Originally Posted by jbphilly
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.