Okay, so I'm a noobie. I've had a good number of falls, some resulting in a bent gearshift lever, but that was okay, because I was always a block within home, and my hubs could fix it. But my friend, she had a fall at a roundabout and bent her gearshift lever so that she couldn't downshift anymore. So now she's just left the bike in a side street and gone home because she can't ride it back. But it got me wondering. Obviously, removing the gearshift lever and using a rubber mallet is the best method to straighten/unbend it, but what if you're stuck on the side of the road? Surely the answer can't always be to ditch it and come back with reinforcements? So is there a way to unbend the gearshift lever without removing it? And what tools would you always carry around on your bike to ensure you can fix it yourself, then and there? Hope the question makes sense. Thanks in advance.