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  1. #1
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    Random tools/parts you’ve needed while out & about

    On the bike:
    A buddy lost the cotter pin thing on his Shimano brakes. Fortunately someone in our group had one.
    I had a presta valve core gum up so bad air wouldn’t go in or out. Discovered this at the top of a 2hr climb. Spent 45 min cleaning it out enough to keep going.

    In the car:
    Before I started building my own wheels, we would break spokes often enough that I travel with different length spokes for every wheel in our stable, spoke wrench, rim tape, Stans and CO2 to reset. Funny thing is, haven’t broken a spoke on any wheel I’ve built.

    Edit: I’ve heard rumor of some people riding with a cassette lockring tool. Wonder if they have a 12” Crescent wrench and chain whip too.
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    I keep at least 2 valve cores in the tubeless repair kit. A chain tool is always a good one to have, Park CT-5 is small and not terribly heavy, I've needed it a handful of times over the years and would have been walking without it. Tire boots are a good idea too especially since nobody carries cash anymore. Zip ties. I used to carry spokes before tubeless was a thing.

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    I had a buddy borrow a frame pump mid ride, because he had a rim strike and wanted to air up.
    It was a screw on type pump, and on the removal he accidentally unscrewed his valve core and somehow lost it in the dirt/side of trail.
    Nobody in the group had a spare valve core.
    It would have been a long walk out. We ended up using a pump with a screw on short hose, and zip tying the pump between the spokes to keep the air in the wheel.
    I now carry a spare valve core with me.

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    This will make a good list.

    I was wanting to put together a small toolbox for the car and a few extra pieces for the pack.

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    I need to add a valve core and core tool to my camelback tool kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Hubbs View Post
    I had a buddy borrow a frame pump mid ride, because he had a rim strike and wanted to air up.
    It was a screw on type pump, and on the removal he accidentally unscrewed his valve core and somehow lost it in the dirt/side of trail.
    Nobody in the group had a spare valve core.
    It would have been a long walk out. We ended up using a pump with a screw on short hose, and zip tying the pump between the spokes to keep the air in the wheel.
    I now carry a spare valve core with me.
    This is why I hate screw on pumps. Lezynes can fuck right off.

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    Spoke wrench fits valve cores if you carry one of the ones with multiple sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    I had a presta valve core gum up so bad air wouldn’t go in or out. Discovered this at the top of a 2hr climb.
    Have had the same thing happen so I now carry a couple spare valve cores in my kit.

    Have also had my hand pump that has been reliable for 15+ yrs suddenly stop working on presta valves. I happened to not have the CO2 or presta/schraeder adaptor I normally carry so had to bail 20mi into a 3 day bikepacking trip. Good it happened then though and not hours from anything in the desert. Of course the pump worked just fine once I got home to take a closer look at it.

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    a spare der hanger is a really good idea,

    spare quick links some spare chain links from when I changed a chain

    back in the day of hayes mags (1st gen brakes) I kacked 3 brake hoses but they seem pretty good now days

    for a weekend away I would carry these parts, a brake bleed kit, spare tire, spare tubes, shop pump, spare chain
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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    I happened to not have the CO2 or presta/schraeder adaptor I normally carry so had to bail 20mi into a 3 day bikepacking trip.
    I always leave one plastic Presta valve cover on one wheel. In a real pinch you can cut off the tip of the valve cover (or wear it down on the asphalt/rock) and it works as a Schrader to Presta adapter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Hubbs View Post
    I always leave one plastic Presta valve cover on one wheel. In a real pinch you can cut off the tip of the valve cover (or wear it down on the asphalt/rock) and it works as a Schrader to Presta adapter.
    That is a damn good trick to know. Never would have thought of it.

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    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KK5HQ41..._1wPCEbDT4PS96
    I’ve got one of these caps on every bike now. Way better than the little plastic things that will strip out.


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    Top of my head
    Two tubolito tubes
    Der. Hanger
    Pump
    Tire levers
    Valve cores
    Wolftooth Chain pliers and spare links (three)
    Wolftooth Encase tool system
    (In the handlebars, holds most common tools, chain tools, bacon, spare link)
    More spare master links in chain pliers
    Spare clear and bolts
    Spare brake bolts, spare stem/etc water bottle bolts
    Spare der. Cable
    Lighter
    Patches
    Sometimes headlamp
    Zip ties
    Knife
    Stan’s Dart plugs
    Gorilla Tape (tire boot, etc)
    Electrical tape
    Wing nut valve stem nuts

    It’s all tucked away super tight, barely know it’s all there.
    I might think of more for really long rides (like iodine tablets, etc)

    How i carry it:
    Wolftooth tool


    (doesn't hit tire)


    KMC chain tool/tire levers


    Tubolito
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    Road bike bag.
    Listed from 12 O’clock - around
    -Saddle Bag
    -Chain lube
    -10sd, 11sp quick link, presta valve adapter, valve core (small parts wrapped in green tape)
    -Tool with chain breaker and tire lever
    -Second tire leaver (because I ride road tubeless)
    -Tubeless repair kit w razor blade (handle of tool is cut off and threads cut into tool so it threads into my CO2 valve for leverage)
    -Tube patch kit
    -Tube w elastic bands and elastic hair tie
    -2x 16oz CO2 and dispenser
    -Zip ties
    -Dude wipes
    -Chamois cream

    Weighing in at 681g.
    What am I missing? I can add a 2nd tube (74g).
    What can I reduce? I have a Tubolito (23g) but with my luck I’ll have to use a $37 tube on a buddies bike. I could reduce the chain tool?

    I have not unpacked my MTB bike kit yet. But I will post that soon.
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    Heavy duty zip ties are a must. I ran across a guy about 10 miles up a trail in Tahoe who had managed to lose the rear saddle clamp bolt. I put a couple zip ties on for him and he was able to ride down.

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    Hey nerds, this is the random parts needed thread, not the list the entire contents of your pack thread.

    We passed a guy walking down Porcupine due to a broken shock bolt. Many zip ties got him up and...limping. Broke a rear derailleur at the main pivot on UPS once. Wasn't prepared for that one, and likely never will be.
    Remind me. We'll send him a red cap and a Speedo.

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