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Using hidden spaces on your bike
Following on from the travelling tips thread I thought I'd see how other people had managed to use the hidden spaces on their bikes for carrying tools or parts or secret stash of money in case you get robbed.
Photos would be great too if you have them.
For us, we have two main places although not very secret:
1. Under the front seat of the GS I have screwed in the Oil filter wrench so that it doesn't take up valuable toolkit space.
2. Under the rear seat I can slide a long tyre lever for the extra difficult tyre changes.
My next idea in the planning is alongside the panniers, attach a couple of metal skewers that we can use for cooking meat, vegies over a wood camp fire.
I know some people attach documents or copies of documents in water proof zip-lock bags to the inside of fairings on the GS, if you've done this or other tricks what are your experiences?
I had to reply as I was looking at the very same promotion tin of Jamesons and thinking along the very same lines. I also thought that it might need lining with an old inner tube depending on what is stored inside.
Its good to carry a couple of spare final drive chain links on one of the cables (clutch cable) just in case.
If you are going to carry spare parts etc strapped to your frame or bashplate or whatever, don't use cable ties. To be honest this is so obvious that I would be embarrassed to have learned this the hard way even if I hadn't have been advised about this first, which I had.
Cable ties work great for tidying loose cables together. In any application where they're under stress they will eventually slacken off and then break. If you're attaching relatively heavy items to your bike like sprockets, and then riding on bumpy non-tarmaced roads, this will happen quite quickly, even if you use multiple cable ties. Instead use wire (and pliars). Fencing wire was suggested to me, and you'd think lockwire would be a good bet as well. The added bonus is this makes things marginally more difficult to remove, and therefore steal.
Re: doubling up your control cables. If you fit new genuine cables before you go you should get a very long life out of them, far longer than the average trip. Cheaper and less hassle to just carry a repair kit, or (just a couple of pushbike brake cables and some solderless nipples, which you can even make yourself if you're that way inclined and too cheap to buy for about a pound each). If you get one of those kits that come in the little round tins that fit in your jacket pocket, you should probably have room to stick in a chain split link or two.
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