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On-Bike Tools and Repair Storage

June 28, 2018, 8:18 p.m.
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Show me what tools and repair gear you store on your bike and how. Tubes vs plugs. Pump vs CO2. Steerer EDC vs pump EDC. Show me what you opted for and why, what compromises were you willing to make?

There's nothing better than an Orangina after cheating death with Digger.

June 28, 2018, 10:09 p.m.
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been thinking about this myself as well lately as I normally bring a small pack with me. The EDC steerer is tempting but pretty pricey for what it is. 

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June 28, 2018, 11:42 p.m.
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A strap around the bottom of the downtube holds a lot of crap- A tube, tire lever, glue and patches, a valve core, small plug tool and plugs, few baby zip ties, bit of duct tape. Stick your tube in a sock so it doesn't get fucked up. I'm using the Race Face strap, because it says Race Face on it.

A mini pump mounted next to the water bottle cage works for me.

Also I crammed a flat multi tool up out of sight under my saddle. Used the neoprene sleeve the tool came in and some zip ties to secure it. Bit rusty after a year or so, but secure and incognito.

As an aside: I've found that if you try to stash a chain breaker on your bike for some reason it takes up 1,000 times more space than a standard multi and is impossible.

June 29, 2018, 9:32 a.m.
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Somone needs to make a little waterproof bag that we can put all our tubes-n-shit in that will work with the gear straps. Maybe a small dry bag made out of a tough material? I bought some of the EDC straps from One Up, liked them more than the cloth ones...seem grippier, will not hold in water and easy to use. I was looking at the steer tube EDC but it's hella expensive.

Hepcat, can you take a pic of your strap setup?

Also going to run the pump on the bottle cage.

June 29, 2018, 9:53 a.m.
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Posted by: pedalhound

Somone needs to make a little waterproof bag that we can put all our tubes-n-shit in that will work with the gear straps. Maybe a small dry bag made out of a tough material? I bought some of the EDC straps from One Up, liked them more than the cloth ones...seem grippier, will not hold in water and easy to use. I was looking at the steer tube EDC but it's hella expensive.

Hepcat, can you take a pic of your strap setup?

Also going to run the pump on the bottle cage.

Ultimately isn't this a seat pack? In the 90s everything lived on the bike. Then Camelbaks came out and we had to hydrate or die. Then the bikes of the 2000s led you to carry the kitchen sink because you would have a major mechanical on every ride. Now we're back to seatpacks again.  

Right now the tidiest solution I can see is the big EDC pump. The pump with EDC tool and plug/pliers has pretty much everything you need. Maybe add an adhesive park tire boot for good measure along with a couple of spare plugs. Bring a spare tube for bigger days or find a permanent home for one on the bike. So for a mere $200 you are ready to go. But it's a super tidy solution.

What about using a big Lizard Skins chainstay protector as a sleeve for the pump? Just cut a slot in it for the elastic retention strap to pass through. 

I don't think those Park tire boots work on the outside of the tire. If you get an unpluggable tear in your sidewall are you pretty much condemned to putting in a tube or is there a good solution for this?

June 29, 2018, 9:57 a.m.
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Lol, yeah. I started riding in the 80's and it's been really interesting to see the change in how we carry our gear...hell I am wearing a fanny pack again, never thought that would happen. I have thought about going back to a seat bag...but I like to keep the stuff lower on the bike...going to look into the drybag setup, even if I have to make my own...haha.

June 29, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
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Posted by: pedalhound

Somone needs to make a little waterproof bag that we can put all our tubes-n-shit in that will work with the gear straps. Maybe a small dry bag made out of a tough material? I bought some of the EDC straps from One Up, liked them more than the cloth ones...seem grippier, will not hold in water and easy to use. I was looking at the steer tube EDC but it's hella expensive.

Hepcat, can you take a pic of your strap setup?

Also going to run the pump on the bottle cage.

