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What do you carry with you on usual rides?

Old 09-05-06, 03:10 PM
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What do you carry with you on usual rides?

I carry (all in my camelbak):
water (2.0 L or ~4 lbs)
spare tube
small pump
patch kit
multi-tool (do I need this?)
wallet
keys
sunglasses
powerbars/gu
sunglasses (usually worn)
maps
sometimes a banana or some other food

All told, my camelbak weighs at least 10 lbs, which is more than half the weight of my bike! Is there any way to lighten up my load?

Thanks!
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You can probably leave the keys, wallet, extra sunglasses and map.
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Two water bottles in cages. Driver's license, Gu, tube, patch kit, very basic multi tool, all in jersey pockets. Frame pump.
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What is usual? For some, a 60 mile ride is "usual".

For me:

- one or two water bottles depending on how long I may be out
- frame pump

In the jersey pockets:

- tire sealant
- spare Tufo tire
- valve removal tool
- cell phone, house key, a few dollars, & I.D.

If I get hungry, there's always somewhere to get food or carb/electrolyte replacement drinks.
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Old 09-06-06, 07:36 AM
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2xco2 cartridges
1xco2 head for said cartridges
1 tube
2 bottles
*depending on the lengtht of ride*
either 1 powerbar 1 gel or both
1 road-id around the neck
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Old 09-06-06, 07:37 AM
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I take all the same except CO2 instead of a pump and I leave the keys hidden in the wheelwell of my truck. I also put most of the stuff in the little saddlebag under the saddle, and just carry a little stuff in my pockets
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On the frame:

32 ounce water bottle
Topeak Road Morph
Laminated business card with home address/phone on the back

In the handlebar bag:

Spare tube
Tire irons
Multi-tool
Car key/drivers license/credit card/$ 20 bill in a plastic pouch
Blackberry

Around the neck:

Dog tag with contact info
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2 bottles of gateraid
dog spray
Licence
Medical Directive
Key to House
Maybe a few clif bars if I am riding over 40 miles.
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2 bottles of "sumthin"ade
Clif Bars
Gels or Goo
Map
Phone
Tire fixin' stuff
Map
ID
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Frame: Water bottle with Gatorade (plus lights, bell, computer, etc..)
Seat bag: Tube, tools, patch kit, gloves
Hydration pack: 70 oz water, credit card, $20 plus quarters (for gas station air), cell, MTA pass, trail mix/power bars/beef jerky/gatorade mix for two more bottles worth, bandana, map, road morph
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Pack of Marlboro reds and a lighter.

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Originally Posted by ROJA
Is there any way to lighten up my load?
You can ditch the wallet and map. Do you actually drink 2 L of water? If not, ditch the CamelBak too and carry water bottles.

I bring ID, Keys, cell phone, some money in a small zip-lock bag, 1-2 bottles, 1 Powerbar Gell/GU, tire and tube patch kit, spare tube, frame pump, small multi-tool, tire levers.
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You can ditch the wallet and map. Do you actually drink 2 L of water? If not, ditch the CamelBak too and carry water bottles.
Man, I usually empty that 70 oz plus three refills of gatorade by 40 miles! I'm a Clyde so if it means I have enough water to get me through I'll carry as much as I need
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i travel fairly light. two insulted bottles of water, a full size pump (attached to the left seat stay) and an inner tube and tire irons ( plastic) in a back pack. in my own way i think this will get me to where i am going and back. only thing i might add in a century ride would be another tube and one foldable tire.
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A spare tube, patch kit, CO2 inflator + 2 16gm carts, multi-tool, cell phone, tire levers, a Road ID around my wrist and water and food according to how long I'm going.
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leanard zinn says 10 speed chains break quite frequently and therefore you should carry a chain tool and a master link so that you can repair a broken chain on the road--that is if you aren't getting a ride home in an ambulance.

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1 32oz water bottle
Another 24oz water bottle for longer(30+ mile) rides
Wallet
Cell Phone
Gels or Clif Bars for longer rides.
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On frame:
Water bottle(s), depending on length of the ride
Small pump

In bike bag:
Spare tube
Tire levers
Allan wrenches
Emergency cash

In jersey pockets:
Another spare tube
Paper towels (for blowing nose, cleaning chain grase off hands, etc)
Cell phone
Credit card
Keys
Albuterol inhaler
Banana, and/or granola bar
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Two water bottles, frame pump, one tube, cell phone and garage door opener.
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Originally Posted by alancw3
two insulted bottles of water
"You two bottles are the most worthless, stupid looking, fluid containers I have ever seen! And your mother dresses you funny!"

Does that make them lighter?

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on the bike
Topeak Road Morph
one or two uninsulated water bottles

center jersey pocket--stuff I hope to not need on the road
spare tube (long stem, in case someone else needs it)
glueless patches
3x tire lever
2x $20 bill
2x $1 bill
(all of above in a zip lock bag)
keys
driver's license
credit card
medical insurance card
thinking about adding a small multitool

right side pocket--food
Clif bars on longer rides

left side pocket--stuff I might want at stops
spare clothing when appropriate
extra Clif bars when appropriate
camera when appropriate
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In Saddle Bag:
Magic Wallet (very thin wallet, size of credit card. It's my everyday wallet, full of cash, credit cards, ID, etc)
Keys
Tube
Patch Kit
Cell Phone (in an old soft sunglasses sleeve)
all of the above fits into a small saddle bag.

In Jersey Pockets:
iPod nano with Radio Remote running up through shirt and connected to right shoulder strap
possibly some Gu, usually not

On Bike:
Two big water bottles
A mini frame pump
Cyclocomputer
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Saddlebag: Tube, Levers, Multitool, CO2 with 2 cartridges, Lip Balm and Sun screen stick, Cleat Covers

Jersey: Cell Phone, ID, 1 Credit card, Money, Keys, Gu and/or Cliff bar

Frame: 2 bottles, Computer


Oh....and one of these on really long rides...
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