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    Bike pack stuff...

    Gonna go get the pack for under my saddle and was wondering what y'all found most usefull. I figure 2 tubes, tools & CO2. Is that it?

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    Good idea to have room for ID, credit card, maybe a little cash.
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    I carry one tube, patch kit, Kwik Stik, two CO2 cartridges and the inflater. Usually have a small packet or two of Butt Butt'r in there too.

    Should note that I also have a Bento Box on my top tube, where my phone resides, as does the garage door opener when I"m riding from home.

    AS for an ID ... I wear a Road ID

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    I carry alot of stuff!

    So I got a BIG seat bag!
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    Aspirin, tire tools, multi tool, patches, large toe nail clippers.
    Handi wipes.

    The clippers are to get things out of the tires and clip fish line
    from the wheels.

    Also, container of raisins, packet of Crystal Lite.

    I have a frame mounted pump and two drink bottles.

    Pepper spray clips to the strap around the seat post.

    I carry the phone in a holder on my shorts and five
    dollars in my pocket.

    I don't need no stink'n ID because every one knows me.

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    Clip fish line from the wheels? Are you fording trout streams on your bike?

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    Multitool
    Track nut wrench (no QR on my bike)
    2 tubes
    Mini chain tool
    Spare chain links
    Tire levers
    Pump (on bike)
    Wallet/phone/keys
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    I have the small fizik bag so I can't fit a whole lot.

    -tube
    -2 tire levers
    -multi-tool

    I probably could fit an extra CO2 cartridge though.
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    tube, patch kit (in case more than one flat), levers, nitrile gloves, packet of handwipes, small mulitool (bike not leatherman)
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    tube, patch kit, multitool, night time gloves (I don't usually ride in the dark, but these have hi vis, reflective arrows on the back to make me more comfortable signalling lane/direction changes at night), bungee cargo net, nitrile gloves, cotton ball to find things stuck in tire, tire levers, room for id/wallet/phone/keys. Add in a balaclava or arm warmers in winter. Yes, I have a huge saddle bag. The topeak large aero wedge if memory serves. If I'm going a long ways or might be gone at night, I throw my handlebar bag on that has my cycling maps, route cards, magic shine front and back lights and powersupply, and my hi vis reflective vest in it. Have a pump, 2 water bottles, an 2xAA led headlight and radbot 1000 tail light on my bike pretty much always. Yes, I know I overpack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
    tube, patch kit (in case more than one flat), levers, nitrile gloves, packet of handwipes, small mulitool (bike not leatherman)
    I have several bags. In my larger bag, I actually carry a Leatherman type multitool...and have used it when I saw someone on the side of the road with the wire from her iPod earbuds hopelessly tangled in her rear derailleur.

    When I first started riding I bought a Wedge Pack with a built in tool kit that included a multitool, patch kit and chain breaker. I still have the tool kit.
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    Alright, I see the common grounds here. Thanks, appreciate the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo2811 View Post
    Gonna go get the pack for under my saddle and was wondering what y'all found most usefull.
    I found good flat resistant tires and a well maintained bike the most useful .

    What you decide to bring is entirely up to you. Most times you can keep an xtra tube, tire levers, and a multitool in a spare water bottle, and velcro a mini pump to the frame.

    If you do decide to get a saddle bag my suggestion would be to get something that is easily removable. I have also used fanny packs to carry stuff like a phone, wallet, and keys and have turned it so it is actually on your lower back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    Clip fish line from the wheels? Are you fording trout streams on your bike?

    The bike trails have several small lakes which the game and fish people stock with brim and cat fish
    for the kids. The key word here is "kids". Do I need say more?

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    I may be over-prepared... but after a few incidents getting stranded 10+ miles away from home, I am on the cautious side of things now. So for a 30+ mile jaunt I bring:

    4x 24oz bottles of water (2 frame mounted, 2 in panniers)
    4x granola bars (try to eat one every 12 miles or so)
    2x string cheese (try to save these for after the trip, not necessary to bring them but in case I break down and have to walk a significant amount of distance)
    3x tire lever
    2x inner tubes
    4x glueless patches (use these as a last resort)
    3x tire boots
    1x Topeak Alien II multi tool (26 tools; most importantly: chain tool, screwdriver, spoke wrench, 15mm wrench for rear tire nuts, allen keys)
    1x spray on sunscreen
    10x band aids
    2x packages of aspirin
    1x tube of neosporin anti-bacterial ointment
    1x bottle of hydrogen peroxide
    1x frame pump
    1x tire pressure gauge
    1x New Trent iFuel 5000mAh battery charger
    1x Garmin GPS
    1x wallet
    1x cell phone
    1x car/apartment keys
    1x U-type masterlock bike lock
    1x Cateye Enduro 8 cycling computer
    1x Polar CS300 heart rate monitor with cadence

    Thinking of getting:
    1x Canon PowerShot SX230HS 12 MP Digital Camera

    Sometimes I ask myself if I'm bringing too much weight. But then I tell myself... if I lose that much weight in fat by biking, then it doesn't matter that much now does it?

