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    "Must Haves" in your Seat bag/pouch jersey pockets

    I'm looking to compile a list of items that I should bring along "just in case" I have a flat or other problem.

    One thing I always have is single pack of Hand wipes, you know, one wipe in a foil pack. For cleanup of hands after the work.

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    My probably incomplete list:

    - Patch kit
    - CO2 inflator
    - Tire levers
    - Bike multi-tool
    - Spare tube
    - 6' length of paracord
    - Powerbar Gel
    With every ride, I get a little stronger. I gain a little stamina. I gain a little pride. And so I await the next ride...

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    In my saddle bag:
    2 tubes
    Patch kit
    Tire levers
    Spoke wrench - if you break a spoke, you may need to adjust others to stop the brake dragging. It has happened to me.
    Chain tool - If a derailleur cable breaks, you can break the chain and make your bike into a single-speed, just to get home. This has also happened to me.

    On my frame - if it fits. It fits my steel bikes, but not my Plastic Fantastic Bianchi.
    Frame pump

    In my jersey pockets(if frame pump doesn't fit the bike)
    Minipump
    CO2 inflater and 2 cartidges
    Energy bar

    I'm leery of depending entirely on CO2 inflation. If you blow your spare tube and your backup - and that DOES happen - and you only have a couple cartridges, you're walking or making the Call Of Shame. Before cell phones were a convenient size, I once walked 2 miles in cleats because I got a cut in the tire, which blew the tube, and then the spare blew, and then the patched original tube blew. Now I carry an energy bar because the wrapper can be used as a boot to cover the cut, and get you a little farther.
    "Donít take life so seriousóit ainít nohow permanent."

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    - Government issued ID (Driver's License usually)
    - Credit Card (for an emergency purchase)
    - $20 cash (usually a ten, a five and five singles)
    - Cell phone in a zip loc bag (I carry a burner phone, not my iPhone)

    That's in additional to what you've already identified.

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    I usually keep a tweenty dollar bill tucked away in my spare tube box...you never know. In addition to the usual things listed above, my cell phone and and some form of ID usually travels with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
    In my saddle bag:

    I'm leery of depending entirely on CO2 inflation. If you blow your spare tube and your backup - and that DOES happen - and you only have a couple cartridges, you're walking or making the Call Of Shame. Before cell phones were a convenient size, I once walked 2 miles in cleats because I got a cut in the tire, which blew the tube, and then the spare blew, and then the patched original tube blew. Now I carry an energy bar because the wrapper can be used as a boot to cover the cut, and get you a little farther.
    I got a fancy Lezyne pump that attached below a bottle cage. It is a hand pump but also a CO2 inflator, and has a bracket for one cartridge. When a flat comes, use the pump to get a little air into the tube, seat the tire, then unscrew the pump and screw in the CO2. If a second flat happens, you've still got the pump.

    I rode around with it for two years and never used it. Last week, I used it twice in three days.
    "how do you know you can't swim until you have drowned?"

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    Saddle pack:
    2 known good tubes
    patch kit
    3 CO2 bottles, with inflator
    spoke wrench & multi-tool
    extra master link for chain (although I don't have a chain breaker in the multi-tool I usually carry, that's a lack)
    tire levers
    tire boots (those park ones)

    Jersey pocket:
    Phone
    cash
    credit card
    ID
    snacks

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    I take only what I consider essential.

    In my bag:
    Multitool with only the three hex keys plus Phillips and blade screwdriver
    2 tire levers
    tube in ziplock bag with some talcum powder
    CO2 inflator with 12" duct tape wrapped around it for emergency tire boot
    2 cartridges
    glueless patches (which I haven't used, only replaced, in at least eight years, or over 20,000 miles, so I might not carry them anymore)

    In my jersey (inside ziplock bag):
    Driver's licenses
    cash, at least $40
    iPhone
    energy bar (or bars and gels for longer rides)

    Major repairs like spokes and chains warrant a phone call. Hand wipes? That's why biking bids are already black.
    Last edited by Cychologist; 09-03-13 at 12:17 PM.

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    In my bag:
    Multitool
    2 tubes
    3 tire levers
    patch kit
    chain link
    latex gloves
    CO2 inflator and two cartridges
    pressure guage
    $20
    small pump (on frame)

    In jersey:
    phone
    gels (if going on a long ride)

    I don't carry ID with me (except when commuting when it's in my wallet in my backpack) as I instead wear a RoadID.

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    That's a lot to fit in a saddle pack. Which one do you use and what size?

    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Saddle pack:
    2 known good tubes
    patch kit
    3 CO2 bottles, with inflator
    spoke wrench & multi-tool
    extra master link for chain (although I don't have a chain breaker in the multi-tool I usually carry, that's a lack)
    tire levers
    tire boots (those park ones)

    Jersey pocket:
    Phone
    cash
    credit card
    ID
    snacks

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    Patch kit with tire levers, bike specific multi tool, adjustable wrench, frame mounted pump, planet bike pencil tire gauge, some cash, my wallet/phone, and plan to add a spare tube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cychologist View Post
    Major repairs like spokes and chains warrant a phone call.
    I came up with my list before cell phones were convenient, and indeed a number of the places I ride took a while to have decent reception. I could probably do with less, but having at one time or another needed each of the items, I err on the side of caution.
    "Donít take life so seriousóit ainít nohow permanent."

