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Old 05-05-09, 02:49 AM   #1
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List the contents of yer foldie traveling kit

I realize close trips don't really require anything but I seldom leave on any bike without:

Cell phone
Inner tube
folding tire
2 tire levers
multitool
small manual air pump
money
GPS
Nitrile gloves
Patch kit
Rain cover for rack bag
Wallet
Keys
Extra battery for rear flasher
Bungee cord
zip ties
Spare brake cable
Spare shifter cable
Cable lock
Digital camera
15mm box wrench (on bikes I need one)

Yes it requires a pretty good size bag to carry all this junk. Yes it adds weight and no I'd rather have it and the weight than to be without.

I used to not carry cables but I tossed a Dual Drive cable on my Speed TR once. Having a cable on the bike would have been a 10 minute fix. Instead it was a blown ride. Stuff like cables goes in those goofy pockets you'd never use anyway and it doesn't weigh much.

So am I nuts to carry all this or just a Sierra Hotel biker?

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Old 05-05-09, 07:27 AM   #2
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I rarely carry much more than a cell phone, lock, a hand towel (I sweat), my Ikea bag, and work clothes if I'm commuting. All in a bag that ties to the rack. But then, I'm never far from a bus stop. If I have a problem with my bike so that it can't be ridden, I can fold it, bag it, and get on a bus. I get the impression that you don't have that option, so I understand you wanting to have a good repair kit with you at all times.
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Old 05-05-09, 08:04 AM   #3
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I carry a multitool, ulock, bungee cords, pump, and patch kit, basically. The rest of the stuff--digicam, cellphone, spare batteries, wallet, keys, bag raincover, netbook--I carry all the time, anyway, so that doesn't really count.
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On the week day commutes, I carry a full set of clothes, occasionally stuff a pair of shoes, netbook, wallet, ipod, keys, coffee, cellphone, and water on the bottle-cage of the bike.

On weekend rides, or even lunch, all I carry is my cellphone & ID's.

All my tools, spares I just keep at home.
Into my second year of commuting, I've had two flats, both on my way home. First time it was a slow leak that held up till a block or so from home. The second, I wasn't even half way there. I just fold'd, waved a cab down, and got a ride the rest of the way.
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I've been carrying a fair bit of junk around Spain lately. The pictures will give the idea.





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Nokia N95 8GB which is my phone, GPS and Camera
multitool
$$/Wallet/Keys
Waterproof pannier
Spare CR123 for my helmet light, a Fenix P2D
Cable lock
Pack of wet tissues for cleaning up
A spare t-shirt to change into when I get to work

When it is rainy season, a rain jacket

Like JCFlack, I don't usually pack the repair stuff because Singapore has a very accessible public transport system so I am rarely far away from a bus stop, subway or cab if I happen to get a flat or if it rains.
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I've been carrying a fair bit of junk around Spain lately. The pictures will give the idea.
Very impressive, EvilV, & I thought I carried a lot on my STrida3 ;-)

Any closeups of your mounting points for all that lot?

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Old 05-06-09, 05:48 AM   #8
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I realize close trips don't really require anything but I seldom leave on any bike without:


Inner tube
folding tire
2 tire levers
multitool
small manual air pump
money
Nitrile gloves
Patch kit
Rain cover for rack bag
Keys
Bungee cord
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Surprisingly perhaps, I do carry most of your list, except I have an iPhone 3G which incorporates several of the above, & I use a "dumbbell" zinc spanner which covers most nuts on a bike, unless they've been laced up at a LBS first.

I use "Eneloop" AA's from Sanyo, & they last ages between use, so no longer carry spare AA's.

Cables would be a good idea though........

BTW, I'll try your "safety" check approach on my great niece when I see her soon, & ask to "check" her bike ;-)

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Old 05-06-09, 10:24 AM   #9
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2 tire levers
spare tube
(sometimes) spare tire
multitiool
plyers
patch kit
pocket knife
electrical tape
small cone (15/16mm) wrench
2 turntables and a microphone
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2 turntables and a microphone
No amp' & speakers?

Or do you rely on them being there when you get to your gig?
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