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Old 06-27-11, 08:57 AM
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'Stuff' hanging off yer bike (??)

Having seen a few pictures of how bikes are equipped, I gotta ask.....

Wha da heck do y'all have hanging off your bike bags within reach???
It looks like, or I can imagine, maybe mace, dog repellant, an air horn and assorted other 'stuff'

So as a newbie with my wallet, garage door opener, MP3 player, old nautical GPS (yes, it looks like a small TV on my handlebars, and heart rate monitor..... what should I add to my 'stuff' for those rides out in the country, in-town, bike trail, whatever.

Seeking feedback, from snack bars & water bottles, mace & MP3's.....
what & why should we carry on our bikes???

Thanks in advance,
-= Pat =-

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Old 06-27-11, 09:04 AM
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I don't have anything on my bike but water. I have a tube, tire levers, air CO2, in a small bag in my middle pocket. Also you should not be listening to MP3s while you ride its a big safety issue.
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Old 06-27-11, 09:07 AM
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I try to "travel light" as much as possible.

Short rides around home I care a tube, tire levers, CO2 and Butt Butt'r in my seat bag, and then in my Bento I carry my phone and my garage door opener.

And I'll second the don't ride and wear headphones statement, though I try not to tell people how to ride.

If you've got a "speaker" you're listening to your MP3 through, disregard.
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I carry water, a couple of tubes, a patch kit, a tire lever, a multitool, a pump and CO2 carts. I know there's some redundancy there, but that's me. I don't take any other tools, though having a chain tool with me would have been handy when my r.d. fell apart last year.

Otherwise, on my person I carry ID, insurance card, a credit card and a little folding green, cell phone and garage door opener or house keys.
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MP3 player via ear buds has GOT TO BE 'risky' at best..... even at low volume, it's nothing more than an added distraction. I was one 11 years ago to I advise against it on the motorcycle.... then my dad gave me one and I jus' HADDA try it! Bad move, it's GREAT to have music in yer head while logging on the miles!
Fast forward to the bicycle.....
Music is still just as great, and I too am carrying redundent measures in the event of 'something'.
Rather than ear buds, I may try to rig something up for an external speaker. I have yet to be surprised because of the distraction the music may cause, but it DOES feel pretty dangerous on the bike.

In fact, as I've suggested in another thread..... I'm learning that the bicycle may actually be MORE dangerous than riding a motorcycle; I wear ALL SORTS OF PROTECTIVE GEAR on the motorcycle, but skin-tight shorts, paper thin gloves, and some tupperware on the head that leaves my face WIDE open for a tarmac plant?!??.... this bicycle stuff ain't for sissies~!!!!
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Old 06-27-11, 09:33 AM
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please do reconsider the ear buds ... I LOVE music too, especially when riding/running/whatever ... but unless I'm on my feet, or on my indoor trainer, I go without music
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For me, the safety issue with earbuds isn't the distraction of the music - my mind can wander all on its own very well, thank you. It's the inability to hear the world around you, which I maintain is vital to your safety while on the bike.
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Old 06-27-11, 09:44 AM
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Agreed Craig ... especially if you're on the roads.
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I don't wanna make this a MP3 Nanny thread...... I wanna know what all those horns, pepper sprays, or gadgets I see on some of the touring bikes I've seen pictured.

Oh by the way, how 'bout this so y'all leave me alone with the ear buds preaching:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Z_YL9GO8A
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Old 06-27-11, 11:47 AM
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This might be a better question in the touring or long distance forum. I don't carry any of that stuff, and I haven't seen much of that stuff in this forum either.

Frame-mount pump, 2 water bottles on the bike. Patches, tire levers, multitool, cell phone, keys, wallet in pockets. And that's it.
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I like all of my accessories, but it's a real PITA to have to strip them off of the bike, especially when locking it up just so I can run into a store, bank, etc. I have front & rear lights, cyclocomputer, Airzound, seat bag full of tools & patch kit, pump, and a detachable mirror. Fortunately, everything but the pump can be stuffed into my helmet for a quick pit stop.

