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post #1 of 40 Old 03-23-2014, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Favorite unique tool(s) to carry while riding

Was checking out some unique tools on the Duluth Trading Co site. Which of course made me think of their handiness for bike riding. Which made me think to ask you all what "unique" tools you carry on rides that are really handy.

Since I dont yet have a tool kit, I cannot suggest a tool for riding.

However my Leatherman Micra has been my unique tool at the coffeeshop. That tool is small, flexible and fits in my front pocket.
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post #2 of 40 Old 03-23-2014, 06:28 PM
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Not exactly a tool but zip ties.
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Was checking out some unique tools on the Duluth Trading Co site. Which of course made me think of their handiness for bike riding. Which made me think to ask you all what "unique" tools you carry on rides that are really handy.

Since I dont yet have a tool kit, I cannot suggest a tool for riding.

However my Leatherman Micra has been my unique tool at the coffeeshop. That tool is small, flexible and fits in my front pocket.
Well, a first aid kit can double as a tool kit... to some extent. For example, surgical tape (or duct tape), a swiss army knife (or gerber), alcohol swabs are useful for both purposes. I also carry a compass to find my way and I use its mirror to check the oil. I have a stick that can be used as a splint on a broken limb, but I mostly use it to prop up the rear end to lube the chain (no center stand on Serenity...). Super glue can help close open cuts and mend broken plastic.

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The 3/4" long nub cut off a hex key for the front axle bolt. I take it and the ratchet and correct sized socket. I guess I could just take the hex key, but with this, I could properly torque it if I could get hold of a torque wrench.

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I have better success with good quality electrical tape like 3/4 wide like from
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I carry a 12MM (I think) bolt and a hefty vise grip which together
is a front axle tool. The head of the bolt engaging the axle

Tire string repair and a cheapo slime compressor $10

I will add zipties which is smart
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Quick set J-B Weld. Has fixed a broken shift lever on my old KLR in the mountains in Mt from a drop, Stripped threads, and a broken engine mount.
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Quick set J-B Weld. Has fixed a broken shift lever on my old KLR in the mountains in Mt from a drop, Stripped threads, and a broken engine mount.
Add to that kneadable epoxy (not necessarily the example brand below). It's amazing stuff. And a supply of exam gloves so at least your hands can stay half way clean if there is real trouble.

Spare levers (not really tools); tough to ride with a broken clutch lever :-)

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A small can of WD-40 comes in handy.
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