Office Survival kit

Kieran_Burns
Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
edited July 2010 in Commuting chat
Okay, I'm thinking about setting up an emergency repair kit for work. I would want it to be for general use (i.e. anyone who uses a bike) as I will benefit at the same time as everyone else.

I don't want to turn it into a remote workshop - just something for emergency repairs that people in the office can use to get them and their bikes home.

My list of things that would be required is:
    Track pump inner tubes (people would pay for these) puncture repair outfit tyre levers adjustable spanners allen keys screwdrivers chain lube chain tool bike lube

not sure about crank / cassette tools though, maybe too much (and expensive)

Can anyone think of anything else essential?
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  • Spoke key.
    Copper grease.
  • Cable ties
    Cable inners
    Gaffer tape
  • Wallace1492
    Wallace1492 Posts: 3,707
    Great idea, I was thinking about this myself.

    Other considerations:

    Cable ties
    Gaffa tape
    Tyre boots
    Pliers
    Chain links (or Quick links)
    Batteries (for lights come the darker nights)
    "Encyclopaedia is a fetish for very small bicycles"
  • Gussio
    Gussio Posts: 2,452
    Box of surgical gloves and a pack of baby wipes
  • Wallace1492
    Wallace1492 Posts: 3,707
    Spoke key.
    Copper grease.

    What the hell do you use Copper Grease for?

    Never used it in my life, and have cycled for most of it....

    It sounds like some sort of discharge found on roadsides near Police Stations.
    "Encyclopaedia is a fetish for very small bicycles"
  • lardboy
    lardboy Posts: 343
    How about getting one of the Aldi tool kits when they come up for sale? That way you get crank puller, spoke key, cone spanners, allen keys, puncture kit, pedal spanner, chain tool etc etc.

    £30 or so, and you'd get all the bike specific tools in one shot.
    Bike/Train commuter: Brompton S2L - "Machete"
    12mile each way commuter: '11 Boardman CX with guards and rack
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  • Wallace1492
    Wallace1492 Posts: 3,707
    Gussio wrote:
    Box of surgical gloves and a pack of baby wipes

    They could be useful for the office Xmas Party too!!! :wink:
    "Encyclopaedia is a fetish for very small bicycles"
  • Gussio
    Gussio Posts: 2,452
    Gussio wrote:
    Box of surgical gloves and a pack of baby wipes

    They could be useful for the office Xmas Party too!!! :wink:

    In combination with the copper grease :shock:
  • will3
    will3 Posts: 2,173
    Office survival kit?
    I was thinking more along the lines of:

    ear plugs
    hip flask
    baseball bat
    .................
  • Spoke key.
    Copper grease.

    What the hell do you use Copper Grease for?

    Never used it in my life, and have cycled for most of it....

    It sounds like some sort of discharge found on roadsides near Police Stations.

    Copper grease is magical stuff. If you apply it to a screw thread when installing stuff, you can still remove the screw when you try to in a years time. This is invaluable with things like pedals, mudguards, brakes, cranks.

    A little tube costs £2 from most good automotive suppliers. It'll save you a fortune in drill bits, spanners, shredded knuckles and threaded screws over the long-term.

    Edit: This goes quadruply for titanium threads which like to magically bond themselves to anything.
  • The Rookie
    The Rookie Posts: 27,812
    Copper grease is also good for canti/v-brake bush to boss lubrication, but not sure why you need any grease or lube for an emergency kit!

    Seconded on the Aldi kit, I have one.......

    Simon
    Currently riding a Whyte T130C, X0 drivetrain, Magura Trail brakes converted to mixed wheel size (homebuilt wheels) with 140mm Fox 34 Rhythm and RP23 suspension. 12.2Kg.
  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    +1 on the copper grease. The stuff is a Godsend whenever you come back to something after a year or more of it being tightly screwed in.

    Good ideas so far - thanks folks :)
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • The Rookie
    The Rookie Posts: 27,812
    Copper grease is also good for canti/v-brake bush to boss lubrication, but not sure why you need any grease or lube for an emergency kit though.

    Seconded on the Aldi kit, I have one.......

    Spare brake/gear inners (wikinsons are dirt cheap reducing the up front outlay) side cutters and ferrules.

    Simon
    Currently riding a Whyte T130C, X0 drivetrain, Magura Trail brakes converted to mixed wheel size (homebuilt wheels) with 140mm Fox 34 Rhythm and RP23 suspension. 12.2Kg.
  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    Copper grease is also good for canti/v-brake bush to boss lubrication, but not sure why you need any grease or lube for an emergency kit!

    Seconded on the Aldi kit, I have one.......

    Simon


    to help you get stuff off??? :P
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • Gussio
    Gussio Posts: 2,452
    Pedal spanner? Possibly overkill.
  • Surely we've all got parts delivered to work which we would like to fit at lunchtime? I know that when my new brake-pads arrived, it was more than a little tempting to get them fitted at lunch, so that I could stop properly on my way home. With a dab of copper grease, I could make sure that I could do a decent job. There's a tube in my desk drawer, and plenty of people have borrowed it for similar times.

