Discussion in 'Commuting' started by froome, 25 Jan 2018.
Spare innertube. Puncture kit. 3 metal levers. Multi tool.
5 days a week 30 miles a week.
Each bike has a Topeak saddle bag with the following in:
2x inner tubes
Pack of self adhesive patches - either Park Tools or Scabs
Disc brake spacer thingy.
Each bike also has a pump attached to the frame.
On the road bikes, the saddle bag also contains a CO2 canister and adapter.
If I'm going to be out all day I'll take a powerbank in case the phone or Garmin needs a top up.
The reason I've got the full kit on each bike is because I used to swap the saddle bag between bikes, but kept forgetting and would only realise it wasn't there mid-ride. I got away with it, but it was only a matter of time...
I do have a top tube bag that does get swapped between bikes - into that goes my mobile, a credit card, about £5 in £1 coins, emergency Haribo and either an energy bar or a Snickers.
As for riding the bike, ideally it would be every day but often it's only weekends.
Spare inner tube, pump, tyre levers, multintool, spanner if bike has nutted axels.
More bits if the ride is a longer one than the commute or if I'm with a group.
I ride my bike(s) most days.
Rarely do get punctures, the stuff is mostly for helping out others.
Occasionally, if I'm planning a big shop, I will chance it, leave the puncture repair stuff behind to have more space for the shopping.
2 spare inner tubes, puncture patches, cable ties, multi tool, 11 13 15 mm spanners, mini pliers, chain tool, front and rear lights, top bar bag (my ‘toolbox’), handlebar phone bag holder thingy for phone, power bank and cable, D lock with braided cable (for QR front wheel), cable lock around saddle and frame (to hinder the buggers stealing my saddle), mini pump, and a partridge in a pear tree.
My Butler follows in the Bentley. At a discrete distance of course....
Thank you @RealLeeHimself , NOW I have a certain Xmas carol playing in my head, with "five cable ties, four puncture patches, three metric spanners, two inner tubes and a partridge in a pear tree" as the words......
I carry tools every ride on all my bikes. About 4000 miles a year and normally just use the puncture stuff a couple of times a year. Tools are more likely to be used for other peoples bikes, last year had to single speed someone else's bike after a snapped gear hanger and then rebuild the gears once a new hanger was obtained. Also fixed a snapped chain for a stranded stranger in the last couple of years. Have had to tweak spokes for people a few times but don't often need to touch my own bikes when out on the road, but it does happen!
ALWAYS take tools and know how to use them.
I've had a few comments about my belt and be ace attitude to what I carry in my rack bag, but after walking for over an hour carrying my bike turning up late for work I feel I need it, even although it's never happened since.
2 Co2 Cartridges
Far too much really for a 15 mile each way commute 3 times a week.
I've got no other form of transport so I carry pretty much everything I need to fix the bike if anything untoward happens (no option of ringing home for a lift either as Maz doesn't drive) alright I'm not carrying things like crank extractors or headset spanners but enough to 'tweak' whilst I'm out if I need to.
If I'm doing utility rides round the local area, shopping and things I dont bother taking repair kit out as its easier to wheel it home and sort it out here.
Further than that I always take the lot, tubes, patches, rubber gloves, pumps, chain tool and links, multi tool etc. I've no car driver to collect me so I have to be able to sort the problem out and get home myself.
Nah , its just some of us ride at times and in areas where if something goes wrong here are no bike shops, family members or public transport to rescue you.
For commuting i use panniers
wet weather gear
battery back for front light
If im out on a weekend ride i only use a saddle pack .
Commuting is 5 days, 4 on nights as i dont like riding at 3 am on early start fridays , then a Sunday ride family permitting.
Locks , i forgot them.
I leave mine at work attached to the bike shed as most do .
Motor bike chain +lock and a cable lock .
It's strange that cycling seems to be treated more harshly than other forms of transport in this regard. Motorists suffering vehicle breakdowns seem to be expected to take time waiting for recovery or taking it to a mechanic, rather than they should have taken tools. Even self-inflicted failures like wrong fuel are often tolerated. Why? It can't be that people can't fix motor vehicle faults because many (most?) can't fix cycles either.
Never really thought about it like that before, although I think my changing a flat unaided on a motorway last night is attracting some health and safety questions in the cafe.
I've got a "breakdown service" on the bikes (it's bundled with my bike insurance) although I've not had cause to use it and am struggling to think of any time I would, but it's reassuring to know it's there.
In mechanical terms a bike is a fairly simple bit of kit and most eventualities can be sorted by a little knowledge or a bodge to get you home.
In a modern car with 40-million (or more) lines of computer codes running everything it's often a lot more complicated. You'd be surprised how the seemingly simplest of jobs on a modern car now required it to be plugged into a diagnostic machine for a rest before things work properly again.
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