After getting a flat mid group ride, I decided borrowing tools from my garage wasn’t convenient, quick, or smart. I need a dedicated, ready-to-go ride toolkit with the essentials to fix at least the major problems.
To that end, what’s in your go bag? What do you take with you every ride? What have you learned is absolutely crucial to have and what is just dead weight?
Mine is similar, but streamlined a bit for the rides I do:
Full spare tire - Much faster to unscrew the wheel nut and switch the tire mid group ride than it is to replace a tube and pump it back up, making it easier to catch up in group rides. Even if it’s a drive wheel I can just run 1WD until a stop point
Multitool - I use a Gerber Suspension, but other options like Leatherman are fine too. Preferably contains the flip out tools on the outside handle rather than inside, so it’s accessible without opening the pliers
Folding Allen Key Set - Contains nearly all the ones I need, however may not be long enough to reach some bolts (learned that when someone tried to fix an EUC with it)
First Aid Kit - Simple first aid kit, bandaids, triple antibiotic, some cleaning supplies and Tegaderm
Garbage Bag - In case of rain or holding stuff
Paper towel - For cleaning stuff if necessary
Zip Ties - Held my enclosure on once. Can hold other things on too
Headlamp - More useful IMO compared to a standalone flashlight, hands free and includes a red LED if needed as a rear lamp
Sofrin sp33 + extra 26650
Extra light for folks without
Auto-screwdriver and assorted bits
First aid kit if enough room
Coffee clipped to exterior
Unshelled sunflower seeds
I used to ride with tools but I don’t take long trips much these days, maybe this summer that will change. I fried a focbox the other night riding into a knee deep puddle on accident and just walked home, it wasn’t too far.
While not there yet, my battery/enclosure will be underneath, but perhaps a small boxed enclosure on top like the MTB battery enclosures to hold travel tools / spares. . Hadn’t considered that yet but it’s making sense to include. And room for a beer
Riding around town I’ll throw a skate tool on me. Usually my flatland3d tool so I can house a few extra allen keys in the zipup box
Trails I usually ride with pneumatics so I take this portable electric pump, which doubles as a phone charger. I should note my pneumies have been double slimed, so at most I expect a slow valve stem leak. At worst I have my cell
Out of curiosity why a spare shockblock? Generally I found that if it has fallen out of the truck, the retaining screw would have been long gone, and even a new shockblock stuck in would just fall back out sooner or later without the retaining screw.