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    Tool roll in my trunk bag holding:
    Tire levers
    tube
    multi tool that includes a chain tool
    patch kit
    folding knife

    On the frame:
    Mini pump.

    On me:
    cell phone
    ID (not my drivers license)
    Sometimes about $10 cash
    "Pain is weakness leaving the body"......yea, right!

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    in order of importance,

    spare tube
    co2 inflator
    tire lever
    patch
    multitool

    chain malfunctions are rare compared to the frequency of flats.

    on me, in a plastic bag,
    cell phone, usually for GPS
    drivers license
    insurance card
    blood type card
    contact info card

    cliff bars for > 15 mile rides
    a goo if handy

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBentley57 View Post
    in order of importance,

    spare tube
    co2 inflator
    tire lever
    patch
    multitool

    chain malfunctions are rare compared to the frequency of flats.

    on me, in a plastic bag,
    cell phone, usually for GPS
    drivers license
    insurance card
    blood type card
    contact info card

    cliff bars for > 15 mile rides
    a goo if handy
    You know, I never thought of carrying my health insurance card, and you're absolutely right about it. I carry ID and a debit card, but not my insurance card. Last time I'll overlook that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunavic View Post
    That's a lot to fit in a saddle pack. Which one do you use and what size?
    Nah, it's not really that much and it scrunches up pretty good. I have no idea what pack I'm using and I'd call it "medium". it's larger than my wife's small timbuktoo and smaller than my son's large timbuktoo.

    Oh - one other item. I have a Road ID with my particulars on it. You could put your medical coverage on there too if you want, I just want somebody to know who to call in the event I'm splattered across the road. Heck, even if i were riding with people I know, it's unlikely they'd know my wife's name or number.

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    Seat bag
    -2 tubes
    -tire levers
    -CO2 inflator w/2 carts

    Jersey
    -1 Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter/30 miles
    -Wallet
    -Cel Phone in plastic baggie

    Wrist
    -Road ID
    --My Name
    --Hometown
    --Wifes name/Ph#
    --Medical Insurance #
    --Cardiac Stents
    --Old guys rule.
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    +1 on the Road ID ... reminds me, I need to update mine

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    I like to be prepared, but maybe not as prepared as some here.

    Spare tube
    tire levers
    multi tool
    phone
    money/credit card
    ID
    frame pump
    cliff bars
    napkins (for wiping sweat off sunglasses or if need to deal with a derailed chain, wiping off hands)
    U lock or cable lock (depending on where I might be stopping). I have a large bag that mounts on a front rack so I actually have room for a U lock if I need it.

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    For me it depends.

    On a typical road ride:
    Topeak Road Morph G on the frame
    Seat bag:
    A tube
    Patch kit
    tire levers
    packet of chamois cream
    Maybe a multi-tool
    Always have my phone with me (usually stashed in my Bento)
    Road ID

    Commute:
    Carried in my backpack
    Ulock
    wallet - ID, cash, CC
    Road Morph G
    tube
    tire levers
    patch kit
    multi-tool

    On long road/training rides I'll bring along a snack or gels

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    to an extent it depends on route. If it's long, involves gravel and few if any buddies, then I take more. More food, more tabs (to add to water, which you can almost always find), a second tube, a jacket.
    "how do you know you can't swim until you have drowned?"

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    Multi-tool (which has spoke and chain tool included).
    Two or more good tubes.
    Patch kit.
    Frame pump.
    CO2 pump.
    No tire irons (haven't used those things in years).
    Cell phone.

    Depending on which cycling shoes I am wearing, a pair of sandals or some such that are comfortable for walking (my Sidi's are horrible to walk in). My MTB shoes are good enough for walking in that I don't bother carrying the extra shoes..

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    I take a pretty good first aid kit in addition to items mentioned here. Eye wash, 4"X4" gause pads, iodine swabs, tape. Ready for major road rash or when mountain biking a face plant in a bad situation. Not just for me, for anyone.
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

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    Golly, let me think...
    Spare tire on the tandem.
    2 spare tubes, sometimes just one on the single bike
    Patch kit
    Little roll of small wire
    Multitool
    4" vice grips
    Cleat screws
    1 old cleat
    Chain tool
    Chain quick links
    Several spare links of chain
    Small size sunblock
    Very small cheap pocketknife
    Trash bag
    Tire tools
    Tandem length shift cable (fits your bike, and somebody else's tandem or recumbent)
    Spare stoker cleat for the tandem
    Fiberfix spoke kit
    Electrolytes
    Painkiller
    And perhaps a few other small odds and ends thrown in.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    Many are over thinking this. I carry the following n my road bike:
    one spare virgin tube
    2 co2 cylinders plus tool
    one tire lever
    a couple of patches
    a Park Tools hex key set
    a tube of body glide
    patch cement
    tube patch rasp that comes in the patch kit

    On the frame I have a small pump.

    Formerly I had a much larger seat bag and carried all that plus:
    another tube
    two more tire levers
    6" adjustable jaw wrench and two full size allen wrenches.

    My bike wears Spesh Armadillos that have proven to be mostly flat free.
    I had one fail this summer due to a seperation at the bead. I was able to replace the tube, inflate to about 70 psi and limp to the bike shop for replacement.


    Mark

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