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Old 01-17-09, 04:13 PM   #1
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5 day tour

I am new to touring, but planning a 5 day self contained ride with my son. I am wondering what spare parts/components i might want to consider carring along. Spare tire and tube are already on the list. I wonder about spokes, cables, etc.. Or any other gear I should be considering. I will be pulling a Bob "Yak" trailer along. Thanks
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Let's see. You already have a tire and tube. Good to have a patch kit, so on the off chance you have two flats before you can get another tube, you're OK there.

A spoke weighs almost nothing. And is easy to pack. But if you expect there's any chance you'll need it it will almost certainly be the freehub side of the rear, which means you need appropriate tools.

Add to that one of those magic links for the chain so if either of your chains go you're still in business. For five days I'd just inspect the cables and replace them if they look iffy, rather than carrying spares.
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The only tandem specific things to carry on a 5 day tour is what is not available in most local bike shops: tandem length rear brake and derailleur cable.
Otherwise: 2 tubes, patch kit, spare folding tire, chaintool and couple links, multi-tool.
While it is rare to break a chain or cable, rip up a tire or break a spoke, those things can, and do happen.
Been there, done that!
Enjoy the tour!
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What others suggested plus your choice of chain lube. I clean and lube my chain before every ride. Frame pump or a portable kind with a gauge is nice. Do not go with only CO2.

Non Tech... cover you saddles and handlebar with plastic shopping bags when it's left in the open overnight... to stop the dew getting them wet, especially if you are an early morning starter.
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