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9 speed vs 8 speed for Bicycle Touring/Bikepacking?

my question what would you do in a worst-case scenario when your bike touring if your components break down on you?

Someone told me that 8 speed is better than 9 speed for Bicycle Touring. And 9 speed Derailleur works on 8 speed Chains and Cassette. And I can buy Shimano now has the Shimano Claris 8 speed rapidfire trigger Shifters 3x8 or I can buy spare 9 speed rapidfire trigger Shifters in Shimano LX SL-M580 Shift Lever set, 3x9 or Shimano Deore SL-M590 3x9-Speed Shifter Set also still can buy LX, Deore trigger shifters 9 speed.

I have the Shimano XT SL-M770 trigger shifters 9 speed no longer made and my
Shimano FD-m771 FD 9 spd, Shimano deore XT RD-m771 RD 9spd, Handlebar: Raceface XC flat Mtn clamp 25.4mm, Cassette Sram PC-970 Cassette 11-34t, Sram PC-971 Chain 9 Speed

My spare 9 speed bike parts list:
Shimano Deore RD-M592-SGS Rear Derailleur - 9 Speed, Long Cage, Black
Shimano Altus FD-M371 Triple Down-Swing Dual-Pull Front Derailleur 9 speed on order
Cassette Sram PC-970 Cassette 11-34t,
Sram PC-971 Chain 9 Speed
spare shifters N/A

"I remember the old Boy Scout motto be prepared"
The Scout Motto is: BE PREPARED which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your DUTY.

Note: I have sold my Shimano 10 speed bike parts
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