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what bags do you have on your road bike? what do you carry in them?

Old 09-06-09, 08:40 PM
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what bags do you have on your road bike? what do you carry in them?

I currently have a under seat bag that i have 2 tubes, co2 inflator, 2 tire levers, and a patch kit. which fills it completely.
I would like an additional bag for my cell phone and some snacks. I have been wearing camelbak and I would like to ditch it.
I was thinking about something on the top tube. something with pockets big enough for an iphone and some snacks, would be great. Should I carry an extra tire?
Also what do you recommend carrying in your bags?
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haha funny question bec. Ive been dealing with the issue of which saddle bag to get. My old bag is getting ratty and all the new bags that Ive seen in my LBS's are too small. I like the look of a small bag that tucks in right under the saddle but they dont seem to hold anything more than a mobile and wallet. Doesnt anybody carry tubes & tire irons in these things anymore?
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All my baggage is emotional.

I'm thinking about getting a seat bag for tire-changing supplies, a set of Allens and maybe a spare energy bar for longer rides though.
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Since you asked, none. I carry a spare tube, patch kit and levers, multi-tool, cell phone, and snacks in my jersey pockets. That's why they're there.
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For those of you looking for bigger bags in more convenient spaces: https://www.topeak.com/products/Bags/TriBag (there's also one with a cover also).

I personally don't carry much - 1 tube, mini pump on the frame, tire wrench, and... that's all that's in the saddle bag. Phone / keys in jersey o_O...

I know it aint much but with my rides I have had very little issues.
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Originally Posted by sugarcubed
haha funny question bec. Ive been dealing with the issue of which saddle bag to get. My old bag is getting ratty and all the new bags that Ive seen in my LBS's are too small. I like the look of a small bag that tucks in right under the saddle but they dont seem to hold anything more than a mobile and wallet. Doesnt anybody carry tubes & tire irons in these things anymore?
Mine is a pretty small, under saddle type. It's from Novara (REI brand). I can fit two tubes, 3 tire levers, Crank Brothers M18 tool, patch kit, and keys.

I'm actually gonna get a bigger one soon, just because I want to carry food and stuff for 100+ miles without stuffing my pockets full.

Also because I want to use it on both my road bikes, without having to move the clamp from bike to bike. They want $10 for a clamp, or $20 for a bigger bag. Go figure.
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Timbuk2 Large Bike Seat Pack

- Spare tube.
- Innovations Ultraflate CO2 dispenser.
- 3 16g CO2 carts.
- Gauge.
- Patch kit.
- $20 cash.
- Three Park tire levers.
- KMC MissingLink 10-speed.
- Some multitool, forget which.
- Old SPD-SL cleat as a spare.

Looking to add a Park CT-5 chain tool and a 8 and 9 speed KMC MissingLink.

Everything else, food, cell, extra water, goes in the jersey. Never felt the need for an additional bag of any sort.
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Originally Posted by bonescrub
I currently have a under seat bag that i have 2 tubes, co2 inflator, 2 tire levers, and a patch kit. which fills it completely.
I would like an additional bag for my cell phone and some snacks. I have been wearing camelbak and I would like to ditch it.
I was thinking about something on the top tube. something with pockets big enough for an iphone and some snacks, would be great. Should I carry an extra tire?
Also what do you recommend carrying in your bags?
I'm in the exact same boat, I bought a bento type box that mounts on the top tube and stem. I carry my iphone wallet keys and two gel packs daily. The pack is called "Fuel Belt" and it has a zippered closure... perfect for me.
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No more bags for me. I used to ride with the seat bag. Then a camelback thing. Now, a fanny pack from an outdoors place like REI. The camelback gets your back all sweaty and hot. The seat bag only looks good if its super small which really defeats the purpose. You end up getting minimalistic.

The fanny pack works. Instead of the bike looking dorky, you do.
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Just a small topeak tailbag. I carry a tube, 1 tire lever, a few small sections of an old tube to 'fix' sidewall slices, multitool and usually my wallet. In my jersey pockets goes a few snacks, my cell in a ziplock with a cloth to clean my glasses (and keep them dry), another tube and my knife. I have a frame pump too.
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Telluride:
spare tube,
patch kit,
tire lever,
multi-tool,
duct tape,
spare zip-tie (for sensors)

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Originally Posted by Garfield Cat
The fanny pack works. Instead of the bike looking dorky, you do.
I almost think I'd rather be caught on a recumbent with a helmet mirror and a Primal jersey.
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spare tube
co2 pieces
one lever
cell phone in my jersey pocket if need be.
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1 small bag, some dollars in it (in case corner store men are d bags and won't let you refill your bottle with ice tap water, but i've been lucky and haven't had that problem), a tube, 2 tire levers. credit card/identification/cell/keys are in jersey pockets and uhh... the boy carries the co2 cartridges. i want to add a mini pump/cartridges to the load. but besides that, the small bag and my pockets do the trick.
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The biggest saddle bag I could find:

https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FMW3

Carries:
- Tools
- Spare parts, (including rolled-up Panaracer Pasella TG)
- Full set of rain gear
- Baggies of carbo/electrolyte mix.

