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It’s all about the Tool Bag

Many people, especially those riding a stage race for the 1st time will pack way to many tools for in case something goes wrong.

Modern bikes are way more robust than the bikes we used when sani2c started and can handle much more abuse … but we still need the essentials.

This is what we take with us:

  • 1 x tube – Make sure it is the right size and new. We will fold it up and tape it onto the bike in an out-of-the-way spot.
  • 2 x Co2 Canisters (Bombs) – take the 25g canister as this is big enough to inflate a 29’ tyre
  • Tyre plugs and plug fork
  • Duct tape – we wrap duct tape around one of the CO2 canisters to save space. Duct tape is super handy to keep the bike together if something seriously goes wrong
  • 4 x intermediate size zip-ties / cable ties
  • 1 x chain link – Make sure it is the right link for your chain and that it is new and not a used link
  • 1 x Multitool that has at least the following tools:
    • Chain breaker
    • #3 Allen key
    • #4 Allen key
    • #5 Allen key
    • #8 Allen key
    • T25 Torx
    • Small star screwdriver
  • Derailleur hanger for your bike – this is very specific to your bike model. Please make sure you have the correct hanger.

While we are on the subject of tools, I want to comment on tyre pressure as well. Tire pressure is by far the most “cost effective” way to make your ride better. We see way too many people look at the max tyre pressure notice on the side of the tyre and then they use this as a target. Especially those of us who comes from a road back ground. In the mountain bike world, we want to ride our tyres soft.

The benefit of soft tyres are:

  • More comfort
  • More traction
  • More control

What is the correct pressure?

Our rough guide is:

  • If your weight is less than 70kg, then:
    • Front: 1,3 – 1,5 Bar
    • Rear:   1,4 – 1,6 Bar
  • If you weigh between 70 and 90kg, then:
    • Front: 1,6 – 1,7 Bar
    • Rear:   1,8 – 2 Bar
  • If you weigh more than 90kg, then:
    • Front: 1,8 – 2,2 Bar
    • Rear:   2,2 – 2,7 Bar
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