Tools & Things

Tools

This list of tools is consistent throughout my trip so far. I make sure I always carry the items below. Cycling in Africa, Middle East and Asia doesn’t have many opportunities to come along some of those. Europe is easier although it might be a search to find some of the ordinary stuff. Be prepared and carry the bare minimalistic, so you can repair your companion at any given time.

I cycle on a Santos steel frame with Rohloff hub, Magura breaks and Brooks saddle.

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A roll of tools, wrapped in sturdy cotton and hold together by a knot. Here is where I keep all my tools. It’s not much as you can see, it fits on a plate. Here we go with the contents:

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A multi-tool with all the necessary Allen keys. A screwdriver and a tool for chain (which I don’t use on this multi-tool).

Chain link tool, spoke truing tool

A pen, to mark the punctures in a tire.

A chain splitter tool, to brake the chain and link it together again (I don’t use quick links).

The red round plastic thing is a spoke key, for straightening the spokes if the wheel has a bend in it.

A little easy access box for repairing punctures (sandpaper, glue and patches).

Cresent wrench, Brooks, Alan

A crescent wrench nr. 8 (which I don’t use much, if at all?)

A  tool to tighten the Brooks saddle. I have left the grease for the saddle behind and use olive oil instead.

An Allen tool only for tightening the chain. The set up I have on my bicycle with a Rohloff hub needs to have the chain tightened now and then.

Tire levers

A Stanley knife (in case I need to set up a box for the bicycle, or open the fully taped box at an airport). I actually don’t use it often so maybe I better leave it behind.

Grease for moving parts, bolts and rusty prone parts. Each time I unscrew a bolt, I put grease on it. This way peddles are easy to loosen.

And, of course, plastic tire levers.

Multi Screwdriver Needlenose Plyer

A screwdriver with cross-end and flat tip (I carry it but wonder for what?). The needle nose plyer I use to hold the screw when I tighten the bolts on the front rack in case I need to take it off.

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Chain oil. Toothbrushes to clean the chain. A cloth. Nail polish to seal rusty parts.

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Bolts, washers and screws for the racks (I asked the bicycle shop to give me a few spare).

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Tye rips (I carry big ones too). Sandpaper. Patches of all kind. Emergency patches (which never worked for me).

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More screws, washers and bolts of all kinds, over the years I collect a few. Quick links for the chain. French valve (never needed it).

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And here is the tool wrap again. I made it myself from heavy cotton, all parts are separated and easy to find back.

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And of course, I carry duct tape with me. Not this much, just a fraction of it, wrapped around the seat post for easy access.

A list of ‘spare & repair’ parts

A full list of gear, divided by what I use and not use