There's nothing wrong with your backpack and that you're ready for anything, but there are all sorts of clever ways to ditch the bag without ditching the preparedness. For those times when you might not need that third jacket or espresso machine during your ride, moving the necessary supplies - tools, a tube and pump, candy, fireworks, etc - from your body to your bike can mean that you're more comfortable. Another upside: You'll forget the tools are even on your bike until you need them to save your ass.
Do you have a favorite way to carry tools on your bike, or maybe it'll be a cold day on hell before you give up your backpack? Do you want your tools to be hidden inside your handlebar, steerer tube, and wherever else, or do you reach for a roll of Gorilla Tape?
Yaw'll be crazy.
bikes actually rides worse in many ways.
Generally I ride with the following rule;
Pack free local blatt.
Hip pack for lighter rides.
Back pack for longer, all-dayer type rides.
Horses for courses innit.
I wondered the same thing! Apparently an "energy bar".
A small Park chaintool, Moosetreks tire levers, Tubolito tube, TruckerCo tire cream in an applesauce pack, spare parts, first aid, lighter, duck tape, Dynaplug, CO2, and more, all fit into a $14 tool capsule for a bottle cage.
I've got lots of bags and wraps and straps I've accumulated over 40 years, but this simply works the best (I finally retired my Kangaroo Tool Wrap). Easy access, easy to locate gear, and everything in the kit really works without additional frustration.
Car keys? Under a stone for sure
Flapjack? Eat it before the ride
First aid? Clean socks
Toilet paper? Dirty socks
Great riding food. The oats release energy slowly and the syrup or honey is more of an instant hit.
A good layer of chocolate on top is the luxury version.
Also in most states u need to have your i.d. with you to carry other essentials.
Personally I love Lyle's Golden treacle, for the taste and graphic design.
"From the strong came forth sweetness"
Personally I keep it relatively simple and use good quality rolled oats, a few seeds, honey (rather than golden syrup) and raisins it keeps you going all day long, satisfies the munchies and way nicer than energy bars. And if you bake it at home you have more to come back to post ride.
We had a car broke into at a trail head they stole the purse that was "hidden". They missed the bills that were on the dashboard with cash in the envelops... Roommates and at the time that was the best way to split things and then we'd go get money orders to mail everything in...
Just lucky they were too Stupid to realize there were keys to the car in the purse and that didn't get stolen right then. BUT we had a good 6 months if worrying that the car would get stolen, always blocked it in at night and used "The Club", We changed the deadbolt, but there were several times someone would forget to lock that and we'd come home hoping all our stuff wasn't gone...
Hiding stuff works, till it doesn't anymore.
"a lot of people in the US stash their keys on a tire, bumper, etc."
I am going new car shopping tomorrow at the trailheads. At least they will have a bike to ride home...oh yea, with the house keys, garage door opener, and registration I can do some home products shopping too! I will set my sights on a new truck tomorrow to make the day easier. Hehehe
Tested and proven by inmates all over the world.
Cannot go wrong with that one.
What if the inside of the tapered steerer tube comes threaded from factory? There we have room for tools just like fork cork but safer
It fits nice and (very) tight, looks better than strapping the tube to the frame.
I ride 90% bike park and don't need water with me (no backpack either), I can drink a the fountain/hose near the lifts.
I keep my multi tool in my pocket as it is nice to have on hand.
Huck to flat absolutely, 100% mandatory. (and someone to dial "9-1-" nearby)
As long as the weight isn't on your moving suspension members (rocker links, stays and fork lowers) or wheels, it's still sprung weight and doesn't affect suspension performance.
Sorry, but basic physics completely invalidate your claim.
Also keeps the tools, tube, and pump cleaner than many on-bike options.
I was kinda marveling the other day about how unrestrictive a lumbar pack is, and I think it's because it's sitting on your pelvis which is on your saddle. No joints/muscles/etc are supporting it, as opposed to a backpack. Even with two water bottles, a bunch of food, tools, etc. in my bum bag it never feels like much.
