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    Redline Monocog 29er Touring Asia

    I've been touring Vietnam and Cambodia for about 8 months with this bike. It has been great. Really smooth and fast. Only major issue is the wheels are 29" presta, and it is impossible to find presta tubes or 29" parts. What parts or tools should I carry with me in case repairs are necessary?

    I've done maybe 2000 km so far. I want to do at least 6k more (including some mountains) and then I will think about getting a new bike. Definitely a 26" schrader and possibly with a few gears.

    This is roughly my set up, except no basket now.

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    If you are able to get properly sized tubes with schrader valves, you can just drill out the valve hole on your rim to fit them.

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    Yea the 26" wheeled Mountain bike has infected the world over the past 30 years,
    so you will find tubes and tires in more places..

    A Sturmey AW 3 speed, + maybe a double crankset,* to spread out the range, will get you simple reliability.

    * Add a chain tensioner, to take up slack chain in the little gear.

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    You can stretch a 26" tube to fit a 29er wheel. Still have an issue with the valve type, though.
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    I thought about drilling the rim to fit schrader, but I heard it can weaken the rim. In any event that can be done at any shop on the side of the road in the event of an emergency. I can carry a spare tire as well. Are there any other spare wheel parts I should think about carrying? Spokes?

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    Maybe look into some burly tires like one of the offerings from schwalbe's marathon line. They make flats rare in my experience and they last and last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegCyclePK View Post
    I've been touring Vietnam and Cambodia for about 8 months with this bike. It has been great. Really smooth and fast. Only major issue is the wheels are 29" presta, and it is impossible to find presta tubes or 29" parts. What parts or tools should I carry with me in case repairs are necessary?

    I've done maybe 2000 km so far. I want to do at least 6k more (including some mountains) and then I will think about getting a new bike. Definitely a 26" schrader and possibly with a few gears.

    This is roughly my set up, except no basket now.

    bike.jpg
    Vegcycle, you know what the terrain is like where your at/heading to and would probably be the best judge of what you need. Bare basics; tire patch kit, spare tube(s)... extra socks. Personaly I'd carry a spare English - Cambodian/Vietnamese dictionary(s).
    Last edited by mr geeker; 03-13-13 at 09:03 PM.
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    Yes, I just don't know bikes very well. This is really the first time in my life I have ridden more than 5 or 10 miles in a single trip. I've learned a lot about bikes and parts lately!

    For the dictionary, I have a smartphone with mobile data. I can do many other tasks with it as well.

    But I don't wear socks.. I ride in flip flops or barefoot.

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