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    Cycling newb needs equipment advice

    So, I've got the new bike (Trek DualSport), and I've been riding but it's time to think about what I need to have with me on the bike as I venture out further from home. Here are some of my thoughts, but tell me what I'm missing for a good basic set of gear/accessories to make my rides safer and more enjoyable, and give me specific product reccomendations if you have them.

    I figure I want/need
    1) a helmet
    2) some sort of bag for gear on the bike (but I don't know how bug or what all goes in it or where I should mount it)
    3) spare tube (or two?) but any tube reccomendations?
    4) pump or CO2 inflator, or both? Any reccomendations on models?
    5) tools or multi tool. Not sure what to look for here.
    6) bottle cage(s)
    7) light(s)?
    8) computer (or GPS)?
    9) cell phone obviously

    I don't feel the need to load the bike up with the whole kitchen sink, (it's got enough to do carrying my fat you know what around) but if there's something you love and wouldn't want to go without, post it here. If this thread ends up good maybe we can sticky it as a good reference because it's nearly impossible to come up with the proper search terms for this subject, unless you know what you need already and search for the individual item reviews/reccomendations.

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    In approximate order, I'd start with:
    (1) Saddle bag -- look for the biggest thing your bike shop has for under $30 or so.
    (2) Spare tube -- ask shop for one that fits.
    (3) Tube repair kit, for when you have two flats.
    (4) Pump, Topeak Road Morph
    (5) Tire irons, if you need them.
    (6) Bottle cage and bottle. I like the Polar insulated bottles, filled with ice and topped with water before leaving.
    (7) Cyclocomputer. Much cheaper than a GPS, and the batteries are much, much more likely to have a charge.
    (8) I assume you already have a cell phone.
    (9) Rear blinky. Check your LBS and pick one. Or two.
    (10) Pick up a multi-tool if you want. Park's don't rust as fast as some others.
    (11) OK, get yourself a helmet if you want one.
    (12) and a cheap blinking front light. If you're going to ride at dusk, dawn, or at night, a big honking light.

    Of course, I'd actually start with item (0), cycling gloves. Almost forgot these, since I have a few. They help absorb road vibration and shock, provide a nifty face wipe, and if you sweat too much, help you hold onto the bars anyways.

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    I carry:

    1) two water bottles, one with Gatorade or cytomax.

    2) Garmin Edge 800 with cadence and heart monitor. (I would recommend for new riders a cycling computer with cadence.)

    3) helmet, cycling gloves, bibs, cycling jersey, cycling socks, cycling shoes, and Road ID

    4) blinky taillight, on regardless the time of day I ride

    5) small saddle bag with:
    Multitool with hex wrenches and both a Phillips and flat screwdriver
    CO2 inflater and two cartridges
    Extra tube and glueless patches
    Tire levers

    6) cell phone

    7) wallet (with driver license, credit card, and about $20

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    BTW, you really don't want a list of what I carry. :-)


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    I bolded my responses next to your questions

    1) a helmet I use a Giro Xar and it is extremely comfy, feels like a ball cap when its on.

    2) some sort of bag for gear on the bike (but I don't know how bug or what all goes in it or where I should mount it) I tried a wedge bag under the seat and found it to be too small and it bothered me hearing the stuff rattle around in there, I opted for a back pack I use a High sierra bike pack with the bladder removed and its perfect for the riding that I do.

    3) spare tube (or two?) but any tube reccomendations? I carry one extra tube, I believe its a Kenda brand, I just grabbed one off of the shelf in the right size when I bought it. I also carry a patch kit and tire spoons.

    4) pump or CO2 inflator, or both? Any reccomendations on models? I have a Blackburn Mountain air mini pump that goes in the pack, works good and works for presta or schrader valves.

    5) tools or multi tool. Not sure what to look for here. I have a leatherman, a foldable allen key set, then a second hex key set that has screwdrivers on it (its old I had it forever and is not a bike specific tool) two loose allen keys that fit other bolts on the bike and were not on the hex sets, tire spoons as I mentioned earlier, I think that's it for tools.

    6) bottle cage(s) I have a single bottle cage which always carries a 32oz bottle of Powerade Zero I also toss another 32oz bottle into the pack (if I am going on a longer ride) that bottle can be powerade or just straight H2O.

    7) light(s)? I have on the front a Planet bike Blaze 2, and for the back I have a Portland design Radbot 1000, both do what I need them to do. I also have a set of blinky leds one for the front one for the back, they are not Knog branded, they are cheapies from ebay. along with that I carry an LED light that can go on my head or strapped to the bars and a flashlight as backups.

