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India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present

Alaska / Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010

New Zealand
Sept 2007 to May 2008

Sept 2006 to Sept 2007

SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

South America
June 2003 to June 2004

AZ, Mexico, and Central America
March 2002 to April 2003

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Equipment Pages Index

How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
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START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Bike Touring Shorts

Short-wave Radio
Bicycle touring lights

Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures

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#3 Advanced Bike Travel Tool List
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Advanced bike touring is my classification for an experienced touring cyclist on an extended international bicycle tour through undeveloped parts of the world for a year or more. If you are taking off on a three year trip around the world or   riding for two years from top to bottom of Africa then you are in the advanced category. These riders need a complete set of tools for extensive repairs and regular rebuilds.

Of course, just having a tool is not enough. You have to know what you are doing and how to repair common things on a trip like this. I recommend taking the time to learn and practice bike repairs before the trip begins. It's much easier to learn to replace a broken spoke in a workshop than on the side of the road.

  (see most common breakdown)

Pedro's L Hex Wrench/allen key set

Allen Keys

You can get by with a folding Allen key set as long as you still have a way to remove your pedals. But on a long tour where I know there will be regular bike work, I take loose Allen keys bound together in a set. One big advantage to this set is that there is a big 8mm Allen key long enough to remove most newer pedals. I like the set pictured here because it includes sizes 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 & 10mm. I leave the 10mm at home but the 8mm replaces the pedal wrench older pedals require.

Park Chainring Nut Wrench

Chain Ring Bolt Tool

This little tool is used more often than you'd expect on longer advanced tours. When you need to replace your chainrings or just tighten the bolts, this tool works much better than a clumsy screwdriver. If you are on a long trip and like having the right tool to do a job correctly, make sure you pack this little tool.

Park Pro Cable/Housing Cutter

Cable Cutter

Any kind of regular wire cutters, like those on a Leatherman, will cut bike cable in an emergency. They may be adequate for intermediate bike touring but they also tend to fray the delicate SIS derailleur cable. This is okay for replacing the occasional broken cable but not for regular bike work. A special bike cable cutting tool will make your repairs faster and cleaner. I use mine when I change to new cables and housing every couple years along with a new drive train (cassette, chain, chainrings, rear derailleur and pulleys).

bottom bracket tools

bottom bracket tools

Bottom Bracket Tool

For extended trips, you may eventually need to replace a bottom bracket.  Bottom bracket trouble is rare these days because of newer sealed cartridge designs but they do wear out and need to be replaced eventually.  Shipping a new bottom bracket from home is always an option but you will need a bottom bracket tool to install it.

I do not carry a bottom bracket tool in developed countries but this is the biggest tool I carry in undeveloped countries. I could probably live without this tool, but I have used it several times, on my own bike and to help out fellow cycle tourists.

Brake Pads

Replacement Brake Pads

For shorter intermediate tours of 1 to 6 months, one spare set of brake pads is fine for emergencies. For advanced touring, at least two spare sets are advisable. If you're heading to steep mountainous country, you should think about bringing more.

Cable Sets

Cable and Housing

Breaking cables on a bike tour is common. Usually it is the rear derailleur cable so I recommend having one spare derailleur cable even on shorter intermediate tours.  On long advanced tours you can expect to replace cables and housing regularly. I recommend carrying 1 or 2 complete sets of brake and shifter cable and housing. A  good set has all the little cable ends and other small parts to do the job right.

Bikr Grease

Bike Grease

In addition to lubing ball bearings, I apply grease to the threads of any bolts. This makes taking off the fenders, bottle cages and pedals to prepare for flying much easier. This is something most tourist could live without but long distance cyclists will find it useful.


Carrying a whole extra chain is only for those who will not to be able to buy or mail a chain to themselves on their route.  On a shorter bicycle tour, a short section of about 10 new links and a couple of chain joining links is enough for emergencies and long term repairs. This way you can replace the damaged section with new links and retain the proper chain length.  Do not forget a chain tool.

Folding Spare Tire

If you're starting with new tires on a shorter domestic intermediate trip, a spare tire is  not needed. It's essential on longer advanced trips.  I have had to resort to my spare tire a few times on my tour and each time it saved my trip from long delays.  Once it even saved my life in Bolivia.

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Brooks Maintenance Kit

Brooks Proofide Saddle Dressing and Tensioning Spanner (if needed)

Brooks Leather Saddles are very comfortable but need to be conditioned on a regular basis, especially when they're new. Saddles get exposed to rain, sun and heat that causes premature wearing and cracks. For extended touring, I go through one canister per year per saddle.

Camp Stove Expedition Service Kits

MSR DragonFly Camp Stove Expedition Service Kit

Keep your camp stove in prime condition with a comprehensive maintenance and spare-parts kit. It includes the necessary tools and most commonly needed replacement parts for the camp stove and pump.

Pannier Repair Kit

Waterproof Pannier Repair Patches

Even very durable Ortlieb bicycle touring panniers get holes and punctures.  These patches work well and can make your panniers waterproof again,  When I meet other bike travelers on the road and see several different colors of patches on their bags I know they have been at it a long time

Sewing Kit

Everything you need to repair worn out cycling clothes. Sewing needles, thread, pins, needle threader, tiny scissor, and a thimble. Sewing may seem too dainty for the rough and rugged cyclist, but you'll be glad for a needle and thread when your pants rip in the seat.

tent and fabric repair

Tent and Fabric Repair

Bad weather and rough use can snag your tent and snap the poles. A few patches and a pole split ensure your shelter stays erect and waterproof.

sleeping pad repair

Sleeping Pad Repair

Just one thorn poke and you could spend the rest of your trip sleeping on the cold hard ground.


Camp Stove
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping pad
Water Filter
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What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

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