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    Everything important has been covered, but I'll add:

    1) It's wise to have both a tube and a patch kit, sometimes you end up needing both. And the tire boot too!
    2) Double check that you got the right valve type on the tube in addition to the right wheel size and tire width...I biked about 8 months without realizing that my backup tube was a schraeder, not a presta...oops.
    3) A micro-sized hiking headlamp, just in case my front light dies or breaks. It can get really dark out there...
    4) Not in the bike kit per se, but: I keep a cotton bandanna tied to the handlebars, primarily to clean salt/sweat off of my sunglasses and, occasionally, my phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brendan View Post
    2) Double check that you got the right valve type on the tube in addition to the right wheel size and tire width...I biked about 8 months without realizing that my backup tube was a schraeder, not a presta...oops.
    Well, you can always carry a pump that accomodates both or more than one pump....

    Quote Originally Posted by brendan View Post
    3) A micro-sized hiking headlamp, just in case my front light dies or breaks. It can get really dark out there...
    It's also handy when fixing a flat in the dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5555624 View Post
    Well, you can always carry a pump that accomodates both or more than one pump....
    I think he meant you can't fit a schraeder tube into a presta drilled rim. Unless you carry a drill with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brendan View Post
    2) Double check that you got the right valve type on the tube in addition to the right wheel size and tire width...I biked about 8 months without realizing that my backup tube was a schraeder, not a presta...oops.
    The other variation of this are 48mm vs 60mm presta stems- I was carrying 48s for a year after I bought a set of semi-deep dish wheels. When I eventually got a flat I was fortunate that a friend on the ride had a 60mm.

    BTW this sort of thread is great! I was pretty content with my kit but due the best and brightest of BikeArlington I'll add (somehow):
    -Zip ties
    -Benadryl
    -Presta adaptor
    -Cleat screw

    I'll still skip:
    The boot (I've always made do with a Mylar wrapper of some kind- it'd be enough to limp to the nearest shop)
    Med kit- there just isn't room for anything approximating a decent kit. If I'm badly hurt there is no way that I'll have enough, if it's just road rash, I'll bleed (I have excellent clotting skills)

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    Not much to add to this, except that I go minimalist: tube, 2 tire levers, 2 CO2 cartridges and that tiny Genuine Innovations CO2 inflator.

    One thing not mentioned so far: I have a small pair of folding magnifying glasses to help out my eyes "of a certain age". Seriously, I can't do fine repair work at all without them.

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    So many good suggestions on 'should haves' and 'gotta haves', way more than I can contribute to. On the bike app front though I can recommend this wholeheartedly. Just be sure to open it after you download it as it downloads the images only after the app installs on your phone. Could be a nasty surprise when you find you need to download a few dozen high quality images on a low speed phone connection to fix that out of whack derailleur by the road side.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bike-...382006079?mt=8


    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    ... You can also download a bike repair app but I am not sure how good they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckb View Post
    One thing not mentioned so far: I have a small pair of folding magnifying glasses to help out my eyes "of a certain age". Seriously, I can't do fine repair work at all without them.
    Oh yeah, good point. I noticed my first problems with presbyopia last year...while working on the bike.

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    Reviving this old thread. What a great thread!

    Q1: What do you carry in your saddle bag (I don't do the jersey pouch) or pannier or backpack?
    Me: Spare tube
    Patch kit
    Duct tape wrapped around pencil
    Hand wipes
    Pen (for marking where the puncture is on a flat tube)
    Spare rear & front lights
    Phone charger, cable
    Medical type gloves for dealing with dirty chains

    Q2 re pumps: I have not used a C02 Canister, and am not a fan because a. haven't tried to use it yet (!) and b. they're disposable. Still, i have one because a non-biker friend gave me one!!

    Also, I have not fixed a flat on the road. I'm a noob still!

    So talk to me about fixing flats on the road and what pump is best and not over $50!

    I have a Lezyne Pressure Drive. Now part of it is missing. I see there are replacement seal kits. I think there are rubber seals/gaskets on 2 ends. I have one on one end, but not on the other. Why would they make something where the thing falls off when jumbled around in a bag! Maybe I should've mounted to the frame.

    I know this sounds very basic, but hey, I'm still learning!

    And yes, I will try to use both of my pumps soon, but most of my trips are local in DC and so I can catch a bus or metro if i get a flat!! and fortunately, after fixing several flats for others at Bike House, I do know how to patch or replace a tube!

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    This is always a good read. I like the idea of zip ties from above (I'd consider that on the MTB, anyway).

    I am always trying to keep these as small as possible.

    Road bike.
    In the saddle bag (Lezyne Micro Caddy, Small - http://www.lezyne.com/product-orgnzr....WtjBwtPwbUI):
    - 1 tube
    - 1 Pedros tire lever (https://pedros.com/products/tools/wh...e/tire-levers/), since one is all you need.
    - 1 CO2+inflator
    - 1 11sp quick link
    - multi-tool with chain tool (https://www.crankbrothers.com/products/m19 - the only decent thing Crank Bros makes, IMO!)
    - tubeless repair plugs (https://www.genuineinnovations.com/a...repair-kit.php)
    - Park adhesive patches, just in case things get crazy.
    - Maybe 1 nitrile glove; I can't remember if I still have that in there.

    In jersey pocket: pump. I'm using this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019V1PW5G...ing=UTF8&psc=1 -- It looks a lot like a Lezyne mini pump, and while I don't like it when companies just copy the aesthetics of some other brand's well-known product, my experience has been that these are better-made pumps than the Lezynes. Finish is certainly a lot nicer/higher-quality, functionality works great, and at half the price I'm a lot less sad when I lose one out of my pocket on a ride in the woods.

    Commuter/gravel bike.
    In the saddle bag (Silca Premio seat roll -- fancy! -- https://silca.cc/products/57c424fc56d9341100298881)
    - 1 tube (bigger, for bigger tires)
    - the other Pedros tire lever from the set.
    - same Crank Bros tool as above
    - same tubeless plug kit as above
    - 1 nitrile glove
    - Park adhesive patches again

    In jersey pocket: my pump.

    I just sold my MTB [with the seat roll]; I'm not sure what I'm gonna do for my replacement MTB that arrives Monday, but I think I'm going to see if I can avoid the saddle bag -- maybe using one of these: https://www.76projects.com/shop/thepiggy -- but they're a bit pricey w/ current exchange rate (even at the current 20% off discount).

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    Hozn, thanks! that was great and comprehensive.

    Now that I can change a chain and use a chain tool and quick link (Thanks Judd Lumberjack and friends at The Bike House Coop for walking me through changing Judd's recently) - I might carry those.
    I did have a chain break mid-ride (I think it was during the Cider Ride) - and had to go to a shop.
    Now I know - not that hard!

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