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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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#1 Day Rider

This first level applies to anyone riding a bicycle more than walking distance from their home.  I am thinking about the standard ride where you get off work and ride till it starts getting dark and go home or longer day rides on the weekends.  This is a bare essential tool and spare list that avoids carry extra weight and bulk.  I know many bike riders do not have all these things on board and survive just fine but here are my thoughts

You need to be able to repair flat tires, tighten the occasional loose bolt, and fix a broken chain; especially if we are talking about mountain biking on trails.  Because you will be home at night general mantience and care can be done with tools you keep at home

tire levers
patch kit

Bike multi tool with:
- allen key set
- wrenches
- chain tool
- screwdrivers
- spoke wrench

Presta Valve adapter
- if needed

chain joining links x 2 -



When shopping for a milti tool make sure it has a chain tool included


Bike Multi Tool

Bicycle multi tools are great for day rides and shorter tours where your tools are for emergencies only and full sized shop tools are used at home.  On a longer tours  where tools are used regularly for maintance and repairs. I find the ergonomics and quality of multi-tools to not be not nearly as usuful as individule tools - best seen as an emergancy tool.


Tubes Tubes        Slime Tubes

Spare Tubes

Carrying spare tubes for those inevitable flat tires and punctures is essential.  Many plat tire can not be fixed by patching and a new tube is needed.  I like to carry at least 3 when touring because some punctures can not be patched and 1 - 2 on day rides because bad luck can happen.  Slime tubes are a bit heavy but greatly reduce flats and I get them when I can find them for touring and commuting but a bit heavy for performance.

1 or 2 spare tubes are fine for day rides, 3 for intermeduate tours and more for longer tours.  It all depends on tube availability on your route

Patch Kit

Patch Kits

Uf I am doing day rides from home and get a flat tre I will replace it with a new (or patched) spare tube and patch the hole/s later at home but on a bike tour only a few extra tbes are desirable to be carried.  Tubes are expensive and bulky to carry and a patch kit can stretch your travel funds while reducing the overall weight in your bags.


Tire Levers

Tire Levers

 may seem insignificant when you first hold them in your hand but nothing else can remove and install a tire on a rim without damaging the inner tube besides these lightweight cheap but essential tools. 


Bike Chains and Joining Links

Chain Joining Links

These joining links are the same idea as the old fashioned "Master Link" of days gone by.  If you chain is mangled usually you remove any twisted pieces with a chain tool and rejoing the chain with these links.  A must have even od day rides.  On longer tours you will also want a short section of chain to replace the damaged links so the overal all lenght of the chain does not get shorter.  these things are tiny so i carry sveral


Topeak Road Morph Pump

(Tim's pick) Best Bicycle Touring Frame Pump
Topeak Road Morph Pump

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There are not many pumps that I like for bike touring.  The usual mini pumps that mountain bikers use are meant for lower tire pressure and aren’t any good at getting a 70psi+ tire up to pressure.  A frame pump meant for a road bike is good because road tires require high-pressure 100psi+.

On tour I like a frame pump with a foot peg and gauge.  It is a little bit bigger than most pumps but you can get leverage similar to a floor pump and can achieve enough pressure for touring and even road tires although 120 psi is a lot of work.


  Presta Valve Adapter

Presta Valve Adapter

If you're using presta valves having one of these tiny adapters will allow you to use gas station compressors or borrow friends' pumps.



#2 Intermediate Bike Touring

 short tours abroad or 3 to 6 months in first world.

Tire pressure gauge
chain tool
spoke wrench
Folding allan  keys Set
cassette remover
8 and 10 mm wrenches
cone wrenches
chain lube - rag
Leatherman with:
- needle nose pliers
- cooking blades
- screwdrivers
- other tools

Replacement spokes
extra derailer cable

If Needed:
- Headset Wrench,
- Pedal wrench


This fits most bike tourists including those crossing the USA and other developed parts of the world.   The thinking here is a shorter One to six month bike tour is not long enough to wear out a bicycle and you only need to prepair for the occasional flat tire and other bad luck.  Another way to label it is standard loaded bicycle touring lasting one to six months in a developed country (US/Canada/Europe/Australia/NZ/ect.) or possibly shorter tours abroad.