I don't ride with music, but I'd be interested in giving the BioLogic CycleTunes Speakers a try.

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Gadgets are up to you. I use small cyclo-computers, but I have a friend who gave me a bar-mount thermometer, and it's never been on the bike. I just don't need the info. If you frequent MUPS and trails, a horn or bell can be useful when overtaking slower trail users, but I find even more useful is a shout "on your right!" or "on your left!" They don't require equipment, and have the added benefit of telling the pedestrian which direction you'll be passing. Pepper spray can be handy if your route has some loose dogs, but I wouldn't get some and carry it unless I knew there was a good chance I was going to need it. In fact, I have a can of Halt that I got 30+ years ago and have never used. I'm sure it's no good anymore, but the fact that I never needed it has put its replacement at the bottom of my priority list.

I almost forgot - I do have an LED headlight and a matching taillight on the mountain bike, which is the one I most often use on the trail, only because there's a lot of traffic in a dimly lit area (tree canopy and the occasional short tunnel).
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I carry a lot...

Two water bottles, air pump, tools, two spare tubes, wallet, keys, pocket knife, phone, some paper towels, lights, cycling computer, and sometimes if I'm riding in a less than optimal area, or at night, a Smith and Wesson 637.

All of the above is on my bike, I don't carry anything on my person to avoid the chance of it falling out/off.
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Standard kit in my panniers and seat bag regardless of ride length:
Wallet, Keys, Cell Phone
Topeak Alien II multi-tool
1x adjustable wrench, 1x 15mm wrench
2x inner tubes, 3x tire levers, 4x glueless patches, 3x tire boots
1x frame pump (doesn't fit anywhere on my frame!), 1x tire pressure gauge
10x band aids, 1x tube of neosporin, 1x spray-on sunscreen
1x LED flashlight
1x shoulder strap for panniers so I can take them off and carry them
1x Masterlock U-lock


In the panniers on longer rides (40+ miles)
1x battery charger
1x Garmin Nuvi GPS


In the panniers, varies by ride length. In general, the longer the ride, the more there are:
granola bars
string cheese
up to 2 extra water bottles (full of water)


On the bike, regardless of ride length:
2x water bottles (always take a spare, even a 10 mile walk back home will need the extra bottle)
1x Cateye Enduro 8 cyclocomputer (used for speed and reliable odometer)
1x Polar CS 300 cyclocomputer (used for heart rate and cadence)
1x myrricle incredibell
1x myrricle mountain mirror
2x bar ends
1x myself

I will soon be replacing the CS300 and possibly the Enduro 8 with a Garmin Edge 500... maybe tonight!!


Some people call my kit excessive. I probably forgot a few things I carry in there, to be honest. But I've been stuck 10 miles away from home before, twice, with no one able to come help. I do not ever want to be in that situation again, especially now that I'm routinely going up to 25 miles away from home. I know I won't be able to walk that far back.
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You can ride with MP3s, just don't use ear buds that go into the ear canal and only have one in (the side farthest from traffic).

I'll get flamed for this, but o well. I ride fast enough that all I hear is wind noise, which is annoying and aggravates my tinnitus in my right ear. My mind wonders more without music and I become less attentive to what's going on behind me.

Besides, if music was such a distraction, motor vehicles wouldn't have radios, CD players, MP3 player jacks, big assed touch screens in the center console for the drivers to mess with. Oh, and people eating and putting on make-up would get tickets. If you are smart about it, it shouldn't be any worse than driving with the radio on.

https://drivesteady.com/7-worst-distr...-while-driving - I don't think there is any article similar for cycling, but it gives an idea of what drivers do and get away with. Just keep your head on a swivel and one headphone should be fine.

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I must have good ears... I use ear buds with the volume set low-ish, I can hear the music just fine, *and* hear traffic up to a mile behind me.

Other bikers catching up to me, however, are a different matter altogether. But that's what my mirror is for.


