Travel Tools and Supply/Repairs- Show us your Road Kit

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by bamabikeguy, Jul 23, 2007.


WHat tools do you carry on your everyday rides?

  1. Tools! I don't need no stinkin TOOLS!

    26 vote(s)
  2. A Pocket knife and Duct Tape, Baby...

    20 vote(s)
  3. Universal Bike Tool

    29 vote(s)
  4. Flat Repair Kit

    30 vote(s)
  5. Pump or Tire inflator

    28 vote(s)
  6. Full Bicycle repair kit.

    85 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Sep 30, 2006
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    I posted this in a Tips topics yesterday, would like to see other MB's "Traveling bags" of tools, what you carry and how you attach them to the bike.

    Using the bag, which at one time carried a collapsible umbrella (a Goodwill score), I bring along:

    10/11 mm boxwrench (color coded for easy grabbing)
    adjustable wrench for the 15mm bolts
    Allen assortment (high dollar bike item/very useful)
    (2) of the GEBE 4-1 tools for flat tires repair/gear switching
    6-1 screwdriver
    Duct tape on a pencil.
    White Lithium grease for the GEBE driveshaft


    On the back of the basket, in the larger carrypack on the left I have a slime tube, extra belt, extra drive shaft, extra gear/nuts/bolts/zipties in a baggy.

    In the smaller carrypack on the right I have the bottle of 2 cycle oil (which I measure out by the capful on the road "mixing") and a 12cc syringe, which could either measure the oil exactly OR to apply a little 2 cycle oil on a squeeky part, subbing for sewing machine oil/WD 40 in a crunch.


    The Toolkit fits under the main frame brace, then the saddlebags (with pocketknife/scissors etc) drape over it, and the tent sits atop with the tent poles down near the pedals, but the tools can be grabbed without unloading the whole load.

    Most of the traveling "weight" is on my bikes frame, not in my basket or in my backpack.


    My tirepump temporarilly is in the basket, but I need to mount it somewhere handier and out of the way, probably ziptied under my basket since I have had zero luck finding a decent air mattress for traveling, and don't have flats with my super duper tire/tube modifications.

    PLEASE put your Road Kit downthread, by the end of the Topic we may have THE MOTHER OF ALL SECURITY BLANKETS for safe traveling.

    Note to GEBE'rs- I've never traveled using the newest engines/with the new mount, so a final tool I'll carry is a Sear's Craftsman 3/8" drive and 4mm Allen on a socket, in case I have to remove the engine.

    $5 is what is cost me, never used it, took 5 tries to find it, & only Sears had it.


  2. Herrmanator8

    Herrmanator8 Guest

    i feel that i should bolt my engine together the best so that i can rely on it and know that it can hold itself together, i dont feel like having to stop every 10 miles to tighten the bolts. some loctite on the bolts solidifies then the engine heat hardens it into a form a plastic. built it to its best, not some cheap half crap job where it gets to the point where it runs and holds itself together for a while.

    but for long distance trips, its a good idea to pack the essentials.

  3. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    i don't have a toolkit mounting on the bike (that will change with the advent of S-2.1's new "wasted" frame-space), but i have 3 different sizes of backpack. if i want my kit, it goes in whichever size i need at the time. i always have the handful of small to medium sockets the whole bike needs, pliers, diagonals, multi-tool, ratcheting screwdriver, 6" crescent, 10, 14, 15mm wrenches. small brass hammer. extra slime tube. air pump. electrical tape, zip-ties. more stuff i forget :/

    i carried all of this on my long trip. i don't carry it all the time. i don't use loctite and have never lost one bolt or nut, but i carry my kit any time i'm gonna be further away from home than i care to be caught without it, like most any smart gearhead. it never bothers me to wrench-test the rig, it's part of the relationship of man & machine. i hardly ever find anything loose, but it doesn't make me feel incompetent for having checked 8)
  4. Herrmanator8

    Herrmanator8 Guest

    wow, no loctite? yours must be good. my brother was riding it and about a half mile down the road all the mounting bolts fell out along with the engine falling off...

    this was befor i replaced all the bolts and everything.

