A list of the tools and spares that Garry Carries with him.
(Garry’s not particularly mechanically minded but is very practical and can usually get by somehow he may not know what to do with half the tools and spares he carries but his philosophy is that somebody will!)
Topek Multi tool
Rohloff sprocket remover; Specialist tool, as said above!
Link remover; Garry has actually managed to use this once but it was at home!
Saddle spanner; For tightening up the saddle.
8mm socket; Used when dismantling bike ready for flying, it makes it all a lot quicker and easier
Puncture repair kit; Garry can use this!
3 tyre levers
Tyre; Schwalbe Marathon Mondial folding tyre x2 on longer trips.
Inner tube; Schwalbe x4 again on longer trips.
Spokes; Both front and rear as their different sizes, they are just strapped to the cross bar, again it would be a case of finding somebody to do it for Garry!
Gaffer tape and cable ties; Anything can be fixed with these!
Rohloff rear sprocket: Possibly hard to come by in some countries.
Spare brake blocks; You never know!
Oil; Used all the time.
Spare chain links
Nuts and bolts; Only a couple ever since one snapped when he was in Ireland and couldn’t find a replacement.
Garry’s original touring tent was the MSR Velo, the ideal cycle touring tent! It had a large vestibule which was useful for storing panniers in overnight; it was even big enough to get a bike inside if needed! And for its time was fairly light! In fact, it was probably made specifically for cycle touring; hence the name Velo! (French for bicycle)
Garry’s Velo had sat on the back of his bike for over 35,000 miles and was with him on his world tour. But after countless nights of camping under the stars in wind, rain, hail, snow and usually being packed away wet the following morning It just wore out! It had even survived a tornado! (Spain 2008)
Unfortunately, when Garry went to buy another one, MSR had stopped making them! So Garry had to start looking for an alternative.
The Sea to Summit Travel Day Pack. An extremely lightweight daypack that compresses down into its own stuff sack and takes up about as much room as a pair of socks.
Because Garry’s main mode of transport is his bike, he rarely needs a backpack. But there is always the odd time when it comes in handy. Whether it’s playing the tourist, walking around the sites of some city. (not that that happens very often!) Or that trip to the consulate, to get a visa. Where you’re required to present a myriad of documents, everything can be easily carried, in the Sea To Summit Travel Day Pack.
Garry’s pack sits at the bottom of his pannier and get’s forgotten about until the next time!