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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
    Last edited by djnzlab1; 09-12-08 at 09:08 AM.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Do not carry 'junk' on single bike or tandem. Just necessities.

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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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    I carry wallet, keys, cell phone, and a cable lock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djnzlab1 View Post
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Way to much

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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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by vtc12ip View Post
    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.
    That which does not kill me has made a massive tactical blunder.
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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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    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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