TOOLS FOR THE TRADE

This post is to update my tools of the trade for trouble free riding.  Depending on the task at hand (ie the ride), your emergency toolkit needed vary.   This is essentially an update and refresh from various posts such as my personal toolkit and the barplug tool.

JERSEY TOOLS (ON THE BODY)

As evidenced by latest trends (when Specialized got on the bandwagon with its SWAT system, you know its gone mainstream), there are advantages to an intelligent mix between carrying your gear on the bike or on the body (as opposed to a Camel back).  I progressed from carrying body tools in a small neoprene bag to the Pocpac.  Pocpac is a great product for storing tools and other paraphernalia.  I was skeptical at first, preferring the old neoprene bag, thinking that the plastic pouch would easily slip out and get lost.  But, after three, it still keeps working.

Lezyne mini pump:  This replaced the old Scott minipump and with its aluminium body is simply superior.  Goes with me everywhere in the pocket and I hardly ever use bombs.

Bomb & Attachment:  Can’t fit this in the Pocpac, so I just leave it at home when not racing.  When racing, it replaces the mini pump.

The following tools are kept in the Pocpac:
-Spare Plugs

-Derailler cable
-Zip ties
-Stans 2 oz bottle
-Lezyne Multi Tool
-Money (R100 note can be used as a gator)
-Continental Tyre Lever with Duct tape around it
-Park Tyre Boot
-Toughie tyre boot:  6cm strip of Mr Tuffee tyre liner
-Park Glueless patches
-No Tubes valve remover
-Stans Valve core
-Stans Valve stem
-Scott Derailler Hanger bracket
-Leatherman mini knife

On shorter rides I drop the Stans, leatherman and hanger bracket to save a bit of weight. However, most rides I simply go with what’s in the Pocpac and that normally means all of the above.

ON THE BIKE
-Barplug: Tire tool & plug loaded in handlebar (see my post on this great tool)
-Tube

The barplag is the most effective tool and I constantly use it.  Its simply the best trick around!  More recently, the concept has gone into production in the form of the Sahmurai Sword but I have my doubts whether the commercial concept is better than my hack.

I still ride the Coega Daily Commute and Wells Estate Beach must rate as the best testing ground for tire related products.  Wells Estate has the highest amount of broken glass per square meter of bike path in the world and I puncture at least once a week.  My original tool is still in use and would definitely outlast any commercial replica in terms of durability.  Generally, I repair without even having to pump up the wheel!