    8) computer (or GPS)? The bike comouter I use is a Sigma 906, I also have a Garmin 305 which mounts on my bars. I find both of these to be useful and the garmin gives me info that I couldn't get without it (elevation etc) so I like having it but if I didn't it wouldn't be a big deal.

    9) cell phone obviously Indeed

    In my pack I also carry a small first aid kit, a small camera (Kodak playsport ZX3), a bandana, a small ziplock bag of sesame/honey candies and I think that's it. I find having a pack for riding is better than a bag that stays on the bike for me as I can just grab the pack on my way out the door and there is a bit of extra space in case I want to add something or in cooler weather shedding my jacket I have a place to store it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pachydermatous1 View Post

    1) a helmet Any helmet that feels comfortable on your noggin will do. Consider air flow as a large factor as well, on hot days you'll need lots of ventilation.
    2) some sort of bag for gear on the bike (but I don't know how bug or what all goes in it or where I should mount it) For starting out I'd say get a seat bag; something that attaches to your seat or your seatpost. If you plan on carrying more you can look into a handlebar bag, or possibly getting a rack plus panniers.
    3) spare tube (or two?) but any tube reccomendations? Shouldn't matter much. Tires are far more important in preventing flats than tubes.
    4) pump or CO2 inflator, or both? Any reccomendations on models? At a minimum get a frame pump; you'll never run out of air with those. If time is a concern (ie like on a commute to work), get a CO2 inflator to use in those instances.
    5) tools or multi tool. Not sure what to look for here. I love my Topeak Alien II. Cheap and dependable and has 99% of what I need.
    6) bottle cage(s) Doesn't matter; I got the cheap planet bike one that costs $3.
    7) light(s)? Depends on how often you will ride in the dark. If commuting or traveling on busy roads make sure you get a blinking tail light (Planet Bike has a good one for like $15). Headlights you may want to spend more money on if you need to use it to see, rather than using it to be more visible.
    8) computer (or GPS)? Depends on your budget. Cateye Enduro 8 is cheap and has served me well for years. Cateye Strada Cadence is more expensive and has more features, but still relatively budget. Personally I use a Garmin Edge 500 now, a little pricey but it rocks and gives you analysis like this: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/105759201
    9) cell phone obviously
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    Additional things I carry:

    * Food
    * Suntan lotion for long trips
    * A bell (Mirrycle Incredibell)
    * A mirror (Mirrycle Mountain Mirror)
    * Gloves (Bontrager gloves)
    * Bar ends so that I have multiple positions for my hands on long rides (Origin8 Pro Pulsion Compe-Lite Bar Ends)
    * Tube patch kit; even though I have 2 spare tubes with me, if I get 3 flats I'm going to have to patch one up.
    * Tire Boots; if you murder a tire somehow you may be able to use a tire boot to prevent the tube from bulging out and blowing out long enough to get yourself home
    * Tire levers; never been able to get a tire on a wheel with my fingers. Tire levers to the rescue.
    * Spare tire; this is only for rides of 60 miles and above; I have a non-wire bead so it can fold up and fit in my panniers.
    * First aid "kit" in a baggie (Band aids, neosporin, lens cleaning tissues)
    * Camera, if I'm sight-seeing
    * USB Battery charger for cell phones, GPS, etc, for long trips (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013G8PTS)

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    - zip lock bags. Put cell phone in one and slip in jersey pocket
    - ID of some form (in case of emergency). I have business cards in with my phone. I also wear a RoadID.

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    Thanks all. This is super helpful. Keep em coming. (And: The tech geek in me got a bit wide eyed at the Garmin Connect details.)

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    +1 on the Road ID. My brother just got me one for my birthday, and it's great peace of mind to have. The only problem (for me) with using it is that since it eliminates my need to carry a driver's license and insurance card, I tend to forget the other wallet-based items I typically used to take along as well - a credit card and some folding green. I suppose in time I'll get used to the new routine and remember it all.
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    My philosophy: stay cheap, don't buy stuff until you research and want it for long enough that you can be sure you really need it and will make good use of it.

    On my Trek 1000 (bought Craigslist for $400 incl. upgrade wheels: A-class alx320):

    I have an under-seat bag (and it took me a couple months before I figured out how to properly mount it so that the velcro straps held it snug up under the seat rails!), and here's what's in it:

    Patch kit - A plastic box a little bigger than a deck of cards with 3 nylon tire levers, no-glue-needed-patches, abrasives, and other assorted junk (old presta lockrings, presta-schraeder adapters, etc.)

