Touring - Your most frequent repair while on the road ?
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I was curious as to what has been your most frequent repair needed while touring other than fixing a flat. I would say mine has been a broken spoke now and then. Anyone else carry a couple extra spokes or an extra foldable tire?
My most frequent repair is broken derailleur cables.
01-30-07, 08:20 PM
- Fiddling with the indexing setup. Not a huge maintenance issue, because it is done while I ride. On the single, I might have to fine tune it once per 2-3 days. On the tandem this summer, I had to play with it once or twice per day. Ditto for brake cable adjustments. But these adjustments are minimal because I usually do them while I ride.
– Cleaning or oiling the chain, depending on the weather. I usually have to scrub some grit off the jockey pulleys if I rode through sand and got some drizzle... or I will have to lube after a couple of days of hard rain. Highly variable, but happens on average once a week, so at least once during a tour.
– Fixing a flat comes third. With good tires like the Continental Top Touring (extinct, alas), my last puncture during a tour occured a few years ago. This summer, I had to replace two worn out tandem tires in Rivière-du-Loup because one had a bulge, and I replaced a trailer tire when I reached home.
I have also done a bit of sewing, bought a pipe collar in a hardware store and have done a few other minor esoteric repairs, but usually nothing too serious. And although I have replaced one or two spokes and quite a few derailleur cables at home, I never replaced any while touring.
01-30-07, 09:00 PM
Not too much usually happens to me on the road. I leave with the bike well prepared and I keep things simple like using friction shifters and reliable old Shimano AT50 cantilever brakes. Flats don't happen often since I use the IRC metro Kevlar tires. Sometimes I miss the good old days when being able to field strip a helicomatic hub in the dark with a swiss army knife and a roach clip was pretty much a necessity.
1083 miles from Aberdeen, WA to the Golden Gate, my first tour. Super tough built bike, not even a flat tire! I did, however, carry 5 pounds of tools and parts! I could have torn down any part of my bike at any time, and repaired many.
01-30-07, 10:09 PM
Readjusting the brakes as they wore or cleaning the pads.
01-30-07, 10:31 PM
Bicycles are amazingly durable and long lasting. In the last 5 years of touring with the family we have had minor problems
-broke one spoke nipple on a front wheel
-replaced a number of chains due to wear, had one get smashed on a curb….oops….my fault totally
-broke a single bearing on one headset
-had to repack 2 different sets of pedals on tour (limestone road)
-destroyed 2 sets of wheel cones on the front of a tandem, (rigid fork on the great divide route lots of pounding, cheap wheel)
- One derailer cable
The kids used to have lots of flats, but better bikes with larger tires, larger clearances and a pump with a gauge helped them a lot. If you consider the miles we travel and the number of bikes it is a lot better than most things in life….which is why I love bicycles.
My most frequent repair/adjustment is with the handlebar tape. Took me a while before I finally got it comfortable. Other than that, oiling the chain.
01-31-07, 03:09 AM
One of my rear braze-ons broke a week ago in Laos. This morning while crossing a railroad track it broke once again. While entering Danang, Vietnam we found a guy repairing a carnival ride. He welded and refused payment.
For me its helping others who do not seem to have the correct tools or spares.
breaking chains for people or giving them patches for flats, and they were tourers!!
In towns helping locals with problems, a kid with brake cable problem in France ,a girl with chain jammed inside crank etc.
A Rohloff setup means I don't have the problem with indexing, or dropouts, but I do have to change the chain now and then.
01-31-07, 11:50 AM
Frayed cable inside the shifter and replacing tires. One tire got a cut when I ran over a bottle while not paying attention to the road and looking at the scenary. Another melted in Arizona, it was around 115 F in the shade, so the road surface was much hotter.
01-31-07, 05:20 PM
if you read the journal "bici and the bee" on crazy guy you'll see a real spoke horror story.the bee was a fuji touring bike with a design flaw in the wheels-the woman on board seemed to be replacing spokes at a rate of 6 -10 a week-
02-02-07, 07:08 AM
Well the most problem I had was when I tacoed a rim and the replacement kept blowing tubes, about every 5 miles, so I went through alot of tubes as they would blow at the seam and about an inch long, bike shop helped me till we finally changed the rim again, they kept giving me tubes to replace the ones I used,they kept blowing around the valve stem, like the tube would go under the rim tape at the valve stem and then burst, still don't know or understand how it happened as one would think that the tire would have kept the tube from over expanding,, weird, but all better now and not just because I got a new bike..
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