Assuming you are starting  with a bike in good shape - especially the tires and rear wheel you should not have any major repairs during the months you are on the road and do not need to carry things on the Advanced list.  You will need all of the Day Rider list plus a few extra tools should be added to repair broken chains, spokes, and cables. and more  (see most common breakdown.)

Leatherman style Multi Function Tool

Leatherman style Multi Function Tool with Pliers

 I mainly like this for the screwdrivers, knife blades, bottle opener, can opener, and the needle nose pliers but the file and small saw occasionally come in handy.

Park Compact Chain Tool

Park Chain Tool Pin - Set of 2

Chain Tool

Twisting, breaking or mangling a chain is going to happen if you are cycling long enough.  I have seen cyclists try to use rocks and pliers when then did not have a chain tool along but it is almost impossible to cleanly take out bad chain sections without a proper chain tool

Park Compact Chain Tool   This is my favorite chain tool and the only one that gives you shop quality durability and ease of use.

chain links (extra chain?) chain tool


Planet Bike Dial Tire Gauge

Tire Pressure Gauge

On a bike tour I like a separate good quality tire pressure gauge.  Usually when a frame pump has a built-in gauge it is not very accurate and breaks quickly.  Having an accurate gauge and keeping your tirse topped off is super important in reducing tire wear and flats, not to mention a noticeable difference in cycling efficiency.

pressure guages on frame pumps tend to suck and be inaccurate and break

see flat prevention page


Finish Line Dry Lube - 2 oz. Squeeze Bottle
Bicycle Chain Lube

Chain Lube


This is essential to clean and lube bike chains and other components. 

shop rag


Park Multi-Spoke Bike Wrench SW-7

Spoke Wrench

A spoke wrench is the only real way to turn spoke nipples to true wheels or replace broken spokes on a rim.  If you are using pliers you will round off the fragile nipple in no time and cause big trouble

A spoke wrench is a tool that can do more damage than good if you do not know what you are doing. 


 Stein Mini Cassette Lockring Driver

Cassette Removal Tool

 (also called a cassette cracker or remover)

It is important to be able to remove your cassett on a bike tour. 

Home tools for removing a cassetts are too big and heavy to carry on tour.  This clever little tool removes your cassette by using your cranks and drive train for torque. 


FiberFix Emergency Spoke Replacement Kit

Replacement Spokes

On advanced tours I carry a xxx and several extra spokes but carry onle a couple xxx and not the extra spokwes if I am on an intermediate domestic trip where bike shops are plentifal

This is a very useful thing for bicycle touring.  When a spoke breaks you can replace it with this flexible nylon cable without removing the cassette.


Pedro's Folding Hex/allen key Wrench Set links to bad one

folding set of Allen keys folding hex head sets

will be adequate on tour as long as there is an 8mm to remove newer pedals.  Older pedals require a pedal wrench or making due with an adjustable wrench.

If you need an 8mm to remove pedals I suggest the set I carry


Park 8mm and 10mm open ended wrench

8 and 10 mm Wrenches

an 8/10 mm open ended wrench is perfect for bicycles because these two sizes cover pretty much all the bolts on a bicycle.  This combination of sizes is uncommon outside of bicycle repair shops.


Get 2 of these so you can adjust your hubs


Cone Wrenches

Cones (the bearings in the wheel hubs) can come loose and nothing really fits in that slim space except a bicycle specific cone wrench.  If you have upgraded to sealed cartridge hubs, such as a Phil Wood Hub, then this tool is obsolete.  (Link to Phil Wood Page)


pedal wrench

(if not using a 8mm allen key)

Park Head Wrench 32/36mm - HCW-15

Headset wrench

Most bikes made in the last 10 year do not use a threaded headset and do not need a special head set wrench.  The newer threadless headsets use a standard size allen key included in any set intended for bicycles.



#3 Advanced Bike Travel

hard core bike tour - long international - around the world - Full kit for advanced bicycle tourist on long hard trips

advanced bicycle touring roadside tool list and repairs

chainring bolt tool
cable cutters
bottom bracket tool
real Allen keys

4 extra   brake pads
extra cables and housing
Spare Folding tire
bike grease

stove repair kit
Brooks saddle maintance
real spokes


Long International bike tours 1yr and more

For touring cyclists on extended trips through undeveloped parts of the world, 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 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.


real allen keys
chainring bolt tool
cable cutters
bottom bracket tool - can borrow adjustable wrench
brake pads (discs?) = 4


International long bike tour

Pedro's L Hex Wrench/allen key set

Allen Keys

You can get by with a folding allen key set as I suggested for short tours.  But on a long tour where I know there will be regular bike work I like loose allen keys bound together in a set.  One big advantage to this set is there is a big 8mm allen key long enough to remove most newer pedals.

