It looks like my touring wheel will be laced with a freewheel.
The reasons for this 1.) I already have the hub 2.) I assume freewheels will be much easier to find in the second and third world than a spline specific cassette 3.) I can offset the axle spacing to compensate for the dish and from everything I have read the hub/axle can be made to be just as strong as a cassette.
My only worry that remains, what if I break a drive side spoke on the rear wheel or a gear or some teeth? Well obviously I will need to take off the freewheel.
Without bringing a big wrench and a freewheel nut tool are there any other nifty ways to field change a freewheel?
I found a neat little tool for changing a cassette and I have read that a cassette is easy to remove (if you don't overtighten the lockring) even without a chain whip. Holding it with a towel or using webbing as a chainwhip are other options.
Any suggestions changing a freewheel while on tour would be much appreciated.