The Toolkit Thread

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

  1. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer Supporter

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    Less stress on the shift shaft in a crash.
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  2. flinders_72

    flinders_72 Long timer

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    That's fair enough but why not just make it from thinner steel, considering mild steel in that situation will bend better than most alloys? I recently put a forged alloy gearshift on my WR250F (because it's not the end of the world for me if it breaks - trail rider) so genuine question.
  3. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer Supporter

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    Steel would work, but I honestly think it has to do with several factors - material properties (weight, ductility, corrosion resitance), but also cost, and public perception ("Ready to Race")...
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  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Another I just saw on a GSAw that crashed.
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  5. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer Supporter

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    I surrender...
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  6. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    :lol3
  7. Meritlane

    Meritlane Been here awhile

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    you shoulda seen the nail I pulled out of a tire last week with a set of vice grips. Much easier to work at than with pliers..... who's next?
  8. marchyman

    marchyman barely informed Supporter

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    I wish it was a nail...

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    The metal bit looks like the end of a very sturdy zipper pull.

    I went out to the garage to change my front tire because the bike wasn't handling well last ride and found the rear tire flat. That was my handling issue. I used my on-bike repair kit to try to plug the flat. I tore one of the BMW plugs trying to get it in the hole. I gave up on that and used two of rope style plugs to temporarily plug the gash. A new tire has been ordered.

    My on-bike tire kit has 3 types of plugs and various plug related tools for flats. Had I been on the road instead of my garage and limited to the BMW style plug I'd have been screwed. The rope plugs would have at least got me to a place where I could get a new tire.
  9. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator Super Supporter

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    Nails are easily removed with channel locks. I learned this working construction in my younger days. The other guys would carry channel locks with them rather than pry bars. Grab the nail with the channel locks parallel to the direction of the nail, then roll the channel locks away from the nail. The rounded top edge of the channel locks act as a fulcrum and the nail slides right out.

    Leverage, one of the oldest tools known to man.

    Who's next? :lol3:lol3:lol3
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  10. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator Super Supporter

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    Ditched the tool roll for some neoprene pencil cases I found on Amazon, got rid of a couple sockets, the rear tube, and some of the bolts. Got the tool kit, spares, and tire repair down to 8 lbs. All the tools, spares, tank bag and tire repair kit weighs a total of 14 lbs.


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    I've heard some folks complaining about fender bags getting lost. This is the system I adopted from a fellow inmate:

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    The Voile strap runs through slots I cut in the plastic.

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    It's very solid when done this way.

    This is where I mount the zip ties and bicycle pump:

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  11. Kidder

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    A friend I was riding with high-sided his F6B when taking a water crossing the wrong way (don't ask). His brake lever broke off. I attached the vice grips to the nub that was left and the front brake worked fine. The bike was rideable but unfortunately my buddy took a ride in the ambulance with broken ribs and collar bone.
  12. keepshoveling

    keepshoveling DNF

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    I know the bikes important but maybe next time use the vice grips on your buddy’s ribs or collar bone.
  13. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    Oh, I just remembered a great vice-grip repair. A couple years back a riding compadre dropped his Africa Twin, snapping off the footpeg. A vice-grip was then clamped to the frame and used as a very functional footpeg for at least two days of two-track/forest road riding.
    I pack them, and use them frequently at home and trailside.
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  14. JensEskildsen

    JensEskildsen Long timer

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    I mostly use vicegribs to remove small stuck bolts, like on a floatbowl of a carb.
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  15. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Prop some vise grips on a couple rocks, build a small fire underneath and use as an adjustable makeshift grill!
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  16. NC1959

    NC1959 The road goes on forever...............

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    Vice grips are good for removing muffler bearings
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  17. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    If I promise to ALWAYS carry vice grips, can we stop with the stories....? :D
  18. Meritlane

    Meritlane Been here awhile

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    not till you post a picture of your new vice grips with your face looking HAF!
  19. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Shit.....I'm camera shy. How about I cross my heart hope to die , I'll carry vice grips :dunno
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  20. tag3

    tag3 Doofus

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    I just used my locking pliers today.