If you can send me a drawing of the type of bag you want, with some rough measurements, I can ask my wife if she can make something up. She owns a clothing manufacturing centre in North Van and has worked with Gore-Tex and similar non-branded laminated fabrics before.  The only thing is that the bags won't be seam sealed without having to be sent out of house for taping (which obviously increases production costs), but she can use a waterproof thread and a stitch that is less likely to leak.  I think that she has some three-ply waterproof fabric in her odds and ends bin.

June 29, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
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Posted by: rnayel

Posted by: pedalhound

Somone needs to make a little waterproof bag that we can put all our tubes-n-shit in that will work with the gear straps. Maybe a small dry bag made out of a tough material? I bought some of the EDC straps from One Up, liked them more than the cloth ones...seem grippier, will not hold in water and easy to use. I was looking at the steer tube EDC but it's hella expensive.

Hepcat, can you take a pic of your strap setup?

Also going to run the pump on the bottle cage.

If you can send me a drawing of the type of bag you want, with some rough measurements, I can ask my wife if she can make something up. She owns a clothing manufacturing centre in North Van and has worked with Gore-Tex and similar non-branded laminated fabrics before.  The only thing is that the bags won't be seam sealed without having to be sent out of house for taping (which obviously increases production costs), but she can use a waterproof thread and a stitch that is less likely to leak.  I think that she has some three-ply waterproof fabric in her odds and ends bin.

Oh, awesome! I will send you a PM when I get some measurements!

June 29, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
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Tube and tire plug tool+plugs ski strapped to my seat, which is high enough that it doesn't come close to the tire on bottom outs. Small pump mounted on the frame, multi tool in pocket.

I think it covers everything pretty simply and I didn't spend anything really. Do want to find a way to carry co2 because the park pmp 3.2 I stick on there is tiny and sloooow to pump up a tire.

I do actually bring a pack more than half of the time though, anytime with a big group (feel like I fix everyone's bikes, lend out bug spray, bigger pump, water filter etc) or anything somewhat far.


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June 29, 2018, 11:25 a.m.
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Posted by: pedalhound

Somone needs to make a little waterproof bag that we can put all our tubes-n-shit in....

Hepcat, can you take a pic of your strap setup?

Also going to run the pump on the bottle cage.

On mobile, too lazy go inside for laptop

https://m.pinkbike.com/photo/16055701/

https://m.pinkbike.com/photo/16055770/

https://m.pinkbike.com/photo/16055744/

I too would buy a durable waterproof tube bag or two if they were made available.

June 29, 2018, 11:46 a.m.
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this is pretty slick too :

https://silca.cc/products/seat-roll-premio

June 29, 2018, 12:51 p.m.
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Posted by: Hepcat

Posted by: pedalhound

Somone needs to make a little waterproof bag that we can put all our tubes-n-shit in....

Hepcat, can you take a pic of your strap setup?

Also going to run the pump on the bottle cage.

On mobile, too lazy go inside for laptop

https://m.pinkbike.com/photo/16055701/

https://m.pinkbike.com/photo/16055770/

https://m.pinkbike.com/photo/16055744/

I too would buy a durable waterproof tube bag or two if they were made available.

Thanks, Hepcat. I have poked around a little today and do not see anyone making what I am thinking about...some cool stuff from Dakine and others..but nothing that seals it away from the elements totally. I think something simple like a drybag is the way to go...keep it light and cheapish is what I am looking for.

June 29, 2018, 2:27 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 31, 2005

What about these bottle-shaped tool kegs? I guess if you only have one bottle mount this is a non-starter.

https://www.jensonusa.com/Xlab-Gear-Box-Bottle-Cage-Bag-Kit (pricey)

https://www.jensonusa.com/Whisky-Keg-Storage-Bottle (a bit too simple)

June 29, 2018, 2:54 p.m.
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Specialized makes a cool looking took keg too:

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/keg-storage-vessel-w-tool-wrap/p/129804

June 29, 2018, 3:36 p.m.
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Joined: Sept. 30, 2006

Put all your tools in the keg, and use the water bottle mount.  Put your water in a backpack.....oh wait....

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