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The story of how I saved money, quit my job, sold my possessions, and set off to endlessly travel by bike around the world. My Plan

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Places I have been
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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

How I started
The 5 years before I left

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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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Bicycle touring breakdowns, tools, and repairs

Determining Factors in choosing Bicycle Touring Tool Kits

What do you have in your panniers to tackle those roadside emergencies and breakdown?

Tools and tool kits for bicycle touring depends on your bike, experience level, the countries you'll visit and how long you'll be on tour.   With a touring bicycle it is just a matter of hours in the saddle before things will need attention.  But what tools and spare you carry on your next bike tour to be prepared for the enevitable breakdown can be a bit confusing.

Tool kits for bicycle touring have to be lightweight and small enough to be carried in bike panniers or seat bag yet be adequate to cover all the emergency road side repairs and regular maintenance.



Determining Factors in choosing Bicycle Touring Tool Kits


Travel in less-developed countries requires carrying more spare parts, as there will be less modern bike shops.  Bike shops are abundant in developed countries like the USA and you can get by with a intermediate tool kit and limited spares.  In the USA I rely on local bike shops for bike gear I need and for the hard to find touring specific equipment I often ship via Fed Ex or UPS thing like tires, chains, and brake pads to myself as I need them


The longer your bike tour, the bigger the tool kit needed.  Assuming you begin with a well-maintained set of wheels, three months is not really enough time to expect major breakdowns.  When listing your tools and spares, consider how long your trip will be. A three month trip requires minimal tools regardless where it is while a multi year around the world odyssey requires an extensive set of tools and spare parts.


There is no point in carrying tools you don't know how to use. You can either learn to do all the repairs yourself or rely on finding an adequate bike shops. Using bike shops saves lots of weight, but leaves more to chance.

along with your mechanical aptitude

There's no point in carrying tools that you don't know how to use.



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Touring Bicycles

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Sleeping Bags
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Camp Stove
Water Filter
Pots and Pans
First Aide Kits
Solar Power
Bike Maps
Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
Cargo Trailers
Kick Stands
Commuting Bikes

Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag


Bike Shoes
Bike Touring Shorts

Stealth/Free Camp

What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

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Sponsors (how?)

Cycle Touring Racks

Tents and ground cloths
Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress Pads

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