A: There are several schools of thought on survival gear. The Techno Yuppie school says that you carry nothing in your pack but a cell phone, a GPS receiver, and a platinum MasterCard. When your bike breaks, you note your location's coordinates on the GPS, call your bike boutique.
Me? With my discovery of back hydration packs and the vast storage capacity that many of them have, I carry:
Since I've started carrying this thoughtful assemblage of life-saving tools, I haven't had a single failure. Well, except for one broken crank-arm and one broken frame.
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