    Bottom line, though, is that I never want to be caught unprepared again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
    I may be over-prepared... but after a few incidents getting stranded 10+ miles away from home, I am on the cautious side of things now. So for a 30+ mile jaunt I bring:

    4x 24oz bottles of water (2 frame mounted, 2 in panniers)
    4x granola bars (try to eat one every 12 miles or so)
    2x string cheese (try to save these for after the trip, not necessary to bring them but in case I break down and have to walk a significant amount of distance)
    3x tire lever
    2x inner tubes
    4x glueless patches (use these as a last resort)
    3x tire boots
    1x Topeak Alien II multi tool (26 tools; most importantly: chain tool, screwdriver, spoke wrench, 15mm wrench for rear tire nuts, allen keys)
    1x spray on sunscreen
    10x band aids
    2x packages of aspirin
    1x tube of neosporin anti-bacterial ointment
    1x bottle of hydrogen peroxide
    1x frame pump
    1x tire pressure gauge
    1x New Trent iFuel 5000mAh battery charger
    1x Garmin GPS
    1x wallet
    1x cell phone
    1x car/apartment keys
    1x U-type masterlock bike lock
    1x Cateye Enduro 8 cycling computer
    1x Polar CS300 heart rate monitor with cadence

    Thinking of getting:
    1x Canon PowerShot SX230HS 12 MP Digital Camera

    Sometimes I ask myself if I'm bringing too much weight. But then I tell myself... if I lose that much weight in fat by biking, then it doesn't matter that much now does it?

    Bottom line, though, is that I never want to be caught unprepared again.
    I think we went to the moon with less gear than this??

    I am just kidding you know??

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    Hilarious, everyone should be this fortunate, but then there would be no disgusting people.

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    Are you sure we even went to the moon, just sayin.lol, rumor has there was to much gear onboard, had to turn around and come back.

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    All kidding aside, my trips are still relatively short,20miles or less, but if I were riding a century or even 1/2 I`m sure the amount of gear that I would pack would change significantly. Right now I`m with exile above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
    I may be over-prepared... but after a few incidents getting stranded 10+ miles away from home, I am on the cautious side of things now. So for a 30+ mile jaunt I bring:

    4x 24oz bottles of water (2 frame mounted, 2 in panniers)
    4x granola bars (try to eat one every 12 miles or so)
    2x string cheese (try to save these for after the trip, not necessary to bring them but in case I break down and have to walk a significant amount of distance)
    3x tire lever
    2x inner tubes
    4x glueless patches (use these as a last resort)
    3x tire boots
    1x Topeak Alien II multi tool (26 tools; most importantly: chain tool, screwdriver, spoke wrench, 15mm wrench for rear tire nuts, allen keys)
    1x spray on sunscreen
    10x band aids
    2x packages of aspirin
    1x tube of neosporin anti-bacterial ointment
    1x bottle of hydrogen peroxide
    1x frame pump
    1x tire pressure gauge
    1x New Trent iFuel 5000mAh battery charger
    1x Garmin GPS
    1x wallet
    1x cell phone
    1x car/apartment keys
    1x U-type masterlock bike lock
    1x Cateye Enduro 8 cycling computer
    1x Polar CS300 heart rate monitor with cadence

    Thinking of getting:
    1x Canon PowerShot SX230HS 12 MP Digital Camera

    Sometimes I ask myself if I'm bringing too much weight. But then I tell myself... if I lose that much weight in fat by biking, then it doesn't matter that much now does it?

    Bottom line, though, is that I never want to be caught unprepared again.
    Man, wow, but you forgot the extra set of wheels, and the kitchen sink!
    Oh yea, the truing stand in case the extra wheel needs work.
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    I carry one tube, some tools, and CO2 with inflator. I stuff my cell and keys in there too when I roll out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
    I may be over-prepared... but after a few incidents getting stranded 10+ miles away from home, I am on the cautious side of things now. So for a 30+ mile jaunt I bring:

    4x 24oz bottles of water (2 frame mounted, 2 in panniers)
    4x granola bars (try to eat one every 12 miles or so)
    2x string cheese (try to save these for after the trip, not necessary to bring them but in case I break down and have to walk a significant amount of distance)
    3x tire lever
    2x inner tubes
    4x glueless patches (use these as a last resort)
    3x tire boots
    1x Topeak Alien II multi tool (26 tools; most importantly: chain tool, screwdriver, spoke wrench, 15mm wrench for rear tire nuts, allen keys)
    1x spray on sunscreen
    10x band aids
    2x packages of aspirin
    1x tube of neosporin anti-bacterial ointment
    1x bottle of hydrogen peroxide
    1x frame pump
    1x tire pressure gauge
    1x New Trent iFuel 5000mAh battery charger
    1x Garmin GPS
    1x wallet
    1x cell phone
    1x car/apartment keys
    1x U-type masterlock bike lock
    1x Cateye Enduro 8 cycling computer
    1x Polar CS300 heart rate monitor with cadence

    Thinking of getting:
    1x Canon PowerShot SX230HS 12 MP Digital Camera

    Sometimes I ask myself if I'm bringing too much weight. But then I tell myself... if I lose that much weight in fat by biking, then it doesn't matter that much now does it?

    Bottom line, though, is that I never want to be caught unprepared again.
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    Tire levers, CO2 cartridges + inflator, spare tube, multitool, nitrile gloves, cash, phone, wallet and keys.
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    Only weighs about 7 pounds minus the water

    Already lost more than that biking...

    I forgot to add, I'm considering purchasing a rain poncho to store in there as well, in case of emergencies. We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
    Only weighs about 7 pounds minus the water

    Already lost more than that biking...

    I forgot to add, I'm considering purchasing a rain poncho to store in there as well, in case of emergencies. We'll see.
    Really guy,

    I hope you KNOW that we are only having some fun.
    If you want to ride your bike with all that stuff, and it works for you.

    Go for it!!!

    I sort of want to ride with you, I would not need to carry anything.
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