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by mnichols
21 Jun 2019, 11:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s72p595/NBT2-%28next-best-thing%29-Cassette-lockring-remover You don't need a chain whip with this little cassette ring remover. But to avoid breaking your frame when using it you should make sure the cassette ring is not done up too tight when you set off on your tr...
by mnichols
21 Jun 2019, 1:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

I'm not sure if the list includes clothes to be worn while riding, otherwise I would only carry a single spare shirt and shorts. For leg cover knee warmers take up no space and make a big difference. I would also take cycling trousers for off-the-bike wear and omit the cycling longs. Yes, the list ...
by mnichols
21 Jun 2019, 12:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

Not completely superfluous but you might need a high SPF less: see Myth 5 on https://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2016/06/10/12-sun-safety-myths-debunked/ According to a magazine for black people, dark skinned people have a natural protection equivalent to factor 13 suncream, and whilst we/they...
by mnichols
21 Jun 2019, 12:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

My philosophy with the spokes is not that I change it myself but that I can get to a bike shop that can change them, but if you arrive without the correct spokes the chances of them having the right ones are small and the order times long. I could do a simple change, but I don't carry a chain whip,...
by mnichols
20 Jun 2019, 8:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling shorts - any recommendations?
Replies: 38
Views: 1605

Re: Cycling shorts - any recommendations?

+1 for PlanetX, but I also use DHB Aeron Rain Defence when it's raining - they do an excellent job of keeping you dry
by mnichols
20 Jun 2019, 8:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

I'd take sun cream. I've had a few friends who have developed skin cancers, not people who burn easily. Not burning does not make you immune to skin cancer. My father never used sun cream, never burnt and made Dale Winton look pale. He twice had skin tumours removed. Ultimately it didn't do for him...
by mnichols
20 Jun 2019, 5:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

Looks like a well thought through list, doesn't look anything like mine, but then why would it. Two comments I'd take two tubes, but use light ones, maybe even a size down depending on the tyre size. Fiberfix spoke - before you leave the real spokes at home in favour of it, you might want to read C...
by mnichols
20 Jun 2019, 5:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

Would this be easier to fit roadside than proper spokes? Will it work for all wheels? Here's one of a few vids out there https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF8R7psdtN4 I'm far from an ultralight tourist, but I am intrigued by the ultralight tourist. I very much appreciate the time you've taken to make...
by mnichols
20 Jun 2019, 5:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

One good thing to be said about spare spokes is that the spokes themselves are as easy to find a space for as anything. You just find a suitable tube on the bike and tape them to it. But you also need whatever tools it takes to make use of them if the need arises, especially something to get the ca...
by mnichols
20 Jun 2019, 5:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

Last point: the OP has described his pack in terms of volume (10 litres). Is this significant? I'm guessing at .5 kg per litre - is weight not a more important indicator? Could someone else's 10 l pack weight less than the OP's? I mention it in terms of volume because that's the way that you buy lu...
by mnichols
20 Jun 2019, 9:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

Bmblbzzz wrote:If you're going to take spare spokes, a Fibrefix seems to make sense: one of them can cover the potential three different sizes of spoke you would need (front, rear ds, rear nds).


Would this be easier to fit roadside than proper spokes? Will it work for all wheels?
by mnichols
20 Jun 2019, 3:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

Your not taking a spare chain, cable, etc probably because you think you can get to a bicycle shop if you need them. Use the same thinking for the second spare tube, etc. If you use the spare tube, seek a bicycle shop - buy 2 and throw the used one away. While your there .. take a look at the jerse...
by mnichols
20 Jun 2019, 3:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

Spare spokes not necessary if you have decent wheels to start with. Overshoes? Deodorant? Might have to agree to disagree on the spokes. Have seen a broken spoke end the tours of 3 different people over the years. I've broken a few myself over the years, but carrying a spare made this an inconvenie...
by mnichols
20 Jun 2019, 3:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

Deodrant - any tips on reducing from a roll on? https://uk.lush.com/products/guvner and one of those small pots you sometimes get lip balms in. - Skewers Pardon? Why would you need more of these than on the bike? Similarly, replace "Spokes" with a "Fiber fix". - Helmet - Garmin ...
by mnichols
20 Jun 2019, 3:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1961

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

The pedals, skewers, etc are listed separately as I have to take them off to pack the bike in the box.. They aren't spares. It's just to remind me to put them in the box The inhalers and antihistamines are a medical requirement I only take one pair of shoes, so the overshoes are lightweight and keep...