Tools

The discussion came up on the touring list about what tools to carry. So I decided that I would create a page devoted to that topic. So here’s what I’m currently carrying in my Carradice Seat bag

Carradice Seat Bag

Carradice Seat Bag

I have a bag of small parts which includes

Spare Tire, 4 spare tubes, 2 patch kits

Spare Tire, 4 spare tubes, 2 patch kits

White Lightening and Proofhide

White Lightening and Proofhide

Two spare sets of brake pads

Two spare sets of brake pads

front and rear deraileur cables, brake cables

front and rear deraileur cables, brake cables

small piece of chain and extra links

small piece of chain and extra links

I should be able to repair any chain problems with this kit.

duct tape & reinforced tape

duct tape & reinforced tape

Duct tape is like the force, it has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together. 🙂

hose clamps

hose clamps

assortment of bolts & nuts

assortment of bolts

There are various lengths of 6 mm bolts. These fit almost all the racks and accessories on my bike. There are also cable housing bushings and cable terminator crimps, for doing repairs on the road.

bees wax

bees wax

Bees wax is good for waterproofing, fixing squeeks, and making zippers work better.

bungie cords

bungie cords

Need I say more?

zip ties

zip ties

Only duct tape and bungie cords are as important as zip ties.

That pretty much covers the repair and spare parts. Now for the “tools” part of this list.

rag & nitrile gloves

rag & nitrile gloves

threadlocker

threadlocker

I put this on every bolt I install. Keeps things from rattling apart.

4-way Screwdriver

4-way Screwdriver

I’m going to look for a lighter version.

miniature channel locks

miniature channel locks

I’ve straightened a chain plate with a pair of these.

leatherman

leatherman

I may eliminate this, or try to find a smaller version. It’s probably the heavies tool in the pack.

allen wrenches

allen wrenches

There are bolts that require all six of these sizes on my Surly.

open end box wrenches 8,9,10 mm

open end box wrenches 8,9,10 mm

The three sizes of nuts on my Long Haul Trucker.

bottom bracket tool

bottom bracket tool

I may eliminate this. It’s unlikely I will be changing the bottom bracket on the road.

cassette tool

cassette tool

I’ll replace this with a Stein Mini Cassette Lockring Driver, when I acquire it. This is kind of a place holder for it.

Tweezers

Tweezers

Handy for pulling wires from tires and splinters from fingers.

tire levers

tire levers

Don’t leave home without them.

Scissors

Scissors

Brooks Saddle Wrench

Brooks Saddle Wrench

Park Multi Tool

Park Multi Tool

Park Multi Tool

Park Multi Tool

This has a chain break, allen wrenches and spoke wrench. Unfortunately I’ve found that on my bike not everything will reach or work. However, it keeps me from carrying doubles of tools, to work both ends of a bolt. This tool has saved me from having to hitch a ride home a number of times.

vinyl electrical tape

vinyl electrical tape

Sometimes better than duct tape, when you need to keep tension while holding things together. Can be used as emergency handlebar tape.

Spoke Wrench

Spoke Wrench

Another tool I may remove or replace. The Park multi-tool has a spoke wrench.

All the tools

All the tools

vinyl bank bag

vinyl bank bag

This bank bag makes a good tool pouch to carry all the tools in. Spare parts are in a separate heavy duty zip lock bag.

I’m still refining my tools list. This is what I have now. In the future I’m going to remove some of them to reduce weight. I just need to decide which can go and which must stay. I’m pretty well satisfied with the list of spare parts. They’ll allow me to repair the most common failures I expect to see on the road.

I also have two spares of each size of spokes on the bike. I want to add a fiber emergency repair spoke, also. Except for the most catastrophic sort of failure, I should be able to support myself with this kit.

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