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Old 02-18-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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the other half

I've got my bike pretty well farkled.
And I've got myself covered too: functional first aid kit, tools, micro-compressor, tire patch kit...
So what am I missing? What are the priceless tools/kit worth occupying the valuable space on your bike?
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:02 AM   #3
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Amen my brother. Mine's a Coleman, tough enough to use as a kickstand base in mud if necessary...
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:23 AM   #4
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Good set of tires...Metzeler Tourence for the Strom.
A way to get the wheel up....centerstand.
Hydration bag.
Polar Bear cooler 12 pack.
Small inverter to charge cell phone fits in tank bag.
Rok straps
Tool Tube

I sure I missing something.

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:44 AM   #5
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Good set of tires...Metzeler Tourence for the Strom.
We think alike.

A few items not mentioned that I always carry:
Jumper cables
Tire pressure guage
Duct tape
Extra gloves
Siphon hose
GPS
Radar detector
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:47 AM   #6
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:48 AM   #7
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i always carry a bic lighter in case i get stranded in the cold and for a signal fire.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:50 AM   #8
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A wonderful ,yet compact tool from Motion -Pro called a metric multi-purpose mini tool set. A bunch of tiny tools that assemble together like a transformer and will fix virtually anything on your bike. It fits in the palm of your hand. Sort of expensive at $51 but has been used many times to fix bikes trailside.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:13 PM   #9
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Excellent suggestions, many of them are part of the pack, thank you!

I may not adequately understand DC voltage but for a 12V 12A battery, from what I can tell I'd only need 18 gauge wire for jumper cables. Is this accurate?
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #10
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Excellent suggestions, many of them are part of the pack, thank you!

I may not adequately understand DC voltage but for a 12V 12A battery, from what I can tell I'd only need 18 gauge wire for jumper cables. Is this accurate?
18 gauge sounds awfully thin. These are the cables I carry. They are 8 gauge. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003TI...dir_mdp_mobile
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:24 PM   #11
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Excellent suggestions, many of them are part of the pack, thank you!

I may not adequately understand DC voltage but for a 12V 12A battery, from what I can tell I'd only need 18 gauge wire for jumper cables. Is this accurate?
The battery capacity has nothing to do with the wire size. Perhaps you just saw the 12A and looked at a chart that said 18awg would be fine for 12A?

Your starter motor draws about 10 times that when cranking, but only for a very short period. You can go way lower than the math tells us so something around 14awg will do the job in an emergency for most bikes. But choose as big wires as you're willing to drag along, bigger is better.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:43 PM   #12
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Get a cheapo air compressor. Pull off the plastic case, and it is not much bigger than a pair of D batteries. Wire up a cig plug to your battery to power it.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:52 AM   #13
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Compressor and plug kit: check. My best friend and riding buddy got me the Aerostich mini compressor for Christmas one year. On our spring ride HE got a flat and I got to fix it.

How's that for Karma?
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:48 AM   #14
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Zip ties...duct tape...and a bit fat roll of $20's
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:01 PM   #15
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I love the axiom: Plan your ride, then take half the gear and twice the $
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