I got my son a Trek Wahoo and got me an Airborne Seeker... Looking to see if you guys had any input on what a good bike lock was, a good multi tool, good tires that would ride smoother on the road and anything else you use or carry? Thanks.
I've got a Performance Spin Doctor multi tool, (allens and drivers), you need to see if you have to have any torx... pedros tire levers, patch kit, tube, pump.
Bike locks are another subject. There are tons of youtubes that show how easily it is to break them. That said, just read reviews and look at Kpyptonite, Abus and On Guard. Stay away from the Walmart brands.
Can't give much advice on smooth tires for the pavement, but I will tell you that you can make your own and it will be free. Just keep riding off-road tires on the street and they will wear down.
I like the Lezyne multi tools personally, but most of the ones out there will be fine for trail use. There are a lot of threads on here about what folks carry with them on rides that would help you out a lot.
In regard to locks...most cable locks are cut very easily with bolt cutters and U-locks are considerably harder to crack. Depending on the area you live in and how often you'll be locking it up you might want to invest in a really good lock. In addition to that, make sure the bike is locked properly. I can't tell you the bikes I've seen around here that basically just have locks draped over them.
For tires...if you're trail riding at all, I would just keep the knobbies on the bikes to keep from constantly swapping tires. If you're riding pavement exclusively you should be able to source some slicks pretty easily.
Park Tools MT-3 did everything I needed it to on my Kona Stinky Downhill Bike. Stored real nicely in my under seat pack. Can't go wrong with a Kryptonite cable and a Best brand lock. Kept my bike safe all year on my college campus.
I was looking at multi tools last night on Amazon -- and almost pulled the trigger on a topeak alien II.
I stopped at my lbs this morning on my way out the door and they had a few crank brothers multitools to choose from. I ended up with a crank brothers m19 -- I got home and tried it out, I can fit every bolt I've found on my bike and the chain tool seems to fit my chain perfectly, although I'm not about to just pop my chain apart for fun. It even fits the spokes on the wheels.
So anyway, I'd suggest one of those two, as they seem the most popular.
The crank brothers m19 seems super sturdy, comes with a nice metal case to carry it in, and I've heard you can fit a couple extra patch kits and an extra chain link or two inside the case as well. I also believe it has a lifetime warranty.
I also have a nice old stainless steel leatherman in a leather pouch that I have in my under the seat pack as well just in case.
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