There is a fine difference between packing light and carrying everything but the kitchen sink. We maybe packed a little too light, with hope of accumulating gear in local shops and mechanics having suitable materials.
However, these countries preferred method of transport is motorbike, so when your 28" tyre explodes leaving a 3" rip, there is a slim chance of finding a replacement, even in the larger cities. Here was the ripped tyre which occured on the road to Nong Khiaw and were unable to fix until Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam
A list of what we had carried
A handful of random different sized Alan keys
A puncture repair kit - including tools to take tyre on and off
A Swiss Army knife
Different attachment pieces for the paniers
A multi sided spanner/wrench (limited in movement and sizes)
A couple of extra innertubes
What you could also do with
Tool to put pedal on crank (See Laos for evidence!)
A full set of Alan keys with screwdriver accessory
A Tyre Boot to put on the inside of a tyre, temporarily resolving a tear.
Adhesive tape - we used to temporarily fix a tear in Cynthias bag
A spanner/wrench with an adjustable size
Chain break – give your chain a proper clean once in a while
General lube – WD40 to stop any squeaks (my saddle)
Chain oil – buy a dry lube to stop getting black calves. More info
3 or 4 extra spokes with a spoke key
A spare derailleur
Making things practical, comfortable and easy for you.
- Bag for the handlebars
- Extended handle bars to give your arm and hand muscles a break.
- Water bottle holder on the frame.
- Odometer/GPS in a practical position
We had a small bag that clipped underneath the saddle, however for our next trip we will need to carry a little more and here are a few tips on how to spread the weight across the bike.
Keep zip ties/spokes in the handle bars, putting this empty hollow gap into a practical storage facility.
Use an old damaged innertube and wrap it a round the frame of the bike. This can be used as a strap for luggage when needed.
Use the frame of the bike to carry water bottles and handpumps. We also used this section to have one of our locks suspended. It didn't get in the way of my legs and was easily reachable.