– I should be able to fix a couple of flat tyres. I don’t have punctures often, but when I do I usually have several. It makes sense to practice this beforehand. It’s good to know e.g. whether this new pump fits between the valve and the wheel-hub. Or when you run tubeless tyres, you’ll need compressed air cartridges in order to get the tire back onto the rim… and so on.
– It’s useful if you know your bike. I only take the tools for those nuts and bolts that are actually used on my bike. And I don’t take those size sockets of bolts that I wouldn’t touch in the bush anyways (gear box, crankshaft…)
– If I have a file and a pair of pincers on my multitool (Leatherman) then I’m not taking an extra tool for that.
– I’m not taking torque wrenches! Too heavy, too big. Sure, I want my cylinder heads tightened the right amount. That’s important to me. But when I break down in the bush “tight” is good enough. Better tools you’ll always be able to borrow in the capitals of almost all countries.
– If I can’t resist to take Loctite, WD40 or something like that, I make sure I only take a little bit in a small and light container.
– I’d never take a repair manual, ever! I’d scan it and put a PDF version on my smartphone.
– I don’t take special tools. Sometimes you’ll need it, but you can improvise. I have seen trained BMW mechanics who can’t be bothered to use the special tool and just use e.g. a pair of pliers. Rely on your imagination and improvise. We’re travellers not pit-stop workers.
– Cable ties and duct tape can be helpful of course.