Tech Talks Presented by Park Tool is a monthly video series hosted by Park Tool's own wrench whisperer, Calvin Jones. The series covers the A to Zs of some of the most prevalent repair jobs, with the twenty-first episode highlighting the essentials for a minimalist tool kit.
Calvin, Truman and two of their buddies are headed out on a road trip... Four dudes, four bikes, a heap of camping gear, and one tiny little car means there isn't much room left for tools. In this episode, Calvin and Truman put together a toolbag of essentials for their road trip and explain which items made the cut, and why.
Tools for a Trip
Need more Calvin in your life? Episode #1 - Tubeless tire installation and conversion Episode #2 - Saving that bent disc rotorEpisode #3 - Derailleur hanger alignmentEpisode #4 - Shimano and Crankbrothers pedal serviceEpisode #5 - Trailside wheel repairEpisode #6 - Trailside chain repair Episode #7 - Derailleur limits and cable tensionEpisode #8 - Derailleur setupEpisode #9 - Fork wiper seal replacement Episode #10 - Clipless pedal setupEpisode #11 - New cleat setupEpisode #12 - Top 5 next level shifting issuesEpisode #13 - Fixing cassette playEpisode #14 - Gearing hacksEpisode #15 - Fixing sticky pistonsEpisode #16 - Lubing fork sealsEpisode #17 - A cleat's storyEpisode #18 - Tricks of a mechanical mindEpisode #19 - Handlebar Trimming 101Episode #20 - Chain Line 101
Stay tuned for more mechanical how-to videos with Calvin returning on the last Thursday of every month to show you the easiest way to get the job done. Want to know more? Park Tool's how-to section
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Doesn't hurt to make your pals admit to how much prep they did too. Finding stuff falling off the bike as you pull it out of the hatch or off the rack is just lame...and they'll be "borrowing" your spare derailleur.
Anyhow I have a cheap Stanley tool roll made of cordura. Cost me 8 Euros..
In it is:
Full set of allens
Multi Spoke wrench
2 Adjustable wrenches - I hate them, but they do work in a pinch and double as a hammer (ya ya, judge me)
Avid double torx
and I think one or two more things I can't think of..
The tool bag goes in a basket with a pencil bag filled with bottles/tubes of grease, chain lube and loctite. I bring 2 bleed syringes, dot fluid, tubeless juice and a small bottle of fork oil with a syringe. Throw a couple of extra rags in, a roll of paper towels and my pump, and I can handle most any problem provided I have enough beer.
I don't bring spare parts because I accept that every now and then I'll just have to shell out the msrp for a part and I don't really want to buy parts "just in case," when they'll probably be outdated in 5 minutes anyway.
Decent multi tool, 4mm/5mm/Tx25 Keys, Zip ties, Insulation Tape, Co2 ,Tube and the ability to improvise caters for most eventualities.
Steven Cooper was caught at Chatel last year trying to tighten his derallieur back on with a twig.
My OCD is killing me.
Do yourself a solid and invest in a true tool bag. Tools are organized and there is room for spares. Here is a great one with a light because fixing bikes by firelight isn’t romantic, it sucks.
I look forward to your downvotes, you slow @$$ &+@ing hacks on $5k worth of bike you don't deserve.
PS this is wall, say hi to wall, he's where you belong in races.
Also, park tools are over priced and the tolerances are too low.
I see you, you really want to downote or comment, go ahead, let's talk.
Ever walked into a minefield?; )
PPS just watched boondock saints