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  • which repair kit to travel with?

     golfcurry updated 11 years, 4 months ago 10 Members · 16 Posts
  • dean nufc

    13 February 2009 at 7:44 pm

    hi, just wondering if any one could recommend a bike repair kit that attaches to the bike with everything a would need in to fix my bike, thanks any help would be appreciated.

  • Gunner

    13 February 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Just depends on how pessimistic you are. I tend to just use a small saddle mounted pack with a spare tube, a patch kit, 2 tyre levers and a very small multi tool.

    Something like this:

    Have you got all quick release, is your bike well maintained, then ask yourself how much gear you think you might need and how much it will all weigh, and how far you’re going, and what is the likelyhood of major repair being necessary.


  • dean nufc

    13 February 2009 at 8:27 pm

    thanks i think it would be mainly for a puncture, cant see me travelin too far especially taking the g/friend along, i would just be going on local cycle routes. thanks again

  • BigBadJohn118

    13 February 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Gunner wouldnt it be usefull to carry a chain link extractor and a spair link/Split link….if the chain snaps at sumtime ur a gonner , as you will have to walk alway back home,shop, What ever..

  • mr-marty-martin

    13 February 2009 at 8:41 pm

    what if you ripped a tyre… shouldnt you take a tyre with you

    what if you snap the frame, shouldnt you take a spare frame with you…

    what i’m trying to say is the amount of spares can get stupid…

    i have a puncture repair kit, pump, tyre lever, mini tool thingy, and a chain splitter and the allen key that lots of things fit (cant remember the size 😉 )

  • Gunner

    13 February 2009 at 8:49 pm

    But if your bike is in good working order, what is the likelyhood of the chain snapping…………. 😕

    Suerly the chances of that happening must be on a par with say, your freehub breaking and do you carry the tools to remedy that.

    You’ve got to draw the line somewhere and I’m afraid I’m always the eternal optimist…….

    😆 😆

  • BigBadJohn118

    13 February 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Mine snapped on me before as i was riding down the road 😆 😆

    Fixed it straight away like 😉

    yeah we have to draw a line at how many things we take as spares, i wish i had a spare brain i could take with me 8)

  • dean nufc

    13 February 2009 at 8:53 pm

    thanks for the replys i dont think i even no how to fix a chain the only thing i could fix is a puncture… i think 🙄 probably just a punture repair kit, levers, pump, any thing i have missed which would make my life easier if i did break down? thanks

  • BigBadJohn118

    13 February 2009 at 8:55 pm

    a little splashing of money with you and make sure u have ur fone 😉 😉 😉

  • Gunner

    13 February 2009 at 9:01 pm

    thanks for the replys i dont think i even no how to fix a chain

    Then obviously no point in weighing yourself down with kit that won’t be of any use.

    And don’t worry about it, there’s nothing wrong in that, it all comes with experience and is often best learned in your garden or shed during times of routine maintenance so that when it happens on the trail you’re better prepared.

  • Steve Kish

    13 February 2009 at 10:32 pm

    I carry a 500ml screw-top container in my bottle cage that has spare tubes, Allen keys, patches, tyre boot, spring link, tyre levers etc. Anything that I can’t fix, I phone for help! 😀

  • tomlevell

    14 February 2009 at 8:23 am

    Minimum tools for me is

    small multitool



    patch kit

    I’ll add a further tube for bigger or rockier rides

    Multitool has a chain link extractor which is essential IMO on a geared bike as it can spoil your day even on a short ride.

    Don’t often snap chains but the last one was mid ride in freezing weather and instead of having to walk back up to the top of the moors to scoot down it was fixed and the ride got completed at the full distance. The one before that (years) I just scooted round without a chain and kept up with the group as it was a tech ride rather than a distance ride.

    You don’t need spare links to extend your chain again but powerlinks/shimano pins are handy depending upon your chain.

  • badblood

    14 February 2009 at 11:00 am

    a spare powerlink and chain splitter are a must imo. My bike is well maintained and I have managed to snap my chain in the middle of nowhere, having a powerlink saved me from a very long walk back to the car park. the weight involved in carrying this is mere grams. any decent multi tool will have a chain splitter in it.

  • Crispy5449

    14 February 2009 at 11:07 am

    Agree on the splitter / links. In one day at GT between myself & a friend we snapped 3 chains (me once and him twice on his hire bike). Would have completely ruined the day after a long drive to get there had I not had a splitter / spare links and as Badblood says, is it really too much of a a weight penalty?.

  • SeanO

    14 February 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve snapped 2 chains mainly after rocky downhill sections. I ride like a plonker over rough stuff and my skills aren’t that great meaning I used to stuff the big ring on rocks/logs 😳 . I think I damaged the chain as it was engaged both times but now I’ve got a bash so shouldn’t be so much of a problem.

    Essentials are: Tube, mini pump, tyre levers, multi-tool, chain tool and sram split links.

    I also carry some duck tape for tyre repairs and some cable ties.

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