Excuse me a minute while I blow off some steam. I’m stuck at work right now waiting for my wife to come pick me up because I got a flat tire today. Talk about annoying. I never carry spare tubes or anything with me, so a flat tire just means I’m stuck. Transit isn’t really a viable option out here in Golden Valley where I work. It’s totally frustrating.
So why don’t I carry tools with me? Well, I have recently started carrying a multi-tool with me (after Jimmy got on my case last time I was stuck), but not a tube. Part of the problem is that I rotate between 2 or 3 bikes, each of which uses a different size wheel, So I either have to carry 3 tubes around with me all the time, or else each day swap the tube out for the right one. Oh, and then I’d have to start carrying a pump with me, too.
I guess it just seems like too much of a burden to carry all that stuff around with me every day. It’s easier to just get stuck once in a while.
I’m curious how other full-time cycling commuters out there handle this. What sort of tools or spare parts do you usually carry with you while you ride?