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Much more can go wrong than just a puncture, so I also have some more items with me. My lovely wife
Irina will be my support crew, following me by car. She will carry the following items in the trunk:
If all else fails
I have a very tight schedule, and I cant lose a day waiting for my bike to get repaired in a bike shop. To
keep me on the road in this eventuality, I have a second bike with me. Its not a road bike, but a more
comfortable (but slower) trekking bike. I can carry bags on the back, so even if the support car breaks
down I will be able to carry all I need.
Call me paranoid, but there will be no excuses for failing this mission!
- Toolkit: Everything I need for completely disassembling and reassembling my bike
- Spare tyre: In case I rip my tyre to shreds
- Brake pads: I will be using my brakes a lot on the downhills
- Cleats: These attach to my cycling shoes, and are for clipping into the bike pedals
Bike computer: I need to know which roads to take every day, and I have a backup bike
computer to guide me in case my main one fails.
Cleaning stuff: The bike can get pretty dirty, especially when it rains. Keeping it clean will ensure
it will continue running smoothly.
- Chain oil: This is to keep the moving parts greased.
Tools and spare parts
Posted on July 04, 2013
I am hoping that nothing will go wrong on way from Bucharest to Düsseldorf, but you never know. I will
be travelling as light as possible on the bike, and I will take only the most necessary pit-stop items with
me. These are to get me back on the road if I get a puncture:
- Spare inner tubes
- Tyre levers
- A pump
A puncture repair kit (in case I use up both my spare inner tubes)
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