08 December 2009

Building the Kit - Tool Kit #1

Not to long after my S24O backpacking trip I found an article on the equipment Eric of Epic Designs uses on his bikepacking trips. I found this to be one of the best equipment list that I have found on this subject. I think what made it good was how things where grouped together and package.

I had most of the same equipment and for the most part all the stuff can be used for bikepacking and backpacking.So just like my Made In America Series I will have Building the Kit Series. First up to bat will be Tool Kit #1. This is the tool kit that I take on every ride. It works for both road and mountain biking. It will fit in a saddle bag but I like putting it in my jersey pocket.



Disclaimer: That carpet is in my office. It looks better in real time than in the picture!

The Ultimate Direction bag holds all the items other than the co2 inflator.



Inside the bag we have the following:
1. Cool Tool multi-tool
2. Park Tool Tire Lever
3. Spare CO2 Cartridge
4. Tire patch box with the following: (2)Park Tool super patch, (1)Valve stem adapter,(1)Chain pin,(2) Sram quick link (1)Spare Chain link

The only thing I would think about changing is the Cool Tool. They make lighter and better multi-tools. The patch box takes up some room but keeps all the small parts in one place.

2 comments:

Dan O said...

Hey - I have one of those old school Cool Tools as well. I never carry it though - feels like a chunk of lead. Like you, I'll eventually find as newer. lighter model.

After 25+ years of riding, I've yet to mess with a CO2 cartridge - still using a pump. Now that I've been dabbling in the XC racing scene once again, notice most have CO2 cartridges. I'll try 'em out.

I also need get to son Ian set up as well. Next year he'll be racing Boys 11-14 class, with no assistance from me. This winter I'll show him the flat fix.

Always interesting to see what other folks carry. Cool post.

Bikewright said...

I have a Crank Brother's pump that I have had about a year and have not used. Maybe its the arm workout that I do not like! In a race CO2 is the way to go. When you are racing the pump is the last thing you want. But CO2 can mess up on you and you can lose all your air.Carry a couple!

In the bikepacking world most only carry a pump. The weight of the CO2 is to much and then you have to carry it out with you.