Posted April 26, 2004 - 08:51 AM
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Posted April 26, 2004 - 09:36 AM
Posted April 26, 2004 - 09:37 AM
Posted April 26, 2004 - 10:01 AM
Posted April 26, 2004 - 10:36 AM
Posted April 26, 2004 - 10:42 AM
It also depends on how far away from mankind you plan on riding. If your going to be on a track then you really don't need a thing.
If your in the dez or forest miles away from a dirt road then things change. I suggest 8,10,12 sockets and open end wrenches. Also if you have any allen bolts which you will. Then take a couple of allen wrenches as well with you. 4,5,6mm should do the trick. Also carry a 21" front tube and some tire levers as well as a good lube. In a pinch a 21" front works in the back no problem. You may also want to consider a air source in case you have to actually use the tubes. I carry a Blackburn MTB pump. It has no problems filling a front or rear tire.
Also carry a good set of philips and slot drivers as well.
I also carry spare levers. Have you ever tried to ride on a nasty trail with no front brake or clutch lever? If so you know why I carry them. Also some duct tape and electrical tape, as well as various sizes of zip ties never hurt.
It all really depends on where you will be riding. Oh and one more thing make sure that you have a wrench big enough to tackle both the front and rear axle bolts. Freddete racing makes a killer tool for getting the wheeles off your bike in a jam.
Like I said before what you carry really depends on where you will be riding.
Posted April 26, 2004 - 10:48 AM
Posted April 26, 2004 - 05:13 PM
Posted April 26, 2004 - 09:22 PM
Plus The old chainbreaker. Ballards in OZ sell mini chainbreakers (matchbox size)and the tools to use chainbreaker double as tyre levers.
Posted April 27, 2004 - 04:25 AM
A bit of safety wire has saved me on the trail before, roll about 2' into a small ball and throw it in the pack.
Zip ties ROCK!
Thought I would never need a spare tube and tire irons, but when I got a flat 10 miles from the truck (where my tube, irons and pump were)the other day, I felt pretty stupid. Luckily, I was riding with TT'ers, so I was saved.
I carry 100 oz camelback (water only), and regularly drink it all on longer rides. Anything smaller would NOT be enough for me.
Posted April 27, 2004 - 04:46 AM
I don't like JB because you have to mix it... makes a mess!
JB WELD!! Don't leav home without it.
Quicksteel is much more trail friendly and it doesn't get squished and ooze all over the bottom of a back pack like JB can.
Posted April 27, 2004 - 04:55 AM
Posted April 27, 2004 - 05:54 AM
Here's how I decide.
I do a "dry"(what if) run at home in the garage.
I start by setting up the most likely senarios.
a)install Acerbis Rally hand guards.
b)carry extra levers
I chose a)
2)flat tire on a long ride.(over 50 miles from truck)
a)Install HD tubes before the ride.
b)Install slime in the tubes before the ride.
c)carry a spare front tube in a pack on front fender.
d)carry Co2's and a hand pump.
e)carry a tube patch kit.
f)don't forget 2 tire iron's.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL THE TOOLS NEEDED TO REMOVE THE WHEEL
LIKE AN AXLE NUT WRENCH FOR THE FRONT AND REAR NUTS!!!!!!
I have all of the above.
3)Flat tire (under 50 miles from truck)
4)Hole in gas tank.
I chose a) and c)
5)Broken shift lever
a)Vise grips (many other uses as well.)
I chose a)
a)carry an assortment of bolts and nuts.
7)Hungry ?, Tired? Bonked? Thirsty
d) all of the above
8)Got stuck and need to Bivwack (sp. ?)
a)matches or a fire starter kit.
I carry all of the above.
9)I have fallen and need 1st aid.
e)tow strap to be used as part of a splint.
I carry all of the above.
10)Enough wrenches to remove the gas tank,seat,levers handlebars,fenders, radiators,wheels,side panels, ect.
Do a "dry" run with your pack at home.
11)hole in Radiator?
a)small amount of "stop leak". I put mine in a small plastic bottle.
12)Electrical short or bad wire?
b)small amount of wire.
I have all of the above
13)Safety wire, duct tape,Multi pliers with saw, and zip ties for everything else.
Wrap the duct tape around your tire irons or a fork tube.
Stuff zip ties into your crossbar pad.
Keep tire irons,Co2,and tube in the front fender pack.
Zip tie your tow strap to the handguard or any other part of the bike.
Each item I carry has saved the day or night at least once.
BAJA 2000 finisher (solo)
Posted April 27, 2004 - 10:17 AM
Posted April 27, 2004 - 04:11 PM
Posted April 27, 2004 - 04:23 PM
If I carry all that stuff, I'd need a trailer .
Been riding since '71. So far I have ridden out on flats 3 times, no rear brakes once, broken clutch cable once, broken levers countless times! But only one time has my ride been incapable of getting back to the truck!
Keeping your ride in tip-top condition is 99.9%.
For me, a knife, zippo and a few bucks is all I need. I used the hear "Bullet Proof" all the time on this forum, so what's up with all the trail tools .
P.S. - The only time I was left stranded was on the WR 28 miles from camp. Maybe I should carry a complete engine for next time a valve breaks? Actually, the 12' piece of rope is all I need. Used one time on my ride, many times to pull out other riders that didn't bring along the garage bench.