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Alaska / Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010

New Zealand
Sept 2007 to May 2008

Sept 2006 to Sept 2007

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Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

South America
June 2003 to June 2004

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March 2002 to April 2003

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Equipment Pages Index

How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
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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 Bicycle Tool List
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This first level applies to anyone riding a bicycle more than walking distance from their home. This list applies to long after-work rides, weekend rides and micro tours. This is a bare essentials tool and spare list that avoids extra weight and bulk.

On day rides, 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 maintenance and care tools are left out.

(see most common breakdown)

Bike Multi Tool

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 waiting at home. On longer bike tours,  I find the ergonomics and quality of multi-tools to not be nearly as useful as individual tools. They are best seen as an emergency tools only. When shopping for a multi-tool, make sure it has a chain tool included, or carry a separate chain tool along.

Bike Tubes

Spare Tubes

Carrying spare tubes for those inevitable flat tires and punctures is essential. Some flat tires can not be patched and a new tube is needed. I like to carry 1 - 2 spare tubes on day rides , at least 3 when intermediate touring with frequent bike shops and more for longer advanced tours. It all depends on tube availability along your route. Slime tubes are a bit heavy but greatly reduce flats.

Patch Kits

Patch Kits

If I get a flat tire on the road, I usually replace the tube with a new (or patched) spare tube and patch the hole/s later at camp or home. Tubes are expensive and bulky to carry. Patching your tubes stretches your travel funds while reducing the overall weight in your bags and the environmental impact of your cycling.

Tire Levers

Tire Levers

Tire levers may seem insignificant when you first hold them in your hand but they can remove and install a tire on a rim without damaging the inner tube. These are lightweight and cheap, but essential tools.

Chain Joining Links

Chain Joining Links

These joining links are the same idea as the old fashioned "Master Link" of days gone by. If your chain gets mangled you remove any twisted pieces with a chain tool and rejoining the chain with these joining links. A must-have even on day rides. On longer tours you should carry a short section of chain to replace the damaged links so the repaired chain does not get shorter. These chain joining links are tiny and easy to lose, so I keep several still inside the original packing.

Best Touring Pumps


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 arenít 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.

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

Tim's pick - Best Bicycle Touring Frame Pump Best Touring Pumps

  Presta Valve Adapter

Presta Valve Adapter (if needed)

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



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Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
Cargo Trailers
Kick Stands
Commuting Bikes

Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag


Bike Shoes
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Stealth/Free Camp

What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

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