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Old 06-15-20, 10:08 PM
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Bags and tool kits

Do you empty your bags after each long ride or randonneuse?
Or do you just restock if you used something?
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Old 06-16-20, 06:24 AM
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I don't, but I should.
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Old 06-16-20, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I don't, but I should.
Should?
Which question are you answering? There were two.
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Old 06-16-20, 08:04 AM
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I meant that I don't empty my bags, but I also don't always replace stuff that I use.

I suffered from heartburn on PBP in 2011, and then much later when I finally cleaned out my bags I realized I had carried a roll of tums across France and back. I am not sure how effective it would have been, but it would have been worth a try. I put them in there because people say it is an effective way to treat cramps. Never tried it, so I'm not sure.
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Old 06-16-20, 12:45 PM
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Rarely empty the bag, and try to restock as needed.

Like @unterhausen, I should empty it more often. I lost my temper looking for something this spring and just turned the thing upside down (on the bed, before leaving the house). It was amazing what I found in there. No wonder the thing was so heavy!
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Old 06-16-20, 02:51 PM
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I empty my bags out infrequently, and often find unexpected stuff in there.

After a ride I have to dig my cell phone, wallet, keys, etc, out of the bag; so I'll usually look around for other stuff that should come out the bag, such as half eaten sandwiches.

I make a more careful inventory before a ride, when I want to be sure I have what I might need.
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I always end up with a bunch of coins in the bottom, and since we've got one and two dollar coins it adds up pretty fast. I still used cash on the last ride long ride into the countryside, there's often farm stands worth stopping at for fruit and stuff.
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Old 06-16-20, 08:43 PM
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This post reminds me, I still have my stuff (including spare clothes) in the bag I used for my Super Randonnee back in February this year!!

I should... probably try to clear that out one day... probably...
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It is a good idea to check any medicine you pack once in a while. I've had advil, antacid tablets and throat lozenges all pulverized to powder or the blister packs ripped open from bouncing around. The itty bitty antihistamine packet cells are quite robust though.

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I always end up with a bunch of coins in the bottom, and since we've got one and two dollar coins it adds up pretty fast. I still used cash on the last ride long ride into the countryside, there's often farm stands worth stopping at for fruit and stuff.
Years ago I started keeping my wallet, coins and keys in a small red nylon zip up travel organizer. The color makes it easy to quickly find even with my sunglasses on.
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Old 06-17-20, 01:27 AM
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I take my clothes out to be washed, and food goes back into a mouse proof container (learnt the hard way). Usually tubes and tools stay in there.
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Originally Posted by gecho View Post
It is a good idea to check any medicine you pack once in a while. I've had advil, antacid tablets and throat lozenges all pulverized to powder or the blister packs ripped open from bouncing around. The itty bitty antihistamine packet cells are quite robust though.
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Bike touring and other vacationing, my meds go in a plastic zip lock (snack size) and that gets shoved into a meds bottle, the pills do not bounce around much when in a baggie. I have also heard that some people use cotton balls to reduce the pills from bouncing around, but I prefer the plastic bags as an extra redundancy against moisture.

Prescription meds in baggies get shoved back into correctly labeled prescription bottles. Non-prescription meds are in labeled zip locks in an unlabeled bottle.

Sometimes when traveling to foreign countries, I try to minimize non-labeled non-prescription stuff to bare essentials in case a border inspector does not like my aspirin pills or zinc pills in zip locks.
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On multi-day randonnees, I only carry enough meds in a ziplock to get me to the end with possibly a bonus day thrown in. Change goes in a ziplock, usually the one I'm carrying my brevet card in. Not going to say I've never had a bonus find of money in my bags. I do like to carry change in case I need to feed a soda machine. Last summer, I bought 3 cans of soda on the last night of the 1000k I rode.
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Old 06-17-20, 06:19 PM
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I pack specifically what I need for every ride depending on the bike I'm riding, distance, weather, etc. It's easier to pack that way if everything is already clean and organized, so when I get home, I completely empty the bag, clean everything and put it away.
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Old 06-20-20, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by kingston View Post
when I get home, I completely empty the bag, clean everything and put it away.
wow, you really killed this thread. Last year on a 600k, I dumped a bag of drink mix in my bag. That stuff doesn't even need any moisture to stick to everything. I bought a gallon of water, cleaned everything in the bag. Probably the first time that ever happened.
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Old 06-21-20, 03:36 PM
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Sorry about that. I have a lot of bikes and accessories so I have to keep it all organized or my wife yells at me.
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Sorry about that. I have a lot of bikes and accessories so I have to keep it all organized or my wife yells at me.
Do not apologize, those of us that have only done a few brevets read this to learn from those that have more experience. I have not done enough brevets yet to have a bag that is ready to go, each event is packed for that event.
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