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Offline bicyclejunkies

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List of tools
« on: September 13, 2015, 10:05:48 pm »
Hi fellow cyclists,

We've just wrote a short blog on the tools we pack for our (long distance) bicycle tour, might be interesting read for others. It's a list in pictures. ;) Please have a look and if you have anything to add, we'd hope to hear from you.

You can find the article here: tools for bicycle touring

Happy pedaling!
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Offline dkoloko

Re: List of tools
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2015, 12:30:13 pm »
I've never seen so many tools to carry. I can hold all the tools and spare parts I carry in palm of one hand, not counting spare tubes and pump, and I've toured up to 5000 miles. My bikes have derailleur drives, which may reduce carrying spare parts.

Offline DaveB

Re: List of tools
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2015, 12:53:19 pm »
Wow, are you touring or operating a mobile bike repair shop? 

Offline bicyclejunkies

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Re: List of tools
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2015, 06:25:16 pm »
Hahaha! Nope, this is what we brought for our > 2 year adventure / + 30.000km
But yes, we helped out a couple of other cyclists with it too. ;)
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Offline zerodish

Re: List of tools
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2015, 09:03:35 pm »
https://flic.kr/p/bRpunt Here is mine feel free to use the photo.

Offline walks.in2.trees

Re: List of tools
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2015, 11:40:07 am »
I  wear a waterproof fanny pack that has the most common emergency tools in it: patch kit, spare tube, tire levers, multitool for bikes, digital luggage scale. Added to the belt of it are a pair of Husky brand tool belt pouches (that have a Velcro belt loop, rather than sewn, so I can remove it from the belt without taking the belt off):  my wallet, smartphone, keys, semi-needle-nose-pliars-multi-tool ... anything I want to always keep with me.  If the bike or packs gets stolen while I'm away from it, at least I'll still have something. If it starts raining, there's room in the fanny pack for the things I keep in the pouch. Originally I came up with this setup for work, but it works great on the bike!   None of the weight is on my back.

Likewise, I improvised a pack system.  Standard panniers just don't have the capacity (the ones I've found), and they're pretty heavy. Instead I use Jensen mesh backpacks that I found at Sports Authority. I reasoned that the ultralight silnylon drybags I use were already weatherproof and combined is a much lighter weight alternative. The only issues I had were how to hang them on my rack,  and possibly the zipper( I think that was my fault for over-stuffing  the pack.) If there's enough interest I'll post a separate thread about it later.

Carried in the rack trunk are: misc. spare parts, the rest of my tools,  some wire to use as "helping-hands" if I need to work on my chain, Chain lube, needle and thread, first aid, bungees.

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Offline walks.in2.trees

Re: List of tools
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2015, 11:53:47 am »
Oh...and whats your tool kits pack-weight? I'm guessing you split it between the pair of you?

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Offline canalligators

Re: List of tools
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2015, 12:46:27 pm »
Decide what repairs you wish to do in the field and bring the tools  needed to do only those repairs. The most common repairs are tire and tube, spoke replacement, cable replacement, lost mounting bolts. Don't bring tools for repairs that can wait, things that you get warning for, like brake pad replacement. Why carry tools for a low-probability failure?


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