I was getting in a midweek ride yesterday evening when I noticed my chain was starting to rub my front derailleur. I was in the middle of a climb and had a good rhythm, so I just kept peddling. As soon as I get to the top my left foot goes straight to the ground. This caught me by surprise so I look down to see what was going on and attached to bottom of my shoe is my pedal. And from that pedal extended the left arm of my crank. Definitely not attached where it was suppose to be. After detaching said pedal I start to look at what had happened. Why is my crank arm not attached to my crank. After about 1000 miles on the crank the teeth of the gear ring has started to wear. Nothing I could do where I was, so I walked it out. Got back to the truck slapped it on the rack and went to work. I keep a small tool bag in my truck. In it I keep rags, grease, small wire brush, pliers, crescent wrench, allen wrenches, two screw drivers, two flat heads, chain break, spoke wrench, chain oil, rear cassette break bar and few other assorted odds and ins. In 10 minutes I was able to fix the problem and get back on the trail to finish my ride. Wasn’t the first time, nor will it be the last, that little medicine bag of goodness has come in handy.
In it I keep rags, grease, small wire brush, pliers, crescent wrench, allen wrenches, two screw drivers, two flat heads, chain break, spoke wrench, chain oil, rear cassette break bar and few other assorted odds and ins.
Hehe, of the list of tools you keep in your truck, I carry everything(and more like two sized tubes, master links for 8, 9 and 10 speed), but the grease and wire brush in my pack on every ride. I’m not a fan of walking out. 🙂
The pack I use is the CB M.U.L.E. It’s contents on a regular day:
3 liters of water or less, depending on heat and distance
First Aid kit
26″ tube (stretchable for the tweener guys)
phone sits at the top
Small outer pouch:
21 tool with chain breaker
2 masterlinks for each size
stub crescent wrench
portable USB battery charger
whatever snack I have, usually larabar and shockblocks
Outer zip pouch:
Outer mesh netting:
foldable tree saw
There’s some other odds and ends I carry but I think this list is pretty complete for me. I might have missed a thing or two 🙂
I didn’t start out with this much of a list, but added what I needed as I either needed something myself or came across someone in a pinch. The tree saw gets used almost every ride as we get a lot of downed trees due to storms.
I agree. I’ve used them to do lots, including tightening up some slipped derailleur cables and the clips from the Elixir pads. I’ve got a pair on a multitool that’s also in the pack which I neglected to include on the list.
Even when I do my usual 10-12 mile ride I still ride with a pack. It can get you out of some tough situations pretty fast. Just two weeks ago I avoided a really long walk out by having the tools to fix a broken chain.
Well I don’t hear it, but that’s not saying much 🙂
To be completely honest, it’s packed so tightly, I don’t think anything can move. If I’m carrying a full 3 liters of water, the pack is so full, the back of the pack is cylindrical shaped and doesn’t conform to my back, instead just pressing between my shoulder blades until I drink enough water.