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Old 11-17-23, 09:56 PM
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Carrying a jacket

The weather in North Texas is flexible now. If I start out early when itís really cool what do I do with my jacket when it warms up?
How do yíall carry extra stuff? Bungeed to the top of the frame?
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I'd bring duct tape and tape it all up over the frame top tube to double as a crotch guard.
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one option is a small hydration pack. find clearance for $25 or less... just remove the water bladder. super comfortable on trails. and doesn't move around on the body-if it has a front chest or waist strap. just roll up your jacket. I carry my jacket inside along with a 2L badder.
Bass Pro Shop is just one example for $15. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/bass...hydration-pack

of course you can bungie your jacket to your toptube...just be sure to secure the arms!! The last thing you want is having the arms get caught in your chain or wheel.

EDIT: I use an Osprey Syncro 10 with 10L volume, similar to this https://www.osprey.com/syncro-5-sync...50#color=Black

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Multiple thin layers and room in your pockets, seat bag, top tube bag, and/or backpack.
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Depends on how many layers I might have to add/remove. Just a shakedry rain jacket or a wind vest fits in a jersey pocket. For layers, gloves, hat, etc, a large under-seat bag works well.
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Originally Posted by soyabean
I'd bring duct tape and tape it all up over the frame top tube to double as a crotch guard.
This is a wonderful idea but have one better. Strap a small air conditioner to your top tube and when it warms, fire that mother up. Be sure to carry lots of extension chord.

Seriously, instead of a jacket, wear a vest/gillet and Lycra arm warmers. When it gets warm, off come the arm warmers and into your jersey pocket. And when warmer still, the vest can be rolled up into another jersey pocket.
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under seat expandable tail pack.
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Old 11-17-23, 11:32 PM
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I rarely have used a jacket and can put all extra layers in my rear pockets. I do have a cheap windbreaker I can wear over my base layer, lined jersey, and wind vest if there is going to be a long, cold descent. I can roll that into a pocket, too.

I have carried a light ski jacket in a Camebak.
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Originally Posted by pepperbelly
How do yíall carry extra stuff?
I use a small backpack for carrying extra stuff.
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Gloves, arm warmers, wind shells pack down well enough to fit into a small frame bag.


You can also stuff things into your jersey pockets.
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Didnít we go through this a while back?

Here is one:

Where to keep jacket and extra gear?

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Originally Posted by soyabean
I'd bring duct tape and tape it all up over the frame top tube to double as a crotch guard.
Packing tape works better because it damages your paint job more. Newb.
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What is considered "really cool" in North Texas? If 50 and above I wouldn't bother with a jacket, just thin cycling jersey. Between 40 and 50, thicker jersey. If 40 and under, windproof jacket, which I unzip a bit to allow more air flow when getting warm.
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I have a 180 degree LS POC Enduro jersey that serves the purpose of a jacket on cooler SoCal mornings in the 50's.
It serves to block the wind in the front and releasing heat under the arms and back.
No need for a wind jacket. I unzip if I get too warm.

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Originally Posted by pepperbelly
The weather in North Texas is flexible now. If I start out early when itís really cool what do I do with my jacket when it warms up?
How do yíall carry extra stuff? Bungeed to the top of the frame?
Iím in DFW as well. In the temps weíve been having, Iíve been wearing a lightweight jacket with removable sleeves. When the sleeves come off, they go in a pocket. I recommend getting one for this area.
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Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX
What is considered "really cool" in North Texas? If 50 and above I wouldn't bother with a jacket, just thin cycling jersey. Between 40 and 50, thicker jersey. If 40 and under, windproof jacket, which I unzip a bit to allow more air flow when getting warm.
A lot depends on your acclimation. At 50F, Iím cold.
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Seat post rack and a stuff sack, the kind used for sleeping bags, you can keep the empty stuff sack in a jacket pocket.when you take a jacket off put it in the sack and Bungee it on to the rack. If you're worried about anything in the sack getting wet just line it with a small trash bag.
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I tie it to the frame like in this picture

this is just a shirt but the jacket is the same idea. You gotta spin it up tight (hold 2 long points and spin) or stuff can come loose and crash you out. You can also tie it around your waist, but keep it tight or it can come loose and crash you out, seriously.

I have stuff tied to my bike most of the time. Normally an extra shirt. Lighter jackets spin up better and donít look as bulky, but the it still works with medium jackets.

Kind of surprised that nobody else posted this. Itís by far the best and easiest way to carry a jacket on a bike.



Notice how the hanging sleeve could get caught in the wheel, need to fix that

This is totally secure and doesnít affect how the bike handles at all. This is the way

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Originally Posted by Mojo31
A lot depends on your acclimation. At 50F, Iím cold.
And is it cloudy or sunny? Am I doing some climbing or only flats? Wind? Humidity?
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Originally Posted by soyabean
I'd bring duct tape and tape it all up over the frame top tube to double as a crotch guard.
But, where do you carry the duct tape?
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I'm a fan of windbreakers, water resistant or no depending on weather. Double layers of jerseys under or a cycling vest. Armwarmers nearly every ride. And the absolute minimalist way of carry that windbreaker and other stuff - a thin, long and very stretchy sock (black of course) strapped under my tool bag with a long toe strap.

For a while, those socks were the fad for cross country skiing. I bought a few. When they run out, I'll look into women's stocking/pantyhose. (No shame here. I discovered last year that the super straps for the custom knee pads I've been wearing for 17 years are bra straps and that there are very good on-line stores for DIY bras. It just occurred to me, those women at The Bra Builder would certainly know of the best brand stocking for the next round of bike stash bags!)

Custom length toe straps - most toe straps have one rivet that can be drilled out. A good leather store can cut you 1/2" straps of the full hide length (say 5 or 6 feet) from which you just cut what you need. Drill for the rivet and use a pop rivet. The leather stores sell colored dressings. The black is really black, easy to apply, cheap and will return all sorts of other stuff to black very nicely.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
A lot depends on your acclimation. At 50F, Iím cold.
And genetics. I'm long and lean. Low body temp. If I don't start rides warm enough, I may never warm up. Never get my speed up and probably get sick. Far, far better to bring too much and sweat up those clothes.
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A wind breaker or base layer can just be wrapped around the seat post.
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Another option is to stuff it under jersey near lower back. Jersey will hold it place unless you wear a baggy jersey.
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