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Old 06-09-05, 06:34 PM
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Repair basics for touring

I'm planning a European tour coming up in a couple months and felt I should learn some basics for the road so I don't have to depend on bike shops when something minor happens to my bike. As far as bike maintenance goes, I've always relied on friends or LBS, so I basically know nothing other than how to fix a flat/change a tube.

Can anyone suggest what you'd consdier essential for an extended tour (going to spend about 2 months). I've been tinkering with tools all my life so it shouldn't be an issue learning, but I thought some advice from someone who's had much more experience than myself would be really helpful.

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Old 06-09-05, 07:20 PM
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1. Learn how to true your rim.
2. Learn how to replace a spoke, esspecially the rear where you have to take off the cassette too.
3. Learn how to use a chain breaker.
4. Carry a Sach chain repair link.
5. Carry some duct tape on pencil; for emergency repair, like small sidewall puncture.
6. Make sure you have the three main L wrenches that a bicycle uses.
7. Bring extra spokes for front and rear rims.
8. Carry a good pump.
9. A spoke wrench that fits your spoke nipples.
10. A large tube of rubber cement and extra patches.
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Old 06-10-05, 02:30 AM
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You are going to be within a day's ride of a bike shop so carry spares to get you "home" but don't overload.
A Kevlar spare spoke is easier than a variety of metal ones, and you can replace the spoke properly in the next town.
If you do want spoke-replacement capability then a roadside casette remover is vital. The workshop tool needs a big wrench but not
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/s...ock/index.html
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Thanks for the advice and links. I was trying to search for a similar topic but didn't come up with anything.
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