What’s in a Bikepacking Repair Kit

What’s in a Bikepacking Repair Kit

Sooner or later, everyone experiences a mechanical out on the trail. We know putting together a repair kit can be daunting, but having the right items packed can make or break your trip. In this video, Neil offers a detailed look at his repair kit and shares some thoughts on how each item could help you out of a jam…

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Repair Kit
Topeak Race Rocket pump (https://amzn.to/3vXf5GT)
Tube
Spare spokes
Zip Ties (https://amzn.to/3f8HL9U)
Topeak Alien 3 multi-tool (https://alnk.to/g34mIxX)
MSW Co2 and Chuck (https://alnk.to/deqf1v5)
Wolftooth Pack Pliers + 2 quick links (https://alnk.to/esPxTdO)
Stans 2oz bottle (https://amzn.to/3w0KcRW)
Stans valve core remover tool (https://amzn.to/3co4o8B)
Stand alone 4mm Alan key wrapped with tape and thread
Wheels Manufacturing derailleur hanger
Spare brake pads
Duct tape
Crazy Glue (https://amzn.to/3lQ3ftm)
Spare cleat with bolts
Small parts Box
-Chain link
-Plug tool (https://alnk.to/1XPKfl1)
-Spare plugs
-Brake screw
-Patches
-Curved needle x2 (https://amzn.to/2QF4P5Z)
-Valve core
-Bolts for nearly everything
Spare shifter cable
Sleeping pad patch kit (https://alnk.to/3y4z4H9)
Tent pole crutch/splint wrapped with thread and tape
Lighter
Dumond Tech OG formula in an eye drop container
Gerber pliers/pocket knife (https://amzn.to/3vYrtGq)

Mentioned Links:
BIKEPACKING REPAIR KIT & TOOLS: ESSENTIAL AND AUXILIARY – (https://bikepacking.com/gear/bikepacking-repair-kit/)
FIELD GUIDE TO TUBELESS TIRE REPAIR AND SETUP – (https://bikepacking.com/plan/tubeless-tire-repair-guide/)
THE BEST MULTI-TOOL FOR BIKEPACKING? – (https://bikepacking.com/gear/best-multi-tool-for-bikepacking-video/)

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Music by Ben Weaver (https://benweaver.net)
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50 Comments

  1. Damian Hancock on June 22, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    I have learnt the hard way to include a pedal bearing in my spare parts!! No bearing, no pedal!!
    It can be a long walk out, or a 10 minute fix if you have the part, tools and know how to fix it.

  2. Bob Shuff on June 22, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    I started getting intimidated when you opened that little plastic box. I thought it held patches!?! Reseating a repaired plus sized tire worries me since I’m looking at some desert routes. I guess the tube if all else fails, but I’ve struggled with an air compressor to keep my tubeless tires tubeless.

  3. Kevin535 B on June 22, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    A really comprehensive ‘Everything you need and how to pack it’ from the maestro himself!👌🏻Thanks Neil👍🏻

  4. middleaged dad on June 22, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks for this video, definitely a few tips I will take away. I carry a cassette cracker and For non tubeless a piece of toothpaste tube as a tire boot.

  5. Noman on June 22, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    👍

  6. paulus sixfifty on June 22, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    super glue can glue gashed skin back together after a crash

  7. Outback Wack on June 22, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    I carry about 1/10 of that stuff on rides because I’ve never done even an overnight yet…health issues (pulmonary embolism), but hopefully cleared in June for strenuous activity (I’m 61). Putting new 44’s on my Topstone tomorrow (hope they fit). When I moto-camped I’d always have my inReach with me, especially important when no cell service because you can still text and email.

  8. Kevin Grinder on June 22, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    I’m so happy I found this channel. This video, as well as the others I’ve viewed from it are so helpful and well done.

    I’m planning on taking my first bike packing trip soon and these videos are helping me feel and be more prepared. Thank you.

  9. Zeno Molteni on June 22, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Cool informative video! One of the things I carry is a cassette lockring tool, in case I need to remove cassette or a CL rotor (that use that style lockring), which can be helpful/necessary when putting in spokes. There are some minimalist versions of there but I just took a standard park tool one and drilled a hole across the hex part so I stick the 6mm key of my multi tool and use it for leverage instead of carrying a wrench. For a chainwhip you can just move the wheel slightly away from the dropout to access the cassette but leave it on the bike while you crack it loose. Not the most practical thing of course but it works in an emergency.

