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Old 05-05-05, 08:07 AM
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Fanny Pack vs. Jersey pockets

I'm thinking that instead of spending an expensive Jerseys, that I'm going to try wearing a light-weight fanny pack when riding. I ride a hybrid and so far 35 miles is my longest ride (although I'm scheduled to do 50 miles on Saturday). My average speed is around 12 mph, so I'm not a racer by any stretch of the imagination.

My under-the-saddle bag is full of tubes, multitool and a patch kit. I mostly need to carry a phone, keys, and some supplies for my diabetes (blood sugar testing stuff and emergency glucose).

Anybody have experience with using a fanny pack like this or suggestions on why it might or might not work?

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Old 05-05-05, 08:13 AM
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I use both. I don't think there's a differnce between either really. It just depends on what your comfort level is. If you don't like having stuff around your waist, stick it in your jersey pocket. If you don't mind it, then a fanny pack is the way to go.

Both work well for me.

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Although, P.S. I put money in my jersey and it fell out. That was a bummer. It was like 50 Swiss francs.

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I use a hip pack (I can't bring myself to write "fanny pack") to carry spare water sometimes. It works fine, except the added weight shifting around sometimes feels odd. It's much more comfortable for me than a backpack, which tends to get my back sweaty and constrict breathing.
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Old 05-05-05, 10:20 AM
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You can get larger saddle bags which carry a sensible day-touring load rather than just the tools for a training ride.
http://www.carradice.co.uk/sqr-products.htm
http://www.wallbike.com/carradice/ca...addlebags.html
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Old 05-05-05, 11:39 AM
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Ok, not fanny pack, but hip pack.

ReLoad makes a great "hip holster" that I use. It's small enough for the little things and won't get in the way of your ride. It even has hooks in the back to sling your ulock inside. I love using it for my long days, and especially when I'm doing a century.

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Since none of my cycling jerseys have long sleeves, I have been wearing long sleeve soccer shirts on the cool morning rides. I wear a fanny pack with these. It can also hold my camera. To honour my Scottish ancestry I call it a "sporran".
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Old 05-05-05, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
Ok, not fanny pack, but hip pack.

ReLoad makes a great "hip holster" that I use. It's small enough for the little things and won't get in the way of your ride. It even has hooks in the back to sling your ulock inside. I love using it for my long days, and especially when I'm doing a century.

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They make different sizes. They are real nice even if your not using the hooks for their intended purpose. The small size is ment of a snub nose, the middle size for like a Glock, the large will take a .45 auto with a 5" barrel. You can get a good amout of stuff in the medium or large ones. If you get tired of it on your waist you can tie it to your rack - if you have one.

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I took an old "case logic" personal CD player carying case and ran the strap through the loop hole on the back of the case. I then took the ends of the strap and looped them over by bars and fasened them. I then took the other cips (on the side of the case) and fastened them behin the stem
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Old 05-05-05, 03:00 PM
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I use a fanny pack or whatever you want to call it. I really like using it to put my arm and leg warmers in if I have to take them off. I also carry a variety of small items so it really comes in handy. I don't like putting things in my jersey pockets because the women's jersey's have such small pockets that it's hard to get anything in or out of them. I haven't found that the pack gets in the way or anything, I'm use to it.
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Old 05-20-05, 07:45 PM
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Both have their own places and uses.

Jersey pocket, easy access but things come out unexpectedly. I use it for temporary storage for my gloves, Koolcovers etc,

Fanny pack, zippered pocket is more secure but hard to access(you have to stop the bike). I use it for my digicam, maps and wallet if I'm not wearing Sportif shorts.

And you don't have to choose one of two, you can use both at the same time by just loosening the fanny pack belt a little. If the budget is the reason you have to pick one, I would pick fanny pack.

You can get a jersey with zippered back pocket, like this one. It's nice to have it for a wallet additionally to three open pockets. Koffee, are you listening?
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I don't like riding with any solid objects (cell phones, allen wrenches, etc.) on my body. My concern is that I might land on them in a crash. It seems dangerous to carry a cell phone in a jersey pocket so close to one's spinal column. I know it may sound a little paranoid, but you tend to think about these things when you get older... and more prone to slow healing.
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Old 05-20-05, 08:09 PM
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Try a Bento Box
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I second the Bento Box, or try a handlebar bag. If you are carrying insulin, you don't want to get the insulin too warm, as it will go bad and bcome ineffective. Carrying it in your jersery pocket or a fanny pack is too close to your body, and could cause the insulin to get too hot. I carry my insulin pen and glucsoe monitor in a handlebar for rides longer then 1 hour. The handlebar bag also protects them from getting crushed in a fall, ditto for the Bento Box. The handlebar bag keeps it all in one place and organized.
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Old 05-20-05, 09:48 PM
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I wear jerseys and use a cheap nylon fanny pack? why because it's easier for me to
use my chapstick, eat, etc, on the fly with my fanny pack
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My wife and I both use a fanny pack we found at Wal Mart sporting goods department. It has a zipper pouch big enough to carry a wallet and a ziplock full of dried fruit and/or jerkey, and has a water bottle holder on each side. Comes with 2 nalgene style water bottles (the wide mouth kind). The two bottles make it easy to keep the weight balanced, you see. Drink out of one, then the other. It was about 12 bucks...not too bad if you decide you don't like it. Ain't lost much then.
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If you're not going really fast, any sort of pack should be fine as long as it isn't a backpack.
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Hey bcs...that's the same pack I ended up buying. The water bottles are nice on long trips where there's no place to stop for water. With the 2 bottles on my bike and the 2 on the pack I can take almost a gallon of water with me!
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Originally Posted by Dewbert
Hey bcs...that's the same pack I ended up buying. The water bottles are nice on long trips where there's no place to stop for water. With the 2 bottles on my bike and the 2 on the pack I can take almost a gallon of water with me!
We carry them on the tandem, and it has 2 water bottle cages on it. However, one of them stays occupied with a tool kit. Somewhere, I dont know where, my kids found a bike tool kit that is shaped like and is the same size as a water bottle. It has a patch kit, some allen wrenches, a cresent wrench, and some screwdriver bits with handle. Not the best quality tools, but they'll do for a roadside repair. The bits for the screwdriver are housed in the part that you would drink from if it was a bottle. The other part has a couple of latches and it opens lenghtwise. I thought it was pretty cool.
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