For longer rides, I take a bottle on my frame and in my fanny pack. Ican fit snacks in the pack as well. I drink a lot of water so if im doing a long ride in the mountains (I ride in colorado high country a lot), I have a small water filter i keep in my pocket. it is soft and i dont notice it at all. I can get away with having just a fanny pack and all that stuff for 20+ mile 4 hour rides. Really love ditching the big bulky camelback
My answer.. do a poo, and add it to your body
Not the poo
With.. an Alpinestars paragon vest. Hands down the BEST piece of kit, I’ve ever owned.
It has a removable back protector (also takes a bladder) BUT has three pockets, two on the sides, on on the back. Inside, I fit a Leyzne tool, levers, tyre boot, three CO2s and a chewy bar.
In my bars, I have samurai sword tyre plugs (weight nothing)
No pump, nothing bolted to the bike. Need a 5mm? Pull your jersey up, reach in grab the tool, bang.!
The Oneup stuff looks great, BUT. what a faff!
Obviously everyone's tolerance for what is enough stuff to carry on a ride is going to be different, but it is worth experimenting with riding packless. There are enough products and hacks out there to start small and work up.
- Multi-tool + CO2 + levers + patch kit in tiny under-seat pack (made from used tubes)
- Tube strapped to frame with velcro computer cable strap (super light & cheap)
- Fidlock water bottle for short rides
- Pack + pump, food, first-aid kit, water for longer rides
By moving much of what I need on any ride to the bike, the pack is lighter and only necessary for long rides
And now I'll throw in some Haribo....
Every tool I need to assemble the bike is in the bag. If I want to carry a phone, it phone goes in an aluminum phone holder mounted to the headset preload bolt. The pump is frame mounted on a bottle mount.
Also, you know those funny looking jerseys that roadies wear? The ones with pockets in the back? Yeah? You can put a lot of soft stuff in there, like a second tube, rubber gloves, protein bars, and even a smaller spare folding tire if you want to.
- an unrestricted ride with air on your back instead of a sweaty annoying pack is a revelation when you switch
- I'm not a runner but various running belts/packs are lighter and better designed than many bike specific belts. You can carry all the spares/tools you're actually likley to need + phone and not even notice it's there (and if you must be one of those folk who believe the must hydrate every mile pseudoscience sermons they can also carry bottles)
Like carrying a sweaty monkey on your back.
Take that off was like sex without the condom
Blackburn switch wrap - wrap a tube some levers and has all the tools (including chain and 8mm)
Crank brothers pump ....everyone runs tubeless and want to have a go at sealing it first before ripping out the tube.
CO2 sucks for that, 1 shot
strap on bottle cage for the epic rides.
That EDC pump is pretty sick too though. Didn't realize the tool fit inside. probably woulda gone for that.
I end up doing the same thing I did before I had all of this new on bike storage, except now my tools aren't in the pack with my other stuff.
Unless you miles from anywhere you don't need that much. You can easily strap the essentials to bike and ditch bag for short rides.
In and on your bike, I would have to think is it in my bar left of right, steerer tube, tool bottle, saddle bag, strapped...
I believe it's for trail running, maybe why it breathes so well.
Make sure your bike is maintained and well adjusted before it ever goes out. Make sure chains are clean and lubed and brakes are bled and pads in good shape. I almost NEVER need a tool other than make a seat adjustment or bar roll change.
Long rides in rocky terrain require some tire plugs and a way to inflate. Maybe a small chain breaker and a couple of quicklinks.
My bike always has a set of Fix-It-Stix under the bottle mount. They weigh nothing are instantly accessible and handle 95% of my trailside tool needs.
I really like the Fix-It -Stix as the accessibility and weight is the best of any tool ever.
