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    What I Carry on my Bike - How about You?

    What I Carry on my Bike - How about You?

    In my latest article, I have listed the things I carry on my bike.

    http://denver.yourhub.com/Parker/Sto...ry~646770.aspx

    So, did I miss anything? What else do you carry that I didn't list? What did I list that you don't carry?
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    Good article.
    I also carry cash ($20 in bills and coins). You never know when you'll be out and possibly need to stop at a convenience store for food or sports drink. The coins are for a pay phone (whatever that is ) in case my cell phone doesn't work.
    I also carry some cheap folding reading glasses (us old folks need them ) so I can see really small stuff on the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Good article.
    I also carry cash ($20 in bills and coins). You never know when you'll be out and possibly need to stop at a convenience store for food or sports drink. The coins are for a pay phone (whatever that is ) in case my cell phone doesn't work.
    I also carry some cheap folding reading glasses (us old folks need them ) so I can see really small stuff on the bike.
    I added the $20.

    Thanks!
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    I tend to carry more-than-enough on rides longer than 50 miles. This is my century ride kit;



    My bike has a computer, tail-light and cable lock also. I have ample headlights that are used in the fall and winter.
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    Nice article, DnvrFox.

    I don't have a boot or the ointment. Next time I get a Tyvek envelope, I'll cut out some pieces and add them. I like the idea of cheap folding reading glasses, Ron. I can't tell you how many times I've had to borrow glasses to read something.

    What do I have that you don't? KFC handi-wipes. Good to get grease or dirt off, or clean off whatever before eating something. I also carry one of those little presta to schrader valve adaptors. I've never needed it, but it is there.

    Sometimes I carry a soaked washcloth in a zip bag with a freezer bag in with it. Nothing like a cold wet towel on your head to cool you off. " A towel is about the most massively useful thing [a cyclist] can have"

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    Insect repellant, if you cycle around mosquitoes and you have to stop and fix a flat.

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    All good ideas...particularly the reading glasses. The only "must have" addition I'd make is a tail light (I'm partial to the Planet Bike Superflash units, but there are plenty out there) to aid visibility. In addition, I always throw in a few small zip ties into my wedge, just in case.
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    I make sure I have emergency allergy meds, just in case the daily isn't enough. I detest hitting a sneazy-fit and puking.
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    Nice article - weel done.
    You hit most of what I carry plus a few things I don't carry.
    I carry a tube with gatoraide powder and one with Nuun tablets - that way all I need to get is cold water.
    I also carry a small multi-tool if I need to make an adjustment.
    But most importantly - I carry a tune as I am riding along
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    But most importantly - I carry a tune as I am riding along
    I'm envious. I can't carry a tune.
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    Survivalist or minimalist? I think I am usually in the first category, but particularly so with the tandem and Mrs. Mono on the back.

    Today, on the tandem:


    On the bike:
    Two planet bike super flash lights on the back, attached to the back rack
    Dinotte light in blink mode on the front, plus battery attached to the top tube
    Cateye cycling computer.
    Sigma heart monitor on the front handlebar
    Four water bottles
    Topeak Mini-morph pump

    In the back rack or seat wedge
    Glasses cleaners
    First aid kit
    Clear glasses (hers)
    Cell phone
    Mosquito spray
    Hand sanitizer
    Waterless soap
    Bandana
    Chamois Butter
    Gels & electolyte chews
    Wallet w/ money and credit cards
    Spare folding tire (that's right, it's a tandem)
    Two tubes
    Patch kit w/ tire boot
    CO2 inflator w/ two cartidges
    Tire irons
    Multi tool (used it twice today... she's going clipless now, adjusted her right cleat and handlebar)
    Parks spoke wrench (been having trouble with the rear wheel, so took it even though the multi-tool has the same function)
    Lipstick (hers)
    Pepper spray in my jersey for that new dog we've been training out on Hwy 16.
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    One item I carry that most wouldn't think of... a marlin spike. For the landlubbers, it's usually a very sharp fold out knife and a long, pointed metal instrument designed to allow one to work knots open. For this year, this is the only tool on the bike I've had to pull out (to cut off a sprung bungee that wrapped itself around my rear gearset, the spike to guide a popped off chain, and to free my chain when it got wedged between a gear and the frame).

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    On my commuter bike I also carry some thin latex gloves in case I have to change a tire on the way to work (so I don't get greasy hands before the day starts).

    Some "special" things for longer-distance rides:

    - one of those little presta-to-Schrader value converters. If my pump fails, I can always get to a gas station and inflate my tires with a regular air pump if I have one of those converters. They're very inexpensive (less than a buck) and light.

    - a chain quick-connect in case I have to repair/break a chain while riding and I need to get it put back together.

