There are some road repairs you are not prepared to handle, no matter how much you plan. You can stuff as many tools as you want into your bag or pocket, but that is just when circumstance will laugh at you and throw a wrinkle your way. Reader Cory sent along the following story and picture . . .
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When your bike breaks in the Kuwaiti desert, it's often difficult to find spare parts to help you continue on your ride. On a recent group ride, one of our riders had this very situation. Luckily for us, we have a creative engineer! After a minute of wandering around, he came back with a long metal scaffolding pole. At the end of it were some notches. To bend the the frame and derailleur hanger back to normal, we slid it into the notch of the scaffolding pole and used the leverage to bend it back. Good as new!