When looking at ultralight bicycle tools for ultralight cycle-touring there is one main debate I’ve seen thrashed out on forums and blogs; ‘should I use a multi-tool or separate tools?’ Is it lighter to use separate allen keys, chain tools and screwdrivers or to use a multi tool with all of those features combined?
The answer usually comes down to how ergonomic and usable you want your bicycle tools to be. As a guideline, I would suggest that a tool kit (minus, puncture repair and spare parts) that’s less than 120g, easy to use and robust is an achievement. If you want ultralight bicycle tools and don’t mind modifying your multi-tool, perhaps even chopping parts off that you don’t need, you might be able to get that weight down to 80g or less and still have a reasonable level of functionality and ergonomics. Continue reading Ultralight Bicycle Tools For Cycle Touring→
Here’s my list of eight really useful cycle touring items that are sometimes overlooked. They’re the kind of tiny understated bits and bobs that make life on the road that bit easier or better but aren’t always significant enough to make it onto the average kit list:
First up are zip ties; zip ties are perhaps an obvious tool for the cycle-tourer, but in case you didn’t know these cheap and tough little fasteners come in handy for all sorts of repair jobs. I’ve seen racks and bottle holders reattached, cycle computers re-secured and they can be even used as anti-theft devices by securing the wheels of the bike to the frame, or the frame to some other fixed object. That’s quite wasteful though and wouldn’t really be good environmental practice but it may get you out of a fix if you had no alternatives. I also use them for binding parts of the bikes together before taking them on a flights, such as the pedals, handlebars and seat posts and a really clever thing I have seen others do with them is tie them around the tyres and rims of their bike wheels to help with traction in snowy and icy conditions, brilliant! Continue reading Eight useful cycle-touring items→
A few months ago I came across an interesting product called Sugru, a silicon based putty that air cures, and knew immediately that I wanted to play with some. The problem was I didn’t think I had any real uses for it, so I decided to make a list on my desktop and every time I came across a possible use for Sugru I scribbled it down. If I could find a reasonable amount of jobs that couldn’t be solved as well with other material’s then I’d get some to try.
As you may have guessed the list is now long and the Sugru has arrived so here’s my first use of it; On my approaching tour (3 days to go!) I’ll be cycling from Switzerland back to the UK with a couple of friends from Uni and I’ll be just taking a Bivy (the MSR AC Bivy) and a tarp for shelter. I have borrowed from a friend two collapsible tent poles to support my tarp, for when there are no trees or other supports, but there isn’t a simple way to hook my tarp to the ends of the poles. Continue reading Sugru; what would you use it for?→
Ultralight Cycle Touring and Fully Loaded Bicycle Travel