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    Basic tools/ spare parts

    I just bought my first "real" xc bike and was wondering what basic spare parts/tools i should cary with me on longer rides (15-20 miles). I currently have a pump, patch kit, spare tubes, and the little levers to get your tire off. By the way my bike is a 9 speed.
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    Congrats

    My ride kit (I typically ride 3-6 hrs per trip, unfortunately generally alone, AND I bike to the trail head...ie: REALLY REALLY *BIG* problems should something go wrong):

    Tube
    patch kit
    tire levers
    pump

    AND...

    multitool (3 basic allen wrench sizes + philips + flathead)
    small bottle of lube (probably not really necessary)
    Spare disk pads (also probably overkill if you keep a good eye on the bike at home, but I have spares and they are light and small; might as well carry them!)
    Spare Powerlink (SRAM chain)
    Shock pump (not always)

    FIRST AID KIT (I make my own so I know I have plenty of gauze and bandaging material + it's cheaper overall)
    $20 cash
    credit card
    ID
    Insurance card

    Food (carbs + sugar. I take what I plan on eating + at least one emergency cliff bar)

    Water (3 liter camelbak, generally always full when I leave)

    What I really should also take and need to go get!:
    Duct tape
    cable ties (handy for jerryrigging a messed up drivetrain to get you out; or so I'm told. I haven't had to test the theory and don't want to!)

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    Thanks, that's really helpful. i bike to the trailhead also, so i know what it's like if you're unprepared and get stuck

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    Oh, I was looking for a thread like that. Thank you

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    I. spare derailleur-hanger (especially if you ride where sticks/roots/deep-ruts are common).

    II. extra links of chain (you've likely removed these from the last time you replaced your chain. . . right? Right?) The inspiration for this suggestion is simple; it's small enough to take along and, should you torque a link(s) so hard it bends needing removal, you'll still have the spares in your Camelback (you've got one right?). Um, yeah, if you don't have a chain-tool in your "rescue-kit"....

    III. Use a partially-used roll of duct-tape. The roll is easy to squash - making it portable.

    IV. 2-3 zip-ties: ...trust me!

    V. ...mentioned it before but it's such a good idea that I'll risk the redundancy - grab an 8oz. Red-Bull and pack it horizontally across the top of the bladder of your Camelback (on the inside) so you have a "pick-me-up" just in case you bonk.

    VI. No, I'm not a sales-rep for Camelback.

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    I have a 9 speed shimano chain on my bike. i can't find any spare links that you can buy for shimano chains, only pins. Would it be okay to use a 9 speed powerlink in case of emergency.

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    For a 20 mile ride...

    -water
    -powerlink
    -spare tube or patches and pocket pump
    -a good multi-tool

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    If you have sealant in your tubes, you'll need some solvent (like pure benzine, acetone or pure alcohol) and a small piece of cloth to clean the tube before patching. Also, for Schraeder valves it is a good idea to carry a valve wrench.

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    Would it be a good idea for me to get a book like Pocket Guide to Emergency Bicycle Repair http://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Guide-E.../dp/1931676097

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenon
    If you have sealant in your tubes, you'll need some solvent (like pure benzine, acetone or pure alcohol) and a small piece of cloth to clean the tube before patching. Also, for Schraeder valves it is a good idea to carry a valve wrench.
    Would rubbing alcohol in the little wipes work? If not would denatured alcohol (the kind used for paint thinner) work? I do have sealent in my tubes

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    Quote Originally Posted by papago warrior
    Would rubbing alcohol in the little wipes work? If not would denatured alcohol (the kind used for paint thinner) work? I do have sealent in my tubes
    I am not sure about the wipes. They may not contain enough alcohol for good cleaning. Denaturated 95% should work. I have used even drinking 95% alcohol and it did the job just fine. Pure benzine is the best though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenon
    I have used even drinking 95% alcohol and it did the job just fine.
    Moonshine is illegal lol...but even so, 190 proof??? Is that even consumable...

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    i carry all that plus a pocket knife and small canister of mace just incase i run into some unruley animals on the trails (or unruley people)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RudeSechsVibe
    Moonshine is illegal lol...but even so, 190 proof??? Is that even consumable...
    It is if either your last name is also a first name, are a Dale Earnhardt fan, Uncle Jesse is also your dad, hunt your turkey for Thanksgiving, sport a mullet/Lynyrd Skyard t-shirt combo.

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    I under carry compared to all of the posts thus far and I haven't had a problem yet. I take a spare tube, mutli tool that includes a chain tool and tire levers plus other stuff I've never used, power link this will work with your shimano chain and make chain problems a breeze, and a pump. That will get you out of 99% of the binds. Somtimes I take a gel on the fast group rides, but if I eat good I won't need it. For longer rides 2 hours or more or if I'm doing a ride I've never done before I take my camelbak which has my map of the local area, compass, whistle, first aid kit, patch kit, and all the stuff I mentioned earlier. I also take some food such as an apple and a cliff bar. I take some extra co2 for my pump on these longer rides as well.
    There is not much choice between rotten apples.

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    On all my rides i carry
    2 sets of allen wrenchs
    set of pedals
    tire pump
    extra water
    lock and cable
    screwdrivers
    wrench
    spare tube
    light
    cellphone
    id
    cash
    small towel and shirt

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