EDIT:

I should make a note, the exception is when it's raining, then I can't hear traffic very far away at all. But when that happens, the ear buds come out, no exceptions. Don't mess around in rain.

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Originally Posted by snowman40 View Post
You can ride with MP3s, just don't use ear buds that go into the ear canal and only have one in (the side farthest from traffic).

I'll get flamed for this, but o well. I ride fast enough that all I hear is wind noise, which is annoying and aggravates my tinnitus in my right ear. My mind wonders more without music and I become less attentive to what's going on behind me...

I don't often ride with music, but I found a single ear bud that combines both stereo channels leaving my left ear open to hear the world around me. Here is a description.
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Outstanding, THANKS!

zoste!!!!
I posted on a popular world-wide motorcycle message board asking about and looking for an ear-bud that combines BOTH L & R channels!!! Instead, all I got were smart comments, can't be done, why bother, etc. YOU have just helped me with something that'll keep me legal while enjoying my music, THANK YOU!!!

I ride alone on the motorcycle miles outa the way, and I carry FAR MORE stuff than I'll ever need..... NOT! I've actually had to use quite a bit of the stuff I carry, either for myself or somebody else stranded along-side the road. I suspect the same may hold true on my bicycle rides. Call it a character flaw....

Mithrandir,
Now THAT'S the kind of stuff I was looking for! Regarding ear buds, snowman40 mentioned tinnitus.... and I've got it bad, had it all my life. I ride the motorcycle with ear plugs and actually hear MORE than without them..... Unless someone tried them (on a motorcycle) people would not understand why or what I mean, so I won't try. And ear buds.... it's illegal on a motorcycle to have them in both ears. But I rely far more on my mirrors and heightened awareness than simply what I (might) hear. I won't argue with folks who insist they know of what they speak.... just ask 'em, they KNOW of what they speak.

I'm already carrying a pump, Co2, multi-tool, patch kit, water bottle, garage door opener, wallet, and I plan to research/ask about/look at mileage computers for my handlebars; my 15 year old nautical GPS is.... cumbersome (and a bit embarresing).

I decided today that I'll move my insulated water bottle to my pack on the rear luggage rack, isolating it from the heat with added inuslation and a sammich for that picnic ride someday. I actually have some speakers that'll velcro to the top of my handlebar bag and will look pretty good!

How many people her carry pepper spray? I sure seem to see a heck of a lot of photos with something that resembles it!?!!

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Like I said, I've had a can of Halt for over 30 years and never used it. I stopped carrying it about 25 years ago.
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Why do you need concealed carry on your bicycle? O_o
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Why do you need concealed carry on your bicycle? O_o
Because carrying a policeman is too burdensome?

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I listen to music while riding but only under certain conditions.

- Never on the road
- I don't use ear buds but more of the kind that had a thing that fits over your ear and allows the speaker to hang over. I still have the ability to hear conversations, etc.
- On trails where there is very low usage. I bike mostly at night so I'm the only one out there.

For those that feel it is dangerous under all conditions I can only assume you don't speak to anybody when biking nor do you have any distractions while driving your vehicle such as the radio on.
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Because carrying a policeman is too burdensome?

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Originally Posted by snowman40 View Post
You can ride with MP3s, just don't use ear buds that go into the ear canal and only have one in (the side farthest from traffic).

I'll get flamed for this, but o well. I ride fast enough that all I hear is wind noise, which is annoying and aggravates my tinnitus in my right ear. My mind wonders more without music and I become less attentive to what's going on behind me.

Besides, if music was such a distraction, motor vehicles wouldn't have radios, CD players, MP3 player jacks, big assed touch screens in the center console for the drivers to mess with. Oh, and people eating and putting on make-up would get tickets. If you are smart about it, it shouldn't be any worse than driving with the radio on.

https://drivesteady.com/7-worst-distr...-while-driving - I don't think there is any article similar for cycling, but it gives an idea of what drivers do and get away with. Just keep your head on a swivel and one headphone should be fine.

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Because carrying a policeman is too burdensome?

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