    Mini-Pump - a cheap little pump from Nashbar, I'm not all that happy with it, but I don't expect it to be as good as the floor pump that lives in the garage. The point is that when I get a flat, this pump can give my road tires enough air to get me home.

    Multi-tool - Nashbar "Woody", I think it's great (but I'm no weight nerd -- as a 6', 250# Clydesdale, I'm not worried about 7oz), it's got everything you'll ever need on the road. (Except for that one time my friend's vintage bike had a brake cable with a locking nut that needed a box wrench, not an allen key)

    Gu - Just one little envelope of energy gel in case I ever feel hungry or faint (which I haven't yet!)

    When I ride, I throw my wallet & cellphone in the bag too, and then it's pretty crowded, so the pump moves to a clip-mount that shares the frame-mount with one of my two water-bottle cages.

    I don't bother with gatorade (again, as a clyde, I feel my body has plenty and too much of everything it needs stored away), but I do enjoy a drop or two of peppermint extract in a water bottle -- makes it very refreshing.

    I also have a pretty-old cyclocomputer, very basic (wired, speed, trip distance, total distance, clock)

    Of course a helmet, my wife picked it up for me from costco, I'm happy with it. I think it's Bell, it has a twist thing to adjust the size.

    I have a padded liner that I wear under basketball shorts, and I wear a blaze-orange lightweight-synthetic-workout type shirt (i.e. not an actual cycle jersey) that my wife got me because she wants me to be highly visible on the road. (however, I have no lights -- I don't ride at night). Also cycle gloves; pretty important for those of us that have a lot of weight resting on those bars...

    My next purchase will be clips & shoes. But for now, I have straps, and I "made" my own cycling shoes by taking a box-cutter to the soles of some old running shoes (the flared-out soles were constantly hitting the cranks) -- and here's the piece de resistance of my cheapness: I increased either stiffness or cushion (I'm not sure which!) by using same box-cutter to make a layer of cardboard to put under my insoles. I have some scrap plexiglass that's been laying around the garage for 10 years, I'm thinking about upgrading my insoles. But as-is, I can tell people I have cycle shoes with cardboard insoles, and if I mumble, I can make it sound like I have carbon soles!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
    (11) OK, get yourself a helmet if you want one.
    Really - some people don't wear helmets when riding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pachydermatous1 View Post
    So, I've got the new bike (Trek DualSport), and I've been riding but it's time to think about what I need to have with me on the bike as I venture out further from home. Here are some of my thoughts, but tell me what I'm missing for a good basic set of gear/accessories to make my rides safer and more enjoyable, and give me specific product reccomendations if you have them.

    I figure I want/need
    1) a helmet
    2) some sort of bag for gear on the bike (but I don't know how bug or what all goes in it or where I should mount it)
    3) spare tube (or two?) but any tube reccomendations?
    4) pump or CO2 inflator, or both? Any reccomendations on models?
    5) tools or multi tool. Not sure what to look for here.
    6) bottle cage(s)
    7) light(s)?
    8) computer (or GPS)?
    9) cell phone obviously

    I don't feel the need to load the bike up with the whole kitchen sink, (it's got enough to do carrying my fat you know what around) but if there's something you love and wouldn't want to go without, post it here. If this thread ends up good maybe we can sticky it as a good reference because it's nearly impossible to come up with the proper search terms for this subject, unless you know what you need already and search for the individual item reviews/reccomendations.
    A lot will depend on just how far from home you're going, what sort of facilities exist to get back home if your bike becomes unrideable, and where you want to strike the balance between taking everything you could possibly need and taking the chance you'll need something but not have it.

    Some things will go in groups. So, for example, there's no point having a spare tube unless you've also got a pump and tyre levers. Without a pump anything else to fix a puncture is useless, etc.

    You could go with a spare tube or two (you'll want more or less provision for punctures depending on whether your tyres are puncture resistant, and how resistant they are). On my MTB I always carry a spare tube - I've never had a puncture but I'd rather have a tube just in case. Personally I'd go with a regular pump on the basis you can always put more air in if you need to, with a CO2 inflator once your cartridges are spent you can't use any more.

