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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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#2 Intermediate Bike Touring Tool List
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This level of bicycle touring covers anyone on a one to six month tour in a developed country. Intermediate bike touring requires everything from the Day Rider list plus a few additions. It's adequate for most bike tourists, including those crossing the USA and other developed parts of the world. A one to six month bike tour is not long enough to wear out a bicycle and you only need to prepare for the occasional flat tire and other bad luck.

Assuming you are starting  with a bike in good shape - especially the tires and rear wheel, you should not have 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)

Bike Multi Tool

Leatherman Style Multi Tool with Pliers

I mainly like this for the screwdrivers, knife blades, bottle opener, can opener, and especially the needle nose pliers. The file, small saw and other gadgets occasionally come in handy.  They make many different sizes of these tools. I like the large ones.  A must for any kind of camping or bike touring.

Park Compact Chain Tool

Chain Tool

Twisting, breaking or mangling a chain is going to happen if you are on the road long enough. It's nearly impossible to cleanly take out bad chain sections without a proper chain tool.

The chain tool pictured here my favorite for travel and is the only one that has shop quality durability and ease of use. I always have a couple of spare Park Chain Tool Pin - Set of 2 on Advanced tours in case one gets damaged.

Chains can be rejoined with chain joining links and sometimes you need a short section of chain to replaced damaged links.

Planet Bike Dial Tire Gauge

Tire Pressure Gauge

A separate good quality tire pressure gauge is the item I highly recommend but is often overlooked. 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 bike tires topped off is super important in reducing tire wear and flats, not to mention a noticeable difference in cycling efficiency.  See more at my flat prevention page

Chain Lube

Chain Lube

This is essential to clean and lube bike chains and other components. You do not need to bring it on day rides because you can use it at home, but on a bike tour it is needed for regular maintenance. Don't forget to bring a dedicated rag along. Bike chains blacken anything they touch. Grease rags cannot double as dish rags.

Spoke Wrench

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 don't know how to properly true a wheel.

Cassette Removal Tool
(also called a cassette cracker or Hypercracker)

It is important to be able to remove your cassette on a bike tour but tools for removing cassettes are too big and heavy to carry on tour. This clever little device removes your cassette by using your cranks and drive train for torque. This tool is a little complicated compared to home tools but it gets the job done at a fraction of the weight and space.


Replacement Spokes

This is a very useful piece of emergency gear for bicycle touring. When a spoke breaks you can replace it with this temporary flexible nylon cable without removing the cassette on the side of the road. It is not meant to be a long term repair but it will carry you through the days it takes to get to a bike shop. If you have a couple along on shorter intermediate tours there is really no need to also have real replacement spokes. These cables do the job until you get to the bike shop. On advanced tours I carry a couple of these flexible spokes and several real replacement spokes to make permanent repairs at camp.


Folding Set of Allen Keys (hex head)

A compact folding set of Allen keys will be adequate on tour as long as an 8mm to remove pedals is not needed. Older pedals require a pedal wrench or you can make due with an adjustable wrench. A lightweight and compact option is to carry a separate bigger 8mm Allen key for your pedals and this folding set. On Advanced trips, I like a loose set of Allen keys that has more sizes and can be used in tight spots.

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 bike. This combination of sizes is uncommon outside of the bicycle world and the Park model pictured here is high quality and the perfect size for travel.

cone wrenches

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 Phil Wood Hubs, then you don't need this tool. Otherwise you need cone wrenches so you can adjust the hub bearings.


Pedal/Headset Combination Wrench
(if needed)

Pedals are frequently put on and taken off when flying or taking other public transportation. Many bike tourists still have pedals that require a pedal wrench but they are being phased out by newer pedals that use an 8mm Allen key instead.

Most bikes made in the last 10 years do not use a threaded headset and don't need a special headset wrench. The newer threadless headsets use a standard size Allen key included in any set intended for bicycles.

Park Crank Wrench and Puller
crank puller

Crank Puller  (if needed)

This tool is required to remove older wedge style cranksets from the bottom bracket. I prefer the new external bearing style of crank/bottom brackets which only requires an Allen key to remove the crank but if you like your older bike then you'll be needing this tool.

Camp Stove
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping pad
Water Filter
Camp Cooking
First Aide
Touring/Utility Bikes
Solar Charging
Tools and Repair
Topeak Deluxe Kit



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Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
Cargo Trailers
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Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag


Bike Shoes
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What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

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