Originally Posted by DCMC
I'm wondering what kind of tire irons I should bring on my rides, and whether I should bring another tube, or just patches.
My personal favorites for tire irons are the lightweight Motion Pro T6 series. Particularly the 12/13mm version, which has a little nib on the end that makes working a tire bead on amazingly easier, and reduces pinch flats during putting the tire on. Spendy but well worth it, and they work really well.
The second one can be one with your axle nut size on one end.
They are very light and strong. I've changed out super difficult Big Bike tires with just a few lightweight T6's, and dirt bike tires, no problem at all. Lots of places sell the T6's, often for less than Motion Pro's direct prices.
I carry a few T6's in my Husaberg 390's tool tube, and for really rough, very remote offroad trips, I carry 2 tubes, front and rear, and patches.
You can see the Agri tube tool under the left rear body panel. That holds all my tools and tire irons. Tubes ride in the bags.