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Old 01-10-08, 03:50 PM   #1
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What EMERGENCY GEAR should cyclists carry?

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EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT - what should every rider carry on a solo ride?

I am a ROAD rider
I am a MOUNTAIN/TRAIL rider
SPARE TUBE or TIRE & TUBE, with LEVERS & PUMP or CO2
TOOLS or MULTI-TOOL
TUBE patch kit
TIRE patches
FIRST AID supplies
EMERGENCY BLANKET
RAG/TOWEL
MONEY or CREDIT CARD
I usually ride with others and count on their help in an emergency
EID/EMERGENCY info (blood type, etc) or ICE CONTACT info
ENERGY BAR/GEL/MIX etc
SOMEONE USUALLY KNOWS where/when I'm riding & when I'll return
I'm willing to carry up to 1 lb (.5kg) of emergency equipment in a normal (non-supported) ride
The farthest (via shortest route home) that I travel in a "normal" ride is more than 7 mi (10k)
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Old 01-10-08, 03:54 PM   #2
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tube, self-adhesive patches, 2 levers, $20 bill, cellphone
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I am a road cyclists ... and ultra-distance rider. My longest solo ride was 600 kms in just under 40 hours. The farthest (via shortest route home) that I travel in a "normal" ride is WAY more than 7 mi (10k) ... that distance would be one of those quick evening rides when I don't have time for anything more.

I rarely ride with others, and therefore count on myself to get myself out of any emergency situations. It's been a bit different in the last three years since I've been living in Alberta because I do have a family here who I could call if something went wrong ... if I remembered my cell phone (what a bother to have to carry that thing). And they know approx. where I'm going (but not always) and approx. when I'll be back (within an hour or two ballpark). But when I lived in Manitoba, not only did I not have a cell phone, I didn't have anyone to call even if I did carry one. No one knew where I was or when I would be back. And yes, I cycled long, long distances there too.

Here's my packing list.
http://www.machka.net/packinglist.htm

I do need to make some modifications to it based on my most recent tour, but it is relatively accurate. It was created with a long tour plus 1200 km randonnee in mind. Therefore, if I were just going out for a weekend century ride or brevet, I wouldn't take all of that ... I wouldn't need the camping gear or the clothing, for example.


And you can make multiple choices in a POLL. But you're only allowed 10 items so there wouldn't be enough options to cover what I carry.

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I am a ROAD/bike trail/ recreational rider
Short Rides, where I can reasonably walk home with a bike- Nothing.

Longer rides:
SPARE TUBE, LEVERS & PUMP
TOOLS- wrenches to fit different bolt sizes on the bike, a half dozen of them, plus little channellocks
TUBE patch kit
TIRE patches (a Boot)
FIRST AID supplies- only sometimes
RAG- only when hot, it isn't emergency gear, it's wiping-forehead gear
MONEY or CREDIT CARD
EID/EMERGENCY info (Wallet with driver's license)
SOMEONE USUALLY KNOWS where/when I'm riding & when I'll return- sort of
I'm willing to carry up to 1 lb (.5kg) of emergency equipment in a normal (non-supported) ride
The farthest (via shortest route home) that I travel in a "normal" ride is more than 7 mi (10k)

Oh...and Gatorade..and screwdrivers...
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Going to assume that the POLL option is not multiple choice, so just copy and paste these options in to your reply, deletet eh quotes at beginning and end, put a X next to the answers that appy, and post it up there. Thanks all!

EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT - what should every rider carry on a solo ride?

