Tools And Spares
Tools and spares weigh a lot so it is best to minimize what you take, but without them you could have a real problem.
We limit what we carry to those things that you can change whilst on the
road such as a broken spoke, brake or gear cable, inner tube, brake
blocks. If anything more serious than this happens then you are into
major problems and unlikely to have the right kit with you to make
repairs. In such circumstances, the best recourse is to find the nearest
bike shop, getting a taxi if necessary. We have done this several times
in the past when we have had wheel bearings collapse.
If you are going into more remote territory, then you may need to take a
few more items such as wheel bearings, headstock bearings, bottom
bracket bearings. This of course also means taking the necessary equipment
to be able to remove these items, which also adds extra weight.
Currently, for our purposes we do not need to take such things.
Our kit is also kept to a minimum, but again there are certain
things that are necessities. Lubricant being an obvious one. We have
found "Purple Extreme" from Bike Medicine to be really good. It is a
synthetic lubricant that has the sticking power of oil and endures for
up to 400 miles between applications.
We also have to change the oil in our Rohloff hubs every 1000km. We purchase the oil change bottles from SJS in the UK and have them shipped to wherever we are staying in the World.
We carry a general kit with wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers
etc and various consumables such as tiewraps, tape, cord, etc. We keep
them all in a waterproof bag inside our panniers.
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