    A multi tool is no use unless you know what to do with it. Check it's got the tools you'll need for your bike. My multi tool has all sorts of allen sizes, a T25 bit, a few spanners (wrenches) and a few other bits and pieces. On the MTB it's good to have such a wide range. On my road bike it looks like I can do just about anything I'd need to do on the road with 4mm and 5mm allen keys and a No2 Philips screwdriver. For what it's worth my multi tool is a Topeak Alien II.

    Bottle cages - depends on how far you're going, what sort of effort you're putting in, what the temperatures are like. In the winter time in the UK I've often gone 20-25 miles and not taken on any water. In the summer obviously that's not such a good idea. Bottle cages are cheap (there's no point getting the carbon fibre ones for as long as you're a Clyde - I figure if I want to save 20g I'll have a smaller piece of pie for lunch) so you might as well put two on the bike and carry a bottle in either or both depending on your ride and conditions.

    The bag - something big enough to take your tools and tube (obviously remember that tubes and sharp edges may not play nicely together) and anything else you want to take along. If you're going on longer rides it's good to have space to put some energy bars or similar, maybe a pocket camera etc. You can get saddle bags that strap to the seatpost and saddle rails which do the job nicely.

    Computer/GPS - depends what you want to do. I use a GPS because I like to see my speed and keep a track log so I can check my average speed either for the whole ride or for sections of the ride (I'll often use it to isolate an uphill section to see how I can tackle it, or isolate a mostly downhill section to see how high an average speed I can register, for example). Totally unnecessary but interesting and potentially useful. It's also nice to have a scrolling map right in front of me the whole time. In the worst situations the GPS can also pinpoint where you are for either retrieval by partner/friend, or recovery by emergency services.

    Lights - if you're going to be out after dusk they are a must-have. A lot of people don't use them and when I see such a cyclist I wonder how long it will be before they join the line for their Darwin award.

    Personally I wouldn't ride without a helmet but a lot of people do.

    I make a point of carrying some cash with me, as well as credit cards etc. If I break something and need to buy a spare I've got cards, if I just need to buy a bottle of water I've got the means to do it (and without using a large note for a small purchase - I know it's a small consideration but it also makes things faster if you've left your bike outside), if I break something major or simply overdo it and need to get home I can get on the train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmeissner View Post
    Really - some people don't wear helmets when riding?
    I ride around residential streets with my kids without a helmet, but make them always wear a helmet. I live just a few blocks from Grossmont College (you can google map it), which has an isolated 1.5mi loop around it that is great for riding with kids, and I'll do that without a helmet. (but not when school is in session -- those community college drivers are too many and too young!)

    My rule of thumb (which by definition I don't follow 100% of the time) is: if I'm going to be riding on streets that are busy enough to have stoplights, then I'll wear my helmet.

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    a helmet - is probably a good idea.

    some sort of bag for gear on the bike: yes. then load it up with multi tool, tube, patch kit, tire levers, small knife, first aid, CO2 if you aren't carrying a pump, etc. I separate items in my seat bag in ziplocks to keep the tube isolated, etc. I then keep my light, bus passes and cash in the bag too. Rarely do I need to open it.

    two bottle cages with insulated bottles.

    I then have two different sized handlebar bags for carrying trip specific items when needed (lunch to work, light shopping, camera, etc).
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    A lot of people skip the saddle bag. You can fit a spare tube, tire lever, a couple CO2 canisters and a nozzle in a water bottle, and have plenty of room left over. Obviously, that leaves you with one less bottle to carry water in, which could be a problem, or not an issue at all. I don't carry water even on long ( 50+ mile ) rides in Seattle in the summer, because I'm never more than a couple miles from a fountain in a nice park.

    Quote Originally Posted by jmeissner View Post
    Really - some people don't wear helmets when riding?
    That's not a surprise, is it? Cycling is very safe once you learn to do it, and most accidents involve some road rash but not head injuries. Most people don't ride their bikes with knee and pads.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
    I ride around residential streets with my kids without a helmet, but make them always wear a helmet. I live just a few blocks from Grossmont College (you can google map it), which has an isolated 1.5mi loop around it that is great for riding with kids, and I'll do that without a helmet. (but not when school is in session -- those community college drivers are too many and too young!)

