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    Tool Kit - What to Look For?

    When looking to purchase a 'tool kit' to take along on rides, what are the important items I need to make sure it has?

    ie: does this have everything I'd need when riding Amazon.com: Topeak The Mini Plus 18-Function Bicycle Tool: Sports & Outdoors

    Sorry for such a newbie question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleB View Post
    When looking to purchase a 'tool kit' to take along on rides, what are the important items I need to make sure it has?

    ie: does this have everything I'd need when riding Amazon.com: Topeak The Mini Plus 18-Function Bicycle Tool: Sports & Outdoors

    Sorry for such a newbie question.

    TripleB

    Depends on what your bike needs. That should cover most of it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleB View Post
    ... does this have everything I'd need when riding Amazon.com: Topeak The Mini Plus 18-Function Bicycle Tool: Sports & Outdoors
    TripleB
    Hard to say... for the tires I just put on my bicycle... I added a 2nd tire lever because they were so hard to put on. The tires I used last season... the one level I packed was almost optional. I like wrapping a few inches of duct tape around a tire lever too in case I need a boot due to a cut tire.

    I don't take any chain repair parts or tools along with me. Maybe I should... as I do ride alone a lot. But then... would I need a master link part as well?

    There are other saddle bag threads. And it is a great topic! For me... this is off season and reading about cycling, watching cycling movies, and performing bicycle maintenance is all I can do... as a cyclist.

    I just went through my saddle bag last night. After having read a forum post about tire patching I added a tiny piece of sandpaper to my bag. Topeak is a nice brand, but I am not a big fan of the multi-tool items as a rule. And a special case for a tool just takes up extra wasted space... IMHO. So I guess I am saying the tool looks nice... but maybe more than what I'd carry. Although I wouldn't be without my swiss-tech micro-tech pliers ether.

    I use a medium sized saddle bag now and refuse to use a larger bag. I could use a small saddle bag but I like to hide a cable lock in the saddle bag. I am retired and sometimes stopping for a coffee makes a great ride... the perfect ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleB View Post
    When looking to purchase a 'tool kit' to take along on rides, what are the important items I need to make sure it has?

    ie: does this have everything I'd need when riding Topeak-Mini-Plus-18-Function-Bicycle
    I carry a 5 mm allen wrench, my house key with a slot filed in it to serve as a spoke wrench, and two tire levers (for other people's tires - mine come off easily by hand). I have never had a mechanical I could not deal with. Of course that assumes your bike is properly assembled and properly maintained. YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleB View Post
    ie: does this have everything I'd need when riding Amazon.com: Topeak The Mini Plus 18-Function Bicycle Tool: Sports & Outdoors


    Sorry for such a newbie question.

    TripleB
    No, but it does have most of what you most likely will never need when riding.
    Take along what you need for flat tires. I only bring 'tools' if I want to experiment with bike fit on a ride. Things won't come lose in the middle of a ride if they are tightened properly at home so use your tools there.

    I'm assuming you're not talking about touring type rides.

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    I have small saddle bag. In it have 2 tire levers, a tube and minipump. For now all my rides are pretty close to home so I can limp home if something really bad happens.

    When I mtn bike I carry a full up multi tool, mini pliers, tube, pump, patch kit, spare chain links. In all my years of riding I have had chains break, wheels go slightly out of true, I had rear derailuer cable failure, and had flats. In all I have used only a few of the tools on my kit. The difference between my view on mtn vs road is on the road I am always in range of an emergency phone call and pick-up. On the trails I may be 10 miles from the nearest road. I figure if I crash bad enough to damage the bike on the road I will just call for help as I probably won't be in riding condition anyway. I probably should toss in a 4mm and 5mm allen just in case. I have them and I probably would not hurt.
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    I have the Topeak Alien II and like it a lot. The two halves come apart so it is easier to work with. I keep it on my commuter/cyclocross bike as I am less weight concious on it. I also tinker on my bike at work when I have time so it is nice to have a decent arsenal of tools on the go.
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    Tools are personal. I happen to like the Park MTB3 mini, I think it has the most tools of any mini on the market. Some of the tools I may never use but I've fixed other people's bikes on the road and used some I would never use on any of mine. I also carry a mini pliers, tire irons, QuikStik (removes tires fast), patch kit, tube, spare tire (yup), zip ties, some duct tape, Fiber Spokes, money (in case I run into a ho). I don't carry any spare links because in 40 years of riding I never broke a chain, but even if I did someday I can rejoin the chain minus one or two links and still ride home with most of the gears usable.

    That's a lot of stuff but it does all fit into a under the seat bag, but I like to ride some distance from home and don't want to walk. Even though I ride on the road there are some roads where I could be 10 miles from phone service, but I'm one of those guys who will try anything and everything before even remotely consider calling for help.

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