But I have one... it was free and you even carry it for me, its so precious that you will even use it for me
Ok, donuts and pies.
Also, the best combo for a tube in the main triangle is a strap with a little storage (like a RaceFace Stash) cinched into place with a Voile strap. It'll never come loose that way, and Voile straps are super handy to have on the bike as well as ski touring.
tubes (tubolito type) can be place under the seat.
Stream Look... Fast Riding... Just need my Skinsuit!
Don't PM me for details.
Can do another article "Pinkbike User Favorite Ways to Carry Tools" or highlight all the legit comments on how to carry tools so we won't have to read through all the bologna.
Allen wrench in one hand, water bottle in the other. Constantly adjusting my setup on the go. Saves the weight & cost of buying grips too.
So I bought the Osprey Savu, shrunk my load a bit, tossed my tube on the frame for the 1st time ever with a $15 pair of OneUp frame straps (2nd one is great for the wife's 26" bike to have a tube with it so I don't have to lug it too).
Then I tried to see if the Backcountry Research Mutherload strap a lot of people are using is any easier or convenient so I'm using it now.
Can't stash CO2 in it like others, but my tire levers I can. I still use my backpack for when it's gonna be all sorts of changing weather to carry pads & rain jacket & goggles, but by in large, not having the beast marinating on my back has been nice. I go back and forth between both methods now.
Happy to have versatility now, but if I only had money to go backpack or "stuff strapped to the rig and in my pouches"...I'd always tell a rider to go with a backpack. Until you really know what you as a rider need on the trail from experience, doing straps and fanny packs can leave you frustrated. Heck, just trying 2 different strapping methods pissed me off...but I think it's because the Mutherload wasn't magical compared to the basic OneUP (which dozens of companies produce). It is way more convenient when hosing the bike off though to take off and put right back, but not any sort of epiphany product.
Solution just stitch a mesh bag inside it!
If you're never more than a couple of miles from your car or a World Cup XC racer, carry some tools.
I've been super happy with the EDC tool/pump so far.
Same here. Never had a problem.
The Pump should never open if the gasket is properly installed after use and the handle/tool end it pointed up. If the gasket is damaged or not holding we have a service part for all the seals - EDC PUMP SEAL/O-RING CAP KIT
As for rubbing, the pump bracket should be positioned outboard enough that the pump cannot physically touch the frame. If the downtube is so wide that that is not possible, a small piece of mastic tape will get you sorted.
I've found that a small coating of grease on that O-ring will help it pop in and out easily.
Also, while inserting and removing, you can twist the tool 1/4-turn while pushing/pulling to help it slide in to place more easily.
As for the rubbing, even if the bracket is installed fully outboard, once the gasket slides and eventually lets go of the handle, end of the handle is a full 6+" away from the center of the bracket - plenty of distance from its fulcrum to move about. I wouldn't call the DT of a Patrol or Smuggler exceptionally large.
"Just tape it up" is a pretty lame response, IMO. If a product, used as designed, is gonna damage another product, that can't be the official company line...
It sounds like the gasket could use replacing but I'm not concerned about the worn aluminum finish. I see the part is out-of-stock right now but it should be back in in 1-2 weeks.
Mastic tape is not an appropriate suggestion to protect the frame when the pump is fully extended. Let's take care of the root problem first. That said, I use Mastic or 3M all over my frame to protect against small rubs from housing, chain, rocks, heels, small rodents etc. I have even kicked my pump hard enough that the bracket shifted into the frame.
I use mastic tape all over, too. Most factory frame protection isn’t enough, even on chain stays and seat stays near the cassette. The side of a down tube is where logos live, though, and god forbid people not know what I’m riding!
People who can’t get something simple as this mounted the proper way are just piss poor mechanics.
On another note.. I had the problem that the O-ring was working too well (due to some dirt) and couldn’t get “inside the pump”. Cleaned it and greased the O-ring and it worked fine afterwards.
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