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    I'm planning a 100+ day trip next Spring and Summer, would like to pack as lightly as possible. What kind of tools do you folks like to carry with you on a trip?

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    https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/...oc_id=6089&v=i

    Know how to do the repairs as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve0000 View Post
    https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/...oc_id=6089&v=i

    Know how to do the repairs as well...
    Steve if thats your tool bag ten out of ten the best i've seen next to mine

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    Nice list above, and you can't carry too much electrical tape, duct tape, zip ties, and heavy cord...... all invaluable!

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    I have a multi-tool with I think 9 parts that covers essentially everything I need - all allen wrenches that are on my bike, a screwdriver, and Torx wrench. I also have a tire lever of course, and a spoke wrench - but that latter I barely know how to use. I should probably have a cassette remover, too...and I guess if I were going to be shipping or boxing the bike, I'd need a 15mm wrench to take off the pedals, though it seems painful to lug that on a whole trip just for one or two uses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbphilly View Post
    ...and I guess if I were going to be shipping or boxing the bike, I'd need a 15mm wrench to take off the pedals, though it seems painful to lug that on a whole trip just for one or two uses.
    I use a long arm Allen wrench on my pedals, I think they take a 6mm.

    Next time you go to the dentist or doctor, ask them if you can have some extra disposable rubber (latex or nitrile) gloves, they are very handy to have when doing a messy repair. Or buy some when you stock your first aid kit.

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    I always have some Gorilla Tape and Park Tool tire boot for the unlikely chance of a blown tire in the middle of nowhere. And a FiberFix temporary spoke. All compact and about an oz total for peace of mind. Have used and/or seen all used on tours. Have never used the chain tool I carry. Do have a small, light pedal wrench that came with a set of box store pedals. Have used it several times for packing the bike.
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    This is more or less my current Tool Kit. I have modified it a bit. After going 4 weeks in Washington and Oregon and not being able to replace a drop bar end plug, I now carry an extra. I replaced the Topeak ratchet drive with a Vim 1/4" ratchet bit drive & extension (It's a work of art.). Gone is the 6mm hex wrench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbphilly View Post
    I have a multi-tool with I think 9 parts that covers essentially everything I need - all allen wrenches that are on my bike, a screwdriver, and Torx wrench. I also have a tire lever of course, and a spoke wrench - but that latter I barely know how to use. I should probably have a cassette remover, too...and I guess if I were going to be shipping or boxing the bike, I'd need a 15mm wrench to take off the pedals, though it seems painful to lug that on a whole trip just for one or two uses.
    learn how to use the tools you have. no point in carrying a cassette tool so you can
    change spokes if you don't know how to true your wheels. maybe get a throwaway
    wheel you can practice on. zip-tie spare spokes to one of the rack supports.

    cut the appropriate ends off your spare brake/derailleur cables before you leave. sucks
    to need to replace cables, but you don't have a wire cutter.

    i prefer individual hex keys. them multi-tool thingies shaped like swiss army knives can be
    difficult to use in tight places. i also carry a spare 5mm key in my hbar bag, just happens
    to fit seatpost, stem, and bag mounts.

    maybe a small tube of super glue, small tube of bearing grease. great for bearings and
    to get rid of those nasty, annoying squeeks.

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