Stuff We Won’t Use
We’re leaving for the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Friday! It’s been too long since we’ve had a vacation, and both Pam and I are ready! We’re taking the tandem, and will ride a loop of about 250 miles over the course of five days.
In preparation, I began gathering some of the bicycle related stuff we’ll take but not use during breaks in The Biggest Loser last night. Into the handlebar bag went:
A SRAM Power Link. Actually, this is supposed to go on my Surly Commuter bike, but since it’s not made it there yet, I’m taking it on vacation.
My chain tool. This goes hand in hand with the Power Link.
My Green Park Tool Pin Spanner. When talking about this little jewel, you need to specify “green”. It comes in other colors, but only the green one will work. This is used to adjust the eccentric bottom bracket on the tandem. For those of you who aren’t familiar with an eccentric bottom bracket, that’s the device that keeps the timing chain between the captain and the stoker properly tensioned.
A fresh inner tube still in the box. This is in addition to the two tubes we normally carry anyway.
A tube patch kit. I’m currently using the glue-less variety.
By now, I’ll bet you’re wondering why we’re taking all this stuff we won’t use, aren’t you? Especially since we’re going to be hauling it around on the bike for 250ish miles. Well, the explanation is actually quite simple:
We’ve taken this stuff on every bike trip I/we have made so far and never needed any of it. As soon as I don’t take it, we’ll need it!
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