  10. Seann W on June 22, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Spokes can be stashed in some fun places. One bike has them stabbed through a chunk of old blue foam sleeping pad and shoved up the seat tube. For the other bike they live inside the tent
    poles (just long enough). Keeps them from poking holes in things or getting bent. Always bring 2 fire starters, maybe 3 on winter trips where melting water is necessary. really get to know your bike tool, mine had a cleverly hidden valve removal tool that I discovered only after forgetting to bring one with me, and then also buying a replacement mid-trip.

  11. Gordon Watt on June 22, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    A recent ride saw my dropper cable freeze and I had to bodge a Voile strap fix to keep my saddle up. I normally carry a Reverb collar but had left it at home… I wrap Voile straps round a Sam splint in my guide pack.

  12. Chuck Layton on June 22, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    I carry a small tube of shoe goo as well. So many uses for it.

  13. Tye Bragg on June 22, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Keep the awesome content coming! If I were to add just one item it would be a hotel key card, which is super light and small for scraping mud off tires and shoes.

  14. Firman Firdaus on June 22, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    What’s your overall bikeweight (with all the bags and tools, and full bidon) on your typical bikepacking trip?

  15. Joel Schreurs on June 22, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    No shock pump?

  16. TheMoonCloud on June 22, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    For dry and dusty conditions I love Squirt Dry Lube. It is paraffin based, it hardly attracts any dust at all and it’s easy to apply, clean off again and due to its clean nature makes components virtually last for ever.
    Only draw back is, it does not hold up to prolonged rides in the wet or mud.

    For All weather conditions I really like Viking Juice Chain lube, it doesn’t attract as much dirt as other wet lubes.
    Both are priced very well too, for the performance they offer in opinion.

  17. Adam Haughey on June 22, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Excellent and thorough review for a repair kit. I would add a shrader valve. My front shock failed due to a shrader valve gone bad. Had I a replacement, I would not have had to lock out the fork for the remainder of the ride and likely not crashed and broke my scapula and fracture dislocated a finger with 100 miles to go. Fiinger reduced in the field by myself. Finished the ride, but something as tiny as as shrader valve could have saved the day.

  18. Joel Nichols on June 22, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    What about a carbon frame repair kit? I’ve never broken a frame but it looks like you could put a bikepackable kit together that could easily save a trip. Especially if you’re someplace really remote like Africa or South America. It would likely be easier to repair your own carbon frame than trying to find a welder to repair a steel or aluminum frame. Never done it just wondering.

  19. yumyumhungry on June 22, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    A note for people who are unaware what he means by "I want to keep my tubeless setup, setup tubeless" Sometimes you need to pressurize the tire quickly to get it to seat on the rim properly.

  20. Curt Brown on June 22, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Super job Neil, very helpful

  21. Jim McCorison on June 22, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    A Schrader to Presta adapter. Small, lightweight, and allows you to use gas station air pumps on your Presta valves.

  22. Joseph Haddakin on June 22, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Sleeping pad repair kit 💯👍

  23. Marc T on June 22, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    I know people who refuse to carry any spares/tools, because they don’t like the look of a bag under their saddle. They do have their cell phone to call mom when they get a flat

  24. pgreenx on June 22, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Will the gerber pliers take the place of the master link tool?

  25. dy zolytan on June 22, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    I take the same little green tiptop box with about the same bolts and stuff, funny how small the world can get!

  26. smedvedowsky on June 22, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    I carry a small part of an old tyre in case of a big tire tear, that + inner tube and you can go home.

  27. Cameron Matthews on June 22, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    The super glue is great for fixing pinhole leaks in sleeping pads also. My punctures have always been small enough to fix with it.

  28. WaxistFallPlaz on June 22, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Holy Crap don’t ask a mechanic how to pack a repair kit 😛 … lots of this stuff can be left at home by riding conservatively and managing risk based on remoteness, how far you want to walk and how many km you have left. Ie Dont hit drops, hop rocks when loaded down with 1200km to go. No shame in walking rock gardens while loaded, keeping derailleur, rims and tires in check.

  29. donald walter on June 22, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    I have 4 multi tools accumulated over the years and for some reason not one of those tools fits all the bolts on my 5 bikes but an IKEA furniture Allen wrench does?

  30. dirtnastyish on June 22, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Mini pliers are nice to have for tubeless setups because the valve can get stuck shut with sealant. You can just carefully turn it with the little pliers and you’re back in business.

  31. Adrian Cartwright on June 22, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    zip tie ?

  32. Brett Foster on June 22, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Walking your bike home is a great learning experience.

  33. Mojo Hand on June 22, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Neil – Do you think carrying a Stein Mini Cassette tool is worth it if you break a drive side spoke? What other (light/small) options are there to pull a cassette or fix ds spokes?

