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Old 05-08-13, 01:10 AM
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When your bike breaks..

Hi

I'm going on a two month tour of northern Scandinavia this summer, and I'm currently thinking about repairs, spares and tool.

At this point I'm gonna put this in a bag for 2 bikes:

Tools:

Multi Tool Lezyne Stainless 20 (weight 150 grams)
wich have:
•Allenkeys - 2,2.5,3,4,5,6 og 8 mm
•Torx T25
•Screwdriver straight
•Screwdriver -star
•8 og 10mm wrench
•Dottle opener
•Tire levers
•Chain tool 9/10 speed
•Spokewrench 3,21 mm, 3,5 mm and mavic
•Knife blade - 5,8 cm

Leatherman Wave - with screwdriver set.
Coupler Wrench - (we have Surly trucker DeLuxes)
1 adjustable wrench
1 bikepump

Spares:

4 spare tubes
1 spare folding tyre (Scwhalbe Marathon Supreme)
Assorted zipties
Duckttape
12 spare spokes
2 sets of patchkit
1 spare brakewire
1 spare gearwire
4 pieces of spare brakepads
Presta to Shraeder valve converter
Small bottle of oil

So, my question is:

What do you bring on your extended tour?

Do you have a really good multi tool you would recommend?

Thank you!

Best Regards

Kristian

-Denmark
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Old 05-08-13, 06:45 AM
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Are you going to be back-country or will you be riding near towns and villages?
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Old 05-08-13, 06:56 AM
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Kristine,
I noticed you did not include a spare brake cable.
BTW we are getting our gear together as we are going to Denmark for the month of July!
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Old 05-08-13, 07:00 AM
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Kristine , I just re-read your post and saw you did include a brake cable!
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Old 05-08-13, 07:02 AM
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Why 12 spokes? Seems like four should be enough. Most never need any.
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Old 05-08-13, 07:02 AM
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It looks good! At least in my limited experience for a road tour.

My only question is why two multitools? The Leatherman could be useful at times, especially the wire cutter on the pliers, but if you're looking to cut weight, that would be my first choice. You might want to check and make sure the wire cutter actually works on a bicycle cable.
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Old 05-08-13, 07:18 AM
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Kristian, The only item missing is the cassette removal tool. Your list is extensive and possibly too much outside of a very remote tour, but you'll certainly be prepared! I find that if I have a repair item, other than for the tubes, I rarely have a failure that item was meant for...I've also experienced not having an item on hand when I needed it.

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Old 05-08-13, 08:06 AM
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When your bike breaks..

Are you going off-road a lot? If not, maybe a boot kit instead of a spare tire?

Fibre Fix emergency spoke and less spare spokes?

Brakepads probably unnecessary for two month tour.

Tire levers?

Wire-cutters and pliers? On the Leatherman?

Sure you need an adjustable wrench?

Personally I prefer separate tools over multi-tools, but miles vary...

p.s If you're coming through Göteborg drop me a PM
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Old 05-09-13, 03:25 PM
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I always bring a few zipties - they can serve various purposes and weigh nothing.
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Old 05-09-13, 07:57 PM
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Your tool kit is virtually the same as mine, though I have a small Park Tool instead and only bother to carry 1 tube and 6 spokes. Not really that over kill, but you are touring in developed nations that have a lot of bicycles around..... And BTW patch kits are pretty easy to find just about anywhere. I'd only carry one kit myself.

I need to carry an adjustable wrench for unbolting my hub axel. It's used all the time.
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Old 05-09-13, 10:55 PM
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You might think about adding a couple of spare bolts that could replace important ones on your bike (rack, cleats).

I use SRAM chains so I carry a spare quick link. If you use Shimano chains carry a couple of the chain pins recommended by Shimano. I can tell you from experience that you do not want to try to use the old one!

When looking at multi-tools make sure the hex wrenches are long enough to reach the clamping bolt on your shift levers. Even a minor crash can knock them out of line, and tools with short-stubby allen wrenches will not work.