Allan keys are essential on bicycles.   (this may include 8mm to take off newer pedals)

Includes size 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 & 10mm

Park Chainring Nut Wrench

Chain Ring Bolt Tool

This little tool is used more than you think on longer tours where you are cycling enough miles that you can expect chainring bolts to come loose or wear out.  These bolts have a mysterious way og loosining on new cranks/bikes and after you replace worn out chainrings with new ones - even if you double check the tightness

Park Pro Cable/Housing Cutter


Cable Cutter

Any kind of regular wire cutters like those on a Leatherman will cut bike cable in an emergancy but they also tend to easily fray the cable. It can take some work to cut the cable clean enough to fit into the housing. 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 all the time because I change to new cable and housing every couple years when I get a new drive train (cassette, chain, chainrings, and rear dearailer pullies)Park Pro Cable/Housing Cutter

crank puller  

link to page with all bb tools


pick and link to the other type of bb tool - ALL BB tools

Bottom Bracket Tool

/ (different design for different bikes, heavy thing to carry so make sure you can use it)

crank puller/bottom bracket tool

Park BBT-9 Bottom Bracket Tool

For extended trips through undeveloped countries a tool to remove your bottom bracket.  Bottom bracket trouble is rare these days but they do wear out and need to be replaced.  In developing countries with few modern bike shops, 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.  I have learned on a trip as long as mine that I do use it from time to time but, more often than not, I am using it to help out some other touring cyclist with a loose bottom bracket.

Replacement Brake Pads

Replacement Brake Pads

For a six month tour (or intermediate bike touring) one spare set of brake pads is fine. For advanced touring, at least two sets is advisable. If you're heading to steep mountain country, you might thing about bringing more.

an old pair with a little fife left in them is fine for short trips but 2 new sets is recomended for long trip

Brake/Shifter Cable and Housing

Cable and Housing

Breaking cables on a bike tour is common.  Usually it is the rear derailer cable so I recommend having a spare rear derailer cable even on short tours.  For long tours you can expect to replace cables and housing at some point so I would carry 1 or 2 full sets. 

This is a good set because it has all the little cable ends.

brakes and Deralirer

Not needed for day rides, 1 derailer cable is min for intermediate tour and 2 complete sets of brake and dshifter cable and housing


Bike Grease

Bike Grease

I like bike grease on most of the bolts on my bikes.  threads


Link to chains


Carrying a whole extra chain is only for those who know they will not to be able to buy or mail a chain to themselves on their route.  An example is a long trip in India or Africa where receiving mail is a huge hassle.

Really it does not belong in the spare parts dept but....


extra cables & housing= full set
1 derailer cable is min for intermediate tour and 2 complete sets of brake and shifter cable and housing

extra tire

Folding Emergency Spare Tire

Schwalbe Marathon Supreme HS382 (Folding Tire) Manufacturer: SCHWALBE Schwalbe Marathon Supreme

if you are starting with new tires on short trip not needed but essential on ling trips

Shop for Schwalbe Tires Here

Brooks Proofide Saddle Dressing

Brooks Proofide Saddle Dressing
Click above to purchase.

Brooks Leather Saddles need to be conditioned on a regular basis, especially when they're new. Saddles get exposed to sun and heat that cause drying and cracks. For extended touring, I go through one canister per year per saddle.

Buy Brooks Proofide Saddle Dressing  HERE

Brooks Saddle Tensioning Spanner
Click above to purchase.

Brooks Standard Saddle Tensioning Spanner



MSR DragonFly Camp Stove Expedition Service Kit

Click to purchase. MSR DragonFly Camp Stove Expedition Service Kit

Keep your DragonFly™ breathing fire with this comprehensive maintenance and spare-parts kit intended for extreme or extended trips. Includes the necessary tools and most commonly needed replacement parts for the DragonFly stove and pump. Packaged in durable carrying case.

Click to Purchase MSR DragonFly Camp Stove Expedition Service Kit

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