Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Do you carry a bag?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Do you carry a bag?

Old 05-25-06, 06:40 AM
  #1  
Senior but far from AARP
Thread Starter
 
TJHOO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Virginia
Posts: 776

Bikes: 2006 Specialized SWorks Tarmac; 2005 Bianchi Giro; 2005 Bianchi Cross Veloce; 1997 Litespeed Catalyst; 1983 Performance Steel

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Do you carry a bag?

Do you carry a bag or do you stow your tools/tube/food etc in your rear pocket?

Having toured yrs ago solo, I always have used a bag. After getting back into cycling last year was surprised to see so few folks using bike bags now. Usually riding with groups now.

I ususally carry:
-Cell phone
-tube x1 or 2.
-multitool kit
-CO2 x2
-tiny patch kit
-3 tire levers
-ID
-keys
-latex gloves (keeps cell dry if rains, good to have if someone has a bloody accident)
-whatever food necessary

I guess you get used to feeling all that stuff in your back pocket?
TJHOO is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 06:46 AM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Avalanche325's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Pasadena, CA
Posts: 3,162

Bikes: Litespeed Firenze / GT Avalanche

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I use a Camelbak so I can't really say. I only keep gel packs in my jersey pockets.

I have seen people that have insane amounts of stuff in their jersey pockets. They could pull over and have a yard sale.
Avalanche325 is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 06:50 AM
  #3  
Know Your Onion!
 
badkarma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 2,011

Bikes: Kestrel Talon, Motobecane Le Champion SL

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I carry a saddle bag with patch kit, extra tube, tire levers, and a multitool.
badkarma is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 06:56 AM
  #4  
Let's Go!
 
SilentShifter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 743

Bikes: 2005 Trek 1500

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
I have a saddle bad with just about everything. I refuse to be unprepared so I carry all that I can

-license
-phone
-spare tube
-patch kit (in case the replacement tube fails)
-tire levers
-multi tool
-Co2
-basic first aid (antiseptic, ointment, bandage)
SilentShifter is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 07:09 AM
  #5  
Senior but far from AARP
Thread Starter
 
TJHOO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Virginia
Posts: 776

Bikes: 2006 Specialized SWorks Tarmac; 2005 Bianchi Giro; 2005 Bianchi Cross Veloce; 1997 Litespeed Catalyst; 1983 Performance Steel

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm thinking a ziploc bag in the back pocket may be more rain resistant than saddle bag??
TJHOO is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 07:14 AM
  #6  
Let's Go!
 
SilentShifter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 743

Bikes: 2005 Trek 1500

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
Originally Posted by TJHOO
I'm thinking a ziploc bag in the back pocket may be more rain resistant than saddle bag??
Probably.

I would just use a mini ziploc for something like my phone/money and stuff it in the saddlebag. I don't like any 'extras' in my pocket except for nutrition.
SilentShifter is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 07:20 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Here
Posts: 204
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I use a saddlebag and carry a tube, levers, CO2, cell phone, keys, ID, multi-tool, patch kit and $20.00. I hate carrying all that stuff in my pockets and I just prefer to keep it in the bag where I know where its at rather than leaving it all somewhere else when I'm not on the bike. With the bag it all stays there all the time except my phone and keys. Only thing that goes in my pockets is food during my longer rides.
rjg001 is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 07:20 AM
  #8  
Scum, Freezebag!
 
Mo'Phat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Poway, CA
Posts: 4,546

Bikes: 2007 Leader 796R w/ 10sp DA and 2005 Jamis Dakar XLT FS MTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Some jerseys are just cheap wicking fabric and the elastic is horrible for keeping things in their place. Unfortunately, these are the jerseys I buy, so the only thing that goes in the pockets is my cell, id, etc.

I use a saddle bag that has 1 tube, 2 CO2 bottles, CO2 pump (taken apart), Spin Doctor Multi-tool with chain link remover, Chap Stick, and Band-Aids. I've used all this on the road many times and would hate to carry any of it in my jersey pockets.
Mo'Phat is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 07:23 AM
  #9  
Keep on climbing
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Marlborough, Massachusetts
Posts: 2,193

Bikes: 2004 Calfee Tetra Pro

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
I put my stuff in a ziploc bag in my seat pack. Keeps various things organized nicely (money, ID, etc. in one bag, flat-fix stuff in another bag) and keeps them dry (or at least drier) if it rains.
KevinF is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 07:28 AM
  #10  
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Posts: 16,056

Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 22 Times in 17 Posts
Handlebar Bag and Seat bag, both from Banjo Brothers
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 07:28 AM
  #11  
Senior Member
 
msu2001la's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Posts: 2,873
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1455 Post(s)
Liked 1,477 Times in 867 Posts
I usually carry housekeys, multi-tool, cell phone and money/credit cards/ID in my pockets.

I've never had a seat bag or anything, but I'm thinking about getting one for longer rides. Carrying a spare tube, levers and a pump/CO2 is probably a good idea.

Has anyone ever seen bags/cases that fit into a water bottle cage? I usually just carry just one bottle, so that would be a good option for the second cage I suppose. I hate the way seat bags look.
msu2001la is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 07:28 AM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
John Wilke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Milwaukee
Posts: 3,917
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Pockets for everything, including a rain jacket, shoe covers, dry gloves, extra bottles, what ever. I find anyting tied under the saddle upsets the handling of the bike too much (61cm with LONG seat post).

jw
John Wilke is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 07:36 AM
  #13  
Used to be a climber..
 
