I got an SKS “Supershort” minipump in my stocking this year*, which was pretty excellent, since my old minipump is pretty old and doesn’t seem to work on Schraeder valves anymore.
The Quickbeam has a Schraeder front and Presta rear, so I only had a 50/50 chance of repairing a flat. Less, actually, since I usually get the pump (and gloves, etc) off the other bike and leave it on the counter. I want a kit on each bike, but I don’t like random, semi-expensive items bolted to my bikes.
I have a couple of ideas for tool-stowage, and one of them is to hang a bag from the dowel of a classic saddlebag (Carradice, Baggins, Schwinn, Karrimor, etc). I decided to mount the Supershort pump bracket directly to the wooden dowel, instead of sandwiching it behind the bottle cage on the seat tube.
What you’ll need (go back up to the top picture):
- 2 small washers
- 2 short wood screws,
- 2 curved “brake bridge” washers (for mounting rear brakes)
- Screw driver to match your screws
The small washers go between the screw head and the plastic mount to keep things solid. The curved washers go between the dowel and the mount. They match the dowel radius better than I thought they would, and add some depth so my 1″ screws only poke through the back a tiny bit.
Make sure the attachment attaches in front, so you can get at it. On the next bag I do this on (oh yes), I will rotate the mount farther under the dowel, since there’s space back there. I may figure out a way to put a U-lock mount or toolbag in there as well.
Oh yeah – my saddlebags are almost always in the front. This one is hanging from the bars of the Quickbeam, in and over a basket. The Ross has a big Schwinn mounted to the rack, and the Utopia sometimes has a Baggins bag on the front.