This post will be pretty straight forward, as the tools I bring along are standard enough and they are selected to fit inside a 750ml tool and tube container made by BBB (pictured above) with room to spare. I carry the following:
– Spare tube wrapped in an old sock. The old sock can be useful for not only protecting the tube, but wiping down a chain if needed.
– Allen Keys tucked inside the folded sock in the following sizes
-2.0mm (for Campy adjustment screws on brakes)
-2.5mm (just in case)
-3.0mm (Bottle cage bolts, dropouts)
-3.5mm (Look seatstay intersect bolt)
-4.0mm (Stem bolts)
-5.0mm (Standard cable, brakes, chainring bolts)
-6.0mm (Seat post bolt for saddle adjustment)
-8.0mm adaptor (Crank arm bolts, pedals)
– Two tire levers and a patch kit.
-Tire boot kit. It’s smaller and lighter than a spare tire and can handle even the biggest slices. It can be hard at times to find 700c tires, so this is itinerary dependant, but normally I don’t carry a spare tire.
– Double ended Philips/flat screwdriver with removable handle left behind, for your derailleur adjustment limits.
– 15mm wrench for pedals, although my Look pedals use and 8mm Allen key.
– Micro travel lock. I trust this for any action which leaves the bike out of grip, but not out of site for about five minutes max., ie: Going inside a Boulangerie to buy lunch. It’s also good on trains. I don’t carry another lock because I would be too paranoid about my leaving my bike unattended.
– Micro swiss army knife, with scissors.
– Micro chain breaker.
– Pair of latex gloves.
Normally I also carry a spare spoke taped to the chain stay and a micro spoke key with all nipple sizes. On this journey, however, I have un-traditional wheels, which is a whole other long story regarding why. I am just crossing my fingers I don’t have any spoke problems as this is not my preferred method, and I will have standard 32 spoke hand-built wheels in the near future.