Two tools for the price of one

Cassette Removal Tools, Yeah the name doesn’t make me want to go there either, but on the bright side they do sell the Unior Spoke Freewheel Removal tool.  Originally I was looking at buying the Stein Mini Cassette removal tool from Jenson in America, but upon discovering the Unior tool which also adjusts the spokes plus it looks lighter and less bulky and costs half the price, I decided that I just had to have one.

cassette removal tool

cassette removal tool










Unior on the left and the Stein on the right, not to scale as far as I know, but going by the cassette ring, the Unior is smaller.

On a long cycling tour, a cassette removal tool is one tool that you can’t really bodge up a fix for.

A bit of advice, If you do buy one of these cassette removal tools, then I would suggest that you practice using it before you need to in the middle of nowhere.  Food for thought.


FiberFix spoke replacement


Originally FiberFix Spokes were developed for and used by long-distance, touring cyclists. Frequently, touring bikes carry heavily loaded panniers, that test the strength of the best wheels. Add in a rough road or bump, and you can end up with a broken spoke. FiberFix Spokes are strength-tested to withstand the force placed on the spokes of a fully-loaded touring bicycle.

Beats being stranded out in the middle of nowhere for the sake of $12-15 .

Bike Touring News and one of my touring websites, Crazy Guy on a Bike


Stein mini cassette removal tool

Travelling Two website

Pushing the pedals has an article showing Olivia practicing using the tool.

As Daniel from the above link stated: You may be wondering why anybody would even want to remove their cassette while on tour.  The purpose is to allow the replacement of broken spokes in the rear wheel.  The rear drive-side spokes are the most likely to break due to the higher tension and torque from the drivetrain.

You may in the worst case need to replace your cassette.




Bike tools and spares

Bought myself a handy little presta to schrader valve tool. valve tool

Found it at Chain Reaction for staggering $2.90  Could be handy at roadhouses and such.




I brought myself some chain joiners (quick links) off ebay (Seller Seafood1981) cost a whole $1.99 each with $2.50 postage, at this price plus the fact that the postage didn’t go up with each extra link, I got myself five of them.  Handy to have in the toolbox and not just for this trip.chain link