Crafting a Balanced Bikepacking Repair Kit, from Ultralight to Expedition

Compiling a bikepacking repair kit is like buying insurance: you hope you won’t need it, but skipping it is an invitation for bad luck. Bicycle tools and spares can be heavy, our need for them is uncertain, and just having them isn’t enough… you need to know what to do with them. All of this can be stressful!

Many new bike travelers gloss over this important part of their gear list, only to end up sad and stressed by the side of the road, covered in bike grease and wishing they’d put just a little more thought into their tools and spares.

After riding nearly 20,000 miles in 16 countries and making a bunch of my own mistakes, I’m here to share my recommendations on what to carry in a repair kit for bikepacking. I know this part of the packing process can be a little stressful, and I want to help make it easier.

Whether you’re out for a weekend or a cross-continent journey, whether you’re bikepacking or touring, and whether you’re a total beginner or have already some miles beneath your wheels, read on for advice about how to compile the bikepacking repair kit that will save your butt when you need it most.

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When things go wrong with your bike in the middle of nowhere, you’ll wish you’d paid more attention to your bikepacking repair kit! (installing a spare derailleur hanger in the Moroccan desert)

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Finding the Balance

Deciding what to pack in your repair kit, like most things in bikepacking, is an exercise in calculated tradeoffs. To name a few factors that might influence your choices:

  • length of your trip
  • how light you’re trying to pack
  • availability of compatible parts
  • remoteness of your route
  • how well-suited your bike is to the trip you’ll be doing (eg. burly touring bike built for a heavy load, or an old road bike that might be pushing its limits)
  • current state of your bike parts and whether they’re likely to need maintenance on the road
  • how tight your schedule is
  • personal tolerance for risk
  • your knowledge of bike repair and maintenance

In the following bikepacking repair kit lists I try to balance weight and size of items with the likelihood they’ll be needed. This is always a calculated risk, so please don’t send me angry emails if you have really bad mechanical luck on your next tour. (Feel free to send a non-angry email though, and I will commiserate with you.)

Knowledge and experience are lightweight and extremely valuable. Learn some basic bike repair at home first and then ask yourself as you pack your kit, “Could I make this repair on my own without an internet connection?”

While bicycles are found everywhere in the world, different standards are common in different regions. Here in Laos, for example, you’ll find plenty of bikes and parts but maybe not the ones you need for your bike.

Tailoring Your Kit to Your Trip

The crux of the issue is really this: of all the tools and spare parts I might need out there, which ones am I most likely to need on this specific bikepacking trip or tour?

I find it helpful to categorize bike trips into three types: short / ultralight, standard, and expedition. Here’s what these mean:

Short, populated, or ultralight: A trip of less than a couple weeks, mostly on easier surfaces through relatively populated areas in relatively developed countries. You’ll pass a bike shop every couple days or could easily hitchhike to one. Examples could be the ACA Pacific Coast Route, the GAP and C&O Canal Trails, or an ultralight race where you’re prepared to take risks in order to pack as light as possible.

Standard: A trip of several weeks to months, mostly through relatively populated areas in relatively developed countries. Or, a shorter trip through rugged and remote areas or places with minimal infrastructure. Examples might be a few months touring in Southeast Asia or one week of extremely remote riding in the Nevada desert.

Expedition: Several months or longer, mostly in remote, rugged, and/or low-infrastructure areas. Examples might be touring Cairo to Cape Town or bikepacking across Mongolia.

Also consider your personal tolerance for spending time and money to solve bike problems. Parts can be shipped from another continent, you can hitchhike to the nearest city, or you can ask around the village until you find a creative mechanic.

Basic Tools

We all know basic tools are essential for a bikepacking repair kit. This is how you make adjustments to your bike fit, tighten loose bolts, pack your bike for air travel, and more. Exactly what tools are needed depend on your bike, but here is a good general-purpose kit.

