Tools to bring for third world touring
Only one person in the group needs to take tools if you plan to
bike tool bag
Note: the bike tool bag can be any small zippered bag.
Many are sold for placing behing the seat (but place in your
touring bag instead to minimize theft).
tool cloth or kit (inside the bike tool bag) containing:
Note: the tool cloth bag with most of these tools was
purchased mostly complete but now it's not in my catalogs. They do
have tools that combine half the items below into one tool, in
which case do without the tool cloth.
- pedal wrench
- head set wrench if you'll be on remote (e.g., Himalaya)
- air pressure guage
- 3 tire irons
- spoke adjust
- 5 metric allen wrenches,
- including shimano brake adjust tiny allen wrench if that is
what your brake uses.
- chain tool
- pliers, small adjustable
- screw driver-philips&slotted
- variable crescent wrench, very small size
- wrench, thin, 32, 15 mm (head, pedal)
- tie wraps (2)
small plastic bag of hardware (best placed inside the pocket of
the bike tool bag) with the following:
- extra key for lock
- pin for chain tool (keep here so won't lose)
- 2 caps for innertube
- 2 chain links
- 2 #8 nut, washer, screw
- 2 short, 1 long bike screw (mtn bike type, similar to
- cable end crimp
- spare tube (for remote regions, like the Himalaya, or in
- pump (test the pump before you go for at least 50 psi). Some
fast-inflate pumps only go up to 30 psi.) Fast-inflate is not good
enough for off-road, or if no gas station is available for a week
(e.g., crossing the Himalaya).
- dollar bill for emergency repair of tire damage (place inside
tire where there's a hole).