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Offline Jackalope

Extra parts on the Great Divide
« on: December 18, 2006, 10:08:50 am »
Can people please suggest what extra parts I should be carrying while biking the Great Divide trail??

I've got an extra tire, chain links, cables, tubes.. what else?

Offline ptaylor

Extra parts on the Great Divide
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2006, 07:50:18 pm »
Spokes. You probably have two, maybe three different lengths. Take your bike, or wheels to a bike shop and get a couple of each length.


Offline Dan

Extra parts on the Great Divide
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2006, 11:20:18 pm »
When I went N to S in 2004 I carried a spare derailer hanger and a cool little tool called a "hyper-cracker" used to remove the cassette in case of a drive side rear wheel spoke breaking.  Dental floss and needle (for sewing almost anything), wire, and duct tape.  I did break 2 spokes but was able to ride with them broken about 15 miles to a bike shop and had them fix it.  And most importantly, know how to use all of your tools and how to change your spokes if need be.  Of the two of us on the trip one tire blew (shredded) but was because it was a crappy tire to begin with. Replace your cables, throw on a new chain, have your wheels professionally trued, put in new tubes and use new tires and your problems will be minimized.  We each had to replace our chain about 1/2 way through the trip...mainly because we rode through so much rain/mud/sand that all that crap was on our chanin and pre-maturaly wore it out.