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Led ride - what spares to take..?

miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
edited February 2013 in MTB general
Hello :D

As part of my crusade to get more ladies on bikes i'm leading my first 'Breeze' ladies beginner rides tomorrow. I've got all the usual kit I need plus the obvious stuff (first aid kit, inner tubes, ride-specific paperwork etc) but I was pondering what 'extras' I should take, bearing in mind that people will be on all types of bikes. Allen keys I guess as not everyone may have QR's? Inner tubes are inner tubes, right? A pump that does both types of valve.... Jelly Babies obviously :wink:

I don't want to ride around with a complete tool kit, but then again some people might be on bikes that have been in the shed for years. Lots of chain oil is another one I guess. What sort of oil for general *getting stuff moving*?

Any thought very welcome!
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    15mm spanner for the nutted wheels or practice fixing punctures without removing wheels.

    Also consider that some might have Woods/Dunlop valves on their inner tubes. the presta fitting on a pump "can" work with these but needs holding in place.

    getting hold of an old Skool pump and flexy adaptor for it might be an idea.

    But check before you start the ride to see if anyone has that type of valve as if not then leave it in the car.

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  • wev recently had a chat in our club about what spares the 'Ride Leaders' (ctc club registered ride leaders) carry, as one of us has to be there for insurance purposes, they are not essential to carrybut handy and means you can fix most trailside issues and get peeps back rolling,
    Chain tool, powerlinks - ive 8 and 9speed, other guys have 10sp, multi tool, allen keys (ive been using the par tools one aws-10 for years! fantastic set ofallens!!), tubes (both valve types or presta asthey can fit both types), puncture kit with park patches and the usual bits, cable ties, Duck tape - wrap it around your pump shaft, means you can carry plenty with out it taking up space!!, gear cables, a selection of bolts for around the bike, couple of energy gells and power bars, and some tubeless goo - i run tubeless so is essentially for me! ive also a std common mech hanger as its a spare fro an old bike (no 25/H), but an emergency hanger is great for gettig them back to te carpark without single speeding them!!

    if youve no idea what types of bikes are coming then id bung in an 8mm, 10mm 13mm, 15mm and 17mm spanner in the car too, just incase, sokme basic rear mechs have an 8mm bolt for the cable, dont need to carry them but if there in the car youve got them!!

    All of my spares are fitted into a saddle bag, so i know where they all are and they dont take up too much space!!!
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  • GazlarGazlar Posts: 8,110
    Depends on how severe the ride youre taking them on miss n, are you going trail centre type stuff or fireoad/bikepath spin?,
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  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Fire road stuff - it's a beginner ride, 'off road' but not mountain biking as such.

    I know I can't cater for all eventualities, but I would like to be a bit prepared. As such I'm driving to the start as opposed to riding so I can take a track pump etc.

    Some great tips so far - thank you!
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  • NorthwindNorthwind Posts: 15,475
    I'd have a look on the SMBLA or TCL courses, they've got a pretty exhaustive kit list which will be overkill for you but might give you some good ideas.
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    8 and 9 speed powerlinks and a short length (4 double links) of each chain in case one gets mashed.

    9mm spanner for cable clamps on cheaper bikes.

    Self adhesive patches are a speed godsend.
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Oh crikey, I have no idea what spanners i've got at home (or indeed if I have any!) :oops: Will have a hunt tonight!

    Thanks guys!
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

    Riding a gorgeous ano orange Turner Burner!

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  • P.S. good work at getting more ladies on bikes.

    should organise some trips round other parts once you got a core group... like wales hehe.

    As for gearlots of spare snacks as i reckon you will have e afew people getting tired pretty quick if there new.
  • miss notax wrote:
    Oh crikey, I have no idea what spanners i've got at home (or indeed if I have any!) :oops: Will have a hunt tonight!

    Thanks guys!

    Never mind all that. How's the knee?
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  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    I see where you're going there Waylander... :wink::lol:

    Lostboysaint - still a very unhappy knee :( Tomorrow's ride is only 8 miles and it'll be a slow sociable pootle, so I figure I can just take lots of ibruprofen and spin through that. Beyond that I really have no idea! I've cancelled a trip to Wales on Sunday which i'm GUTTED about, and I guess if it's still bad next week i'll book to go and see a physio (preferably one that understand about cycling-specific injuries). No idea why it happened though which is even more annoying :evil:
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  • EH_RobEH_Rob Posts: 1,134
    Remember to take that sign with your mobile number you were on about. Just in case like.
  • And play on your injury for blokey sympathy ;)
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Well, my first ride went really well - 6 of us in total braved the cold (and snow!). No mechanicals, no off's or collisions and everyone enjoyed themselves. Job done :-)

    Thanks for all the advice!
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  • Well done! Glad it went well for you, first one is Always a worry!!
    Timmo.
    After all, I am Cornish!
    http://cornwallmtb.kk5.org/
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  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Indeed :lol: It's all those 'What If's...' isn't it?! It's a miracle any of us ride anywhere at all once you start down that line of thought! :lol:
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Duct tape. Lots of uses.
  • supersonic wrote:
    Duct tape. Lots of uses.

    If only this was the crudcatcher lol
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