What's in YOUR emergency roadside tool kit?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Asparagus, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. Asparagus

    Asparagus New Member

    Hello fellow gearheads. I was looking at my emergency toolkit today and was wondering what everyone else carrys and what experiences lead you to it
    For me it's
    Blue loctite for when my pedal chain wants to snap at the master link. These things happen,but I've found blue loctite makes a pretty great semi permanent patch up
    A spare tire and tube,I actually salvaged this from the curb on trash day. Someome was throwing away a perfectly good bike because the rim was bent in about 12 different places.
    Pliers, 10 and 15mm wrench sets and a very shoddy air pump that takes about 20 minutes of hard hand work to get a tire to about 30/psi.

    The loctite is a recent addition,I had woken up late for work and had to move my tire back to tighten up my drive chain. I've never extended a chain before, I've always lucked out and they just fit. Well today I decided "okay in 30 minutes I'm going to add three links to this chain"
    I realized halfway through I did it completely wrong. Hurried to try and fix it, and I was satisfied to take it to work. Wouldn't you know it,right before I pull into work a small hill where I had to pedal to start up proved too much for the shoddy workmanship and snapped it right off. In my best mcguyver impression I walked to lowes and bought some loctite and I'll be damned if it didn't work like a charm. As I figured it,I really just needed to get the thing moving to get the engine going.I have a coaster break as my "oh my god I'm going to die" emergency break and calipers as a primary.I did a couple stiff test breaks because you know,who doesn't want to know if it's going to hold- and it's still holding up.the chains master link is FUBAR, so loctite will have to do until a trip to the bike shop but I believe in the blue magic.

  2. troyg

    troyg Member

    Past basic bicycle kit, it becomes trial and error.Things I have in each bike
    1) basic bike kit (for flats, basic adjustments, chain breaking, tightening)
    2) Zefal hand pump, I've found no better.
    3) Spare tubes
    4) Spark Plug removal tool
    5) Small square of 300grit sandpaper
    6) super glue
    7) Duct tape
    8) Stainless steel zipties

    For some of the best MAB advice here, find a fallen bros' handle "Bamabikeguy", he was a king of info, honestly, the guy was/is and encylopedia.
  3. bakaneko

    bakaneko Active Member

    Where do you guys fit a spare tire (not tube) and all this stuff...? :tt1:

    I have a small adjustable wrench, flat and plus screwdriver, copy of state mb ordinances, and a small hand air pump. I think I am going to buy some M6 nuts for the real sprocket in case a few fall off the double nut arrangement. I also carry extra gas/oil premix in case I run out or want to top off the tank. The other thing is that while it looks horrendous at spots, I am double reinforcing my muffler, mounts, and head bolts with an array of hose clamps and a pressured metal bar. So, the engine would have to fail both the bolts and the hose clamps, which I think I am fairly safe from... :thinking:
  4. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    been a few years since I had a breakdown that could be fixed roadside, but I try to remember to put a bike lock in back pocket - no place to carry much else

    at my age, if I were to carry something useful, it would probably be a change of underwear
  5. troyg

    troyg Member

    If you're a frame-mount, it's easy as pie to carry TONS of stuff via front and rear racks/panieers.I saw a stoker-removed tandem with a homebuilt rack carrying a spare bicycle side-saddle, so a tire is easy.
    Also I'd consider tie-wire super handy.
    Remember the more duct tape, tie-wire, hose-clamps, and zip-ties you have on your bike, the less someone eyes it for theft.
  6. Asparagus

    Asparagus New Member

    Deterring theft is a huge thing as mentioned by the poster above me. I've got two heavy u locks and a chain lock that goes through my tire. About a year ago someone locked my bike to the rack, something a smart thief will do so that you have to leave it there. I guess he didn't count on me owning a dremal saw kit.
  7. DuctTapedGoat

    DuctTapedGoat Active Member

    Well, I'll be honest to ya.

    I carry screwdrivers, socket set, vice grips, slipjoint pliers, crescent wrench, coaster brake spanner wrench, SAE/Metric hex kit, bike pump, extra tube, tire patches, knife, wire cutters, small pliers, box of nuts and bolts, extra cables, extra nylon roller wheel, extra gas cap, extra hardware for aftermarket pieces, black tape, duct tape, bike cover, co2 pump for tires, extra headgaskets and exhaust gaskets, as well as some emergency 2 cycle oil, gas can, and my new friend, a flask of Synthetic Lead Additive.

    That's everything I can think of off the top of my head.
  8. Steve Best

    Steve Best Well-Known Member

    Here is my kit for my KTM motorcycle:
    Plus a tube patch kit, a sparkplug and master link wrapped in duct tape, and the toolbag is wrapped in mechanic's iron wire.
    I can replace a piston with this kit.

    For the bicycle it is:
    a tube patch kit,
    a sparkplug and master link wrapped in duct tape,
    a flat/philips combo screwdriver
    Plug socket, headbolt socket
    8mm/10mm combo open end wrench
    Hex key kit
    6" high quality adjustable wrench
    Pliers as above
    small handpump (valve caps are the style that can remove stems)
    the toolbag is wrapped in mechanic's iron wire.

    I'd suggest to forget the loctite, mentioned in the first post.
    Good mechanical work and frequent inspections will eliminate much of the need for roadside repairs.