    - a "spoke fix" or "fiber fix" kit. I forget the name. It's one of those kevlar spoke replacement kits so you can limp home in case of a broken spoke. Very light, easy to carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Good article. I also carry some cheap folding reading glasses (us old folks need them ) so I can see really small stuff on the bike.
    Quote Originally Posted by smorris View Post
    I like the idea of cheap folding reading glasses, Ron. I can't tell you how many times I've had to borrow glasses to read something.
    Perhaps this would be a better idea: http://www.boomersintheknow.com/bisaglctidrl.html

    You probably ride with sunglasses but can you see your speedometer? With these you can. You also don't need an extra set of glasses. Think of saving the extra 50gms, you weight weenie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobthib View Post
    Perhaps this would be a better idea: http://www.boomersintheknow.com/bisaglctidrl.html

    You probably ride with sunglasses but can you see your speedometer? With these you can. You also don't need an extra set of glasses. Think of saving the extra 50gms, you weight weenie!
    Don't assume we are all farsighted - we are not - I know for sure!!
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    Thanks for the suggestions. Gotta keep in mind my target audience, and not get too complex. That's why God made cell phones.
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    A frequent thread topic. I shake my head every time that I read one of them.

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    On my road bike or in my pocket I carry:

    In my pocket:
    Treo 680 with single earphone, in a ziplock bag, with Navigator 6 (incase I get lost in unfamiliar areas), Pocket Tunes and an assortment of music and podcasts, set for random. The mix of music and talk simulates a radio very nicely.
    House Key
    Handkerchief
    2 nutrition bars
    banana (sometimes)
    2 gels
    A 3" x 4" zipper pack with a first aid kit (alchol preps, bandages, sun screen) an ID card, Visa card, and gym pass, cash and change.

    On the bike:
    2 24oz insulated bottles of fortified H2O.
    front flashing LED light
    Rear flasher
    Polar S150 watch mount with speed and HR

    Seat wedge:
    1 or 2 Co2 cartiges
    1 tube'
    patch kit
    utility tool
    tire levers
    latex gloves

    On my person:
    Bifocal Sunglasses
    HRM belt
    A kit


    On the Lambo Tandem:
    Front and Rear lights
    Up to 6 water bottles (4 on the frame, 2 in a seat post holder)
    E3 F8 computer

    In the large wedge:
    Adjustable wrench
    Multi tool
    Tube
    Patch kit
    2 CO2 cartrages
    Tire levers
    latex gloves

    On our persons:
    ID
    Cash
    Other things as my wife can squeeze into her fanny pack. (No comments on her fanny, but I like it!)

    Things I'll add based on your invaluable ideas:
    Tyvec patches
    zip ties
    Other brilliant things as this post grows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Don't assume we are all farsighted - we are not - I know for sure!!
    You and others for sure, but the 2 posters quoted (and many others that read this forum) use reading glasses and that's what these are.
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    My initial thought were that I carry a wedge and nothing else. Thanks for highlighting how wrong I am.

    I carry exactly as in your article and I suppose this is down to experience- which your readers will not have. Good article that will put new riders on the right track. Well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    My initial thought were that I carry a wedge and nothing else. Thanks for highlighting how wrong I am.

    That's why I tow a utility trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    A frequent thread topic. I shake my head every time that I read one of them.
    As I recall............that's about all you CAN shake these days.

    Sorry Grouch but I could not let that one go unwritten.



    Dnver: I don't carry nearly as much as you've listed, though I probably should. I imagine as one's mechanical ability increases the tools and spare parts inventory taken on rides increases also. Chain repair equipment would have come in handy on a ride I took in May as I came acroos a poor fellow whose chain was no longer a loop. He did have his cell phone and the family SAG was on it's way. I was glad to have my multi-tool yesterday to fix my front V-Brake on my way to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    What I Carry on my Bike - How about You?

    In my latest article, I have listed the things I carry on my bike.

    http://denver.yourhub.com/Parker/Sto...ry~646770.aspx

    So, did I miss anything? What else do you carry that I didn't list? What did I list that you don't carry?
    Here's what I carry, haven't compared it to your list:

    Tubular tire, pump, tubes, tire irons, Allens and a 10 mm box for adjusting two kinds of saddle, seatpost and handlebar, flat blade screwdriver and pliers for resetting cable tensions (hmm, haven't really needed these for a while!), kleenex, 6' lock, several Clif bars and /or Pay Days, water, alternate (i.e. finger) gloves, ID, $$, credit card, insurance card, sun block, handkerchief, ibuprophen, band-aids, Neosporin, phone(s) (including Mrs. Road Fan, too), lights if expected, plastic bag to protect Brooks or Selle AnAtomica, tire guage, Presta adapter, spoke wrench, tiny multitool, 6" adjustable open-end wrench (tradition!!!! done this since high school), sheesh, what else? Sometimes a shell jacket, knee warmers, or leg warmers, or needle-nose pliers (high school again), paper, ballpoint pen, route map sometimes.

    All in one or two Kirtland wedge seat packs from the late '80s. Thinking of changing to a front bag, or adding one.

    Acorn is a $$ solution.

    Just saw your list: I also use a speed/cadence computer, HRM, reminder about training zones, and a nice French single ding bell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobthib View Post
    On my road bike or in my pocket I carry:


    Things I'll add based on your invaluable ideas:
    Tyvec patches
    zip ties
    Other brilliant things as this post grows.
    Oh yeah, I keep six zip ties in the bottom of the back rack on the tandem, 2 each of three different sizes.
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    One thing that I carry that I have not noticed on any other post is< a small package or roll of tissue. We live and ride in a very rural area where rest stops and stores are not very abundant had have run into the time or 2 that a patch of woods is the only place avaliable for nature calls is needed. From experiance leave do not work.
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