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Old 06-29-20, 10:01 AM
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Bike pack, chain and tool

Hi folks,

A couple of questions from a relative newbie:

1. See below/attached for a pic of the current 'pack' I have on my bike. It fits below the seat. I'm looking for a bigger pack and my strong preference is that it fit in the same spot. Any recommendations? If now, any other recs on a different way to carry more? I have some back issues and don't like the feeling of a backpack or putting things in the back of my bike jersey. Any links to a product would be great, Amazon is great but not strictly necessary.
(I'm not able to post links yet, for some reason, so trying it this way. Remove the W from the link below to see the picture.)
httpsW://www.dropbox.com/s/7j2os8mkpn2oyzr/pack.jpeg?dl=0


2. The second picture should show my bike lock. I had it mounted on my bike via the holder that it came with but recently added a second water bottle that displaced it. The spot I have it in, wrapped around the seat post is not great becasue it moves around (it made contact with the back tire at one point) or gets in the way of my riding. I would like to have a way to lock my bike up because I sometimes stop at a store for a water refill or other places. Any recs on what I can do? Willing to buy another product if necessary.

(I'm not able to post links yet, for some reason, so trying it this way. Remove the W from the link below to see the picture.)

httpsW://www.dropbox.com/s/kiviyrwlgktw6pt/chain.jpeg?dl=0

3. Any recs on a tool I can get for tire changing? I recently changed the tire on my sons bike (woohoo!) but used those plastic pieces (not sure what they are called) to get the tire off. One of them snapped so thinking a metal one would be good. Also curious what people carry with them in terms of changing a tire on the road (supposed something needed to inflate the tire) and that gets into the storage question too.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Nathan
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Old 06-30-20, 11:47 AM
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I use the plastic levers, they only snap when bent unnaturally ime. If you get one under the tyre and clip it to a spoke then you can use another to pry the tyre off the rim and then push it around in a circle around the rim, it shouldn't break then.

There are generic metal tyre levers available, park tool makes branded ones also in metal. Some people don't like them because it's easier to pintch the tube. I tend to use a size 15 wrench. I can use it to remove the wheel and then remove the tyre with it.

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Old 06-30-20, 01:46 PM
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Sometimes I want to carry a pair of bicycling tights after it warms up and I don't need them on me. Plus a pair of arm warmers and a lightweight jacket shell. I rigged up a handlebar bag mount that fits onto my seatpost and positions the handlebar bag behind the seatpost. I can carry my clothing, repair gear, a couple of spare tubes and a bottle or two of water and some snacks in that handlebar bag. I used a threadless stem and a cut down handle bar to make the bag support/mount.





Tire levers, I use Park tire levers. Cheap tire levers either brake or bend to the point they can't lift the tire from the tire seat. Buy quality tire levers.

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Old 06-30-20, 02:23 PM
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Very clever, but why didn't you just attach the bag to your handlebar?
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Old 06-30-20, 03:49 PM
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Changing tires just takes practice ... and some tires can be really hard to stretch over the lip of the rim. I use three levers sometimes, and a metal one is handy, sometimes. Check YouTube for videos, Someone there might have a tip or two i cannot think off.

Yes, you will need to buy a portable pump. I don't spend a lot but for $20-$30 you can get a good one. Make sure the pump will inflate to sufficient pressure for the tires you use.

You can get a handlebar bag to carry the lock.
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Old 06-30-20, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Miele Man View Post
Sometimes I want to carry a pair of bicycling tights after it warms up and I don't need them on me. Plus a pair of arm warmers and a lightweight jacket shell. I rigged up a handlebar bag mount that fits onto my seatpost and positions the handlebar bag behind the seatpost. I can carry my clothing, repair gear, a couple of spare tubes and a bottle or two of water and some snacks in that handlebar bag. I used a threadless stem and a cut down handle bar to make the bag support/mount.
maybe overkill, but I like the ingenuity.

@Nathan_S: You can also get a rack which bolts onto the seat post, or (assuming your bike has fittings or you can fiddle a bit) a regular rear rack. All my working bikes get rear racks.
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Old 06-30-20, 05:38 PM
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Very clever, but why didn't you just attach the bag to your handlebar?
Having the handelbar bag behind the saddle doesn't affect the steering if it's heavily loaded and also leaves space on the handlebar for my center mounted water bottle. Not my bike.



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Old 07-01-20, 06:44 AM
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I use these, an Acorn Tool Roll. I have at least 4 and they fit on the Brooks Bag loops.

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Old 07-03-20, 01:48 PM
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That looks awesome! It's exactly what I would like, a bag on the stem with tons of space. I'm an amateur woodworker, but am intimidated by the project without more details as to what parts I need and how to put it all together. I don't suppose you have more details?
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Old 07-03-20, 06:56 PM
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Geez, how much does that weigh?
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Kool Stop makes a nifty articulating tire tool to pull the bead without risking the tire wall or tube.
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