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Old 06-22-2011, 06:07 AM
tallcrown tallcrown is offline
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Talking Re: will my bike make it from dc to chicago

You forgot to tell him extra socks and clean underwear. You never know what happens out there on the road. Becareful too....

Originally Posted by Allen_Wrench View Post
I can't think of much to add that hasn't already been mentioned by others. The orange vest and lights are a great idea, I agree there. I would say: use the practice runs to get an idea of what spare parts to bring along. Without a doubt you'll need a spare tube or a patch kit, or both. Spare spark plug (doesn't weigh much). Spare lighting supplies (bulbs, batteries if the system uses them).

My personal tool kit: spare batteries, spare bulbs, air pump, patch kit, dogbone wrench, light adjustable wrench, the two allen wrenches my bike uses, flathead screwdriver, phillips screwdriver, sparkplug wrench, miniature battery tester, clip-on LED emergency lights, test leads with spring clips (for emergency by-passing of broken electrical connections.) I think that's everything I carry. And each was selected to be fuctional but small and light-weight too. Everything above, and more, fits into this little box/trunk I have on my rear rack. With room left over to pack a lunch.

One last thing - YES! definitely, if you can manage it, take lots of pictures and document your voyage! There's a lot of us who'll want to see and read all about this. It'll help some of us make trips like this ourselves.
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