    My rule of thumb (which by definition I don't follow 100% of the time) is: if I'm going to be riding on streets that are busy enough to have stoplights, then I'll wear my helmet.
    I can see if there are no cars, on a flat course, at a leisurely pace then a helmet is not really needed - I guess I just find it easier to wear the helmet than to explain to the kids why they have to and I don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    That's not a surprise, is it? Cycling is very safe once you learn to do it, and most accidents involve some road rash but not head injuries. Most people don't ride their bikes with knee and pads.
    But there is that chance for head injury - I can live with a little road rash.
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    Yes, I want to start wearing a helmet for those two reasons: 1) It something bad does happen, my noggin is kind of important. (although I don't know how much the helmet really helps in reality. I'm betting that it's better with it, and if I can get one that I hardly notice, so much the better) and 2) I want my kids to wear them, law or not, and I need to set a good example.

    That being said... my whole life has been helmetless, from kid to college, to adult. I don;t want this to turn into an helmet vs. no helmet thread, but I can see both sides.

    Heck, I grew up without carseats or even seatbelt use. When I was young. we just floated around the back seat of the car, but now (even though there are less drunk drivers on the roads than in the 70's) I consider a seatbelt to be essential, and same thing with carseats for my girls. I don't know if bike helmets are in the same category, however. I think a lot depends on your riding location and proficiency, and your risk tolerance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmeissner View Post
    I can see if there are no cars, on a flat course, at a leisurely pace then a helmet is not really needed - I guess I just find it easier to wear the helmet than to explain to the kids why they have to and I don't.
    The one and only time I came off my bike was on a riverside towpath, wide enough to drive a car (but motor vehicles prohibited). It was flat, I wasn't going particularly fast, I just hit a patch of ice and lost control. When I felt the bump as my helmet made contact with the gravel path I was glad to be wearing it.

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    lol... I live in the Netherlands and I never wear a helmet. I plan on buying one eventually for bigger trips, but around the village.. nah. Don't need one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmeissner View Post
    I can see if there are no cars, on a flat course, at a leisurely pace then a helmet is not really needed - I guess I just find it easier to wear the helmet than to explain to the kids why they have to and I don't.
    A good point. I never understand why parents don't wear helmets and then have the kids where them. Its almost to me like seat belts. You wear the seat belt to teach the kids that they must for safety(and its the law)...then why not helmets?

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    Oh, what the heck. I'll play...

    Louis Garneau Pro 45 Seat Wedge
    I love it because it fits my modest gear, its shape conforms to my Zipp seat post, and the way it secures to the post keeps it from scratching it up. I don't love it because the zipper is a bit fussy.

    Topeak Hexus II Multi Tool
    I love it because it has most of what I need and is pretty compact. I don't love it because it doesn't have a small knife and digging the individual tools out can be a bit of a pain.

    First Aid Basics
    Nothing big, but a few bandages and whatnot.

    Leatherman Juice
    I love it because it fills the void the bike-specific multi tool leaves and it's nice and tiny.

    Tube Repair Kit
    I love it because it's really tiny. I haven't ever used it so I don't have much more to say about it.

    Air Pump
    Honestly, I'm between pumps right now. When I was riding my old Gary Fisher Montare, I had a traditional pump strapped to the frame. With my new bike, a Focus Mares AX2, I'm leaning toward a CO2 setup. I really should have picked one up today.

    Light Cloth Rag
    Hey, if I have to dig into the bag, I'm probably going to get dirty. The rag takes care of that, plus I can stuff it around the other things so my bag is totally silent even on pretty rough stuff.

    Gel
    I keep at least one gel in my bag so if I need a carb bump, I've got it.

    Camelbak Podium Chill Water Bottle
    Summer in Houston? Forget cold H2O, friend. The Podium Chill helps a little. I really dig the Jet valve, too.

    Cateye Vectra Cycling Computer
    I dig having a computer on the bike. I use it more as an odometer than anything. I like the Vectra because it's wireless, simple, and cheap.

    Cell Phone
    Mine's an HTC G2 (Android) and gives me a way to communicate in an emergency, a decent GPS, music, and some other handy tools.

    Those are my basics. Nothing terribly fancy, but it's handled the minor stuff I've run in to. As for what I wear...

    Giro Monaco Gloves
    I love these gloves because they don't get too hot, they're padded, but not insanely so, and they've got awesome finger pulls that make getting them off a breeze. I don't love them because they bleed dye like mad unless you wash them over and over and over again.

    Nutcase Helmet
    No matter where you stand on the helmet debate, if you choose to wear one then it needs to be one you will actually wear. The Nutcase isn't everyone's cup of tea from a styling perspective, but (for me) it's really comfortable and loaded with features I really dig including a magnetic, "no pinch" catch, padded chin strap, and plenty of pads to customize the fit.

