When embarking on this trip you want to make sure that you have a good selection of tools and spare parts. You never know when your bike could decide to fall to bits or you get a nasty puncture and you don’t want to be alone in the middle of nowhere with a flat tyre.
The trip from London to Amsterdam is a short tour in the grand scheme of cycle touring, and you will be able to find bike shops easily along the route should any really bad things happen to the bike. So the key is to take small and essential spare parts and tools.
The more tools and spares you take the heavier your bike will be and as long as your bike Is well looked after the chances of something major happening over a couple of days are small.
Make sure before heading off on the trip you either get your bike serviced from a bike mechanic or you strip it down yourself, give it a good clean and replace any worn parts.
We suggest that you should look to bring the following parts:
- Puncture repair kit
- Spare inner tube x 2
- A few cable ties (all ways handy)
- Spare brake pads
- Bike pump
In theory a big list of things could go wrong when cycle long distance. But the important word here is COULD, don’t carry the kitchen sink in spare parts with you. It will weight you down and take up valuable space in your bags.