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Repairing your bicycle on a cycling holiday

Knowing how to perform some basic repairs for your bicycle is critical before you set off on your cycling holiday. Long-distance trips subject even the most loyally reliable bikes to unusual strain and unusual mileages. If you give your bicycle a thorough service before your holiday and keep up basic daily maintenance as you go, you may avoid any breakages at all — but don't count on it!

The most important repairs to learn and practice before your trip include:

Ideally, you should be comfortable carrying out these fixes at the road or trailside.

You can find a list of recommended tools to pack for your cycling holiday within our broader kit list.