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I couldn’t not have a multi-tool, chain breaker, and a quick link. Just could do it. Plugs and a mini-pump are just a bit back in the must haves and only because so run CushCore. Even with the best maintenance (sealant topped, regular bolt checks) I’ve needed all those things for myself at some point. Everything but the pump I have stashed on my bike already.
Do very much agree though that it’s a slippery slope down to the needed-it-once / carry-it-always conundrum. I have friends who carry little bottles of chainlube, cassette tools (Wolf Tooth does make some nice lightweight ones), shock pump (every ride, not just for setup) - basically stuff I’d consider for a multi-day back country adventure but not a ride.
Based on my experiences in the last say five years and my regular maintenance all I absolutely would/should carry every ride is the EDC Lite or sone equivalent quick-to-use multi tool.
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