Multiple things ;-)BoootyHoIe said:what exactly do you use the multi-tool in your saddle bag for?.
+1. I carry the Topeak Alien and while it is heavy I use it on both my rode and MTB. It came in handy a lot 2 weeks ago making my wife's 27 speed into a single speed while 10 miles from town on a singletrack in Colorado. I also broke my chain and had to remove a link and severall other minor repairs on the fly. You don't want to be far from home with multi tool that wil cover all the basic repairs you MAY run into. It is just like why you don't leave home without a tube or repair kit. You will eventually need it.JCavilia said:Multiple things ;-)
Adjusting derailleurs and brakes, tightening things that vibrate loose, etc. Basically, all the kind of things that are fixable on the road. Some include a spoke wrench; if yours doesn't, you need a spoke wrench, too (they're very small). A compact chaintool is nice to carry, too, if you know how to use it.
Personally, I've never carried one and never had the need for one. I carry a 5 mm allen wrench, tire irons, and my house key has a notch filed in it that serves as my spoke wrench. IME, a properly maintained and adjusted bike just doesn't need an on-road tool kit. YMMVBoootyHoIe said:Being a complete newb and trying to get out of it, what exactly do you use the multi-tool in your saddle bag for?
Like it's got a lot of stuff I'd never need for use on my bike, especially for an emergency repair. As everyone else has pointed out, all you really need is 4,5, & 6 mm allen, and perhaps a Phillips head screw driver. So if you really want a multi-tool rather than the individuals, look for one with only those.How does this one look?
And this happens to you how often? And you need painkillers on your rides how often? At least nobody can say you're not preparedYoyodene said:the safety pins are for the worst of all possible roadside emergencies... ripping the ass out of your shorts in a crash and having to ride back home... with no ass in your shorts.