  5. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    no, my friend...i'm good 8)

    bama...i think we're learning something here...not what we expected, but something nonetheless :?
  6. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Sep 30, 2006
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    I learned something 2 or 3 weeks ago, when that machinist chimed in and said "fingernail polish".

    I only use the nylon nuts anyway, but Rocinante, with those thousands of miles had a loose chainguard and rattling front fender that I never bothered fixing.

    When I swapped out another engine for breaking in the other day, while I had her on the rack, I put a little fingernail polish on those three, and she is tight and quiet now.

    The MAIN thing I am going to do before the next long trip is buy one of those Armadillo tires for the rear that folks have been advising us about.

    I learn something new nearly everyday on this forum. :D
  7. Here's my road kit. I got it at Wal Mart. I also keep a 1/2 inch and a 9/16 socket 1/4 inch drive for things like adjusting my tensioner,although it's pretty set right now. The other sockets there are the smaller sizes for brakes and cables and such. Look close and there's also a spoke wrench and a tire iron and of course all them allen wrenches and a phillips and regular head screwdriver to boot. And it all comes in a little pouch that your belt holds it well.
    I got slime in my tires. The ten dollar tubes at Wal Mart so I'm not worried too much about them tires so I don't carry a pump and even a patch kit.
    I figure in the event that I do get a flat,I'll just stuff my tire full of leaves and dirt found everywhere then limp on home.

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  8. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    wow! i can't believe i never heard of that (or thunk it up) before...i guess i must not be reading enough. hope i never have to try that, but if i'm in the situation i'll surely give it a shot. again, wow!
  9. az cra-z

    az cra-z Guest

    It works, but...

    The leaf trick does work, but it takes a LOT of leaves (or whatever) to fill a (typically) fat MB tire. Probably aren't enough trees in this whole part of the state (S AZ) to do it. I've been using Performance brand tires with kevlar belt (WOW, it's on sale for 12 bucks!!) for over 20,000 miles (not the same tire, silly) with nary a flat (except when I forgot to put in a rim strip, DOH)
  10. Well,it happened. Someone in this forum mentioned that slime in them inner tubes explode. Yep. 10 miles away from home yep. So I did some weeding around that bike path,stuffed it full of weeds. Rode it for about a mile clump clump clump on my behind till all the chloroform oozed out of my rim and made a big 'ol mess. So I stuffed it some more,used my tire lever from that kit and a strong key cause it seems you need TWO levers for when your on the road. Another two miles and more stuffing. By the last stuffing it was half way decent but it handled terrible and I couldn't go faster than 8 or 10 mph without fishtailing. So when I made it home,I called five different Wal Marts for that NoMoreFlats tube and had to go to two different Wal Marts to get two. Then My back rim was practically ruined and the spokes were getting loose a whole lot anyway so I went to the thrift store and bought this ugly Huffy girls purple and pink bike for 10 bucks. Yanked that rear rim,stuffed that tube front and back and that's that.
    Funny it feels it's still a little squiggly. Naw. That's me from riding that bike squiggly all those miles.
    In the morning I'll triple check everything.
    I'm glad I don't ever need to deal with flats anymore.
  11. NO Pics, not much fun

    HI all, well heck, I do NOT have pics of my toolkit, but I can describe the concept easily. A moderate attempt will follow......

    #1 always know that NO ONE will have the tools you need on the side of the road.

