Re: Digest Number 59
Fixing your own bike is not a tough skill to learn, and it gets
easier. The specialized tools you need to own are few and the freedom
you gain is beyond compare.
For fixing a bike at home, a minimum requirement is a folding allen
wrench set. Next a set of metric wrenches for the odd fasteners on your
bike. You can look over your bike and make a tool box based on what
fasteners are used. A chain tool is important but a crank extractor and
BB wrenches are not nessicary, since we no longer need to adjust our
bottom brackets. Then just pack your tools with you whenever you ride
and let the mechanical gremlins be forewarned that you are prepared.
And of course, tire patching supplies. I just rememberd that thre is a
pocket cycle repair book available that you can pack it with your tools
and you will have guidance when you need it.
- I agree that having a tool kit with you adds freedom to cycling. Don't worry
though if you have a breakdown that you can't repair; just hitch a ride. Its
real easy, lots of people that normally don't pick up hitchhikers will stop
i.e.. women, elderly, motorhomes etc..
My toolkits have the folding bicycle allen/screwdriver set,
patch kit, little pump and 4" adjustable wrench.
My touring kit has the above plus chainbreaker, spokes, spoke wrench,
freewheel tool and a few sockets with allen key adapter . I don't take BB
tools as I have a cartridge BB.
If that fails, I'll hitchhike.