Related: Peek Inside My Bikepacking Tool Kit: 4 Items I Never Ride Without

(In this table and all others, an “x” means I recommend bringing that item for that type of trip. An empty table cell means I don’t think it’s necessary.)

ItemSimpleStandardExpedition
Multitool with chain breakerxxx
Leatherman multitool with pliers?xx
Standalone allen keys in most helpful sizesxx
Small adjustable wrenchx (if needed)x (if needed)
Pedal wrenchdependsdependsdepends
Layout of bikepacking tool kit

Multitool with chain breaker: I’ve been using the IB-3 from Park Tool for many years. It’s durable and has everything I need, including a chain breaker that actually works (some cheaper ones struggle). The CrankBrothers line of multitools is also well-regarded.

Leatherman PS Multitool with Pliers: I carry the PS-Style Leatherman on all my bikepacking trips. It provides the essentials my bike-specific multitool doesn’t: pliers, mini-scissors, file, bottle opener. It’s TSA approved since it doesn’t have a blade, so technically you can carry it on a plane (though the inspector might look twice at it).

Standalone allen keys: Sometimes a multitool is awkward, doesn’t provide enough leverage, or doesn’t fit into certain nooks and crannies. You may want to bring individual allen keys in 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm sizes, and possibly 8mm if your pedals require it.

Small wrench, ideally adjustable: Not always useful, but handy if your cargo setup has a few nuts and bolts and you’ll be riding in remote places (wrenches can be found in nearly any town in the world).

Pedal wrench: If you plan to fly with your bike you’ll need to remove the pedals, and manyrequire a pedal wrench. Some models can be installed and removed with an 8mm allen key, so check yours first. If there are bike shops in your start and finish location, one strategy is to stop by and ask to borrow theirs.

Tires and Tubes

If there’s one thing every cyclist really needs, it’s to keep the rubber inflated and rolling. I consider these repair supplies non-negotiable for every trip, though I do vary the details slightly.

The repair supplies for tubes and tubeless setups are a bit different, but there is a lot of overlap because tubeless riders need to be prepared to put in tubes as a backup. I’ve toured and bikepacked with both types of setups and prefer tubeless for the puncture-resistance, but each has its pros and cons.

Repair Kit for Tires with Tubes

ItemSimpleStandardExpedition
Portable pumpxxx
Spare tubesx (1-2)x (2-3)x (3+)
Tire leversx (2)x (2)x (3)
Tube patchesxx (more)x (lots more)
Presta to Schrader valve adapter (if using Presta valves)xx
Tire bootsxx
Spare folding tire(s)x (1-2)
Bikepacking or touring repair kit for traditional tubes

Portable pump: Ideally a durable one that fits both Presta and Schrader valves, giving you more flexibility. This one is small, affordable, and has worked great for me over many years.

Tube patches: There’s a reason every bike repair kit has patches! Sooner or later, probably sooner, you’re going to need them. The Park Tool pre-glued patches have always worked well for me, very easy to use and no worries about the tube of glue drying out. Patches are small and light so bring plenty.

Pro tip: If using a vulcanizing patch kit with the little tube of glue, check to make sure it hasn’t dried out before each trip!

Tire levers (2): Some multitools include tire levers, but I’ve never found one that works as well as the standalone kind. I like these Park Tool tire levers because they’re easy to use and difficult to break. For long trips, consider bringing three as they can sometimes snap.

Presta – Schrader valve adapter: This tiny gizmo is super useful if your Presta pump breaks and you need to use more common Schrader valve pumps found along your route.

Spare tubes: You should plan on repairing your punctures, but it’s easier to do this at camp or in the comfort of a hotel room. Thus you want at least one spare tube to swap in by the roadside. Two or three is best for longer trips, since they can fail in ways that can’t be patched (near the valve stem for example).

Tubes are often easy to buy on the road, but consider that common wheel sizes differ across the world. For example, beefy 29 x 2.6″ mountain bike tubes might be hard to find in Asia or Africa, while a more standard 26″ or 27.5″ x 2″ tube will be easier.

