I try to carry tools that will let me take the bike apart.
It's been too
many trips where if we only had the right tool, we could have fixed
something to get a bike running again, or at least rideable. Some
are obvious, but others aren't. Can you loosen the axles to adjust
chain? How about the steering stem nut? I've had to straighten
a front end
once, and it was a bear trying to mickey-mouse that job. Chain breaker,
tire irons, spark plug wrench are some of the specialty tools I carry.
As for parts, I carry safety wire, duct tape, spark plug, JB weld, first
kit, emergency blanket, map, compass food (power bar) and a water bag.
There's probably some stuff I'm forgetting, but others can fill in.
Brett Thomas added the following:
Here's my two cents worth,
I also carry spare cash, but have found that if I
wait until I get ready to ride, I'm often without cash on hand, so here's what I
I bought one of those $2.00USD waterproof match
containers at walmart (bright orange plastic). In it I have about twenty
dollars, along with a photo copy of my drivers license and my insurance
card. The cash has already come in handy on a couple of trips where
everyone thought someone else had cash on them.
I zip tied the container to the frame, under my
right side cover, this way I know it's always there in case I need
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