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The Den => Tech Bench => Topic started by: Mahk on May 09, 2014, 08:50:16 AM

Title: how to carry tools
Post by: Mahk on May 09, 2014, 08:50:16 AM
I had initially asked about this in another thread, but most people focused on what tools to carry, so it seemed better to start a new topic. 
 
What do people use to carry and organize their tools?  Fanny pack, saddle bag, hydration/gear pack, Sticky Pod ?  Up until now I have used a saddle bag, but that is going to be too small for all the gear that was suggested.  I like a water bottle for hydration, but it seems that a hydration / gear pack would be the best for general all around use. Any suggestions for what to look for in hydration packs?  I can interpret water capacity (70 oz. 100 oz. etc), but I'm a little uncertain about storage capacity.  Right now I am looking at ones with either a 350 cubic inch or 500cu. in. capacity.  Any thoughts?  Buckles, padding, fitting and styles?
 
Also, camelbak seems to be the big name brand, but are there any others that are worth looking at? 
 
Thanks!
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: Raleighguy29 on May 09, 2014, 09:06:15 AM
Ossprey is what I use and they are awesome!  And most importantly they have a lifetime warranty on the pack itself. Rei and performance and grey goat carry them. Not sure if any other shops do. I've had mine for 2 seasons now and love. Mine
Is the syncro 15 it's right in the middle  if I remember right. 


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Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: Shark on May 09, 2014, 10:12:13 AM
Same here, Osprey makes great packs. I believe mine is a raptor 16...?....
Remember, a larger and smaller pack don't weigh that much differently when empty.
I like the option of more space, if I need it.
You can only pack so much stuff into a little pack.

I've had good luck with Camelbak as well, their bladders are better IMHO, better bite valves and the new ones all have quick release hoses.

I use a CB bladder in my Osprey pack.
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: DeepVI on May 09, 2014, 11:29:57 AM

I use a CB bladder in my Osprey pack.


That is a winning combo.


 I'm really looking for an excuse to ditch my Mule NV, but the damn thing won't die.
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: fst aslp on May 09, 2014, 11:59:33 AM
Check out geigerigg. Expensive but literally blows everything else away.  It is pressuriEd and will spray out of the valve
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: Steve King on May 09, 2014, 12:27:34 PM
Go and try them on to make sure you like the fit.  Also try out the closure on the bladder.  I do not like the closure on the new Camelbak bladder.  I find it easy to accidently not get it seated correctly.  Happened to me, it leaked, and ended up ruining my phone.  I now have an Osprey.
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: lweilenman on May 09, 2014, 01:24:37 PM
I've got a Camelback hawg great pack but if I was going to buy another hydration pack it would be an osprey.

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Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: Syt on May 09, 2014, 01:45:08 PM
Go and try them on to make sure you like the fit.  Also try out the closure on the bladder.  I do not like the closure on the new Camelbak bladder.  I find it easy to accidently not get it seated correctly.  Happened to me, it leaked, and ended up ruining my phone.  I now have an Osprey.

They tried to fix a problem that didn't exist with that change didn't they. I now check mine every time before I zip it up. The old threaded version never failed me a single time.
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: David Kuehnen on May 09, 2014, 02:28:33 PM
The quarter turn cap is tricky, but I do like the size of it.  I too had some unfortunate experiences learning to use the new cap but the size of the opening and the internal structure of the bladder are pretty darn good.  The Camelback bite valves are still the best that I have ever tried .
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: Fett on May 09, 2014, 03:39:20 PM
I always had Camelbaks and they are great, but I bought an Osprey last year and was impressed.  The little details seem to be just a bit better thought out.  I love the magnet to hold the hose up and roll out tool pouch.  I think I have the Raptor 14 for my Epic pack.
 