Store spare tubes away from water and direct sunlight, and protect them from other objects in your bags. Some people put them in a ziplock with some baby powder.

Emergency tire boot: I carry this set of 3 tire boots in case of a bad tire tear. It can also be used to cover a rough spot in your tire that’s causing repeated punctures in the same spot. You can substitute a folded food wrapper or dollar bill in a pinch.

Spare tire: If touring extensively where tires are hard to find, consider carrying a spare. This is sometimes done by Cairo to Cape Town riders, for example, though lightweight folks generally skip it. Get the kind with a folding bead, not wire, so it’s easier to carry.

Miraculously this did NOT puncture my tube, thanks to those beefy touring tires, but I was ready with my patch kit if it did.

Repair Kit for Tubeless Tires

Shameless plug: If you want an easier way to compile all these supplies, I make and sell this comprehensive tubeless repair kit for bikepackers.

I’m a big fan of tubeless tires for their puncture resistance and pressure adjustability. With a tubeless setup you can expect to spend a bit more time before the trip and less time (hopefully) fixing punctures along the way. If you do get a bad puncture, however, it can be harder to deal with and requires a few extra supplies.

A repair kit for a tubeless tire setup needs to include all the traditional tube repair supplies, PLUS tubeless-specific supplies. If you end up with a large tear in your tubeless tire, your backup plan is to put a tube in. Thus you still need the spare tube and patches for it.

ItemSimpleStandardExpedition
Everything in the tube repair kit table in the section above, though you can get away with fewer tubes and patchesxxx
Extra sealant and injectorx (enough for 1 tire)x (enough for 2-3 tires)x (enough for 3+ tires and plan to restock)
Valve core removerxxx
Tire plug kitxxx (plus extra plugs)
Small tube of Super Gluexxx
Curved needle and dental floss?xx
Small pliers or tweezers?xx
Spare valve stem, or at least a spare corexx
CO2 cartridgesoptionaloptionaloptional
Bikepacking repair kit supplies for tubeless tires

Extra sealant and injector: Sealant is the magic that makes tubeless tires work, and it doesn’t last forever. Small amounts are lost as punctures self-seal, large amounts can be lost from major tire failures, and over months it gradually dries up. The amount you should carry varies by tire size and the hazards of your route, but I consider a single tire’s worth to be a bare minimum.

Consider also how you’ll add sealant to the tire without unseating the bead. The 2 oz Stan’s bottles and 4 oz Orange injector bottles both allow you to add sealant through a valve stem after removing the core.

Valve core remover: This tiny tool eases the process of removing your valve core to add sealant, or tightening if it comes loose. Technically the job can be done with pliers, but this tool prevents damage to the threads.

Tire plug kit: If you get a hole in your tubeless tire that’s too big to self-seal, you’ll need a plug kit consisting of “bacon strips” and a plug tool.

Super Glue, curved needle, dental floss: These supplies, along with the right sacrifice to the bikepacking gods, can help with the dark magic of repairing large tears in a tubeless tire without having to unseat the bead. FYI Super Glue comes in some very tiny containers.

Tweezers or pliers: If you do end up needing to put a tube in because of a tubeless tire failure, there’s a good chance your tires are full of sharp pokey things that will immediately puncture the tube. Your best bet is to try and remove them all with tweezers or pliers. I use the pliers on my Leatherman multitool — more on this below.

Spare valve stem: I carry this often and have never needed it, but an entire spare valve stem could come in handy. More likely, the removable core will be useful if yours becomes clogged with sealant or otherwise damaged. The core alone is smaller and you might reasonably choose to carry it without the rest of the stem for shorter trips.

CO2 cartridge: I’ve never used one and don’t carry them, but some people swear by CO2 cartridges to re-seat a tubeless tire bead.