I am a ROAD rider
I am a MOUNTAIN/TRAIL rider
SPARE TUBE or TIRE & TUBE, with LEVERS & PUMP or CO2
TOOLS or MULTI-TOOL
TUBE patch kit
TIRE patches
FIRST AID supplies
EMERGENCY BLANKET
RAG/TOWEL
MONEY or CREDIT CARD
I usually ride with others and count on their help in an emergency
EID/EMERGENCY info (blood type, etc) or ICE CONTACT info
ENERGY BAR/GEL/MIX etc
SOMEONE USUALLY KNOWS where/when I'm riding & when I'll return
I'm willing to carry up to 1 lb (.5kg) of emergency equipment in a normal (non-supported) ride
The farthest (via shortest route home) that I travel in a "normal" ride is more than 7 mi (10k)
You don't range very far For a distance of 7 miles, you are carrying a whole bunch of stuff. My list is about the same with the addition of a flashlight and a lighter but that's when I go off into the woods. For epic kinds of rides this is what I carry



Not shown is first aid kit with light and lighter. By the way don't carry a 'squeezy' light. You want one with a switch. Your thumb really cramps up after 10 or 15 minutes of squeezing that damned light
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I am a ROAD rider
SPARE TUBE with LEVERS & PUMP
MULTI-TOOL
TUBE patch kit
EMERGENCY BLANKET
RAG/TOWEL
MONEY or CREDIT CARD
SOMEONE USUALLY KNOWS where/when I'm riding & when I'll return
I'm willing to carry up to 1 lb (.5kg) of emergency equipment in a normal (non-supported) ride
The farthest (via shortest route home) that I travel in a "normal" ride is more than 7 mi (10k)

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I commute to work or the university every day. It's cold here in MN, that's why I carry the blanket. It's very small and light, though. I always call my boyfriend when I arrive at my destination (or when I leave if he's not there).
I also have the park police # programmed into my cell phone (the trails I ride to downtown are in PP jurisdiction).
I'm also seriously considering picking up some pepper spray after a series of muggings happening at the U...
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Too much thinking here... I carry what I'm likely to need, and it varies with the ride and the season. Going for coffee on a summer Sunday, that's probably just a patch kit and pump. When i used to do long offroad rides (I live near the Tahoe National Forest), I took gear appropriate to the temperature and season, sometimes even stuff to start a fire and spend the night if I broke down big-time. I resisted carrying a cell phone for years--part of the reason I rode a mountain bike was to get away from being in constant touch, and in any case there are huge parts of the Sierra where service is non-existent. A year or so ago, to put my wife at ease, I finally started tucking one in my seatbag, but it's rarely turned on.
FWIW, I don't consider tire-repair equipment an emergency supply. Flats are so much a part of cycling that a patch kit and pump are part of the bike to me--I don't to down the driveway without them.
As for weight, I don't consider it. Even five pounds of gear (which is more than I take) is a tiny percentage of the 260 or so my bike and I weigh together. I'd rather lug an extra pound than walk home from some remote valley.
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Commuter, racer, sport rider. Frame pump, tube, tire levers, cell phone, and patch kit.
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tube
mini-tool
small adjustable wrench
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I keep it all in seat wedge. I attached it behind the head tube, since my aqua-rack blocks the area under my seat. I hardly ever even notice its there.
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In the warmer weather I will not leave home without a can of bug spray, along with tools, tubes, pump, etc.
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OTHER COMMENTS: I try to make it a habit of asking stranded cyclists if they're OK, but I don't think I've ever had to give away a tube; though I would if someone needed it. I did stop for one guy who had a tube but no way to inflate it... and he worked at a bike shop. Go figure.
If someone is in the woods and have an equipment failure, I'll help. If they have an equipment failure on the road, I'll likely help. If they are on the road without a pump or someway to inflate a tire or they've run out of C02 cartridges, I figure that the walk will give them time to contemplate the error of their ways
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If I'm riding somewhere out of town solo, I'll carry a small first aid kit along with my diabetic supplies. Since I utilize the large Topeak seatbag, space isn't a problem. I always carry a pump, Topeak Road Morph, that will inflate a road tire.

Out on the trail, I always have a first aid kit, and I may start carrying a snakebite kit. My son crashed lat year and aroused a hiding rattlesnake! The snake was more scared of us and slithered away with haste.

Never forget a phone, identification, and heath insurance card. I can be admitted with my insurance card.
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I am a ROAD rider and commuter

SPARE TUBE, LEVERS & PUMP
MULTI-TOOL
TUBE patch kit
MONEY or CREDIT CARD
ENERGY BAR/GEL/MIX etc
Water
Cell Phone

The farthest (via shortest route home) that I travel in a "normal" ride is more than 20 mi.

