What’s in your handbag?

The charmingly naive and deceptively simple question “whats-in-your-tool-bag?” triggered an embarrassingly long session of introspection.

What’s in your handbag? - What's not in your tool-kit?

What’s not in your tool-kit?

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From my point of view it’s inspiring to be part of a stable of voices.

For example the charmingly naive and deceptively simple question “What’s in your tool-bag?” triggered an embarrassingly long session of introspection.

Obviously a nit-picker like me can’t answer – in concrete terms – unless the journey, vehicle and maybe, the purpose of the trip are specified. For example what’s in your tool kit for London-Edinburgh-London on a Burrows Ratcatcher? On the subject of that big test, remember – if you want a seat on next Summers’ edition – entries open on 5th of January 2013.

Then there’s the issue of limits. Where – for instance – does the tool-kit end and the pharmacy begin? Dental-floss goes in the pharmacy – obviously – but is useful for many repairs. Sewing needles go in the tool-kit but might be necessary – after sterilisation with the lighter which also goes with tools and is good for cracking chemical bonds – for removing splinters or draining blisters? There are plenty of simple questions but – if you aspire to get them halfway right – answers tend to be more complicated.

What’s in your handbag? - Sewing needle.

Sewing needle.

At an abstract level the glib professional answer to the question “What’s in your tool-kit?” is…

“Everything I need to make my travel reliable.”

…I’m not proud of it but glib has always been one of my favourite colours. Other answers might be…

1. Always a bike.

2. If not a bike then always an umbrella.

3. If not a bike or an umbrella then always surplus local currency.

4. 5ml Loctite 243.

What’s in your handbag? - add head-torch, tubes, lever(s), patch-kit and £50 in local currency

add head-torch, tubes, lever(s), patch-kit and £50 in local currency

Have a great holiday.

Not only a new year but also the first anniversary of owntheroad, there’s lots of excitement coming soon. The results of the Pssst competition, for which entries are still welcome. And news of the new ‘Dunwich Dynamo Daughter’ ride.

Thanks for reading.

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