Note on pumps for tubeless setups: I use my same little mini-pump for tubeless and for tubes. Some people, including the folks at bikepacking.com, report being able to seat a tubeless bead with high-volume mini pumps like the 100cc OneUp EDC and Lezyne Micro-Floor Drive HV. This is far from guaranteed, however, so for now I continue carrying my lighter pump and assuming I will need to find an air compressor or put in a tube if I break a bead.

Getting ready to top up sealant after loosing too much in the thorny Arizona desert
Adding sealant through the valve stem

Drivetrain

ItemSimpleStandardExpedition
Chain lube and small ragxxx
Quick links / master linksx (1-2)x (2-3)x (3+)
Quick link pliers or piece of old cablexxx
Spare shift cablexx
Spare derailleur hangerx (if needed)x (if needed)
Spare chain section (5-10 links)xx
Entire spare chainx
Spare shift housing?
Layout of drivetrain-related tools and spares in bikepacking repair kit

Chain lube and small rag or pack of disposable wet wipes. Keeping your chain clean and lubed is your first defense against drivetrain issues. Chain lube is found in bicycle shops worldwide, but probably not your favorite type. It’s possible to go through lube surprisingly fast in rain or dust, so bring plenty for a long remote ride.

Quick link, also called master link (2+): Handy for repairing a broken chain, or if you need to remove your chain from the bike for any reason. With two you can splice in spare links to repair a damaged section. Make sure you get the right kind of quick link to match width your chain (8 speed, 10 speed, etc).

Quick link pliers: Quick links can be fiddly to open and close. These pliers make life so much easier, but you can also make do with a section of old cable and this neat trick in a pinch.

Spare chain links: If a few chain links get damaged, you can remove them and rejoin your chain, but it will be too short for all your gears. I carry a short section (5-10 links) of chain that I can splice in with quick links to repair my chain at its proper length.

Entire spare chain: If touring for 2000+ miles in a place where you’re not sure you can buy a replacement, consider carrying an entire spare. Note that higher-speed chains like (10, 11, and 12 speed) can be harder to find in developing countries.

Spare derailleur hanger: Some derailleurs attach to a hanger, a “sacrificial” part designed to bend under impact so your derailleur doesn’t break. I always carry a spare and have used it several times (the hanger on my Fargo is notoriously soft).

Spare shift cable: You’re unlikely to need this, but when you do, you really need it. Choose the right type for your bike (drop bar versus flat bar controls) and cut it to length at home first. Wrap it up with your spare brake cable and stash them in your handlebars, seat tube, or other out-of-the-way place. Also know how to install it, otherwise it won’t do any good when you need it most.

Brakes

ItemSimpleStandardExpedition
Spare brake pads?xx (more)
Sandpaper (for disc brakes)xx
Spare brake cable (for mechanical brakes)xx
Hydraulic brake supplies??
Spare brake housing?
Layout of brake-related supplies in bikepacking repair kit

Spare brake pads: It’s common to run through brake pads on a bike trip, even a short one, especially if they’re already worn or you’re riding in gritty conditions. You won’t always find your specific type of pad along the way, so bring at least one spare set if there’s any chance of needing them (and make sure you’ve practiced installing them).

Sandpaper: Disc brake rotors and pads can be contaminated by oils, and pads can become glazed from too much heat, resulting in maddening squealing. You can often fix it by wiping rotor and pads with rubbing alcohol or alcohol prep pads, lightly sanding with medium grit sandpaper.

Spare brake cable for mechanical brakes: Unlikely to be needed, but very helpful when it is. Choose the right type for your bike (drop bar versus flat bar controls) and cut it to length at home first. Wrap it up with your spare shift cable and stash them in your handlebars, seat tube, or other out-of-the-way place.

Brake pad separators: like this, but for your specific model of brakes, to keep the pistons from sticking together while transporting the bike with one or both wheels removed.

