+1 on the pump. It's amazing how many people I've ridden with, who having punctured, ask me to borrow my pump. I should charge them!
But seriously, anyone who rides a lot of solo miles would be well served by carrying a pump. Never runs out, enables you to maintain a slow leak in order to make it home (especially with tubulars), and is just frankly convenient.
I'm of this mind as well. With a pump you always have air.
True story: Guy out on a group ride flats with tubeless. Spraying sealant everywhere. Doesn't seal. Stops to fix. Can't get the thing seated properly. Used up all his CO2. Has no spare innertube. Asks for one from someone in the group who obliges. Can't seem to figure out how to get the tubeless valve off so he can insert innertube. Faffing about for some time (nice break for the rest of us). Finally gets innertube stuffed in a gooey sealant filled tire. Has a hell of time mounting with innertube inside. Lots of laughter. Fun times. Switches back to regular clinchers thereafter.
Oh, and in reference to the previous "true story".... how come a backup tube would have a hole in it in the first place? That thing should be a known good tube, either new or repaired. But it should never have a hole in it. I suspect he just wrapped up a used tube he had lying around, not realizing it had a hole in it, and called it his backup. A couple of quickstick patches which take up no space might be good to have a long as well, in case you get 4 flats or something ridiculous like that.
This guy sounds like he has no idea what hes doing so probably best he goes back to clinchers
Like anything to do with riding bikes, understanding your equipment and how to make minor repairs on the road/trail is important. The fact that he had no pump or spare inner tube would indicate his level of expertise. FWIW with regards to tyre repair equipment, I always carry:
- a single spare tube
- a couple of stick on patches
- 1 tyre boot
- single C02 bottle for a speedy repair and
- a mini pump if the C02 isnt enough to get me home (e.g. slow leak as mentioned above)
I carry this whether I'm on a tubeless setup or not; MTB or road. I can never understand why you wouldn't at the very least carry a mini pump and a tube in the jersey pocket.