What bit of your bike has broken and stopped you riding on?
A punture. Fell off being too ambitious, after picking myself up and running away from the accident scene so that no one could see me, I discovered I had puntured. Couldn’t push the pump on to the valve to re-inflate the tyre as my hand did not work as it should, discovered later I’d fractured my wrist. Long walk home that night felling sorry for myself (only about 4 miles but it felt longer) as I did the injured soldier trudge.Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
Pretty much my first adventurous MTB ride, first ride of any sort that called for an OS map – just at the furthest point from civilisation – peddle ripped out of the crank. Then the heavens opened.
Its the only time I’ve ever not been able to get the bike ridable again though.Posted 4 years agothefallguyMember
When we go up to Torridon which is a 9 hr drive for us, i’m sure its overkill but between the group of us we take just about everything to build another bike, seat clamp, spare seat post (incase/when the crank bros dropper post fails)and saddle, wheels, spokes, cassette, assortd bearings, tyres, mechs, shifters, cables, spare brakes, assorted bolts skewers stem, etc etc. oly things we’ve missed tends to be fork, rear shock and a frame. Thankfully we’ve never needed too much apart from the usual pads tyres and tubes. Just make sure you’ve checked your bikes and there is nothing underlying on the way out, wheel bearings bottom brackets etc.Posted 4 years agoStirlingCrispinSubscriber
– Twice I’ve ripped bent the rear mech and opened out the dropout on my steel frame.Posted 4 years ago
– Have also ripped a third of the flange off on my rear hub – taco’ing the back wheel. Had to abandon the bike in the local tourist office and then medivac it home the following weekend.
– Had the left crank fall off (snapped!) – limped a couple of miles home, but that was it.
– Freehub failed completely. That was a long walk.crikeyMember
Loads of stuff; freewheel disintegrated on the moors; that needed a lift home. Forks broke: lift home. Destroyed a tyre, and a spare; lift home. Ran out of energy/talent/ability after 100 of 120 miles; lift home. Broken derailleur hanger/wheel/frame; lift home. Fell off; lift to hospital with broken ribs and wrist and face, then lift home.Posted 4 years agoFOGSubscriber
I was just collecting stuff to take on a trip to the very NW of scotland where I will be a long way from a bike shop and also a long way from a road when I started thinking , what will I really need . Obviously loads of tubes but what has actually stopped people riding on to get home/back to the car?Posted 4 years ago
A seized jockey wheel once stopped me but I was only a few hundred metres from the car and I am sure I could have bodged something if I had had to.I even got home with a pretzeled front wheel although very slowly and in a wobbly manner.
So what do I need to really watch out for?bumpsSubscriber
At least 2 inner tubes (maybe 1 if tubeless)
Small plastic sheet (for tyre gash – tube is for reinflation if you were tubeless)
More than 1 tyre lever (they also snap)
Used all the above on rides but only thing stopped me riding was when I broke myself (dislocated shoulder).Posted 4 years agoteaselMember
One of those crappy U.S.E. Alien seatpost heads snapped on me about four miles from home. It didn’t stop the ride but I wished it had – four miles standing isn’t as easy as it sounds, but when blisters on your feet or metalic buggery are the only alternatives, it was a no-brainer.Posted 4 years agoPiefaceMember
If your bike is in good condition and everything relatively new (and good quality) but well maintained and worn in, and you have the tools to tighten all the nuts & bolts, then the only spare you may need would be a mech hanger or rear mech if steel framed (or even with replaceable mech hangers).
If you take all of these stories together you’ll end up carrying a spare bike. Just take what you would on a regular ride. Just because you’re miles away from anywhere doesn’t increase the likelihood of a mechanical. Another failure was an Octalink crank working loose at the furthest point from home. After this I bought a multi-tool that could tighten everything on my bike.
The only thing I’ve had fail on off-road tours was a pannier rack – I was pushing my luck with a cheapo one but the improvisation (zip tie) and ‘pushing your luck’ with the bodge all adds to the adventure.
Add to the usual toolkit – gaffa tape, zip ties, wire (and a small set of pliers to twist it with). Maybe a jubilee clip if using a pannier rack. And a good pump.Posted 4 years ago
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