the other half

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by archeranger, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. archeranger

    archeranger honest optimist

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    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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  2. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    A flask of whiskey.


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  3. archeranger

    archeranger honest optimist

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    Amen my brother. Mine's a Coleman, tough enough to use as a kickstand base in mud if necessary...:rofl
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  4. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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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.

    Fred
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  5. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Running Free

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    We think alike.:thumb

    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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  6. tommy likes beer

    tommy likes beer n00b

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    AMA membership so they can pick me up if I break down.
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  7. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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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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  8. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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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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  9. archeranger

    archeranger honest optimist

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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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  10. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Running Free

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    18 gauge sounds awfully thin. These are the cables I carry. They are 8 gauge. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003TI2DD2/ref=redir_mdp_mobile
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  11. JensEskildsen

    JensEskildsen Long timer

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    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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  12. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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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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  13. archeranger

    archeranger honest optimist

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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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  14. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    Zip ties...duct tape...and a bit fat roll of $20's
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  15. archeranger

    archeranger honest optimist

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    I love the axiom: Plan your ride, then take half the gear and twice the $:rofl
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  16. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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