    #2 NO ONE will probably even slow down, nonetheless stop, therefore if they DID have the tools, refer to #1

    #3 Remember that nearly NO ONE ever fixes anything themselves, so refer to #1

    #4 You may look like a lunatic on the side of the road with some wierd bike, which may or may not have your uncle's weedeater, or your moms lil mini rototiller motor on it, NO ONE will stop for you, refer to #1

    #5 IF a Cop stops, you will not get help fixing your bike, and good-grief-lucky not to get a ticket for holding up traffic what with all the rubber-neckers, refer to #1

    #6, if it is your ex-GF's new boyfriend, fixing your bike will be the very LEAST of your problems, you guessed it, look at #1

    #7, if you are a lady-rider #6 may not apply, but you should get yourself safe before an AX-MURDERER comes along, YUP back to #1

    #8 IF you broke down on the bad side of town, don't worry about your bike, they wont steal anything that isn't working (they can't fix it either) BUT now your wallet, and your "Birginity" are at risk, good grief, did you see #1???

    #9 IF someone does stop, they will ask,

    "are you outta gas",

    "do you know who to call?",

    "where did you get that thing, it doesn't look like a Honda to me",

    "is it flooded, did you try the choke?"

    "Is it getting fuel?"

    Good Grief Amigo, if you'd looked at #1 you wouldn't be hearing those dumb ideas!

    #10 In the rare event that someone would stop, he will probably ask, HMMMM looks like you got some kinda problem here, you got any tools???

    OOOHHH DANM, are you thinking #1????

    SOOOOOOOOO How in the Wide World Of Sports do I avoid this kinda problem?

    Well, Bunky, it ain't as hard as one might think, and rather than trying to sell you a magic elixir that will make you a hit with the girls, and make the guys quit laffing at you in the locker-room, I'll just go right ahead and tell you the truth.

    Your Axles, and pedals, take a
    #1) 15mm combo wrench

    your cruiser stem is a
    #2 13mm combo wrench

    your motormounts, intake, exhaust, early drive sprocket, head nuts on 48cc, caliper pads, and a few others
    #3) 10mm combo

    saddle is
    #4) 14mm combo

    Brake cables typically
    #5) 9mm combo

    mountain bikes use 3-6 metric allens available as a "Y" wrench(I Sell em)
    #6) if needed allen y's

    Spark Plug
    #7) whatever you need here, some plugs are different sizes

    #8) a 6-way is hard to beat

    Backs up any other wrench
    #9) 6-8" crescent wrench

    Adjust clutch or brake wires
    #10) Hemostats

    Fix muffler, fender or any other thing that gets loose
    #11) A lenght of baling wire

    For the baling wire, and anything else
    #12) Pliers

    use as throttle or whatever needed
    #13) "baby" vise-grips

    Small amount of electrical, and or Duct tape

    SOOOO.... you getting the picture, figure out EVERY nut, bolt and screw, and be sure that you can tighten/adjust whatever you might have happen.

    HARDCORE: tube, patches, glue, mini pump or CO2 inflater, spoons, maybe a tire folded up. Chain? Certainly a masterlink for BOTH chains, measure with oil in it for 2-strokers, crankcase oil for 4-stroke, spare sparkplug

    I ride Whizzers, on custom American Chassis, and I carry what I need, and when I don't........ I too, get to read #1

  12. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Sep 30, 2006
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    Excellent Mike.....

    But one thing we MUST figure out is a good reliable air pump, I now have two, both pieces of carp, finally put a can of slimeair ziptied to the seat post. But I want one to hopefully inflate my camping air mattress. The Bell model is worst, and whatever that other thing is ain't much better.

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  13. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Sep 30, 2006
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    Mike, please price, put your address in a PM, I'll send a check and self-returned envelope/postage, and the Hemostats is an Elegant solution, I've been using needlenose. Do you have a spare pair of hemos????
  14. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Sep 30, 2006
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    Never mind the Hemos, my brother rolled up at dawn, purchasing manager at UAB hospital, "happened to have" two pair in his trunk...

