The Toolkit Thread

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by hilslamer, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    I always just use two tire spoons reversed and work them around. I have tried to find a review of those but no luck. How well do they work?
  2. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    hmm, so far every time somebody ran a flat on a ride the beat broke before the bike stopped, but I guess you could get a flat while parked.

    That's one think I should think about for solo rides (otherwise I just use the kickstand of another bike anyway)
  3. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    Interesting to hear that someone else had the same issue as me and more importantly you found out in the comfort of your garage.

    Once welded it's darn reliable and functional. I've been using it for a solid year since the welding, in the field and garage and has worked a charm. It should only cost a couple bucks for your local welding shop to put a bead around it and fix it right and you'll be a happy pup with the space it saves in the toolkit. A shame that Motion Pro is aware of the issue but has not changed the assembling methods of the piece. If it does not work 100% I would not bother packing it in a tool kit as tools are usually needed when shit goes wrong and reliability of the tool is a must have.
  4. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    Funny thing is a just brought that stupid Motion Pro tool. The damn locals where I live have stolen 3 sets of my valve core removal caps so had to break down and buy the tool to keep in my tool kit now. Otherwise no reason to not go with the air caps in my eyes.
  5. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Wow. Thailand has rednecks too!
  6. JT

    JT Been here awhile

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    I keep a couple of spare valve core removal caps and valves in the patch kit. Twice I have had valves fail to seal after checking pressures.
  7. DaymienRules

    DaymienRules Traffic target

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    This tool induces rage, I really need to throw it away one day. The little arms hit the spokes and prevents more than a quarter turn at a time, on a good day.
  8. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    I just took the tool, put it in my vice and broke the piece that hits the spoke out of the core tool.
  9. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    Huh, I thought it was a rage inducer that happened to have a valve core removal option on it.

    :dunno
  10. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    lol...I too found the same problem until I just used the angle grinder to cut them short...with enough of a grip to turn it...

    Glad I'm not the only one found it somewhat aggravating:D

    :D
  11. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    Made this over 20 years ago. Some red loctite on the threads and it has never failed me!

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  12. jsb223

    jsb223 ADV Rookie

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    Black zip tool bag in bottom on LH pannier
    5.2 lbs

    Mini mag lite (AA) powered
    3 way 12-13-14mm wrench
    spoke wrench
    craftsman ¼” drive set
    with 5-13mm six point sockets
    1” ext, 3” extension
    ¼” drive wrench
    one piece torx wrench set
    t9, t10, t15,t20,t25,t27,t30,t40
    one piece metric allen knife style set
    1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6mm
    3 pcs motion pro tire iron set (2) 8” and one 10”
    7” cresent style wrench
    6” channel lock style pliers
    12, 13, 14mm combination wrench
    6” needle nose vise grips
    6 x 12 terry cloth towel
    approx 25 misc zip ties

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    mini tool bag (in tank bag or rear truck) always on everybike
    1.6 lbs
    Mini mag lite (AA) powered
    Air gauge
    10mm combination wrench
    3 way 8-10-12mm wrench
    3/8” open / 7/16 box end timing wrench (tobinator adjustment)
    t30 torx allen style (tobinator adjustment wrench)
    large folding lock back knife
    tusk multi tool with
    sm Ph, lg ph, sm str, lg str, screwdrivers
    and 4, 5, 6mm allen tools
    8 alcohol wipes
    4” diagonal cutters
    5” needle nose pliers
    2 small trerry cloth rags
    1 small rough scrubber

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    bmw stock kit (modified) always under bike seat
    4.6 lbs
    bmw tool roll
    Stanley multi screwdriver with
    #1, #2 ph and (2) str screwdriver tips
    t-45 torx with ¼” drive adapter (rear brake removal tool)
    8,10,12,13,14,15 combination wrench set
    1 tiny straight screwdriver
    2.5,3,4,5,6,8,10mm allen set
    10mm combination wrench (valve adjustment wrench)
    17mm combination wrench
    bmw front shock adjustment wrench
    4.5, 5, 6, 8mm allen wrench
    bmw rear lug wrench w/ extension
    bmw spark plug tool (long reach)
    weird bmw tool (unknown)
    t-40 and t45 torx allen style wrenches
    (20) medium zip ties

