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What do you carry when you ride?

Old 08-24-15, 09:10 PM
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What do you carry when you ride?

I thought there was a thread already on this but can't seem to find it.

What do you guys carry when you ride? I'm considering venturing out further and want to be prepared for mishaps.

Right now all I carry are C02 cartridges, a few bandages, phone, emergency contact key tag, water bottles, and tire patch kit.
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Old 08-24-15, 09:11 PM
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Pretty much everyone else that rides with me.

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Old 08-24-15, 09:17 PM
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I carry a spare tube along with CO2. Don't want to mess with patches on the roadside.

I also keep a small amount of cash. I think it's $23, but I haven't looked in ages. Never had to use it, but it's there just in case.
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Along with this an ID and credit card. Multi-tool and on longer rides, my larger multi-tool that has a chain tool along with a couple master links. Never had to use them myself but did fix a strangers chain once.
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Multi tool, patch kit, mini pump, tire levers, thin latex gloves, adjustable wrench, sunscreen and bug spray
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2 Camelbak Podium Chill bottles, Clif Bar, $20, Park Tool IB-3, phone. Seldom take more. Very short rides (under 20 miles) just one bottle. Clif bar gets eaten maybe 10% of rides. But it's oh so much better to have it and not need it than the other way around.
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In tool bag: 2 tubes, patch kit, tire irons, frame pump, hex wrenches, sometimes a spoke wrench and sunscreen. In pockets: simple cycling wallet with at least 5 bills for casing cuts, multitool with keys, comb and lipscreen plus whatever food I bring.

Edit: all bikes have two bottle cages, two have three. Bottles with Vitalyte on almost all rides.

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Under 30 miles and near my home I take nothing
other than a spare tube, tire irons and Co2. Along with my phone.
No food, no money, no water bottle. Have never had a need for any of them and am too old school to be worrying about and preparing for the apocalypse on my local bike ride
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I live in the Netherlands and there's at least one bike shop in every village and we're never far from a shop. I never carry anything except for valve adapters. When we go on vacation I try to remember to bring along inner tubes for the eventual flat tire.
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Old 08-25-15, 05:42 AM
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OP:
1) be able to fix a flat tire when you inevitably get one, unless you don't mind walking or phoning a friend.
2) carry enough liquids and food for the duration of your ride, unless you're able to get what you need along the way. If the latter, then bring money or whatever
3) have some means to contact loved ones in case of trouble
4) on your person - carry some type of id so that your lifeless body can be identified...

You can figure out the rest, right?
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Old 08-25-15, 07:11 AM
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2 tubes, tire levers, in a seat bag. Frame pump.
Sometimes I'll carry my phone in a sandwich bag in my pocket
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Old 08-25-15, 08:56 AM
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I thought of carrying a spare tube and multi-tool now that I'm going out further. Probably should pick up a mini pump as well.

Right now I probably don't go more than 5 miles away from the house and just do laps around the park. If anything happened it wouldn't be that bad of a walk home or just catch a cab if someone couldn't pick me up.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
OP:
1) be able to fix a flat tire when you inevitably get one, unless you don't mind walking or phoning a friend.
2) carry enough liquids and food for the duration of your ride, unless you're able to get what you need along the way. If the latter, then bring money or whatever
3) have some means to contact loved ones in case of trouble
4) on your person - carry some type of id so that your lifeless body can be identified...

You can figure out the rest, right?
Yup! That's plenty.
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Tube, Co2, levers, ID and cash/card. And a few various allen wrenches. And a couple Gu gels.
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Spare tube, patches, glue, piece of rubber for a boot, tire levers, Topeak road morph pump, ID, multi tool and my phone. I'm a firm believer in getting home under my own power barring a catastrophic failure.
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A Walther PPK, of coursh.
LOL, that's the same vibe I got from the OP's question
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Multitool, air pump, spare tube, wrench, pliers, handful of zip ties, cash, credit cards, medical cards, phone, pocket knife, chapstick.
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Bottle of water, multi tool, spare tubes, cloth wipe, bag of peanuts, small pump, tire removal tools, money (odd, I think I also have $23), keys, chain lock, phone. If I'm just riding and not stopping anywhere, I'll leave the chain lock home. Short trips I will leave the peanuts home.

I have to remember to bring some sort of ID, I keep forgetting to add that to my stuff I carry. Copy of my health insurance card might be a good idea too.
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Lights (if it's a typical morning or evening ride), water, bike tool, phone, money, ID, gauze, medical tape, and packages of antibacterial ointment. I did a face plant after catching a lip on a trail that was hidden by some tall grass and cut a small hole in my chin down to the boney parts under it. I rode 5 miles back home with my thumb over it to slow down the bleeding. Bandages might work, but if you get some road rash a couple of bigger gauze pads, with ointment to keep them from sticking, and some tape to hold them down better, might just come in handy. If nothing else the ointment will typically stop bleeding and keep air from it.

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Old 08-25-15, 03:30 PM
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On my short daily rides, I only take water, tube/pump/tire levers and, multi tool. Well along with my cell phone and wallet/house keys.

On longer rides I take more water, snacks, band aids, even a spare set of my contacts in case I lose one. Oh and also importantly when biking on trails: Off Deep Woods. Need that to repel the ticks. Oh and the bike lock is helpful if you don't trust some of the places you may be parking at.
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Old 08-25-15, 07:06 PM
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lip balm, insect repellent, tire lever x2, Topeak Ratchet tool, Patch kit, latex gloves, rain cap for handlebar gadgets, alcohol patches, Presta adapter, Master Links, $20 bill / 12 quarters, CO2 Inflator, CO2 canister x2
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Water bottle in cage on bike, phone, and sometimes money if I think I'm going much more than 20-odd miles, or it's particularly warm and I think I'll need to get more water or something. I don't even have a bag of any kind, so no tools, tubes, etc., but I'm also never so remote that I can't phone for a ride home and walk it to the pickup point.

I'm thinking of getting an under-saddle bag, because I'm planning a longish, one-way ride, and I'd like to pack along a bit more than my usual without stuffing every pocket in my clothes.
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cellphone, cash, allen wrench, extra tube, tire levers, co2 inflator, water all fitted in a tiny carrying bag attached under/behind the saddle.
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