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 Bike4Heck.com blog.
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.
- $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)
- Park Tool WTK-1 Essential Tool Kit $18
- Bell Ultra Tool Multi Function Kit $20
- With the Bell Kit you are still going to need that Adjustable Wrench for the rear axle on the Yuba
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.
You can read more posts about by Matthew and Tina in their blog at, Bike4Heck.com