Basic Budget Tool Kit

We keep an eye on the blogosphere, and thought that this straightforward article about the basic tool kit you should keep on your Yuba should be shared with a larger community. It is from the blog.

For Lindsay of You Ain’t Got Jack: Basic Budget Tool Kit.

I recently replied on a blog post by Lindsay of the blog “You Ain’t Got Jack“. I really like the fact that Lindsay has taken it upon herself to get healthy by riding a bicycle. This is the same reason that originally took up cycling again. My reply to her post was about the need for carrying a spare locking cable for the Yuba Mundo inside the giant Go Getter Bags. This is an idea that hatched like a new born baby chicken with the incubator on set in over drive when I realized on a grocery run that I didn’t grab the key chain with the key for the U-lock that lives on by Yuba. So I rode over to Home Depot and bought a combination cable lock to make its place in my go-getter bags. I figure any lock is better than none in my low crime area.

So on to helping a fellow cargo biker:
A basic budget minded tool kit (what I carry on my bike):
  • $1 Small Adjustable Wrench (that fits the Yuba’s rear axle bolt and front bolt)
  • $5 Basic Inter-tube without Slime
    • Slime tubes are good but it makes the tube thick and harder to store in a saddle bag.
    • Make sure it fits your needs (know your tire size)
  • $2 Bicycle Flat Repair Kit (old fashion glue kind, none of those peal and stick jobs here).
    • I remove the patches, sand paper, and rubber cement from the container it comes in (that just takes up space)
    • Practice! If you’ve never repaired an inner tube before learn how to!
    • I usually just replace tubes and only patch to “get home,” wasteful, I know, but I don’t like slow leaks and patches are hit and miss.
  • $10-12 Compact Air Pump
    • Just be careful you don’t damage the inner-tube’s nozzle thingy filling it up (it can get cut on the rim if you don’t support the pump while airing up the tire)
    • For the reason stated above, I sprung for the CO2 Air pump and I carry 1 extra CO2 Cartridge for good measure. The CO2 route cost usually between $25-$60 depending on the model and you will have to shop at a bike shop to get these.
  • $1 of spare cheap-o AAA Batteries as back ups to my lights.
    • Get what fits your needs and I like cheap-o non-alkaline batteries are because  cheap and most importantly they are very light weight.
  • $7 Bicycle Multi-Tool
    • Something Similar to one posted in the link above.
  • $10 Under the Saddle Bag just a cheap department store (Target) one is fine, just make sure everything fits. These are also know as wedge packs.
  • $2-3 Plastic Tire Wrenches – These help get that tire off the rim. You need 2 or 3.
    • I like the kind that fit together for storage  (more compact)
So the grand total comes to $38 to $41 for the basic pump set up and $51 to $86 for the option with the CO2 Pump which will not make your arm fall off when installing a new tube, and it gets you back on the road faster. Plus you want to have a $20 bill tucked away in there too as well as a couple of band-aids.
In researching the options out there I saw somethings that I liked as a basis of a kit, personally I think the an extra inner-tube is a non-negotiable item.

For home use I’m more advanced setup with a Park Tool Bicycle Repair Stand, Turing Stand, and a Tool Kit from Performace Bicycles. Perhaps I’ll a blog on that later… I was able to completely rebuild an old cruiser with those tools.

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5 comments on “Basic Budget Tool Kit

  1. Matthew from Bike4Heck on

    Thanks for showcasing my blog here. I typed that post when I was very tired so there was a bunch of errors and I decided to just publish because I wanted to get it out to Lindsay. Thanks again. I’m already thinking about the possibility of becoming a 2 Yuba family!


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