If I see someone stopped on the side of the road, I'll call out to them and ask if they have everything they need, but usually they are self-sufficient.
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If someone is in the woods and have an equipment failure, I'll help. If they have an equipment failure on the road, I'll likely help. If they are on the road without a pump or someway to inflate a tire or they've run out of C02 cartridges, I figure that the walk will give them time to contemplate the error of their ways
There were these pair of kids outside superstore, trying to change the tube on one of the kids downhill bikes. I asked them if they needed help, as they didn't really seem to have any tire levers or even a pump apparently from what I could tell (don't know how they got the tire off at all, they were trying to pop it back on)

And I don't know how they were planning on popping the bead of a downhill tire back onto their rim without some kind of decent leverage, or even filling it up, but they apparently didn't want any. So I went in, did about 20 minutes of shopping, and they were still there when I came out, using a spoon as a tire lever. Still didn't want any help.

Ah well. Were that my downhill grade rim, a spoon wouldn't be on the list of things to be used as a tire lever..

Anyways, emergency gear! Not so much emergency, I carry around money/food/cell phone as a norm, but all of those are applicable in an emergency regardless. A warm soft shell cycling jacket, lobster claws and face mask are also on the list of things in the bags right now, as Calgary weather can mean freezing mornings, enjoyable light sweater weather afternoons, and freezing nights all over again.

I run an Xtracycle, and don't really worry about a few extra pieces as a result.

X: I am a ROAD rider (utility, car free, commuting)
X: I am a MOUNTAIN/TRAIL rider (XC-AM)
X: SPARE TUBE or TIRE & TUBE, with LEVERS & PUMP or CO2
X: TOOLS or MULTI-TOOL
X: TUBE patch kit
TIRE patches (tire patches exist? I always just ran some tape and a liner inside until I replaced the tire)
X: FIRST AID supplies (extended trips)
X: EMERGENCY BLANKET (extended trips)
X: RAG/TOWEL (extended trips)
X: MONEY or CREDIT CARD
I usually ride with others and count on their help in an emergency
X: EID/EMERGENCY info (blood type, etc) or ICE CONTACT info
X: ENERGY BAR/GEL/MIX etc (I carry real food)
SOMEONE USUALLY KNOWS where/when I'm riding & when I'll return
I'm willing to carry up to 1 lb (.5kg) of emergency equipment in a normal (non-supported) ride
The farthest (via shortest route home) that I travel in a "normal" ride is more than 7 mi (10k)


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I don't ride for performance, I ride for comfort and enjoyment. The bike is practically my home away from home, and as such, I pack around more stuff than most people would care to.
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I am a cyclist who rides road, trail, commutes, tours, and live pretty much car free so utilitarian cycling is also a big part of my life.

I carry nearly enough tools and spare parts to repair nearly anything and can almost tear my bike down and rebuild it on the road or trail... and this is not really a lot of stuff.

I always have my cel phone, a little money, and a first aid kit with me when I am riding.

I also carry water and food to sustain me on whatever kind of ride I might be doing.
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Blood type is not needed because modern emergency services will not rely on it anyways. They routinely draw your blood for type and crossmatching before you get packed red cells unless a dire emergency when you will get uncrossmatched or universal donor cells.

Most important, as mentioned, is identification carried on your body, several emergency contact phone numbers, and health insurance information. If you have important medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, major surgery, drug allergies, etc.) a medical alert bracelet or medallion is a very good idea.

Cell phone already mentioned, but if on a long trip when rain becomes a possibility, put the phone in a truly waterproof bag. I've used Aquapac and Aloksac. Both allow you to use the phone while still in the waterproof bag. These are submersible and really waterproof; a ziplock type bag is not.
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1. I'm a ROAD rider
2. I'm a MOUNTAIN/TRAIL rider.
3. Spare tube.
4. Tools or multi-tool.
5. Tube patch kit.
6. First aid supplies.
7. Rag/towel.
8. Money or credit card.
9. Emergency Info (identification, blood type, medical information, medical cards,etc.)
10. I usually ride with others and often count on their help in an emergency.
11. I carry real food
12. Water in a Hydrapak and/or bottles.

