff in the car. I might not go as all out as you, but I have an extra mini pump, multi-tool, and some tubes that I might throw in the car.
The proverbial kitchen sink (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 12, 2004 10:19 AM
I admit it ...ORdirtydown
Jan 12, 2004 3:01 PM
I carry all of those things. Definitely during the mt bike season. I just hate needing something and not having it.

Before you label me as anal, a better personal description is in order. All that stuff is not organized. It is all in 1 or 2 tubs and thrown in the back with all of the used food bar wrappers and cans. The funny thing is that I have an empty tub for muddy clothing. The back seat is the kid zone (5 yr twins). It is full of toys and kid snacks. There are water bottles everywhere. I try to clean them out and refill them with fresh water on a bi-weekly basis. People usually wipe their feet when getting out of my car. Cleaning and organizing cuts into my ride time and is non-essential. I put in artificial turf in my yard so I didn't have to mow or water. I do bathe on a regular basis.

This is all the result of living many years as a stressed out anal retentive followed by 3 years of Prozac.

One additional item: a sample carpet square for standing on when changing.
Well, uh, Yes....Bixe
Jan 12, 2004 3:38 PM
Well, Yes, Doug, I do carry an abbreviated version of your kit in the van. And No, you didn't miss much.

The van is pretty much a weekend vehicle for hauling bikes and riders around and it has accumulated many of the more basic repair items, i.e. Rubber, patch kits, chains, pump, lube, threadlock, shop rags, canned hand soap, etc. along with the ‘field tool box.' Much of the rolling inventory is the result of ‘Wish I had that' sometime along the way, either for my own, uh, shortcomings or someone else's misfortune..

Mentioned above that I just put in the kit: Cleat hardware...

In the event I am riding up in your neighborhood though, be advised that I ride a size 57cm frameset. ;)
You've got me thinking.....I've to expand things...thks [nm]bent_spoke
Jan 12, 2004 5:57 PM
The last time I offered assistance...biknben
Jan 13, 2004 6:20 AM
I saw a guy who looked like he needed help. His bike was laying on the ground. He was standing over it while talking on his cell phone. I figured I could at least ask if he needed help.

Apparently, he had just stopped in the ditch to yap on the phone. He gave me this rediculous look like I was an idiot for offering help. Oh well.

On two other occasions I'd given cyclists who had flatted rides home.