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Old 08-14-10, 07:22 PM   #1
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Where do you keep your stuff?

I'm new to folding bikes--I have a Downtube Nova--and I'm trying to decide where to keep my stuff. I commuted on a hybrid for many years and had tools and accessories in bags on the bike or attached directly to it. It seems a bit silly to do that with a bike that I bought because it was light enough to carry around.

I'm considering keeping a seat bag permanently attached with a tire kit in it. And I'm also considering buying a frame pump and keeping that permanently attached. I do usually have a bag with me, so I could conceivably put accessories/tools in a bag and just make sure I always have it.

I don't know. What do you guys do?
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Old 08-14-10, 08:35 PM   #2
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I think seatpost bag would be very sensible. If there isn't enough space, you might also consider a small handlebar bag.

My bike has a front rack and pannier that I use for this purpose.
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Old 08-14-10, 08:36 PM   #3
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Tools and extra tire in a saddle bag. Pump in the water cage or frame. I don't use it if I am going on a short trip as I can walk or take public transportation if anything happens. All of this is easy to install/take-off (takes about 1 min to take them off).
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Old 08-17-10, 06:51 PM   #4
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I use a smaller Carradice Junior saddle bag for longer trips and same as Joako for shorter ones.
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Old 08-17-10, 07:29 PM   #5
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Use a arge Detours "Guppy" under seat bag on both Fridays and a large milk crate on my Dahon S1 "market bike". Also have a Nashbar 'trunk' bag that Velcros to the folding rack I can install on either Friday. Road Morph pump is mounted to one of the three sets of braze-ons on my NWT and goes into the trunk bag on my Pocket 8. The Dahon S1 never goes far enough from home to require carrying any tools. :>)
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Old 08-18-10, 12:42 AM   #6
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Seat-bag + tube, CO2 pump and tools.

Handlebar bag in this pic didn't work, the bracket affected the fold, and the ugly rack (Dahon's were out of stock) was eventually replaced with the Dahon Arclite rack . The handlebar bag now clips on the rear rack. It mainly carries sandwiches for 'longer' trips. If I need more space I take the sweaty backpack. Or bungee stuff on the back.

Bottle-cage mount pumps can be quite small, I removed this one because it wasn't. CO2 is ok for a quick fix.

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