BTW- Tighten your shift/brake levers just tight enough so they will not move under normal use, but loose enough that during a mishap they will move rather than break.
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Old 05-10-13, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by KristianMaar View Post
What do you bring on your extended tour?
I carry a similar kit. My experience is that multi-tools are really of limited utility. On tour I do take a multi-tool, but supplement it with: full-sized 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, and 8mm hex wrenches. I also take a full-sized screwdriver which stores replaceable bits in the handle. I bring a Park CT-5 chain tool; it's not full-sized but I know from experience that it will get the job done and works far better than anything attached to a multi-tool. I also include a spare length of chain (the links removed when sizing the chain for my bike) and several spare master links. I have broken a (relatively new) chain and several of the links were mangled in the process.

You should think about how you will replace a broken rear drive-side spoke. Doing so sometimes requires the removal of the cassette. If you're going to pack a full-sized adjustable wrench, you might also include the appropriate cassette lock-ring tool. You could remove the chain from the bike and use it as an impromptu chain whip.

You might also consider bringing a FiberFix brand kevlar replacement spoke or two and slightly fewer metal spokes. My impression is that it might be quicker to install a FiberFix spoke than a regular spoke. I would want to replace the spoke once I got to the next town, perhaps one with a helpful bike repair shop. I prefer to do repairs at my campsite or in a hotel room rather than on the side of the road, so anything that gets me back on the bike quickly helps.
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Old 05-10-13, 09:58 AM
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Old 05-10-13, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Doug64 View Post
You might think about adding a couple of spare bolts that could replace important ones on your bike (rack, cleats).
I had a few spares I carried, and then I realized that there were some empty holes in my bike because it had mounting points for a front rack that I wasn't using. I put a bolt into each spot, and now I have four spares.

There's always a multi-tool of some sort on my bike, but when I'm going on a longer trip, I found that I like the Scruzol. I found another tool that used the same sized bits, and between the two tools I was able to find a bit for every screw and allen head on my bike, and all those bits fit nicely into the handle of the Scruzol. Full-sized allen keys are still probably better if you don't mind carrying them, but I don't bother anymore.
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Old 05-11-13, 03:53 AM
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Thank you all so much for your advice!

I'm throwing this in with the rest:

- 4 masterlinks (I'm using SRAM chains)
- Cassette removal tool
- Full length allenkey set
- Assorted bolts, nuts and washers
- Chain whip

The reason for the spokes is that we have 4 wheels with three different spoke lengths. I like redundancy when it weighs as little as a spoke does

- Kristian
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Old 05-11-13, 04:41 AM
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I would carry way less. You would only need these things if your bikes were poorly built or maintained prior to your tour. If the bikes are gone over very carefully by an experienced mechanic you should only need a basic multi-tool, and tire/tube repair supplies. If you need more than that it's because you've crashed or been hit by a car - neither of which can be comprehensively prepared for with a mobile tool kit. At that point you're hitchhiking to a bike shop (and hopefully not a hospital).
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Please do yourself a favor and do not leave without throwing in several zip ties of several sizes as mentioned above. These little miracles are cheap, light, strong, and (when you need the type of "binding" repair they can offer) absolutely invaluable. I never leave home without them.
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Old 05-21-13, 09:17 PM
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Please do yourself a favor and do not leave without throwing in several zip ties of several sizes as mentioned above. These little miracles are cheap, light, strong, and (when you need the type of "binding" repair they can offer) absolutely invaluable. I never leave home without them.
the OP's original list has assorted zipties.

I bring on tour

1 fiberspoke
Topeak alien II multi tool
masterlink for campy chain
pump

2 tubes, I buy more as needed
zipties
patch kit
presta pressure gauge
Swiss army knife with file
extra stainless steel rack bolt

the only thing that I had break on tour are
flat tires
replace binder bolt since seat post would slip an inch over a 50+ mile ride. I clamped my rear light on the seat post where I wanted the post to stay and that held the seat post in position til I got to a bike shop.

But I haven't toured longer than a week.

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Old 05-22-13, 09:03 AM
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I greatly prefer individual wrenches to a multitool. In a little roll with individual pockets, it's easy to see if any are missing and sometimes you just can't reach the bolt or screw with the multitool.
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