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R.I.P. DogFriend
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I have several multi-tools including an original Topeak Alien, Crank Brothers Multi-19, Nashbar Woody, and a few others. I usually grab one that's handy and they all work more or less the same. As long as the chain-breaker works decently, most of the other stuff will get you by, but it's never as nice as using a dedicated tool. Sometimes I will grab a Park Tool hex Y wrench. If I am going on a longer ride I might throw some other tools into a Camelbak along with the usual tire levers and multi-tool and other loads of crap I haul into the woods.

On short rides, sometimes I don't even take a spare tube if it won't be that much of a hassle to walk out if I need to.

For mini pumps, it depends on your budget:

$30+/-:

Lezyne Micro Drive:http://cgi.ebay.com/TOPEAK-BIKE-BIC...132?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item588cda6d5c

Topeak Mountain Morph: http://cgi.ebay.com/TOPEAK-BIKE-BIC...132?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item588cda6d5c

or at around $16:

Blackburn Mammoth Mountain: http://cgi.ebay.com/Blackburn-Mammo...713?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3efecbc219

These are all good pumps. I like using the ones with a hose and foldout foot peg (Lezyne and Topeak), but the standard Blackburn Mammoth Mountain mini pump is simple, durable and flat out works. I'd take the Lezyne over the Topeak if you can get them at around the same price. JMHO.
 

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I have a Topeak Hexus. Current model is the Hexus II, though I don't know if there's an actual difference.

I really like it. It's simpler, more compact and lighter, but I don't know if I've ever found myself saying, "Shoot. I need a..." when I've had a mechanical out on the trail. I've even used the chain tool. I like that it includes tire levers.
 

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Topeak tool. And their pumps (e.g. mountain morph) work extremely well, too.

Also: Buy a chain link (SRAM). In case of a broken chain the link can be used to fix it. You might still need a chain tool - but only to remove the broken link(s).

I am riding XC, AM, DH, FR and road. My XC/AM sled is an Ibis Mojo. A Cannondale 1FG serves as a commuter bike.
 

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+1 for me on the park. I have a set of plastic leavers, but I like that it can give me a third if I'm being lazy. Cut some trees away from the path with the little saw last weekend. :)
 

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I carry Cannondale's headwrench and a Leatherman Skeletool when I ride. Before the C'dale I used to carry a CB M-10 and a separate chain tool, which now I use at home.
 
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