Emergency repairs on the Munda Biddi

Simplistic emergency repairs

If it moves and it shouldn't - try gaffer tape or cable ties.
If doesn't move when it should, try chain oil or WD40

Know how to fix a flat tyre

Carry spare tubes, puncture repair kit, gas bottles & adaptor (optional) and a pump. Always carry a couple of spare tubes, as you may burst a tube or rip a valve, so it may not be repairable with your puncture repair kit. If you use a BoB trailer, don't forget a spare tube for that too. I like to carry a spare pump in case the pump on the bike fails. Don't just rely on gas bottles as once you use all your gas you have no pump. Plus they are heavy. Make sure you can change a tube, especially the rear wheel, before you go. I average a flat tyre every 1000 to 2000 km of riding on the Munda Biddi. The trail is actually fairly soft, but always be prepared for multiple tube failures - just in case.

Hanger

FiberFix Spoke replacements

(OK, that is American spelling - we would spell it Fibre Fix).
Ideal for fixing broken spokes on the trail. It is not necessary to remove the cluster if it happens on your rear wheel. A broken spoke put extra pressure on other spokes, causing more to break. I have ridden about 100km with one of these on my rear wheel and I cannot recommend them enough.  FiberFix spokes  are now a vailable from me  for $28 including postage (or 2 for $50)  - more details coming March 2017.

See how to fit a FiberFix spoke here:

You can buy them here.

Multi Tool:

See the range of bike tools we stock here:

You can buy them here.

Chain link & breaker

When replacing chains, I use Wippermann or KMC chain links. It means you can undo a chain without tools for cleaning etc. A s a result, I carry a spare. I think most suit the number of gears in the rear cluster eg 7, 8, 9 or 10. Try your LBS or online, they should be less than $10.

Damaged tyre

I have always carried tyre repair patches ( I use a denim material about 50x 100mm). I had a tyre split on the rim about 70 km from the nearest town, and the split was too big for even several patches. I had to walk 10 km to the sealed road then flag down every passing caravan till one had a MTB on the back and sold me a tyre. All up, took about 5 hrs, so now I carry a fold up tyre. If my mates ever need it on the trail, it will cost them a new tyre when we get back, plus a carton of beer! A temporary repair could be cable ties around canvas.

Essentials:

Bike tyre pump, spare tube(s), puncture repair kit with tyre levers, bicycle multi tool.

Chain lube, wire, cable ties, gaffer tape, fasty straps (may help you secure luggage).

Assorted nuts and bolts. A bicycle multi tool is ok, but sometimes a full size set of allen keys is better.

See "What to take list" for a comprehensive list to assist with your trip planning.

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