I also carry extra epilepsy medications in the event that I might be lost or stranded in an area and would be able to keep seizures at bay during the extended time I'm gone.

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EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT - what should every rider carry on a solo ride?

x I am a ROAD rider
x I am a MOUNTAIN/TRAIL rider
x SPARE TUBE or TIRE & TUBE, with LEVERS & PUMP or CO2
x TOOLS or MULTI-TOOL
x TUBE patch kit
TIRE patches
x FIRST AID supplies (advil, bandaids and some tape)
EMERGENCY BLANKET
x RAG/TOWEL (handkerchief)
x MONEY or CREDIT CARD (both)
I usually ride with others and count on their help in an emergency
x EID/EMERGENCY info (blood type, etc) or ICE CONTACT info
x ENERGY BAR/GEL/MIX etc
x SOMEONE USUALLY KNOWS where/when I'm riding & when I'll return (someone usually knows where I'm starting from but I often pick my route and destination as I go)
x I'm willing to carry 1 lb (.5kg) or more of emergency equipment in a normal (non-supported) ride
The farthest (via shortest route home) that I travel in a "normal" ride is more than 7 mi (10k)

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I am a randonneur and ride many miles a long way from home. I don't consider most of the things listed here as emergency supplies. A flat tire is not an emergency unless you are unprepared to fix it. Minor repairs are simply a part of cycling and all cyclists should be prepared to deal with these one way or another. However, in addition to flat repair and multitool, I carry a spare tire, fiberfix spoke, spare headlight bulbs, duct tape, and zip ties. Because I use generator headlights, I have a small LED light on my helmet to help with repairs after dark.

Emergency supplies that I carry include a small first aid kit including bandages, Ibuprofen, allergy medication, insect bite ointment, electrolyte tablets, etc. In frigid weather, I carry a mylar space blanket. I carry an ID tag with emergency contact information. Of course, I also carry a wallet with photo ID, some cash, credit card, insurance card (not really needed in an emergency). Sometimes I carry a phone, but many of the routes I ride have little coverage for my service except in larger towns where payphones are available.
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I guess you forgot to mention you
CARRY A CAPS LOCK KEY WITH YOU TOO I SUPPOSE ????
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Blood type is not needed because modern emergency services will not rely on it anyways. They routinely draw your blood for type and crossmatching before you get packed red cells unless a dire emergency when you will get uncrossmatched or universal donor cells.

Most important, as mentioned, is identification carried on your body, several emergency contact phone numbers, and health insurance information. If you have important medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, major surgery, drug allergies, etc.) a medical alert bracelet or medallion is a very good idea.
Right. Ditto. There is no way that blood would be transfused based on anything but a type and cross. Or, as mentioned, type "o" in an extreme emergency.
Emergency healthcare providers will have no interest in insurance information, either, at least not until the emergency is over. Carry it.
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Minimum: multi tool and tire levers with a spare tube a patch kit and CO with several carts.
Mtn
Multi tool tire levers, pump w/tube and patch kit ,duct tape, first aid supplies.
All rides
Money, water, gel or energy bars. Viox hand wipes. Emergency contact Information (I like Road ID)
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x I am a ROAD rider
I am a MOUNTAIN/TRAIL rider
x SPARE TUBE or TIRE & TUBE, with LEVERS & PUMP or CO2
x TOOLS or MULTI-TOOL
x TUBE patch kit
x TIRE patches
FIRST AID supplies
EMERGENCY BLANKET
RAG/TOWEL
x MONEY or CREDIT CARD
I usually ride with others and count on their help in an emergency
x EID/EMERGENCY info (blood type, etc) or ICE CONTACT info
x ENERGY BAR/GEL/MIX etc
x SOMEONE USUALLY KNOWS where/when I'm riding & when I'll return
I'm willing to carry up to 1 lb (.5kg) of emergency equipment in a normal (non-supported) ride
The farthest (via shortest route home) that I travel in a "normal" ride is more than 7 mi (10k)
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