Bicycle Tours: Packing Guide
Your Bicycle Tours Packing Guide To ... Maintenance & Repair Tools
If you are undertaking a commercial bike tour, that is well supported, then there is a good chance that you won't need to carry any repair tools on your trip.
However it is always better be self sufficient, so a little knowledge about the workings of your bike, will always stand you in good stead.
If you are doing a self-guided bike tour then we would highly recommend that you learn the art of bicycle repair and maintenance.
There are books devoted to the topic or alternatively practical short courses, that you can access, to learn these important skills.
Just make sure you have a handle on the material BEFORE you start your cycling tour because you don't want to be stuck somewhere wasting precious travelling days whilst you learn on the job.
At the very least know how to change or patch a tire
If you are a little unconfident then it may be a good idea to take a bike repair book with you, on your adventures.
Every independent cyclist (or small group) should be packing a well equipped bike maintenance and repair kit.
It is often more economical to buy a pre-packaged repair kit and add to it rather than buying every item separately ... then again it depends on the quality you are looking for in your bike repair tool kit, pre-packed kits may not be as good quality but can still meet your needs.
The tire patching kit is generally stored in a tool bag which is located under your bike saddle. The large tools will need to be store in your panniers, in a place where they can be readily accessed.
If you are taking you own bikes on your cycling tour then make sure you give them a complete maintenance overhaul a few weeks before you set off. Resolve any issues before you leave.
A List Of Maintenance & Repair Tools To Pack For Your Cycling Tour ...
- 1 x 6 Inch Adjustable Wrench
- 1 x Set Allen Wrenches
- 1 x Long Handled Pedal Wrench
- 1 x Spoke Wrench
- 1 x Phillips Screwdriver
- 1 x Normal Screwdriver
- Tire Levers or Irons
- 1 x Small Pair Pliers
- Extra Washers, Nuts, Screws & Bolts
- Extra Spokes
- Extra Water Resistant Brake Pads
- Bicycle Cable
- 2 x Spare Tubes
- 1 x Tire Patching Kit
- 1 x Tire Pressure Gauge
- 1 x Tire Pump
- Chain & Parts Lubricant
- Grease Remover & Cleanser Or Latex Gloves
- 1 x Old Toothbrush
- Bungee Cord for Securing Gear
All-In-One Bike Tools
There are other fantastic tools available - like the 'Topeak Alien II' - which are like a 'Swiss Army Knife' with bike tools attched to it instead of knives.
These all-in-one tools can be great for saving space on those bicycle tours.
The Alien II Tool Includes:
- 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10mm Allen Wrenches
- 8, 9, 10mm box Wrenches
- Phillips Screwdrivers
- Regular Screwdrivers
- A Universal Chain Tool
- 14- and 15-gauge Spoke Wrenches
- A Stainless-Steel Knife
- A T25 Torx Wrench for Disc Brakes
- A Compartment for 2 Chain Pins
- A Bottle Opener