Many years ago I was out cycling with friends and we were on a small lane near a village called Kimcote, it was very quiet, just the rustle of gears and the quiet murmur of conversation, and my back tyre went bang, thing sounded like a shotgun going off, the bead had failed, fortunatly someone had got a tyre boot which meant I could finish the ride and get home, and since then I've kept a tyre boot in my saddle bag. I've only ever needed it for myself once, but I've bailed other people out a couple of times.Only once and it was my wife's bike. She'd only had it for 3 weeks so it was repaired by the shop.
Luckily we were close to home so not to far to walk.
Since that time I take a quick link and a chain tool plus a few other bits. Latest addition was a tyre boot. I've added this as it would have got me home the one time I had to ask for a lift.
I like to feel I can make it home from miles away even if it's slow.
A chain might break, but very unlikely. But without a tool (and the expertise to use it), this would likely be ride ending. For cyclists riding a distance, if it matters to them to complete their ride (or divert if necessary but without external assistance), the easy mitigation is to carry a chain tool and a spare quick link. And to do so is grammes (?100g), little volume and £8 plus £?1 for a quick link. I do this, but have only had cause to use it (on the road) on other people's chains.I keep reading stories of people breaking chains out on the road and how important it is to carry a chain tool? . . . .
Is there a way to avoid this nuisance?
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