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Old 09-11-08, 04:37 PM   #1
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How Much Junk do carry on your bike.

HI,
As I ride more each day, I think hey I need this when Iam 20 miles down the road, SO I am listing all the junk I have velcro'd to my bike.
1. removable Wheel Fenders front and rear
2. Cell phone.
3. Water Bottle(( IRONMAN BLUE)) of course..
4 Hand Air pump sharing water bottles bolts.
5. Cell phone case with tire patches
6. Complete bike fold up tool set, with 3 portable plastic and steel centered tire irons.
7. Cat Eye PC.
8. Blinky lights front and rear.
9. Clip less pedals from that crankbrother.
Did I forget anything.
SO if you see me going down the road it may seem like I touring, but I am ready for that flat or a losse whirlymajig thingy.
DOug

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Old 09-11-08, 04:59 PM   #2
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I don't count the bolt-ons as things I carry, I consider them as
a part of the bike...blinkies, fenders, racks, etc.

Carry-ons are generaly stowed in my trunk rack which I move from
bike to bike and often include:
*Spare tube(s) of correct size (this changes from bike to bike and
requires some carefull attention)
*Nutrition
*Tire spoons (the hands aren't as good as they used to be)
*Pump
*Wallet (with identification and insurance card)
*Multi tool
*Park allen wrenches
*cell phone (for those big problems that I don't want to mess with
out on the road.....haven't used it yet.)

When commuting there is my knapsack filled with enough food for my
12.5 hr shift, dry clothes, rain gear, cold weather gear (Gloves, headband etc),
allen wrenches and multitool...but I don't bother with the flat repair stuff.
I haven't flatted commuting yet and if I do, it's only five miles each way. I just
pull out the cell phone to call in "late to work", or when going home I can walk
or call home for a ride.
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Old 09-11-08, 05:13 PM   #3
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Be glad you don't have a recumbent with a seat bag the size of a small suitcase. I have to go through it continuously to make sure I'm carrying a minimal load weighing less than the bike.
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Old 09-11-08, 05:41 PM   #4
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I think I carry a normal amount of stuff. I carry:
In my seat bag
a spare tube
a tube repair kit that is for a rare second flat
2 tire spoons
a few bandaids and a couple of aspirin
10 dollars
small mini tool
In Bento bag:
granola bar
spare blinkie
I don't really count the stuff fastened to the bike but here it is:
a cateye headlight that I take off when not commuting
a road morph g pump
cateye computer
incredibell
rear blinkie
I clip my cell phone to the strap on the side of my seat bag.
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Old 09-11-08, 05:48 PM   #5
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Bag has:
One tube
Two CO2 inflators
Tire patch kit
Two tire irons
Multi-tool

Jersy pockets are for:
House key
Cell phone
GU packs / Shot blocks

Bike has:
One or two bottles of water, depending on lenght of ride.

Less is more.
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Old 09-11-08, 05:49 PM   #6
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Do not carry 'junk' on single bike or tandem. Just necessities.
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Old 09-11-08, 05:54 PM   #7
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I carry the necessities.

In my tiny seat bag:
3 tire spoons
1 CO2 cartridge and tiny applicator-thingy
1 spare tube
patch kit

In my pockets:
Right -- Gu, small tube of lip balm, eye drops (to keep my contacts from feeling like potato chips)
Middle -- Kool Kovers, hand pump
Left -- Tyvek wallet w/cash, racing license, business cards; cell phone

Around my neck I wear a Road I.D., and of course I carry 2 water bottles.

I'd like to carry less but I don't know what I'd eliminate.
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Old 09-11-08, 05:55 PM   #8
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I carry wallet, keys, cell phone, and a cable lock.
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Old 09-11-08, 06:42 PM   #9
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HI,
As I ride more each day, I think hey I need this when Iam 20 miles down the road, SO I am listing all the junk I have velcro'd to my bike.

9. Clip less pedals from that crankbrother.
Did I forget anything.

DOug
You carry pedals?
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Old 09-11-08, 07:07 PM   #10
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When I am riding in the country and/or riding more than 50 miles I have:

- two spare tubes
- patch kit
- tire boots
- spare spoke
- extra chain links (2)
- tire levers
- multi-tool
- pump
- 2 water bottles
- duct tape
- cell phone
- $ and ID

(edit: oops! forgot to add - on almost any long ride I expect to be scenic I carry a digital camera. I am currently thinking about my riding goals for 2009 and one of them is to TAKE MORE PICTURES on long rides.)

In town I carry less.

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Old 09-11-08, 07:29 PM   #11
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Saddle has:
spare tube
patch kit
mulit-tool
tire levers
ink pen
duct tape
money
ID
spare car key
pump attached to bike
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Old 09-11-08, 07:43 PM   #12
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I donít carry any junk. But what I do carry depends on the bike.
1 CO-2 pump and three Cartridges.
2 Tire spoons- metal
3 Scabs-patches
4 Spare tube
5 6 fig cookies
6 Cell phone
7 10 dollars
8 With utility bike add lights
9 Wallet and debit card
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Old 09-11-08, 07:56 PM   #13
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In my bag I have:
CO2 inflater w/ 2 bottles
spare tube
patch kit
mini tool
tire lever
baggie with 6 folded kleenex
baggie with $10 + 6 quarters
keys (if I drove to start)
racing liscense

In my pockets:
cell phone
3rd bottle if long ride
GU flask
PBJ cut in quarters
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Old 09-11-08, 08:10 PM   #14
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Do your multi-tools have a chain tool? I carry a tiny Topeak chain tool. A few weeks ago, on a ride with about 10 people, a guy broke his chain, and I was the only one with a chain tool - and a multi-tool.

