I've been lucky. Only once did my bike break down far from home. But, that time I was lucky enough to be on a bus line and took the bus home.
This past week, an almost brand new tire exploded . Pow, afterwards a huge hole was the result. Can't repair those.. ? Sometimes, when I am out riding in the mountains , I might be 7 miles from the closest city and no phone. Even if you did contact a family member or friend , they are not always available to come and rescue you.
The fact it was almost a brand new tire causes me some concern. How many of you have been stranded far away from home and have no way home. ? that same week, a cycling friend's chain broke , but was able to cycle most of the approximate 8 miles to the car, since it was almost all downhill... Is there much you can do about that fear. ? Sort of gives a cyclist cause to ponder as we enjoy the great outdoors far away from home.