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In my Sticky Pod

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I carry loads of stuff around with me on rides. Is it just me?

I've got a bit of a thing for carrying loads of stuff around on longer rides. "Longer rides" is a pretty moveable feast. It can mean:

  • Erm, longer rides. Like maybe over 100km or when I'm on my own or going somewhere where there isn't a Tesco's every five miles;
  • Rides where I feel responsible for someone, or a group of people;
  • If I'm riding with people I don't know, or don't trust to be able to fix their own bike;
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Anyway, I carry my Sticky Pod and cram it with stuff. It'll fit in my back pocket still. Although sometimes I stick it in a frame bag, if I'm doing a longer thing. Anyway. Here's what's in it. I don't always carry everything, but this is more or less the full kit.

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A multitool. This one's a Merida one, with a chain splitter and some just-about-functional spoke keys. It's quite flat so it fits in the Sticky Pod nicely. Sometimes I swap it out for a Tern Tool, which has a pedal spanner so it's handy if you need one.

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An inner tube. I run tubeless on my bike that I do long rides on. This one's a lightweight 700C tube; if I'm on 650 wheels i tend to put a bigger tube in there, still a 700c one that works in a pinch in a 650 but will also patch up someone else's 700c bike.

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Tyre levers. The Tern tool has tyre levers built in which'll do if you're desperate but these Park Tool ones are much better for roadside repairs.

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Spare lube. it says Muc-Off C3 on the tube but I've filled it back up a few times with whatever's in the shed. Although actually I might have filled it back up with Muc-Off cause I have about a gallon of that. I can't remember.

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A mini pump. Most mini pumps are pretty average to be honest. This SKS Spaero isn't: it has a proper screw-on hose and you can get 100psi in a tyre. 

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A CO2 inflator. I don't always carry both but sometimes it's handy to have one quick change in your kit if you need it. Especially if it's horrible out.

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A survival blanket. Again, not all the time. But on a really long one, or in a big group, it can be a handy thing to have. I haven't used it yet but I take that as a good thing.

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Antiseptic wipes and plasters. I've used these a bunch of times though. Last time when I was riding back from Exeter and made a mess of a junction.

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Puncture repair kit. The contents of a Rema Tip Top touring kit decanted into one of the pockets. Except for the little rubber tube for repairing your Woods valve. Anyone ever used that?

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Tyre boot and instant patches. A tyre boot is handy, though less so now fivers are made out of plastic and you can just use one of them. The instant patches I didn't even know were in there, to be honest. As you can see from the puncture kit above, I'd need to have a pretty bad day before I needed them.

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Quick link. It never hurts to have a spare one of these. I've needed it more than once. For other people's bikes generally.

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Tubeless repair kit. This one's a Maxalami kit with the tool Dremeled down a bit to make it smaller. So far I haven't needed it. Although I have used someone else's when I didn't have one of my own.

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Needle and dental floss. Amazing what you can fix with a needle and dental floss. Floss is super strong, and it's waxed so it's easy to pull through stuff. I've fixed a shoe with it, and a rip in someone's tyre sidewall. You could probably give yourself stitches. I wouldn't recommend that, I guess.

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Spare cable. A gear cable will do as a brake cable in a pinch if you carry a washer that'll stop it pulling through the lever. So you really only need one. Unless you're really unlucky.

And that's it! Except for a fiver for a coffee. Or to use as a tyre boot. What's in your kit?

 

Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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