Originally Posted by Explosive_Cornflake
Cool, good stuff.
Yeah, not planning in booking accomodation ahead. Should have plenty of time when I get into a town to find somewhere.
What kind of spares did you bring? I'm planning on bringing allen keys, pliers, few spare cables, two tyres and a few tubes, pump. Overkill or would you bring more?
France is cycling heaven.
for 5 days I would bring:
- 1 spare tyre (folding)
- no cables - make sure they're ok, or replace them before you go.
- a few tubes
- defo a pump.
- multitool that includes a chainbreaker and a spoke key
- small adjustable spanner
- spare spoke or two in each size
- cassette removal tool (so you can replace drive side spokes in any village workshop or garage).
- small amount of duct tape and a few cable ties
In some areas, if you have a breakdown, just hitch a lift, and kind drivers will bring you and your bike to the nearest big town, sometimes well out of their way.
there are lots of bike shops, but they're usually not open on sundays or bank holidays or out of hours. touristy villages sometimes have a bike hire shop, but they may not do repairs. best to be prepared for most common problems, so you're not waiting a day or two for the bike shop to open.
shops, boulangeries, restaurants may all close for lunch, and sometimes all day sunday, so you can be caught out very hungry if you don't plan in advance.
drinking water is very easy to find... fountaines and taps in most small towns and many villages. I didn't buy a bottle of water in a whole week. Look out for a sign that says "Eau Potable"