Basic tools for touring

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Andy in Germany, 6 Dec 2018.

  1. I realise that there's probably another thread for this, and that it's pretty much a "How long is a piece of string?" question, but I'm wondering what other people would consider 'basic' tools for a tour.

    If our planned tour to Japan goes ahead, we'll be using the same reconditioned 90's era steel MTB's that we usually do. They are due for new tyres and we'll probably use Schwalbe Marathon Plus as I've been using those for years and not had any problems that were not self inflicted. Apart from this I'd carry pretty much the same as I do now:

    Spanners for removing wheels/pedals.
    Several hex keys because one set can't get at everything on the bike:
    'L' shaped Hex key set
    Three way hex key set 4/5/6mm
    'T' Hex key 5mm
    Crosshead screwdrivers

    Puncture repair kit/tyre levers

    V-Brake blocks

    What would you add?
    Last edited: 6 Dec 2018
  2. Wet wipes.
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  3. Bored Man

    Bored Man Upstanding Member

    Spoke key
    Chain breaker
  4. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    An inner tube or 2.
  5. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Quick Link
    Cable Ties
    Duct Tape
    Nitrile Gloves
    Small bottle of lube
    Spare inner tubes

    Tool roll works nicely for all the above and more.
  6. Spiderweb

    Spiderweb Not So Special One

    North Yorkshire
    I’m not sure you would need a spare set of brake blocks, they last forever!
    Just make sure they are decent before you set off.
  7. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    IMHO one of these is essential. Includes a chain breaker. This is from Crank Bros.

  8. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    I've had problems trying to use a chain splitter that's part of a multi-tool so carry a separate one, only thing I can think of that hasn't already been mentioned is a tyre boot or two.
  9. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Spare spokes.

    One of the Dawes Galaxy touring bikes comes with a couple of spokes clipped to the chainstay.

    Alternatively, I believe you can get a universal spare spoke in the shape of a flexible wire you can fit and tension.

    No idea how well they work.
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  10. How often have chains been known to break? I've only had it happen once and that was because I installed it badly, so it exploded all over the road a couple of K's from my apartment.

    Is a "Tyre boot" like a tyre lever? And am I the only person who has three which are all different designs?
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  11. alicat

    alicat Guru

    A tyre boot is something that you can put inside the tyre to stop a bulge getting bigger until you can replace the tyre. I use cloth from an old airbed. No idea if that is strong enough.

    Edit - apparently and perhaps obviously, it's to repair a small cut until you can replace the tyre.

    Here is Park Tools' offering. I still favour finding something homemade.
    Last edited: 6 Dec 2018
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  12. What are those called?
  13. Thanks. Looked it up after your description, and it makes sense now.
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  14. greenmark

    greenmark Veteran

    Hong Kong
    credit card
    nothing else.
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  15. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    A credit card is too stiff to use as a tyre boot, whereas one of the new fivers is just the job, stick to cash!
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