Topeak 18+ Multi-tool
£21.99 from Evans.co.uk
A simple multitool easily accessed from my saddle bag, to fix up any minor issues. Contains all the most commonly used allen keys, as well as chain breaker and screwdriver bits.
KMC Missing Links
£3.25 from Wiggle.co.uk
We took along a few 9 speed Missing Links before we left, but ended up buying a few spares when we came across a decent bike shop in Southern Germany. These make for extremely easy chain maintenance, and allow for the chain to be removed for cleaning or transport. They are also useful for repairs to broken chains – one missing link was all I needed when my chain snapped in Stuttgart. We also carry around a spare piece of chain, for repairing different types of breaks – useful for Craig when he needed to add a link in Turkey.
£5.51 from Wiggle.co.uk
Innertubes are fairly easy to carry along in a pannier, but decent quality ones may be hard to find. Stu found this out when he bought an overpriced tube in Istanbul, which disintegrated rather quickly.
Through Europe to Damascus we carried 2 spare innertubes, but in India (once we had our Marathon Plus tyres on), and beyond (when bike shops would be a lot more frequent and decent), I only carried one, to save weight.
A handful of patches, some decent tyres, and that should be plenty.
I also carry a few of each spokes (front, rear drive side, rear non drive side), wrapped up and tucked into the seat post. I’ve only broken one spoke so far, when daydreaming on the road to Budapest and crashing into the back of Craig’s bike.
The spokes are strong, and the wheels have stayed almost perfectly true after 8000km so far.