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    What would you bring for a rental bike?

    I'm flying to a conference for work. They're providing rental bikes as part of the conference. I think it's going to be a Trek 4300 (& a helmet). I'm not sure how much riding I'll get to do since the week looks to be fairly busy. Some of the afternoons are free but there's usually something scheduled at 6pm. Sunset is around 5:40pm. Due to the amount of stuff I have to lug to the conference I'm just going to pedal around on platforms with my trail shoes rather than bring dedicated bike shoes. Which of your usual bike tools would you bring with you?

    I was thinking:
    Road morph
    Alien II multi-tool
    patch kit
    reflective ankle straps
    ?????front/rear "be-seen" blinkies (Cateye HL-EL400, TL-LD600) - I have no idea how much riding I'll be doing after dark

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    A bicycle lock?

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    some sort of shoes, helmet and gloves.

    I wouldn't bother with this:
    Road morph
    Alien II multi-tool
    patch kit

    If they are not supplying a well tuned bike, do you even want to use them?

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    I'd bring all my gear including saddle, pedals and shoes.

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    Bring lowered expectations. It will likely need some adjustments at the least.

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    When I rented a bike on my vaction in December, I took my minitool and pedals. Since my pedals are set up for me, it made sense. I needed the minitool to remove and install the pedals (6mm hex in the back of the spindles) That is addtional to my normal riding gear. Plus, the shop I rented the bike from did a full on the trainer fitting with the bike I rented, a Trek 1500 with Tiagra.
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    You might consider bringing your own bike saddle and save your a$$ from having to get use to a strange one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec
    I wouldn't bother with this:
    Road morph
    Alien II multi-tool
    patch kit

    If they are not supplying a well tuned bike, do you even want to use them?

    Right, because when you ride a well-tuned bike, accidents and/or unforseen circumstances *never* occur...


    I'm taking a cycling vacation to Tucson AZ in February, renting road bikes there, & plan on bringing:
    - helmet
    - pedals & shoes
    - my entire saddlebag, w/ its contents (multitool, tire levers, tubes, patchkit)
    - Road Morph w/ frame mount
    - 2 bottle w/ cages (since you never know how many cages the rental bikes will be supplied with...and it's the freakin' desert!)

    My wife will probably bring all of the above *plus* her saddle, since it took her ages to find one she could tolerate. And minus the Road Morph, since we'll be riding together.

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    Well if you don't have much time, and your just tooling around on platform pedals and tennis shoes it doesn't sound like you'll be going far. I'd just bring a patch kit, tire irons, and a mini pump (C02 if your not flying to the conference.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
    Well if you don't have much time, and your just tooling around on platform pedals and tennis shoes it doesn't sound like you'll be going far. I'd just bring a patch kit, tire irons, and a mini pump (C02 if your not flying to the conference.)
    This sounds about right for a conference. You may only be riding to dinner and bars.

    I recently flew from Colorado to Boston with a lot of bike stuff that I bought out there. Four 5 packs of C02 catridges stuck in my luggage was not an issue.
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    I may be borrowing a bike from a member when I go on vacation. I plan on bringing:
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    Quote Originally Posted by capejohn
    This sounds about right for a conference. You may only be riding to dinner and bars.

    I recently flew from Colorado to Boston with a lot of bike stuff that I bought out there. Four 5 packs of C02 catridges stuck in my luggage was not an issue.
    Yeah I'm going to pack light for the bike since I have a funny feeling I'm going to be too busy to really enjoy it. FWIW I looked up the latest TSA regulations. Go here: TSA: Permitted and Prohibited Items and scroll down to "Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items" where they list "Compressed Gas Cylinders - including fire extinguishers" as being prohibited in both carry-on and checked luggage.

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    When I have rented bikes on vacation I brang (or brought):
    My own helmet (and onece a just a bandana to put on my head because other people's helmets are yucky!)
    Multi tool
    patch kit
    mini pump
    seat (not stem)
    shoes and pedals.
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