Hydraulic brake supplies: I recently upgraded to a bike with hydraulic brakes and I love them. But I have to admit, the added complexity of field repairs does make me think twice about taking this bike on long and rugged trips abroad. So far I’ve been lucky, but in some cases I would consider carrying supplies for emergency bleeding and repair. The Emergency Bleed Kit from Neutron Components is the most obvious addition to a bikepacking repair kit, but it won’t fix major problems.

Other Spare Parts and Tools

ItemSimpleStandardExpedition
Spare bolts?xx
Spare cleat and bolts?xx
Wolftooth Valais or hose clamp (if running dropper seatpost)xxx
Threadlocker (blue)xx
Shock pump (if running suspension fork)?x
Spare spokes and nipples?x
Spoke wrench??

Spare bolts: Depending on your bike and what you have attached to it, it’s not a bad idea to carry a few spare bolts for your racks, bottle cages, etc.

Blue Threadlocker (243): Some bolts have a tendency to vibrate loose over time, especially if you ride gravel and dirt. A dab of this stuff keeps them in place while still being easily removable with tools. Pro tip: use only blue threadlocker, which is removable, never the permanent red type.

Spare cleat and bolts: If you use clipless pedals, consider bringing a spare cleat and bolt or two for your cycling shoes. They’ve been known to wear out, break, or get lost. This is less critical if you have MTB-style shoes with recessed cleats and hybrid or dual-sided pedals which would allow you to pedal comfortably without clipping in.

Related: Best Pedals for Bikepacking – How to Choose

Wolftooth Valais or hose clamp: If you’re bikepacking with a dropper seatpost, you want a way to clamp the post in place in case of failure. It’s not a common problem, but if you’re using a seat bag you may already have a Wolftooth Valais clamp (note there are two sizes) that can be used to keep a broken post extended. A hose clamp is another option, but this would likely damage the stanchion.

Shock pump: If bikepacking with a suspension fork, especially over a long time period, you might find yourself needing to adjust the air pressure. Depending on your fork and your pump, you might be able to do this with your tire pump (I have), but it’s best not to count on it.

Spare spokes and nipples: These are small and easy to carry, but make sure you know what to do with them if needed. I’ve never had a spoke fail on me, but I’m a light person who rides sturdy bikes. If you run wheels with fewer spokes or load up very heavily, you might need spares. Another option is the FiberFix Spoke Replacement, which is easier to install but only a short-term emergency fix.

Spoke wrench in correct size: I have this listed in the expedition category because I have never needed one, and in an emergency you can use an adjustable wrench or the pliers on your Leatherman. But, they’re small and some touring cyclists swear by bringing them. Many multitools include them.

Misc. Repair Supplies

Here are all the other random bits in my bikepacking and touring repair kit, mostly used for fastening things to other things. If you don’t feel like compiling these supplies yourself, check out the Bikepacker’s Fix It Kit (shameless plug).

ItemSimpleStandardExpedition
Zip ties in assorted sizesxxx
Gorilla tapexxx
Electrical tapexxx
Gear repair tapexxx
Frame tapexx
Nitrile glovesoptionaloptionaloptional

Zip ties / cable ties: Small, light, and handy for creative repairs to racks, panniers, and pretty much anything. Bring a few different sizes.

Gorilla tape or duct tape: Wrap a few turns around your pump or lighter. Useful for touching up rim tape and making repairs to panniers, camping gear, and even tires.

Electrical tape: Wrap a few turns around something else in your kit. It’s durable and sticky but also easy to remove. I’ve used it as emergency rim tape, to attach bottle cages without bolts, repair torn handlebar tape, and protect my frame and handlebars from mounting hardware.

Gear repair tape: I always carry a strip of clear Gear Aid repair tape. I’ve used it to repair rain gear, a tent, and an inflatable sleeping pad, among other things.

Frame protection tape: Bikepacking bags can abrade frames and forks over time, especially carbon. You should apply frame tape at home before loading up, and for a long trip it’s worth bringing extra to reapply.