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    tools/extras stashed on BMW
    extra fuses
    12 volt test light
    black electrical tape
    led flash light
    (2) night sticks (illumination sticks)

    electrical tools in grey zip bag
    1.4 lbs
    mini dmm
    (4) clip leads
    1 roll several feet of duplex 18ga wire
    8ga mini jumper cables

    tire fix kit in blue zip bag
    1.2 lbs
    screwdriver style tubeless tire fix kit
    with 8 pre glued tire plugs
    1 6oz can of inflatable tire sealer
    (2) night glow stick one green one orange
    slime mini compressor
    bicycle style hand pump
    bmw powerlet male to cigarette female extension cord
    small tube patch kit



    bmw spare parts
    1.8 lbs
    HES (new untested uninstalled)
    Alternator belt (new) 4K233
    H1 headlight bulb
    Spare fuses
    Spare tail light bulb
    Metal fuel QD str kit (beemer boneyard) w/ several orings
    Metal fuel QD 90d kit
    Old spark plugs from last change
    6 medium zip ties
    (4) footman loop bolts w/ washers and lock nuts
    fuel line splice kit (for QD failure)

    OH SHIT bag
    1.4 lbs
    waterweld putty
    1:1 epoxy syringe type
    magnum steel metal patch kit
    (2) night glow stick one green one orange
    JB weld QUIK kit
    Nylon 10ft tow strap
    Approx 20 ft black duct tape
    JB weld standard kit
    20 misc zip ties
    (2) large auto tube rubber bands
  13. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    My tool works like a charm :evil

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  14. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Yeah, that'll work out here. :deal

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  15. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    Wat you didn't get the heli-coverage :wink:
  16. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Jsb223, that is an excellent post. You've got some well thought out tool kits. Thanks for taking the time to detail them for us. It gave me a couple of ideas for my own kit. :evil
  17. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    I pressed out the cross member so it is smaller, and fits in my OB tampon container. It has splines that are simply press-fit. I can push it back if leverage is needed. Also, of course, separated, it doesn't hit the spokes.

    I also have a stem cap remover on my front, but I like redundancy.

    OB containers are great. Holds soap, spare nut, valve core, cap,and stem fish-tool in a tidy package. Save a few while your household still uses them.

    Since the photo, I used a vacuum sealer to seal a baby powder dusted tube inside, which reduces bulk some. This kit, plus three 8" tire irons fits in my Wolfman tool bag with lots of room to spare.

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    I didn't like a fender bag when I tried one on the WRR as it interfered with the headlight, and it didn't hold enough stuff.
  18. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    Jebus, I think you should just stay home. :lol3
  19. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    I like this self-rescue discussion. A z-drag kit is versatile, relatively small, and worthy to include on certain trips/excursions. Atleast one per group. If searching for a kit it may be beneficial to look into the whitewater rafting/kayaking industry... When I worked as a guide it was standard procedure to carry one z-drag kit on each trip for rescuing severely pinned rafts.

    Here's a link... Although pretty damn expensive.
    http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp?pfid=1818

    And here's a link to a whitewater forum discussing extra helpful items to include in a z-drag kit kit (I like the tip about using rock climbing cams/nuts as alternate anchor points... Could be useful for us in very rocky terrain).
    http://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f15/z-drag-system-any-feedback-36701-3.html
  20. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    I also notice the topic of tire changing has come up...

    So what's everyones opinion on mini-compressors versus CO2 inflators versus small handheld bicycle pumps??? It seems like most folks use a mini-compressor... Why?

    I'm sure there are pros/cons with each option... Some I guess are obvious:

    mini-compressor
    +: Easy work/no pumping, no need to buy additional replacement parts (think CO2 carttridges)
    -: Gotta have power to operate it, more moving parts = increased chances of failure, more bulky than other options

    handheld bicycle pump
    +: compact, No power required to operate, less moving parts = decreased chance of failure, No need to buy replacement parts
    -: hard/lengthy work

    CO2 inflator
    +: small and compact, quick/easy inflating, minimal moving parts, no power required to operate
    -: Need to replace/buy cartridges, run out of cartridges trailside = f'ed, maybe harder to get accurate pressure (?)

    Admittingly I haven't had to use any of these options for inflating a tire (yet!) so if the answer to my question is obvious I apologize. I use tubes and have been carrying my small handheld bicycle pump thus far and am considering if it's necessary/highly advantageous to purchase a minicompressor or CO2 inflator... Or just stick with what I already have for emergencies??

    :ear... Thanks!