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Old January 24th 05, 06:52 PM
jim.furfaro
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I have been riding my unicycle for about a year now and haven't had even
a touch of guilt that my mountain bike is still hanging from the garage
celling with dust on it. So I have begun going through my repair kits
to make them muni friendly. When I would mountain bike I took
everything I would need for a repair since a two hour ride could easily
put me two days hike back to the car. With my unicycle I don't travel
as far and was wondering what equipment for repairs everyone else brings
with them, or if most just walk/jog back to the car and make the repair
there.


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Old January 24th 05, 07:07 PM
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very handy Muni tool to have in your backpack....

http://www.parktool.com/tools/MT_1.shtml

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Old January 24th 05, 07:07 PM
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if you wanna be prepared, a tube/patch kit and a set of allen wrenches,
and maybe a crank tool (depending on what kind of cranks you have)
should be more than enough. oh and for a muni, regular mountain bike
tire levers might not be strong enough, but flats are pretty rare.


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Old January 24th 05, 07:07 PM
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I carry a patch kit, pump, tube and a wrench(es) that fits basicly
everything (6mm for seat clamp, allen wrench for my crank bolt for my
Profile set-up and a 6" crescent wrench), water and a PowerBar (or some
other energy back-up fuel source). If there is any chance of rain/foul
weather I tote along a rain vest - more for warmth than for wet. I put
all of this in my Camelbak "Mule."

I would carry a 14 mm socket or specialty wrench for your crank arms if
you have a taper crank.

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Old January 24th 05, 07:08 PM
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I ride with a pump, 10mm socket on a socket driver, metric hex keys, a
spare tube and tire levers. The 10mm socket is to tighten the nuts
under the seat and bearing holders. The Hex keys are for my seatpost
clamp. I don't carry a 14mm socket because it's heavy, so I check the
crank nuts before the ride.


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Old January 24th 05, 08:04 PM
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Fortunately you don't get as far away from civilization in an equal
amount of riding time to your bike. But it's still good to be prepared
instead of having to walk out.

Generally what I like to carry is enough tools to tighten anything tha
can come loose on the uni, and a patch kit. That means you also need
tire irons and a pump. I have a tiny little pump that work on Schraeder
or Presta, so I'm well covered there.

The actual tools I usually have on me are a Park multi-allen wrench, a
Swiss army knife, and a stupid 5/16" allen wrench because both my Wilder
and GB4 frames have this one set of ridiculous non-metric screws holding
the wheel on. No proper tire irons.

Also bring a phone if you have one. Though you might not have a signal,
I'm always surprised at the places where I do get a signal
(middle-of-nowhere Salmon Falls Trail) and where I don't, such as
downtown frikkin' Moab (Nextel). Maybe they've updated their coverage
since last year.

My last trail ride ended with about a 4 mile walk out, carrying the
unicycle over my shoulder. Unfortunately there isn't much you can do
when your tire explodes, breaking the wire on the tire's bead and
blowing a 2" hole in the tube. I still need to order a new tire!


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Old January 24th 05, 08:39 PM
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I got some 8 or 9mm? Allen bolts for my tapered cranks from the local
bike store. Easy to carry an allen wrench.


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Old January 24th 05, 08:52 PM
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I keep a MUni tool kit in a Camelbak dedicated to the purpose.
Included are

Micro pump
Patch kit
Plastic tire levers
Schrader valve tool
10mm flex socket (fits saddle nuts) with extension and wrench
Allen wrenches
Philips screwdriver
Spoke wrench
15mm cone wrench (for emergency pedal tightening)
14mm(?) socket (for tightening tapered crank nuts/bolts)

The weight of the tools is 17 oz (480g).

I don't usually carry spares (spokes, pedals, tire, tube, etc.).

Ken
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Old January 24th 05, 09:11 PM
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I tend to carry what I consider to be appropriate for the ride.

For shorter rides by myself I'll bring just the minimum which is an
Altoids tin full of allen keys and other small tools. Just the minimum
to tighten things that may come loose during the ride. My little kit
also contains a spoke key and a schrader valve tool to tighten a leaky
tire valve.

For longer rides, or rides that take me farther from civilization, I'll
carry more. For the longer rides I'll take the pump and patch kit, tire
levers, and a nut driver to tighten the bolts under the seat. And a 14
mm wrench if I'm on a unicycle with square taper cranks.

For epic rides where I'll be out for many hours and for group rides,
I'll take even more. On these rides I may bring along a spare tube
along with tools that will fit other unicycles and little extras like
spare crank nuts and a 14 mm wrench to tighten a loose crank.
Strangely, my little tool kit gets more use on a group ride than when I
ride by myself. It seems a lot of people on group rides don't bring
tools with them or don't have all the tools that they need.

I have had to walk back to the car a couple of times. Once was on a
muni ride back when I was riding a Pashely with the standard square
taper cranks. A crank came loose and I couldn't get it to stay tight
even though I had a 14 mm socket wrench with me. Fortunately I was
within a mile from the car so it wasn't too bad. Another time was when
I broke my Profile crank during a muni ride. No trail side repair for
that. Another time was when a sealed bearing in a pedal fell apart and
the pedal fell off the spindle. Fortunately those failures also
happened close to the car.

Twice I've rolled my Coker to a bike shop to get a crank tightened (I
didn't have my crank tools with me). That was all before I knew how to
properly tighten the cranks. Now I know how to properly tighten the
cranks on and I haven't had a loose crank problem since. A torque
wrench is the key to getting the cranks properly tight.

I've only had one flat on a unicycle ride, and that was a flat air seat
on an epic ride. I had a patch kit and pump on that ride so it was an
easy fix.

Other failures during a ride have been broken spokes, but those have
never caused any problems and I've been able to finish the ride.

And there were two times that I broke a Miyata seat during a ride. That
was before I switched to the carbon fiber seat base. In fact, it was
before the carbon fiber seat bases were even available.

The most annoying failure I've had was a pedal bearing that failed in
the parking area right after I pulled the muni out of the car. I got
all suited up, hopped on the muni, did a small little hop in the parking
lot, and the pedal bearing went crunch. The ride was over before it
even began.


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Old January 24th 05, 09:13 PM
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johnfoss wrote:
*My last trail ride ended with about a 4 mile walk out, carrying the
unicycle over my shoulder. Unfortunately there isn't much you can do
when your tire explodes, breaking the wire on the tire's bead and
blowing a 2" hole in the tube. I still need to order a new tire! *



Was that with the 29er?


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