Nitrile gloves: An optional luxury if you don’t like getting your hands dirty. I always thought this was silly until I rode behind a herd of cows for a few miles and then needed to fix a flat… 😉 They also make good emergency rain gloves.

Big Bikepacking Repair Kit Table

Putting all that together, here is the big list of repair kit supplies for bikepacking and touring. This table shows the items down the left column and the type of trip (see above definitions) across the top row. An “x” means I recommend bringing the item for trips of that type. A number in ( ) after the x shows the quantity I recommend. A ? means it really depends.

Disclaimer: Other cyclists may have different opinions. This table is based on nearly 20,000 miles of my own personal experience and a whole lot of research and conversations with other tourers and bikepackers.

(This table scrolls left and right on small screens.)

ItemSimpleStandardExpedition
Portable pumpxxx
Multitool with chain breakerxxx
Spare tubesx (1)x (2)x (3+)
Tire leversx (2)x (2)x (3)
Tube patchesxx (2 packs)x (several packs)
Tire repair plugs (if tubeless)xxx
Extra sealant (if tubeless)x (enough for 1 tire)x (enough for 2-3 tires)x (enough for 3+ tires and plan to restock)
Valve core remover for Presta valves (if tubeless)xxx
Quick link / master linkxx (2)x (3+)
Quick link pliers, or piece of old cable as a hackxxx
Leatherman multi-function tool with pliersxxx
Wolftooth Valais or hose clamp (if running dropper seatpost)xxx
Gear Aid repair tapexxx
Chain lube and small rag or pack of disposable wet wipesx (2+ oz bottle)x (4 oz bottle or plan to restock)x (multiple 4 oz bottle or plan to restock)
Nitrile glovesoptionaloptionaloptional
CO2 cartridgesoptionaloptionaloptional
Pedal wrenchif neededif neededif needed
Extra valve stem (if tubeless)xx
Small tube of Super Glue (if tubeless)xx
Curved needle and dental floss (if tubeless)xx
Spare cleat and bolts (if clipless)xx
A few zip tiesxx
Extra frame tape (esp. for carbon frames)xx
Blue threadlockerxx
Presta – Schrader valve adapterxx
Spare brake and shifter cablesxx (consider spare housing too)
Spare brake padsxx
Sandpaper (disc brakes)xx
Spare section of chain (~10 links)xx
Spare boltsxx
Tire bootsxx
Electrical tape (small amount wrapped around something)xx
Standalone allen keys in most common sizesxx
Spare derailleur hanger, if your derailleur uses onexx
Small adjustable wrenchxx
Spoke wrenchxx
Shock pump (if running suspension fork)?x
Hydraulic brake supplies? (if relevant)? (if relevant)
Spare folding tire or twox
Entire spare chainx
Spare spokes and nipples, or possibly a FiberFix spokex (1-2)

Packing Your Repair Kit

Now that you have your bikepacking repair kit supplies, where and how do you carry them?

You don’t necessarily need to get fancy here. In the past I’ve used an old water bottle in a bottle cage or just a mesh bag in my pannier. I’m currently using the Blackburn Tool Wrap on my down tube to save space in my bags; it carries all my less commonly used tools and spares.

Other tips and ideas for carrying a repair kit on your bike:

Put heavy things – spare chain, larger tools – lower on your bike and closer to the center. This could be the bottom of your frame bag or the bottom of panniers.

Get creative with things you don’t need often, like spare cables or brake pads. These can be stored inside handlebars, seat tubes, etc.

Spare tubes should be protected from dirt, rain, and direct sunlight. Some people put them in a plastic ziplock bag with a little baby or talcum powder to prevent rubbing and catching on the plastic.

Repair supplies and tools don’t necessarily need to be in fully waterproof storage. But if your gear has gotten soggy lately, check on your tools to make sure they’ve dried out and aren’t rusting.

