Emergency repairs on the Munda Biddi Trail

Simplistic emergency repairs

If it moves and it shouldn't - try gaffer tape or cable ties.
If doesn't move when it should, try chain lube or WD40!

Currently (Jan 2020), there are only bike shops on the Trail in Collie, Nannup, Denmark, then Albany. Are you fully prepared? If you are not sure, spend some dollars with your local bike shop for the piece of mind that a full service brings.

Know how to fix a flat tyre

Carry spare tubes, puncture repair kit, gas bottles & adaptor (optional) and a pump. Always carry a couple of spare tubes, as you may burst a tube, rip a valve or your sealant fails to do it's job. If you use a trailer, don't forget a spare tube for that too. I like to carry a spare pump in case the pump on the bike fails. Don't just rely solely on gas bottles, as once you use all your gas you have no pump. Plus they are heavy. Make sure you can change a tube, especially the rear wheel, before you go. I average a flat tyre every 1000 to 2000 km of riding on the Munda Biddi. The trail is actually fairly soft, but always be prepared for multiple tube failures - just in case.


Holds your derailleur on to the frame and is a sacrificial part that breaks if the chain jams up. Only about $10-$20 online or from your local bike shop and very light (but worthy its weight in gold if you break one a long way from anywhere!). No special tools or skills to replace it if it breaks, although you may wish to get a bike shop to ensure it is properly aligned when you pass one next. If you carry one, you won't need it- just like having a rain coat! See www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWp206YzlFU

FiberFix Spoke replacements

(OK, that is American spelling - we would spell it Fibre Fix).
Not surprisingly many cyclists put lots of extra weight on their bike for their multi day tour, then break their first spoke ever when they are miles from a bike shop. A broken spoke put extra pressure on other spokes, causing more to break. FiberFix spokes are ideal for fixing broken spokes on the trail. It is not necessary to remove the cluster if it happens on your rear wheel. They are small, light and relatively cheap. I have ridden about 100km with one of these on my rear wheel and I cannot recommend them enough. FiberFix spokes are now a vailable from me - see our Shop on this website

See how to fit a FiberFix spoke here:

You can buy them here.

Brakes seem to wear out quicker on the trail - it must be the extra load and the long distance. Either overhaul your brakes before you go, or take some spares with you.

Multi Tool:

See the range of Fix It Sticks bike tools we stock here:

You can buy them here.

Chain link & breaker

When replacing chains, I use Wippermann or KMC chain links. It means you can undo a chain without tools for cleaning etc. A s a result, I carry a spare. I think most suit the number of gears in the rear cluster eg 7, 8, 9 or 10. Try your LBS or online, they should be less than $10. Our Fix It Sticks mountain bike multi tools have a chain breaker with decent handles to make breaking the chain easier.

Damaged tyre

I have always carried tyre repair patches ( I use a denim material about 50x 100mm). I had a tyre split on the rim about 70 km from the nearest town, and the split was too big for even several patches. I had to walk 10 km to the sealed road then flag down every passing caravan till one had a MTB on the back and sold me a tyre. All up, took about 5 hrs, so now I carry a fold up tyre. If my mates ever need it on the trail, it will cost them a new tyre when we get back, plus a carton of beer! A temporary repair could be cable ties around canvas.


Bike tyre pump, spare tube(s), puncture repair kit with tyre levers, bicycle multi tool.

Chain lube, wire, cable ties, gaffer tape, fasty straps (may help you secure luggage).

Assorted nuts and bolts. A small bicycle multi tool is ok, but sometimes a full size set of allen keys is better, or our Fix It Sticks tools have great leverage.

See "What to take list" for a comprehensive list to assist with your trip planning.

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