What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

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rodgers73
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What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 17:53 pm

I already carry -

1. spare tube
2. levers
3. pump
4. multitool
5. spare chain links
6. chain tool
7. tube patches
8. disposable gloves

Any idea what else might be good to carry with me? I generally run into few if any problems (never had a puncture so far) but can't help feeling that there might be something I should add to the saddle bag.

Tie wraps perhaps?

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby Finlaz22 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 18:06 pm

Depends how far you go. I assume you take water and any snacks you might need? But that list looks pretty comprehensive to me!!

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby ShutUpLegs » Sun Feb 10, 2013 18:09 pm

I wouldn't bother with 4,5 & 6 but take a £5 note
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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 18:10 pm

I'm asking mainly about the mechanical stuff. I'm well equipped with cash, phone, food etc.

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby JackPozzi » Sun Feb 10, 2013 18:12 pm

Sounds pretty comprehensive for a portable toolkit, zip ties are always handy, a mate of mine managed to hold a disintegrated BB together with them for a 30 mile ride home!

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby smidsy » Sun Feb 10, 2013 18:16 pm

I think your 1 to 8 are as good as any.

+1 on cable ties, all sorts of uses.

Also duct tape (you can wrap it round your pump or seat post), again can be a life saver in numerous ways.
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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 18:48 pm

Duct tape is a good one - never thought of that!

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby lc1981 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 18:56 pm

ShutUpLegs wrote:I wouldn't bother with 4,5 & 6 but take a £5 note


What if your chain snaps? It's not that uncommon an occurrence. It happened to me a few weeks ago and I had a chain tool on my multitool, but stupidly not a quick link. Thankfully someone else had one they could lend me.

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 18:58 pm

Yeah, been on too many sportives and seen chains go in the first 5 miles. No thanks!

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby SmoggySteve » Sun Feb 10, 2013 19:10 pm

If you are carrying a spare tube, why take patches?

I would take a form of ID too. And a energy bar, gel or a mars bar etc.

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby Gizmodo » Sun Feb 10, 2013 19:15 pm

lc1981 wrote:
ShutUpLegs wrote:I wouldn't bother with 4,5 & 6 but take a £5 note

What if your chain snaps? It's not that uncommon an occurrence. It happened to me a few weeks ago and I had a chain tool on my multitool, but stupidly not a quick link. Thankfully someone else had one they could lend me.

Another vote for carrying a multi-tool.
- My front mech wouldn't change one day, 2 minutes fettling with screwdriver bit on the multi-tool and got it working.
- A mates chain snapped. Split the chain, took out 2 links and put the chain back together again, all with the multi-tool.

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby MattC59 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 19:16 pm

SmoggySteve wrote:If you are carrying a spare tube, why take patches?

I would take a form of ID too. And a energy bar, gel or a mars bar etc.


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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby ShutUpLegs » Sun Feb 10, 2013 19:26 pm

rodgers73 wrote:Yeah, been on too many sportives and seen chains go in the first 5 miles. No thanks!


Due to a poorly maintained bike or bad gear changes :?:
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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby lawrences » Sun Feb 10, 2013 19:29 pm

A condom. just because... y'know.

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 20:29 pm

ShutUpLegs wrote:
rodgers73 wrote:Yeah, been on too many sportives and seen chains go in the first 5 miles. No thanks!


Due to a poorly maintained bike or bad gear changes :?:



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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby essjaydee » Sun Feb 10, 2013 21:20 pm

Everyone will carry different items based on their own assessment and experiences, but in addition to what you listed, I always carry the following;
1) Two tubes as well as a few patches.
2) Tyre boot. If you have an old tyre you can make your own by cutting about a 50mm length off, and then cut the beads off this. Hardly takes up any room.
3) If dark or likely to get dark, a small maglite.

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby CiB » Sun Feb 10, 2013 23:31 pm

I base it on what's likely to happen, so punctures mainly. A couple of tubes, tyre levers, two Co2 bombs and a PRK just in case. It's incredibly rare for things to break so badly that the bike becomes unrideable so rather than spoil every ride with a pocketful of spare bike I reckon that the once in a blue moon when it does go pear shaped is worth it. That's what mobile phones are for, and cash if it comes down to phoning for a taxi. Owning a nice light bike and then lugging a stack of spare bits and tools around on it seems to me to be a bit pointless.

Chains & things fail at the start of an event because people insist on doing un-necessary maintenance the night before. Do all your fettling a week or so before your big event, get some miles in in the intervening days and then leave it be. If you can't keep your paws off it the night before, just clean it back to shop condition.
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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby d87francis » Sun Feb 10, 2013 23:43 pm

I put my tools in a sock in my pocket, that way you can rub the grease off your hands.

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby Rigged » Mon Feb 11, 2013 03:43 am

My tool kit is:

1 mini pump
1 inner tube
1 crankbrothers multi-tool
3 Tyre levers
1 puncture repair kit

All neatly stored in a bottle that goes in one of the cages.

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Re: What bits and bobs to carry on the road?

Postby bernithebiker » Mon Feb 11, 2013 08:38 am

CiB wrote:I base it on what's likely to happen, so punctures mainly. A couple of tubes, tyre levers, two Co2 bombs and a PRK just in case. It's incredibly rare for things to break so badly that the bike becomes unrideable so rather than spoil every ride with a pocketful of spare bike I reckon that the once in a blue moon when it does go pear shaped is worth it. That's what mobile phones are for, and cash if it comes down to phoning for a taxi. Owning a nice light bike and then lugging a stack of spare bits and tools around on it seems to me to be a bit pointless.

Chains & things fail at the start of an event because people insist on doing un-necessary maintenance the night before. Do all your fettling a week or so before your big event, get some miles in in the intervening days and then leave it be. If you can't keep your paws off it the night before, just clean it back to shop condition.


+1 for this. I carry a small can of sealant and my phone. That's it. I have never had a major mechanical problem in over 10 years road riding, maybe because i keep the bike well maintained. In the event of one, i'll call either my wife or a taxi.

Some of your lists of stuff are huge. I'm surprised you don't need a trailer to carry that lot around.... :D

And yeah, NEVER touch your bike the night before a big event, that's asking for trouble.
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