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    accessories to put in your rack bag?

    I'm wondering what I should keep in my rack bag so that I'll be prepared for some common mishaps such as flats.

    are there things that you carry with your bike at all times?
    such as tire repair kit (or spare tire), screwdrivers, wrenches and allenkeys.

    Also, do you take your rack bag with you when you lock up the bike?

    I'd get a seat bag or a tube bag, but the rack bag has a lot more uses.

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    Spare tube, multi-tool, pump, tire levers and patch kit at the minimum.

    Smart phone and scooby snacks as an addition. Take the bag when you lock up unless you like donating to thieves.
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    My seat bag has:
    spare tube,
    patch kit (for 2nd flat),
    tire levers,
    co2 inflater w/2 cans,
    small phillips screwdriver (deralleurs.)
    allen keys,
    chain tool and extra link,
    small vice grips(?),
    small knife (?).

    My jersey pockets have:
    cell phone,
    medical insurance card,
    $10
    granola bar or 2.

    I also bring 2 20oz waterbottles on frame (1 has a sports drink the other straight water).
    if my planned ride is over 50 miles I put a 3rd bottle in my jersey unless I know where I can refill.

    I do not leave my bike unattended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catonec View Post
    My seat bag has:
    spare tube,
    patch kit (for 2nd flat),
    tire levers,
    co2 inflater w/2 cans,
    small phillips screwdriver (deralleurs.)
    allen keys,
    chain tool and extra link,
    small vice grips(?),
    small knife (?).

    My jersey pockets have:
    cell phone,
    medical insurance card,
    $10
    granola bar or 2.

    I also bring 2 20oz waterbottles on frame (1 has a sports drink the other straight water).
    if my planned ride is over 50 miles I put a 3rd bottle in my jersey unless I know where I can refill.

    I do not leave my bike unattended.
    This, but substitute a multitool for the tools and add a frame pump. When riding solo I generally wear mountain biking shorts for the 'phone, cash and etc.

    Brad

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    Picture below is what I carry in a seat bag: Spare tube (wrapped in plastic wrap), 2 levers, stick on patches, chain quick link, Kevlar spoke, mini tool. (patches and link are under cover of tool).

    I usually stick in I.D. a cellphone and some cash too. Mini pump mounts under bottle cage.
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    can't you use the screw drivers as tube levers? it worked for me... or is that bad for the tire?

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    Screw drivers will mar aluminum rims and usually have sharp edges that can puncture or tear the tube. Bike tire levers are plastic with smooth rounded ends shaped to facilitate use.

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    Flat kit, spare tube, multitool, brake/shift cables, chain link.

    The flat kit has a piece of canvas to patch the tire itself if it gets a rip. The multitool a baby chain tool.

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    We're getting there but we haven't had a really entertaining answer yet. I'm often surprised at the amount of tools and spares some people say they take with them on every ride. I generally carry my wallet and, a year or two ago, I started carrying a cell phone. Aside from that I just carry the stuff that I need to fix one flat tire.

    In years past I used the smallest saddle bag that I could find because, the bigger the bag, the more crap you think you need to carry with you. My wife and I used to carry a rack bag on the back of our tandem. It was big enough that I just tossed whatever into it without any consideration so I never really knew what was in it unless I checked. One spring my wife found a banana that had wintered inside the bag. It was still intact and looked like leather but was surprisingly non-messy.

    FWIW, I'm typing this from home so I've obviously always found a way to get back.

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    Hey! No matter what size your bag is, large or small, it is always nice to have a couple of band-aids in there. They take up so little room and weigh next to nothing. I actually keep a tube of antibiotic ointment in there too.

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    Tube, Park tire boot, patches, tire lever w/ duct tape, tool, CO2. Plus frame pump. I only use the CO2 on group rides or when I'm in a hurry.


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    No racks on any bikes except the electric and that may come off soon too. But I do have about 5 water bottle cages on each of the other three bikes although only two or three are used for drinks. The others can hold a jacket, warm-up pants, granola bars, muslix, spare socks or gloves in containers or be empty depending on how long I`ll be out.I do carry a spare tube and tire levers but thats about it aside from a pump. Have a long list of bike shops in my phone and there are lots of gas stations with compressors so I like to leave as much as possible at home.

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    hey how much do those co2 bottles cost? I was thinking about carrying my handheld pump with me, but then realized that you can't really go past 30 or 40 psi (idk the numbers) with those things. they're pretty much only good for blowing up balloons.


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    5 bottle cages? did you drill the holes yourself? that poor frame
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrund3rd09 View Post
    hey how much do those co2 bottles cost? I was thinking about carrying my handheld pump with me, but then realized that you can't really go past 30 or 40 psi (idk the numbers) with those things. they're pretty much only good for blowing up balloons.


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    5 bottle cages? did you drill the holes yourself? that poor frame

    I carry a couple CO2 cartridges myself but consider them a last resort. At $3 to $5 each and only good for ONE tire - thats an expensive fill-up! There are portable pumps on the market that will go past 100PSI.

    Sorry - no frame drilling for cages. Profile designs makes a duo kit that adds two behind the seat and Topeak makes cage mounting hardware that let me sling two under the handlebars. Total weight is less than a rack.

    The Miyata came with mounts for three so that one has 7 max.
    The carbon fiber from Rho Performance came with one so that one has 5.
    The Giant came with 2 so that one has a max of 6 cages.

    My decision to go in this direction came after seeing the condition of most saddle bags that get frequent use (faded and tatterred) and the amount of rain we`ve been getting lately. This setup is waterproof and easy to clean.

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    A decent minipump works fine, never runs out of air, and can be lighter than CO2. A Lezyne Road Drive and Topeak Race Rocket HP have worked well for me getting to 100 psi. Both have hoses so that you don't stress or break the valve stem when using them. If you're really wimpy or lazy, CO2 may be a good option.

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    I prefer the cell phone in the rack bag, I don't like having sweat getting to electronics, also I have a good excuse to ignore my wife's call when I am out riding. I also carry some food and gel packs, a test kit for blood sugars and a camera. For repair stuff, extra tube and/or patch kit, one of those var tire irons for really tight tires, mini tool, mini pump. If I am riding my bike with tubular tires then I carry a mini tool, mini pump and an extra tire. I also sometimes carry a small first aid kit (when I remember)

    The CO2 works well in conjunction with the pump to top off the pressure in the tire.
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