GuitarWizard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Posts: 6,849

Bikes: 2016 Ridley Fenix SL, 2020 Trek Emonda ALR (rim brake)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Seat pack for CO2, spare tubes, multi-tool, cell phone, money, and tire levers. I use my jersey pockets for Clif Bars, GU, and if I'm carrying a 3rd waterbottle.
GuitarWizard is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 07:37 AM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: So Cal
Posts: 4,665

Bikes: 2012 Trek Madone 6.2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Bag on all rides.
shokhead is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 07:38 AM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Western Morris Cty, NJ
Posts: 558
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I keep all the flat fix and bike tools in a bag, and all the personal items (cell, ID, keys, cash) in pockets. That way I don't have as much to do when prepping for or completing a ride. I'd hate to be 30 miles down the road without a flat kit because I was in too much of a rush to stuff it in a pocket. Also, I'd rather not unpack all my personal gear from the seat bag at the end of the ride.
steve_wmn is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 07:40 AM
  #16  
Senior but far from AARP
Thread Starter
 
TJHOO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Virginia
Posts: 776

Bikes: 2006 Specialized SWorks Tarmac; 2005 Bianchi Giro; 2005 Bianchi Cross Veloce; 1997 Litespeed Catalyst; 1983 Performance Steel

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have 3 road bikes now, and was thinking switching from saddle bag to carrying in back pocket might simplify.
TJHOO is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 08:00 AM
  #17  
Senior but far from AARP
Thread Starter
 
TJHOO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Virginia
Posts: 776

Bikes: 2006 Specialized SWorks Tarmac; 2005 Bianchi Giro; 2005 Bianchi Cross Veloce; 1997 Litespeed Catalyst; 1983 Performance Steel

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Velcro on saddle bag strap that wraps around seat tube rubs on inner thigh of shorts. This is fraying my shorts. Any suggestions?
TJHOO is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 08:12 AM
  #18  
yak
Zircon Encrusted Tweezer
 
yak's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Marshfield, MA
Posts: 1,016

Bikes: Pivot Switchblade, SantaCruz Tallboy, SantaCruz Solo, Specialized Fatboy, Trek ProjectOne Madone, Fuji Altamira CX 1.1, Lemond Zurich

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by TJHOO
Velcro on saddle bag strap that wraps around seat tube rubs on inner thigh of shorts. This is fraying my shorts. Any suggestions?
Sounds like the bag is a tad too wide in front? Maybe wrap a couple rubber bands around the front of it to compress it?
yak is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 08:14 AM
  #19  
yak
Zircon Encrusted Tweezer
 
yak's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Marshfield, MA
Posts: 1,016

Bikes: Pivot Switchblade, SantaCruz Tallboy, SantaCruz Solo, Specialized Fatboy, Trek ProjectOne Madone, Fuji Altamira CX 1.1, Lemond Zurich

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My bag is pretty small, just the basics, tube, peel& stick patches, 2 tire irons, Co2 & 2 cartridges, $20.
picture here

Cellphone, food, and occasionally spare tire and small pump go in pockets.

Last edited by yak; 05-25-06 at 08:19 AM.
yak is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 08:42 AM
  #20  
semifreddo amartuerer
 
'nother's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 4,599

Bikes: several

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
medium-size under-saddle bag with spare tubes, small-but-useful multi-tool, patch kit, CO2 kit, tire levers, keys. Food, cell phone/camera, jacket/armwarmers go into my jersey pockets for easier access.
'nother is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 08:43 AM
  #21  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 320
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I can't believe how many guys carry house keys on the bike. Why not stash them somewhere?
yater is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 09:08 AM
  #22  
semifreddo amartuerer
 
'nother's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 4,599

Bikes: several

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by yater
I can't believe how many guys carry house keys on the bike. Why not stash them somewhere?
I keep them with me so I know where they are. If I stash them I'm more likely to forget, or more likely someone will figure out the stash location and have access to my keys; might as well just leave the door unlocked (been known to do that, too). Keeping them in the bag they're a lot less likely to fall out than they would if in a jersey pocket or something. And it's not like they weigh any significant amount to be weenied out about.
'nother is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 09:32 AM
  #23  
OMG! i'm a DURT gurl!!!!
 
caligurl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: HOT, sunny socal desert
Posts: 4,939

Bikes: 2007 specialized stumpjumper FSR expert, 2006 specialized ruby pro, 2004 specialized dolce elite, 2005 specialized hardrock

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i have an under the seat bag for my spare tires, CO2, patch kit, etc....

i hate to have stuff in my rear pockets.... normally the only thing back there is my ipod...

but then... i also have a little handlebar bag... (i know..... how VERY un-OCP of me!)
__________________
OCP and PROUD!
"OCP is not just about attitude, it's a way of life!"
life's too short to ride a crummy bike..........
caligurl is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 09:32 AM
  #24  
Not Enough Time!
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Richmond, VA area
Posts: 96

Bikes: 12 Cdale Super Six, 04 Specialized Roubaix

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I can't stand to have pockets jammed or weighed down, so I carry only energy gu/bars and headband in jersey pockets. I use the Specialized small wedge bag which holds levers, tube, multi-tool, cell phone, ID, cash and two house keys (on the rare occassion that my wife is not home during my ride). I have mini-pump that mounts on frame under bottle holder and it has a patch kit in the cap.
Hop on Bike is offline  
Old 05-25-06, 09:39 AM
  #25  
TREK 2300 owner
 
rickkko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Sandy Eggo CA
Posts: 392

Bikes: '04 Trek 2300, '77 Panasonic Touring Deluxe

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have a fairly small seat bag that I keep tire fixing stuff, id, $, and my koffee caps.

On a recent ride with my friend he proudly showed me a tiny, tiny seat bag he'd just bought implying it was lightweight and only big enough very minimum amount of stuff.

When we ended the ride I had to laugh as he pulled way too much stuff out of his jersey pockets, ya' know, much stuff he could've stuffed in an bit larger seat bag.
rickkko is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.