I used to also have an old Ergon pack.  Nothing else touched it for comfort when carrying alot of weight, but the storage area were not really that well thought out and it looked a bit odd.  I still have it if anyone ever wants to try it.
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: Steve King on May 09, 2014, 09:00:42 PM
Don't forget to think about things you want to carry during the colder months.  Extra layers, gloves, heat packs, etc.
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: Dave Tozer on May 09, 2014, 09:49:51 PM
My new Epic came with the SWAT thingy, headset tool and super secret multitool stuck up the frame.  :o  Haven't set it up yet.  :P

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/technology/swat (http://www.specialized.com/us/en/technology/swat)
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: Gochenour on May 09, 2014, 11:35:51 PM
Awesome. My new Stumpy is "Swat" compatible but I don't think it came with anything. (That I know of...) The headset tool idea is absolutely amazing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlcaPE13Mms
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: Indiana Dave on May 10, 2014, 07:57:54 AM
On short rides at SWW where it isn't a very long hike back to the car, I use a smaller camelback with just water.
On longer rides at BCSP I use my Camelback Mule, and pack a tube, multitool, pocket knife, small first aid kit, phone, a couple cliff bars. Depending on the time of day, or time of year, sometimes I pack my clear glasses in case my sunglasses are too dark.
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: DeepVI on May 10, 2014, 08:51:50 AM

This is the eco-friendly way.  Reuse those plastic bags!




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Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: Dave Tozer on May 10, 2014, 11:14:02 AM
Also a way to carry things on the handle bars and not violate Indiana bicycle law!  :)

"Every per­son rid­ing the bicy­cle must have a prop­erly attached seat and not be car­ry­ing any­thing that pre­vents them from keep­ing both hands on the han­dle­bars.  - See more at: http://www.cfcl-law.com/indiana-law/2013/06/indiana-bicycle-laws/#sthash.CZamMUxP.dpuf"

Some folks might be surprised by some of the other Indiana laws. The link above has a good summary of eight laws.


This is the eco-friendly way.  Reuse those plastic bags!

(http://images.gizmag.com/hero/bag-buddy-shoppingbicycle.JPG)
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: lweilenman on May 10, 2014, 01:22:10 PM
properly attached seat is an Indiana law? seats are over rated! real riders only use the post. :-[

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Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: Mahk on May 20, 2014, 01:41:17 PM


 I'm really looking for an excuse to ditch my Mule NV, but the damn thing won't die.

Why do you want to ditch the Mule NV?   What would you get to replace it?  Do you like the ventilation system / back panel?
 
Thanks.
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: DeepVI on May 20, 2014, 02:47:38 PM


 I'm really looking for an excuse to ditch my Mule NV, but the damn thing won't die.

Why do you want to ditch the Mule NV?   What would you get to replace it?  Do you like the ventilation system / back panel?
 
Thanks.


It's a great pack.  A touch on the heavy side, plus all the zipper pulls broke, nothing zip-ties didn't fix but still.  The Osprey Raptors are pretty sweet.  Can't beat their customer service.  Buddy of mine sent his in to fix the buckles after using and abusing it for thee years, they sent him a new one.  I'd still run a CB bladder, no on can touch those.
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: mtbikernate on May 20, 2014, 08:22:27 PM


 I'm really looking for an excuse to ditch my Mule NV, but the damn thing won't die.

Why do you want to ditch the Mule NV?   What would you get to replace it?  Do you like the ventilation system / back panel?
 
Thanks.


It's a great pack.  A touch on the heavy side, plus all the zipper pulls broke, nothing zip-ties didn't fix but still.  The Osprey Raptors are pretty sweet.  Can't beat their customer service.  Buddy of mine sent his in to fix the buckles after using and abusing it for thee years, they sent him a new one.  I'd still run a CB bladder, no on can touch those.


I prefer the Hydrapak bladder closure.  it's a roll top with a clip.  can be turned inside out for cleaning.  Mine is older and the tubing/bite valve size is not the same as CB and I hate the bite valve.  Supposedly the newer ones are compatible, so I may buy myself and the wife new ones and replace the bite valves and the locks.  still, I do have multiple CB omega bladders.  one is over 10yrs old now.  they are robust, but the closure is a PITA.
Title: Re: how to carry tools
Post by: dprimm on May 28, 2014, 10:58:14 AM

This is the eco-friendly way.  Reuse those plastic bags!

what are those things on your bar that are holding the bags? 




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