Thursday, 17 June
I found a better bag to put my tools in.
Since I haven't found a suitable saddle bag (all seem to be either too
small or huge) I've been putting my tools in a drawstring bag, looping
the drawstring through the handle on my rack, rolling the bag up in
the drawstring, and strapping it down with a bungee that also steadies
my cable lock.
The orange bag I'd been using is too deep, and in addition to making
it difficult to get at the contents, it has to be rolled and rolled
around said contents before it's small enough to pass through the
I was throwing away a little bag that had contained a pair of belts,
when I realized that it was a tough drawstring bag, and just the right
size. Well, it's a tad small for an eight-inch Crescent crescent
wrench, but I can put it in diagonally.
So I threw it onto my rack, and today (anticipating a long ride the
day after tomorrow) I switched the stuff over.
The first thing I found was a sample-size bottle of Eucerin, the
culmination of a years-long search for a leak-proof way to carry olive
oil to clean my hands with. But I'd forgotten it completely, since
the lip-salve box of A+D Ointment in my pocket is easier to get at and
easier to use. And it's probably dried up by now, so I set it aside.
That left me with a bobbin of nylon thread in a "pill pouch", a cable
tie, a ten-millimeter combination wrench, an eight-inch crescent
wrench, and a Rema patch kit. Since I no longer carry a frame pump, I
ought to cast that out too, but I've added to it a band-aid, a
merthiolate swab, a chip of soap. three Presta valve caps, a
valve-stem nut, and three greenbacks. Hey, there's room for the
thread in there too!
I carry a pair of folding pliers in my wallet, and they have been
handy on many occasions. I also carry scissors, nail clippers, a
tape measure, and two knives on my key chain.
joy beeson at centurylink dot net