Gear: Tools

Putting together a tool kit for our road trip was an interesting challenge. It’s a trade off between weight/space and being able to fix anything on the road. I did a lot of research online to see what fellow riders were carrying on their trips. I was aiming for a balance of having enough tools to handle most events without going overboard and trying to bring too much.

The stretch was probably the tire changing gear. Besides the tools (tire irons, lube, bead breaker, etc) Diane also carried two spare tubes for her tires which took up quite a bit of space, in case we couldn’t patch the existing one. Not sure how I would have handled a road side flat. Since we were never that far off the beaten path we probably could have done without the tire changing tools, except for the plug-kit for my tubeless tire.

The portable, 12v tire pump really worked out great. With an adapter to fit into the BMW plug I was able to adjust the tire pressure anywhere without having to find a gas station with a working air pump – not to mention the requisite quarters needed to operate the air pump. I’m glad we had it, a good investment and sure to come along on our next trip. NOTE: Be aware of time zone changes and respect the “quiet time” at campsites. One morning, not realizing we were in a different time zone, I fired up the pump (which is quite loud) only to find out afterward that it was only 06:30am. Oops. :-).

One thought on “Gear: Tools”

  1. I think there was a special nut (I don’t remember exactly which one it was), that would deserve a special introduction 😉

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