Tools, Spares & Upgrades
I have a Downtube VIIIH and will have a DT Mini any day now.
I'm going to use these bikes as part of my big adventure that starts next year when I retire and set off on my sail boat to points south (Mexico & Central America) and beyond (South Pacific). As with all things when traveling to remote parts of the world, a proper tool and spares kit is required.
I have pretty much every normal tool (allen wrenches, regular wrenches, sockets, screw drivers, etc) in both standard and metric sizes that I might need but I'd like to have recommendations from the experts on this most excellent forum on what I should have for bike specific tools and which brand / style you believe will hold up best in a marine environment. So, for example, what tire levers do you recommend (material, manufacturer, quantity) as well as any other bike peculiar tools?
On the spares, obviously I should have spare tires and tubes but what else do you think will very likely fail? Please feel free to recommend brands that you have had good luck with.
The bikes will likely get weekly around town / village use in most places and some serious day trips into the country side in others.
Finally, other than the saddle, grips and tires, is there anything that you would recommend be upgraded from a durability / maintainability stand point? I'm a little concerned about the looks of the shift and brake cables.
Thanks in advance for your help and advice!