    Specialized BG Tahoe Shoes
    I ride Shimano M520 clipless with multi release cleats. These Specialized shoes are really comfy with just the right amount of stiffness in the sole. Plus, they were pretty cheap.

    Pearl Izumi In-R-Cool Elite Shorts
    Actually, I've got shorts from several brands including Pearl Izumi, Cannondale, Canari, and others. The Pearls, however, are my favorites. Every little bit helps in the Houston heat.

    Halo Protex Bandana
    Nothing is worse than sweat pouring into your sunglasses on a ride. The Halo fits under my helmet nicely, doesn't heat up, and the "rain gutter" really works well.

    Novara Marco Cycling Jersey
    Well, actually I'll wear any comfy jersey, but I actually kinda like the Marco for the fact that it has this odd little zippered pocket on the left shoulder that's perfect for my cell phone. It keeps my phone handy, safe, and being on the front of the jersey, it keeps the phone away from my body and, therefore, away from most of the sweat. The rest of the jersey, frankly, is lacking in many ways (no true back pockets, cut for a more upright rider, no "stay strip" at the bottom, a collar that flips up in the wind, etc). I fully intend to have a pocket like that one sewn in to any jersey I buy.

    Socks
    I like to pick up the "seconds" from Sock Guy. Great stuff and pretty cheap.

    Road I.D.
    These are great and I never ride without mine. I also wear a set of dog tags and a few other bits of survival-oriented gear that I prefer to keep to myself.

    That's it!

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    See also this current thread on the 50+ Forum, “What To Carry...”:

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-What-To-Carry...

    My apparently unique contributions were to bring your house or car keys, depending on your starting point, and spare eyeglasses if you need them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    ...Last month I had a crash and the glasses I had on were unwearable...
    I also recall a disaster story of a couple riders who forgot to bring the key to the cable lock on their bikes on the trunk rack.

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    Update:

    Spent a lot of cash since I started this thread...

    Picked up:
    '11 Giro Saros (for $83 on sale). Rockloc 5 seems good and Atmos was $132.
    Cloud9 saddle. The stock saddle is killing me. I'll try this until the books bug hits.
    topeak medium wedge bag
    topeak road morph g frame pump
    topeak sport II floor pump
    crank brothers 17 multitool
    spare tube (avinir)
    patch kit w/ levers
    Giro Monoco gloves (sale at REI - $15... real leather)
    Garmin Edge 800 kit (again big labor day sale at REI)
    2 Deluxe bibs from l2p (nice)
    Shamino MT22 shoes (wasn't going to buy shoes yet but they are $29 at REI right now)
    Got a bike trailer for the kids (4, and 1 yo) also on sale
    take a look mirror
    halo protex ($9 on sale)
    Kryptonite Evolution mini 7 U lock.
    Thule hitch mount carrier (along with chain and padlocks and cable locks for the carrier)

    And I still need to select bottle cages. Wife needs side entry. Her WSD only has 1 set of mounts...


    I think I'm flat broke now. But I'm hoping to stop spending soon.

    Riding the W&OD has been fun. Looking forward to taking the bikes on vacation next weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pachydermatous1 View Post
    Update:

    Spent a lot of cash since I started this thread...

    Picked up:
    '11 Giro Saros (for $83 on sale). Rockloc 5 seems good and Atmos was $132.
    Cloud9 saddle. The stock saddle is killing me. I'll try this until the books bug hits.
    topeak medium wedge bag
    topeak road morph g frame pump
    topeak sport II floor pump
    crank brothers 17 multitool
    spare tube (avinir)
    patch kit w/ levers
    Giro Monoco gloves (sale at REI - $15... real leather)
    Garmin Edge 800 kit (again big labor day sale at REI)
    2 Deluxe bibs from l2p (nice)
    Shamino MT22 shoes (wasn't going to buy shoes yet but they are $29 at REI right now)
    Got a bike trailer for the kids (4, and 1 yo) also on sale
    take a look mirror
    halo protex ($9 on sale)
    Kryptonite Evolution mini 7 U lock.
    Thule hitch mount carrier (along with chain and padlocks and cable locks for the carrier)

    And I still need to select bottle cages. Wife needs side entry. Her WSD only has 1 set of mounts...


    I think I'm flat broke now. But I'm hoping to stop spending soon.

    Riding the W&OD has been fun. Looking forward to taking the bikes on vacation next weekend.
    Hmm. Delay your vacation and ride with us on the GAP. September 24 and 25.

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