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    What About Spoke Replacement on the Trail

    I am doing some long range planning for a ride on the Colorado Trail.

    I can easily pack extra spokes, hidden in a handlebar, taped to a frame tube.

    What about tools. Do you bring a chain whip and cassette tool?

    Both are heavy and big?

    Do you go without and hope for the best?

    If I pop a rear wheel spoke on an isolated part of the CT I might be fuct

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    https://youtu.be/Ed1h8Wl33Zc
    cassette change without a chain whip.
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    Stein Mini Cassette Lockring Driver

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    Old-school Pamir Hyper-Cracker.

    A few other options described here - http://pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-029/

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    Still using my Hyper-Cracker, no additional tools required... http://pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-029/
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    I've never used one, but have you considered these?
    FiberFix Emergency Spoke Replacement Kit

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    I checked out J A Stein tools
    https://www.steintool.com/
    They make a mini cassette lock ring driver

    I also checked out the The FiberFix Emergency Spoke Repair Kit. It's seems like it would be ok to get you home on a short ride but not enough to get out of a remote section of the Colo Trail

    The J A Stein tool may be a bit heavy and pricey at over $30, for something that will probably never get used but it would give me piece (peace) of mind knowing I could replace a broken spoke

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    I use quality beefy hand built wheels. Check the tension once in awhile. One spoke? Just tie off and adjust the tension on others nearby. Not had any issues. 29er plus set up. Going on chunky trails and hucking with a load? YRMV.

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    Don't forget a torx driver if you have disc brakes and 6-bolt disc rotors. Rotors get in the way of changing spokes just like a cassette.

    And FWIW, I stopped carrying my Hyper-Cracker and associated tools and now just carry two fiber-fix spoke kits. I have used one once, and it worked flawlessly. Much simpler solution, IMO.

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    The CT doesn't have much for remote. A FiberFix would be fine.

    For long distance out-there trips in AK I always use DT Swiss hubs. Why? I can remove the rotors with my mini-tool if needed to replace a spoke. And I can remove/reinstall the cassette if needed, with no tools whatsoever. One of many perks to the simple DT star ratchet design.

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