    Add to the list some WD-40. It does have it's uses on a bike.
  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    Surely we've all got parts delivered to work which we would like to fit at lunchtime? I know that when my new brake-pads arrived, it was more than a little tempting to get them fitted at lunch, so that I could stop properly on my way home. With a dab of copper grease, I could make sure that I could do a decent job. There's a tube in my desk drawer, and plenty of people have borrowed it for similar times.

    Add to the list some WD-40. It does have it's uses on a bike.


    and clean the carpet as well! :D


    awoogaa! Thread clash!! awooga!
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • CiB
    CiB Posts: 6,098
    Set of Allen keys is a must.

    Optionally a rubber mallet or similar for coarse adjustments (not everyone has a carbon bike apparently)

    And a young strumpet* to smile encouragingly as repairs are effected.

    *Ideally on a horse. Can I say that? Girl on a horse?
  • pst88
    pst88 Posts: 621
    Copper grease? What are its advantages over just normal grease?
    Bianchi Via Nirone Veloce/Centaur 2010
  • roger_merriman
    roger_merriman Posts: 6,165
    what sort of jobs where you thinking of?

    If it's minor fettling then oil/multytool plus pump and tubes should cover most simple jobs.
  • CiB
    CiB Posts: 6,098
    pst88 wrote:
    Copper grease? What are its advantages over just normal grease?
    We call it Copper Slip. It copes better with high temperatures generated by car brakes. That's it's main advantage over ordinary grease, that and the fact that it's a bit mysterious so therefore better.
  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 18,806
    WD 40
    Hammer
    Duck/Duct Tape

    Anything else is just fancy pants
    “New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!
  • pst88 wrote:
    Copper grease? What are its advantages over just normal grease?

    It's quite sparkly. Oh, and it's safe to use with Ti, which relatively few others are. Oh, and it doesn't go all white and chalky-gunky like Lithium grease does. It doesn't seem to dry out much either.

    Like most things, it's horses for courses. Copper grease is great for bolts, but it's not good for bearings. Red-lithium based greases are better for bearings.
  • SimonLyons
    SimonLyons Posts: 203
    Things that I have in the office and I have used/people have borowed

    track pump (cheapest Revolution one is very good).
    multi tool -- Topeak Hexus (got tyre levers, spoke key + chain thingummy for emergencies)
    Tf2 chain lubricant
    Gaffer tape for when my mudguard broke.
    Wilkos puncture repair kit. I borrowed some instant patches once.
    More for Winter
    Recharger for AA/AAA batteries
    Spare AA/AAA Batteries for those moments when you forget to recharge the above.
  • lost_in_thought
    lost_in_thought Posts: 10,563
    Good God.

    My 'office survival kit':

    CO2, adapter.
    Multitool
    Innertube
    Tyre levers
    Spanner (thanks biondino - I must bring it back)

    I can't really see that anyone would use anything else, bar perhaps a track pump.
  • davmaggs
    davmaggs Posts: 1,008
    Gussio wrote:
    Box of surgical gloves and a pack of baby wipes

    +1

    I recently chucked some gloves into the pannier. Roadside puncture resulted in horrible hands which transferred onto handle bars and never seems to quite come off. In the office environment its usual to have tidy hands and clean nails and oil look stands out
  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    Good God.

    My 'office survival kit':

    CO2, adapter.
    Multitool
    Innertube
    Tyre levers
    Spanner (thanks biondino - I must bring it back)

    I can't really see that anyone would use anything else, bar perhaps a track pump.

    but that's just for you, I want to provide something for everyone.
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • lost_in_thought
    lost_in_thought Posts: 10,563
    Good God.

    My 'office survival kit':

    CO2, adapter.
    Multitool
    Innertube
    Tyre levers
    Spanner (thanks biondino - I must bring it back)

    I can't really see that anyone would use anything else, bar perhaps a track pump.

    but that's just for you, I want to provide something for everyone.

    But would 'everyone' really have the need/expertise/time for anything more than the above?

    Of course, several inner tubes might be a cunning plan...
  • But would 'everyone' really have the need/expertise/time for anything more than the above?

    I suspect that depends on who 'Everyone' is. If you work in an office of media types, perhaps not. If you work in an office of engineers?
  • lardboy
    lardboy Posts: 343
    I suspect that depends on who 'Everyone' is. If you work in an office of media types, perhaps not.

    Oi! Watch it!

    We don't all ride custom Brick Lane Bikes fluoro-lo-pro-fixed-skid-machines. Some of us know our way around a tool-kit and some white spirit.
    Bike/Train commuter: Brompton S2L - "Machete"
    12mile each way commuter: '11 Boardman CX with guards and rack
    For fun: '11 Wilier La Triestina
    SS: '07 Kona Smoke with yellow bits