Tools to have with you.

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  1. Greg58

    Greg58 Well-Known Member

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    I was wondering what tools members carry? I carry a small fishing pouch with six zippered pockets, I carry enough tools to take off both wheels, a spare clutch cable. spare spark plug and socket, enough chain and master links for a repair.Nuts and bolts, a air pump and glueless patches. In the front bag i have cable ties and oil for a gal. of gas, and a bottle of water for me.
     

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    Allen_Wrench Resident Mad Scientist

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    In addition to above, I also carry a couple spare bulbs and batteries, spring clip test leads, and small battery tester, so I can fix my lights and wiring on the road if I have to.
     
  3. Greg58

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    If you noticed in the picture I have two headlights, I know what you mean about lights. Lights are like air, not a big deal till you have to do without.
     
  4. The Berry

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    Greg58 -

    Awesome kit. Looks like you're ready for anything that comes your way. I try to take the same approach.

    My main issue is carrying too much stuff, because the more I have, the more I have to look after, amounting to me losing stuff. Additionally, I worry about people stealing stuff, so I figured it would be best to carry small, multipurpose tools, and as few thing possible that nobody will likely want.

    I have two bike bags, one under my banana seat, and another in front of it behind the fuel tank. One carries a pair of pliers, which I can use to tighten or take off any size nut on my bike. It also carries the keys for my 2 bike U-Locks, and I use it to hold my small pocketed items - cell phone, eyeglasses case, wallet, and my student ID card. My second bike bag holds a multi-tool set, (looks like an army pocket knife), that holds a set of hex wrenches, a flat head and phillips head screwdriver all in one. For oil, I use a small, 3 oz bottle that use to hold Johnson's Baby Oil for holding my supply of Opti-2 oil, (lasts me for 4 tank refills for a half gallon tank.) It also holds a bag I use to cover my air-filter in case it rains when I lock the bike up. Lastly I have a small metal spoon I use to mix my oil and gas when I'm out refilling it.

    Since I always carry a small backpack when I ride out, I just use that to carry my air pump and bungee-net. I'll also use it to carry a supply of Slime in case I catch a flat when I buy it. If I ever bring my chain,(locks with a small U-lock) with me, I carry it in my backpack. My big U-Lock I just lock to my one of my backpack straps.
     
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    I carry a bit less. I take small screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, pliers and knife. I also carry wire and zip ties. Fits nicely into a typical under seat pouch, which is mounted under my fuel tank.
     
  6. Greg58

    Greg58 Well-Known Member

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    Dave I know there have been a lot of threads on this but sometimes we get new ideas from newer members, sunday I had to put my kit to use had a flat front tire. Ten minutes later I was back on the road.
     
  7. Al.Fisherman

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    Tools I carry....A cell phone
     
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    Greg58 Well-Known Member

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    What's crazy is I don't know anyone that doesn't have a cell phone!
     
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    A cell phone doesn't control my life. If I'm on my bike I will carry it. I won't work on the side of the road, and I'm not going to peddle it. I very seldom have a cell phone with me. I really hate them.
     
  10. Sambino

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    I carry two adjustable wrenches, two hex key sets (one also has a flathead and philips), extra batteries, zip ties, and a metal water bottle with about 16 oz of gas.

    I only ride around town though, If I was going to go on a longer trip, I'd also bring along some chain, a chain tool, a pump and inner tube.
     
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    Hey Ron what I meant was out of the guys I ride with one of us will have a phone with us. If its a long ride we give our wives some general areas we will ride in case help is needed, and I leave the keys to my truck.
     
  12. Allen_Wrench

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    Hmmm...Sambino, those are some good ideas. I have a pretty extensive tool box now, but I saw some stuff I could add if I have to really travel. Thanks.

    And I agree with Greg too. A cell phone is a handy thing to have sometimes.
     
  13. Dan

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    I always have a leatherman with me. Can not need it for 6 weeks but when ya do need a screw driver, needle nose pliers, I am just glad I have it in the back pocket.

    This dumb cheap thing has got me home safely more times then I can count. Walmart.com: Ultra Bike Tool: Bikes & Riding Toys

    On 2 smokes, I carry every tool needed to build one. Really has served me well. Aside from the pull starts on Chinese 4 smokes, the bicycle it self is normally the difficulty at hand.

    Cell phones are great! Bailed me out a bunch. Lets you take pics of the great stuff slow ridding can show ya and I use it to connect to the interweb on a mini-laptop
     
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    I find gerber the superior multi tool and am never without mine ( exc. Court and in the shower) . I have used it on every major component of bike more then once. The same tool itself has saved the day at more then one rally roadside breakdown :) to bad all the patents for that type of tool are taken an MB version would be great!

    The other day I had stoped to grab a beer and had to dig thru the tools in my jacket to get to my wallett the bartender mubled "so thats wat it takes to ride on of those bikes"
     
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    LOL Dawgs. If ya reach for your wallet and come out with a socket, ya might be a MBer.

    That is a really great thought, a MB specific pocket sized multi tool! Well would need to much to be pocket sized but could be really cool.
     
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    Does anyone carry an air pump?- I see lots of pumps everywhere. I see lots of pumps at the store, but they seem to attach to a bracket that fits in brazed on water bottle fittings-

    Has anyone found a good way to carry a pump? flats are probably the most common repair on the road.
     
  17. GearNut

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    Alot of these have holders that will bolt onto your frame.
    Find Frame Mount Pumps: The Best Bike Pumps From Performance Bike

    My Hodaka was factory made with 2 tabs underneath the fuel tank that are there to hold a bicycle style air pump. Sadly I haven't seen a 60's through 70's hand pump like the ones that would fit it for a loooong time.
     
  18. bairdco

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    smokes, a lighter, and my phone. so far, i haven't needed any of those to fix my bike on the side of the road.
     
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