    But still want the Allen tool !!! :cool:
  15. I'm thinking since I like to ride on long rides I should take a small bottle of Maxima in case I run out of gas. A 2.5 ounce should work for my tank. Are those Happy Time tanks exactly a 1/2 gallon or is it more or less? I'm going 5 ounce per gallon now so 2.5...can I get by with 2 ounces?
    An evaluation on those solid tubes. Installing my rear tire and spinning results in my tire moving up and down just a little. Riding my bike without engine you don't notice it at all but with engine at about 15 mph it's pretty noticable. I used that old tire that came with that Huffy bike so I'm thinking the tire may be a tad too big to begin with. It's a 26.2 and the tube says it's good up to 26.1.75.
    So I'm gonna get to Wal Mart and get that 26.1.75 tire and start over. The front tire is a Wal Mart 26.175 and it's as true as can be.
    Otherwise the added weight really dosen't matter cause the engine compensates.And once you get moving it makes NO difference.
    And I'll never go flat again.
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  16. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    My tool kit

    Here's what I carry with me even on relatively short rides. It all fits in a small pocket of my backpack. I should have a philips in there. I'll take care of that tomorrow. I also usually have a knife or 2 and a pocket caliper in my pants pockets.


    Mike, thanks. As I hunker down for the winter season here, it was very nice of you to remind me of some of the reasons why I like rural/frontier living. If I was broke down on the side of the road:

    #1 One of the first 5 cars that came by would be a "local", and would stop and help (even if it was my ex GF's new guy)(he'd get bragging rights).

    #2 There's a very good chance that the person who stopped would have the tool I needed.

    #3 If they didn't have the tool, they're probably driving a pickup and we could throw the bike in the back.

    #4 If they weren't driving a pickup, I could hide the bike in the forrest, get a ride to town, and come back for it later.

    #5 They'd probably have a beverage we could consume while we resolved the situation.
  17. minibiker

    minibiker Guest

    i got this "gator grip" socket thing it adjusts itself to the bolts i also have a kit with all mm wrenches the have like a 9mm on one side and a 10mm on the other so ive got those from 8-19 mm and a screw driver that adjusts from flat head to phillips ive always been able to get going with that its bungee corded to my bike
  18. dave1490

    dave1490 Guest

    i carry a small craftsman 4in cresent wrench and 10mm on my key chain it open,s to more then 15mm so it,s good for alot of thing,s,{loose spokes to taking the wheel,s off}also carry exstra oil mix just incase.
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  19. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Niffty little kit

    Among some junk a guy dropped off today I found this:


    From 1mm - 18mm. I wouldn't want to have to do any serious work with them, but in a pinch, they might be handy.


    And I have small hands.
  20. Ah shoot. That's what's missing in my tool pouch. A little old vise grip plier that i used the other day. I better get it back in there.
    Other stuff in the pic:

    Three zip ties
    Two cresent wrenches
    A partridge
    My Bell universal thing
    Extra wire core spark plug wire
    That white bottle holds exactly 2.5 oz of Maxima 2 stroke oil
    Extra spark plug
    New idler wheel (Thanks Dax!)
    New Magneto (Dax is the man)
    Original coil still coil on bike
    Flat head screwdriver

    My tires are solid rubber. With this kit I feel safe to go two tankfuls of gas. More with another magic white bottle.

    The magneto and coil is in the event of the obvious someday my magneto will just quit (It's happened to me) and then I'm stranded,but also if I park my bike and some idiot decides to bogart my ride,I may come back with torn off wires and a missing coil,junk in my tank and spark plug and wire gone. Tires may still be good cause it's solid rubber. Yes. Another advantage to an otherwise compromise in ride.
    My weak link is my toolpouch. Anyone with a sharp knife can take it away. But then if I'm very far from home I can take it with me when I leave my bike.

    (edit) Reminder to myself to put a bar of bar soap in there too. Don't like dirty hands. The trail bathrooms with the running water has no soap. Then the bar soap in an emergency I'm sure could be used on the bike...for like grease or something...who knows?

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