  34. Andy Robert on June 22, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Kevlar flexible spokes are light, compact and you don’t need to take off the cassette if you break a drive side spoke.

  35. Richard Elsdon on June 22, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Add in a Jockey wheel. My first big multi day trip we were climbing out of a town on the second day when a buddy had his jockey wheel break into many pieces. Thankfully I had a single tacx jockey wheel in my spares and It bolted in despite not quite the right spacers. Trip saver.

  36. Dave Hoover on June 22, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Nice – pretty much what I carried on my mountain bike pack plus a few extras for around camp. Gravel riding just puts them on the frame. I would add an old toothbrush for cleaning the chain and other drivetrain stuff. Headlight is probably covered elsewhere, but much needed as you only breaks when it’s getting dark! Thanks for a good list and sensible approach to keeping yourself running.

  37. Far on June 22, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    The product placement in these videos is unbearable, sorry.

  38. Doug Landers on June 22, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    I always have a misc. bag of hardware too (bolts, nuts, cables, chain links). As well as this I always have some electrical tape, gaff tape (I prefer this over duct tape or gorilla tape), paracord, zip ties and some of those bendy wire ties for attaching random stuff to my frame/bags. You’d be amazed how well you can repair a broken rack with some sticks, paracord and electrical tape. I also carry a small adjustable crescent wrench in case I need to take off my pedals to box my bike for transport (works great for holding/turning any other small bolts too like on my cantilever brakes or to adjust tension on my Brooks saddle). Also can’t forget an old toothbrush and wire brushes, lube, and some rags (I just cut up old pants or shirts) for regular chain and casette cleaning.

  39. Loran Briggs on June 22, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    I’m huge fan of my topeak mini ratchet, its super versatile on the bike and around the house as it fits into very small places.

  40. Biking360 on June 22, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Good set-up and agree 100% about the bolts but I feel a spare derailleur hanger is also essential, they have a horrible tendency to break. Derailleur hangers are light, inexpensive, and easy to carry. What do you think?

  41. nosegrind v on June 22, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    put spare shifer cable and spoke into seat tube or hadlebar,

  42. D K on June 22, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    A very cheap addition to your kit that will take care of the worst kind of slashes: A few strips of inner tube, a sturdy needle + some fishing line and super glue.

  43. Rasmus Wiman on June 22, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    One thing I learned the hard way this summer is that the last thing you want is your sealant bottle leaking out into your bags. I’m pretty sure it’s worse than having your chain oil leak, because you will be able to clean the oil off most things, but clothes that have sealant on them will be forever sticky with that sealant (at least the Orange seal that I use) no matter how many times you wash them. So make sure you have the sealant bottle stored watertight!

  44. Federico Gurglielmo Morelli on June 22, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Usually I bring a santino of father maronno!

  45. Freightliner Bob on June 22, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    I’ve owned a pair of Pack Pliers since they first came out. Really well made but honestly, I can’t think of a time I’ll need them.

    If a chain breaks, I’ll only need a chain breaker tool and a quick link or two and at most a length of chain. If the chain doesn’t break, I won’t need any tools.

  46. Jay Gadong on June 22, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you for making this video. 🙏

  47. Darren Jer on June 22, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    How the heck did you get the Dumonde into the Visine bottle?! Lol

  48. Basti on June 22, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    Why would you want a strong derailleur hanger? It’s it’s purpose breaking?

  49. Eric Scarbro on June 22, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    One of the best overall selections of tools and repair supplies I’ve seen in a video, or even in books on touring/bikepacking.
    As mentioned by others, if you break a drive side spoke with j-spokes, you’ll need a cassette removal tool.
    Put your sealant inside a plastic bag, I’ve had a whole bottle empty out into my tools, really a mess.
    Depending on your cranks, you may need a beefy hex wrench to remove or properly tighten them.
    Loctite can be essential to keep bolts in place. I carry it in my repair kit on tours.
    Good to make sure you have a multitool or separate wrench for every bolt and nut on your bike.
    Most multitools with a chain break will also have a spoke wrench, but good to check.
    Rag for wiping down, wiping hands, and laying on the ground to keep parts and tools out of the dirt and not lost.

  50. David James on June 22, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    Having had one snap on a ride…. spare seatpost collar.
    Fortunately one of the other bikes had pipe clips holding a water bottle cage in place.
    Some note money
    One of my bikepacking bikes is Di2, so spare cables, a Bluetooth dongle, and a spare junction box. Means in the event of a broken shifter the remaining shifter can be reprogrammed.
    Cables mean the bike can be rewired.

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