And that is w/o unzipping the extension zipper.
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Top Peak medium wedge under my seat. I keep:

2 spare tubes
Set of tire levers
Crank Bros mini tool
CO2 micro-flate
2-CO2 Carts
Small pack of sunscreen and chamois butter
Old/Expired Drivers License
Cash for convenience store stops
Presta Adapter
2 mini-bungie cords to lash jacket to bottom of bag

Room for my flip phone on rides that need it.

Snacks (ie gels/cliff bars) go in jersey pockets. Mini pump attached to water bottle cage bolts.

Have tried a "Bento Box" (and the Bontrager version as well) and just don't care for the drag created on the turning from the strap that goes around the headtube spacers.

FWIW - looking for a big bag, consider the Trek sideloaders. The LG (or XL - I forget) is VERY spacious and easy to stuff junk into with the side openings. YMMV
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Well, a RavX Maxi seat wedge can hold quite a bit. Tube, levers, patch kit, co2 inflator,multi tool, cable lock, wallet and cell phone. I have one on three bikes. But for my lightest road bike, I have a mini seat wedge that just has the inflator, levers, patch kit, multi tool, and tube.

A small handlebar bag that just straps onto the handlebars can hold a good amount of light weight stuff. Snacks, phone, camera, rain jacket, and it won't effect handling. It won't effect aerodynamics much either. It will increase your Fred factor. But I will pop one on when I want to go furthur in rural areas, places where stores and restaurants are not readily available. But I already have a rather high Fred factor to begin with. But nothing I put in the handlebar bag won't fit in my jersey pockets, if I prefer to do it that way.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo
The biggest saddle bag I could find:

https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FMW3

Carries:
- Tools
- Spare parts, (including rolled-up Panaracer Pasella TG)
- Full set of rain gear
- Baggies of carbo/electrolyte mix.

And that is w/o unzipping the extension zipper.
I'm seriously considering getting one of these. All those people who say "I've never needed more room" obviously don't ride when it might rain or they would realize the futility of trying to stuff a full on rain jacket into one of those underseat bags.

If I could find the perfect rack I'd just put a rack on my road bike. Screw it. I'm really tired of farting around with barely being able to carry my absolute essentials (keys, cell phone). Like if I could get a Tubus fly, only without the weird shape (but still in black) plus a *small* trunk bag, I'd have done it already. It can't possibly look any weirder than an enormous and obviously oversized seat bag attached to my seat.
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I ride when it might rain. I just get wet. I guess for when it's cold that would be a problem, but I'm usually dressed well enough that it isn't a problem.
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I'm on the minimalist side, with a tiny little Pedro's Blowout bag holding a tube (even a 700x18-23 mm tube needs to be folded carefully to fit), minitool (I think..), lever, Lezyne preglued patch kit, and a CO2 chuck & cartridge. I carry my other stuff in my jersey pockets, sometimes including a pair of gym shorts if I'm going to be wandering around off the bike.

If I'm riding without pockets, I'll strap a little Axiom "bento box" bag on the front. It's enough for my wallet, phone, keys, and maybe some crackers or something.

Everybody does it differently. I go with the "bike stuff on the bike, 'me' stuff on me" approach in an attempt to keep myself organized.
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Fizik medium saddle bag with one tube, tire levers, allen wrench, co2 cartridge + inflator, and keys.
The rest in pockets. Even for century rides(Though I might carry an extra tube and co2 if I'm solo).
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most of my bags just have tubes (2) tire levers and maybe a patch kit. if there is tool unique to that bike it is in there too, (15mm wrench on Uno, 8mm allen on Ti) I mount my co2 on the frame. some of my bikes just have the spare tubular stuck under the seat. spoke and 5/6 allen goes in pocket.

I did find a joint and some papers in a customers seat bag once LOL
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This is what I'm using. It has room for two tubes, tire levers, several power bars, a small tool kit, a patch kit, my wallet, keys, and my jacket. I've connected a tail-light and my topek mini road pump to its frame. Worked great on the "Cool Breeze Century" last month.

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I've never been able to find a decent saddle bag that didn't abrade my shorts so I put all my stuff in jersey pockets now.
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large bag
2x 700x18-25 tubes that use 48mm stems
1x tire lever
1x 19 multi-tool
1x multi-spoke wrench
spare chain joiners
some tire boots
some zip ties
some bandages
$10
bus token
spare batteries
ID card
card compass

on the frame:
frame pump
lights

on me:
I hate carrying things in my jersey pockets since my lower back is the spot that sweats the most
pockets are there for an MP3 player and other small bits depending on the weather forecast.
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