Picture of bikepacking setup with labeled repair kit in water bottle on down tube
An older setup in which I used a water bottle to carry my repair kit.
Picture of bikepacking setup with labeled repair kit in tool wrap on down tube
My current setup, with most of my spares in a Blackburn Tool Wrap.

Should You Share A Repair Kit?

Sharing gear as a couple or group might seem like a great way to pack lighter, but think carefully when deciding to split a repair kit among multiple riders. Consider whether there is any chance of riding separately, even for a few hours, and what that means if one of you has a mechanical issue while the other is riding ahead.

Personally I think every rider should carry at least their own basics like a pump and flat repair kit and be able to use them alone. That way you can also serve as each others’ backup if something goes wrong, like a pump breaking in the middle of nowhere.

For tools or supplies that are unlikely to be needed often, especially for a couple who are very likely to stay together for the whole trip, I think it’s fine to split up rarely used items like adjustable wrenches, standalone allen keys, and spare cables to lighten everyone’s load a little.

Solo bikepackers may want to be a bit more conservative in their repair kit decisions and a bit more confident in their repair skills, especially if riding in remote places.

Finding Repair Help Around the World

You can have the best bike touring repair kit in the world, but if you ride long enough you will eventually need help while on the road. Here are some strategies for that.

Motorbike repair shops are far more common than bicycle shops in some parts of the world. Local mechanics often have a good selection of tools and solid mechanical aptitude.

Hardware stores sometimes stock basic bicycle parts in small towns that don’t have a dedicated bike shop.

This may be specific to the fact that I’m female, but I’ve found that men all over the world will enthusiastically jump in to “help” fix my bicycle even if they don’t know how. Sometimes they’re actually helpful, but other times they’re not familiar with the specifics of my bike and can end up making it worse. Accept help graciously, but cautiously.

Talk to people. I once managed to source a replacement pedal in a tiny Nebraska town by simply making small talk with a curious couple at McDonalds. It’s not always so easy, but you might get lucky.

Buy or barter: If the part you need can be found on locals’ bicycles, you may be able to buy a used part from someone you meet. Obviously you should offer them a generously fair price and make sure you’re not depriving someone of their only means of transportation.

Order online: In the US, Competitive Cyclist offers free 2-day shipping on orders over $50. And of course, there’s always Amazon. You’ll need an address to ship to; ideas include general stores, RV parks, hotels, small-town diners, and Warmshowers hosts along your route. See Mastering Mail Drops for more detail on how to accept packages on the road.

Bikepacker’s Companion eBook

If you’re still feeling a little uncertain about your bike repair knowledge, I’ll shamelessly plug my eBook: the Bikepacker’s Companion. It’s a 140-page PDF download you can save on your phone and refer to if/when things go sideways in the middle of nowhere. It includes an entire chapter on bike repair and troubleshooting, plus advice for every other aspect of your pedal-powered trip.

Learn more here: Bikepacker’s Companion eBook.

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      5 thoughts on “Crafting a Balanced Bikepacking Repair Kit, from Ultralight to Expedition”

      1. Crank extractor if needed to box/bag bicycle or service non-sealed bottom bracket. Test multitool by disassembling bike for packing or servicing only the tool. Too-tight and inaccessible nuts and bolts quickly become apparent.

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      2. Your writing (in this and other articles) is very clear and organized. I’m glad I came across your Exploringwild.com and I’m enjoying your articles. Keep up the good work.

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      3. Glue. Patch kits of any brand contain a small tube of glue. It always dries out, even if never opened. And even the Park glueless patches dry out pretty quickly and should be replaced annually if you go that route. I think a more reliable setup might be a selection of standard patches and a 1 oz tube of quality rubber cement such as Slime brand. Just keep in mind that once opened it should probably be replaced at some point. Better yet get a small airtight 0.5-1 oz (such as Nalgene polyethylene) container and refill from a large can of Slime which will last forever.

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