Tonight, a guy broke his chain, and I totally saved him with my chain tool.

The thing is tiny. Don't know why more people don't have them. Or even know how to use them.

Oh, the list:

Zip-loc baggie #1:
Chain tool
Multi-tool
Tube patches
Tire boot
Two plastic tire levers (you don't need 3)

Zip-loc baggie #2:
tube

Pockets:
Cleat covers (Keo carbon cleats)
Tiny pump
Packaged food (if needed) - Gu, bars, whatever
Banana (if needed)
Zip-loc baggie #3 - cell phone, money, id

I have blinkies in my handlebar ends, and have a saddle bag blinkie and another frame mounted blinkie that I use if there is fog or if I'm riding in the evening.
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Old 09-11-08, 08:41 PM   #15
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Way to much
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Old 09-11-08, 08:58 PM   #16
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In my bag.

Tire Levers

Patch Kit

CO2 cartridges and dispensing attachment

Multi Tool

Extra Tube.

Red Blinky on the Bag.

On the Bike

2 water bottles

On Me.

Cell Phone

Drivers License

$20

Cleat Covers

Energy Bars

More than enough.
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Old 09-12-08, 06:22 AM   #17
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carry on junk

Oh man...
The absolute best thing that ever happened to me was the CF MOtobecane IF.
No way was I gonna load up a seat bag with 6 lbs of stuff and no way was that Performance Transit bag winding up on it.
The CF 'forced' me litterly to start paring down to the essentials.
Long rides (60-100 miles)out in the sticks..the folding tire comes with but other than that.
Either the CO + 2 spare cartridges, spare (new) tube and some patches. Tire levers and the 2 most often used allen wrenches.
The Cel only comes on the long (out in the sticks) ride. and then it's rubber banded to the handlebar and I carry a bar mounted plastic clip for the cue sheets on long rides.
The rear flasher comes with on all bikes but the front light has disappeared. I simply don't ride that often after dusk (try ,at all)
Time was when my 23 lb Paramount weighed in at 31 pounds with all but the kitchen sink aboard.
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1. Spare tube
2. Small patch kit with 2 plastic tire levers
3. Topeak Road Morph Pump
4. Cell phone
5. 1 or 2 water bottles
6. Sometimes a gel/snack dependant on length of ride.
Lp
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Old 09-12-08, 08:39 AM   #19
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My "necessities" list includes enough to require leading a pack horse behind me. It's a constant battle to keep the list manageable to foul weather clothing, laptop, extra water, 2 camera and a camcorder, dual mounted camera ultrapods, and of course, the Cateye, headlight, handlebar bag for the Kryptonite bike lock.
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3 teflon-over-steel tire levers (Continental tires on Campagnolo Omega rims = tight fit)
spare innertube
glueless patch kit
spoke wrench
Topeak, Cooter, or similar multitool
full-size frame fit pump (Zefal HP-X or Blackburn)
1 or 2 water bottles, depending on the bike

If I plan to stop, add a lock, backpack, etc.


In the (good/bad) old days, I used to carry a spare gearshift cable, a spare brake cable, and a few spare spokes, but today I rarely have any mechanical problems other than punctures, and even those are no longer very frequent.
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Bag has:
One tube
Two CO2 inflators
Tire patch kit
Two tire irons
Multi-tool

Jersy pockets are for:
House key
Cell phone
GU packs / Shot blocks

Bike has:
One or two bottles of water, depending on lenght of ride.

Less is more.
This is almost exactly what I carry on my road bike, except the GU packs / Shot blocks. If it a longer than 30 mile ride I take either a cliff bar, a power bar, some fruit, or a combination of the three.

Oh and I add a drivers license, debit card, health insurance card, and maybe a $10 bill all in a little ziplock that Sidi cleat hardware came in.
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I'm shaking my head as I read this thread.
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The handlebar bag has the fingerless gloves, cycling glasses with changeable lenses, the arm warmers, the bus change, the mileage log, a pen, and a giveaway patch kit in it all the time. When I'm ready to ride, it gets the cell phone on weekdays, and on weekends it gets cell phone, prescription glasses, and camera.
The trunk always has a couple of bamboo-fabric towels, a small first-aid kit, benedryl caplets (since last Saturday when I was stung by a bee during my ride), some anti-itch cream (another souvenir of last week's bee sting adventure), and a couple of granola bars. On weekends, extra bottles of water are added.
In the pockets of the shorts I wear over my cycling shorts are wallet, regular carrying-around money (not to be confused with the bus fare money kept on the bike), lip gloss (Chapstick), car keys, and usually a pocket knife that's borderline concealed weapon.
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Totally ride dependant. My minimum is:
Spare Tube
Patch kit
Allen wrenches
Tire levers
pump
Water bottle
Cell Phone
Garmin 305

Longer rides I may add:
Foldable tire
Additional Tube
Brake/shifter cable
Tire boot
more water bottles
Rain jacket
tights
jacket
food, the more the merrier I always say
Map
Sunglasses
Sun Block
Camera

I think thats about it, but my Carradice Bage has a huge capacity!
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Old 09-12-08, 10:07 AM   #25
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Add bug spray. In the warmer months I won't leave home without it. The skeeters won't bother you if you're moving, but if you stop to change a flat they'll eat you alive before you get back going again.
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