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Old 07-13-07, 04:17 PM   #1
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what do you use to carry things on a light ride?

It is summer, and a mess bag gets hot. especially if I don't need that much space. The rub is, I always carry a patch kit, a tube, pump (which can be frame mounted), phone, wallet, keys and a lock. maybe some water. Oh, and the appropriate tools for wheel removal.
If I'm just going out to ride (not end up at a store, bar, whatever) I feel like I need at least some of these things, just in a not-carried-on-my-back way.

I was thinking of a hip pack, but (no offense to any manufacturer) ~50 bucks is crazy. Also, I cannot find my old one(VSW) to modify.

I thought about seat bags, which I believe are made for just this sort of thing, but then, I'm paranoid that someone will just take the whole thing if I actually do lock up.

What do you use to carry the bare essentials?
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Old 07-13-07, 04:23 PM   #2
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RE load hippack.
It was a gift, though now that I have it, I would spend the $ for one.
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there are lots of seat bags that have quick release buckles or easy to undo velcro

i dont usually worry about a multitool a patch kit a spare tube and a powerbar getting stolen
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wear a jersey and stick the stuff in the pockets on your back and throw a cage on your bike for the water? i agree, it totally sucks riding with a bag in the heat we've been experiencing.
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I just set up panniers for a distance ride and kept em on for commuting on the heat. The extra weight makes resisting and skipping too much like work, so i brake exclusively now. It's an OK setup and the no longer sweaty back is awesome, but I am thinking of going over to a bar bag. I only need enough capacity to carry a big fat lunch, and the panniers are overdoing it a bit. Plus I like the idea of easily accessing all my stuff while riding. Aaand, all the weight is up front so you can pop the rear wheel up easily.

IMO a hip pack will still be a sweaty problem for you. I'd go for a seat bag for what you want to carry.

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Old 07-13-07, 06:25 PM   #6
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+1 on the jersey pockets
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there are racks that are seat post mounted. easy on and off that you could throw a pannier onto or a bag thats made for it on top.

I have a tool bag for my saddle on my road bike. looking to get a brooks bag for my track bike. and of course a hip pack is the best. but it gets too full if you have to carry tube, patch kit, etc etc etc, so i think seat bag and hip bag combo is the best.
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wear a jersey and stick the stuff in the pockets on your back and throw a cage on your bike for the water? i agree, it totally sucks riding with a bag in the heat we've been experiencing.
Yeah, I love the pockets on my jersey but I would feel like a tool wearing it while off the bike. I think the OP should just get a seat bag with a quick cleat for easy removal.

It would be kinda sick to make a hip pack that could attach to the saddle rails while riding but still be able to wear after you lock up.
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In summer I ride with a black cotton messenger bag, also called a newspaperboy bag:

http://www.reusablebags.com/store/su...ping-p-41.html

I add a few grommets to the strap and the open hem of the bag, and use a short bungee cord as a chest stabilizer strap.

People stop me and ask where they can get a bag like mine.
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It would be kinda sick to make a hip pack that could attach to the saddle rails while riding but still be able to wear after you lock up.
ya mean like this?
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Ah, all of my good ideas have already been taken.
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fannypack.
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I've been considering getting a hippack (one of the R.E.load ones) for the same reasons, but I agree it's pretty wild to spend ~$40. I went over to the fabric store and picked up some burlap+velcro and made my own with about ~$1.00 worth of material. Reeeall easy, if you want to take a similar route.

I don't think the sweats gonna be an issue if it's hanging off your belt (read: not against skin). No waterproofing, but that shouldn't be an issue in the summer anyways. You can make a saddle attachment with a little velcro loop.

Looks like this:

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I'm a geek. I always carry a back pack. In it I got a tube, tire, tools, pump, spare underwear, spare socks, spare shirt, sometimes a spare pair of shorts, half gallon milk jug, that's been washed out and filled with water, zip ties, condoms, handgun, lensatic compass, leatherman, cliff bars, Motrin, knife and a ziplock bag.
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I dont believe you.^
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Old 07-14-07, 12:17 AM   #16
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Canvas mussette bag. Like the newspaperboy bag. Hella good. water bottle, pump, patch kit, lights, sweatshirt and a beer. Phone wallet keys whatevz.
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i love my freight hip pack. when i go for rides in the heat for lesuire, i take my pump, a patch kit, tire levers, 15mm box wrench, multitool, wallet, cell phone, smart water... everything i would want. it gets a little heavy with the ulock in it too, but you forget about it after awhile.
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I'm a geek. I always carry a back pack. In it I got a tube, tire, tools, pump, spare underwear, spare socks, spare shirt, sometimes a spare pair of shorts, half gallon milk jug, that's been washed out and filled with water, zip ties, condoms, handgun, lensatic compass, leatherman, cliff bars, Motrin, knife and a ziplock bag.
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I dont believe you.^
Interesting.

What part of Fegos load-out does schwinn not believe?

Lensatic Compass?

Condoms?

Handgun?

Or....?

The compass kinda threw me, but then, I could see a mountain biker using a compass in the woods on a cloudy day.
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Old 07-14-07, 01:53 AM   #19
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I usually just go with a seatpack, throw the pump in the jersey pocket, and go. I think my Jandd seatpack cost me about $15. I keep all my tools/tubes and such in there and either throw it in my bag or strap it to my bike, depending.
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I hate anything strapped about my waist or chest. Feels confining and hot.
COuple years back from Adventure Cycling I bought a smallish handle bar bag. For summer light riding, just perfect. Fits couple extra tools, keys, personal stuff. Adventure Cycling no longer sells the small "Madden' bag I prefer. My Madden bag looks a little smaller than their current stock item by Detours Metro Compact bag. The Madden bag is small enough it hardly interferes with the bikes' aerodynamics.



Detours Metro Compact Handlebar bag


Product #: BT-1534



The compact form keeps STI shifters swingin, even on very narrow handle bars. Ideal for those who dont need the kitchen sink hangin off the front. Features: two compartment front pocket, waterproof zipper, simple KlickFix attachment system, clear-view map holder under front pocket flap, shoulder strap and great reflective piping and patch. 150 in3, 7x6x3 in, weighs 13 oz. Black.



Our Price: $45.00
Quantity: Detours Metro Compact Handlebar bag
http://www.adventurecycling.org/stor...Product_ID=521
for photo, you will need to go to the Adventure Cycling link provided above. But, if you are a night rider, and have a need for a speedometer and light, it will pretty much fill up you available handlebar space?
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I'm a geek. I always carry a back pack. In it I got a tube, tire, tools, pump, spare underwear, spare socks, spare shirt, sometimes a spare pair of shorts, half gallon milk jug, that's been washed out and filled with water, zip ties, condoms, handgun, lensatic compass, leatherman, cliff bars, Motrin, knife and a ziplock bag.
Always ride with somebody like this. Mooch off them when you have a mechanical.
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+1 on jersey back pockets
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there are lots of seat bags that have quick release buckles or easy to undo velcro

i dont usually worry about a multitool a patch kit a spare tube and a powerbar getting stolen

Trek makes a line of saddle bags that quickly unclip and you can take it with you. This is also nice for when the bike needs a bath.
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I don't believe Fegos carries a ziplock baggie
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I've been thinking a lot recently about making a bandolier-style bag. You could sling it across your chest like a messenger bag or wear it around your waist like a hip pack. It would have smaller pockets/blinky loop/u-lock pocket lining the strap, not one big monster pocket that collects heat/sweat right in the middle of your back.

That said, I saw some kid on the train in NYC a few weeks ago that had a sweet North Face hip pack, and I thought about picking up one of those.
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