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Old 07-05-16, 03:38 AM
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Whats in your bag

As an amateur photographer I like to see what the pros have in their bag.
Now as a budding Randonneur I would like to see what your bag is and what is in it.
Budding as in 60yo and have only 100 miles once but a dozen 100+ km
Here is my bike, a Fuji Stratos upgraded to 105 and bags, a Giant trunk bag and Cannondale bar bag

Cambodia bikes, Bridgestone SRAM 2 speed, 2012 Fuji Stratos...

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Under 100km I have an Arkel saddle bag with
  • Two tire levers. I don't need any (Kapton tape is the thinnest possible rim strip), but they're nice when my fingers are cold from rain which is often the case when I flat.
  • Two tubes.
  • A Rema patch kit with both previously opened and sealed tubes of vulcanizing fluid. The fluid evaporates, and it'd be very inconvenient to discover it was gone.
  • Three (one pack) Park tire boots
  • 4/5/6mm hex keys which fit where needed and allow ample leverage
  • T25 key for third generation Campagnolo ergo levers which crashes can move
  • Park MT1 dog-bone. I should figure out what hex keys that makes redundant.
  • Park CT-5 chain tool
  • Park SW0 spoke wrench. All my wheels use DT or Wheelsmith nipples.
  • Three KMC 10CR Campagnolo 10 speed missing links
  • The left over end of a Campagnolo 10 speed chain
  • Two nitrile gloves
  • Tigr lock cylinder (bow on top tube) in case I need to park some place. Walmart doesn't allow bicycles inside, although other places it's not an issue.

The Arkel is unique - it's a small dry bag which fits into a holster.

I have three chain links to accommodate the oddest chain failure I've seen - dumped it off the big ring, and it went back on producing two loops each with a bent link. Three master links plus spares can go from that to a full length chain without bent links.

On long distance rides I switch an Arkel tail rider trunk bag. It expands to hold _a lot_. My usual saddle bag dry bag goes in there, plus
  • A one liter Platypus. That's needed for mountains in the summer. In nicer weather it means I can stop less without risking running out of water.
  • Clif bars which don't fit in my pockets - totaling one every half hour plus two spares
  • Reflective vest
  • Reflective ankle bands
  • Toilet paper
  • B&M Ixon IQ Premium backup light. It runs about 5 hours on AA batteries available at every 24 hour grocery and convenience store.
  • Fenix head lamp. For road side repairs or navigating with mostly hidden street signs I won't be holding a light in my teeth.
  • Slip-grip cellular handle bar holder.
  • mini-USB cable for my phone
  • Spare phone battery
  • Spare Garmin Edge 500. Routes and cue sheets but no maps
  • Spare cue sheet
  • Bicycle touring map. It shows the preferred routes, expected traffic level, grades, etc.
  • Spare tire. It'd stink to destroy one over 100 miles from home after the bike shops closed.
  • Spare rear shift cable.
  • Whatever clothing I'm not wearing. I usually have a wind shell. In the winter that means shoe covers, gloves, thermal tights, and thermal jersey.

I clip a HotShot USB rechargable on the rear loop of my trunk bag.

I still use a full-size frame pump which gets to 90psi in 100 strokes, have a pump peg on my head tube, and mount my pump in the traditional location on my top tube.

I take a pair of 25oz water bottles. Moved my seat tube cage lower with a Di2 adapter to clear my frame pump, and my down tube bottle up with another to clear my seat tube bottle. In nice weather they're enough for 4-5 hours. In summer heat they don't last three hours, and at 2000 feet/hour that's may not be enough in the mountains.

I switched to dynamo lights for primary lighting. SON28 hub, Schmidt Edelux ii head lamp, B&M line plus rear. With no batteries to exhaust my lights just work. I also have a stem mounted USB-werk to power my Garmin Edge 800 so I don't run out of batteries after 20 hours, and in an emergency can use it to power my phone.

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At this moment, there is nothing in my bags -- I emptied them the other night to confirm what is where.

Riding tomorrow, so:

Saddle bag:
  • 1 tube,
  • patches,
  • pen (for Info Controls, etc.),
  • Park tool with multiple hex wrenches,
  • faux Swiss Army knife with a couple blades, Phillips and blade screw driver, bottle opener, can opener, etc.(?),
  • black electrical tape,
  • spoke tool (its just the best place to keep it),
  • set of tire levers.

Handle-bar bag:

  • spare tyre,
  • Chamois Butt'r,
  • Lantiseptic,
  • vasoline,
  • chain lube,
  • mostly used tube of grease,
  • spare batteries,
  • ibuprofen.

I think that's it.

Sometimes I carry some of the above in the back pockets.


Also a small bag on the top tube. A Clif bar, my phone (in a zip-lock bag), and my control card (in a zip-lock bag) go in there. Money and ID are usually in the same zip-lock as the the control card.


You'll notice I didn't mention anything about "cue sheets." That's because most of the routes I ride I already know the route. Or if the ride is a make-it-up-as-you-go, I also usually know where I'm at and going. However, I do take a cue sheet if I intend to try some new roads or if I'm doing a brevet or permanent route that I've never ridden (or it has been several years since I've ridden the brevet or perm).
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