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what are the essentials to have when you ride your bike?

Old 05-21-10, 04:22 PM
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what are the essentials to have when you ride your bike?

after months of deciding on what road bike to get, which was the Fuji Roubaix 1.0.


i just wanted to know what you guys have with you when you go riding.

I mostly see a small zipper bag attached at the bag of the seat post on most riders. What do you put in that?
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Old 05-21-10, 05:20 PM
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Flat tire repair stuff. Do a search for "seatbag" in the thread titles only. There's a lot of threads dedicated to this subject.
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In my camelback, I carry
- 2 spare tubes
- patch kit
- levers
- multi-tool
- pump
- presta to shrader valve adapter

Reason I carry it in my camel instead of a seat bag - I have a road bike and a mountain bike - so I don't have to buy redundant kits.
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I always carry in my seatbag:
- spare tube
- patch kit
- tire boot
- CO2 inflator with 2 cartridges
- mini pump
- multi-tool, which includes tire levers, allen wrenches, scredrivers, chain tool, and spoke wrench
- plastic gloves
- cell phone
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All you need is a bike and a helmet (unless yer stoopid) to ride.

This is what I did. Until I got a flat and had to walk my bike home. Then I decided a pump and patch repair might be useful. It's also useful to take a few bucks with you for longer rides so you can get a nice cold soda and snickers when you're starting to fade.

Other niceities: multi tool in case a bolt loosens up. cell phone. chain breaker with extra link. I'm sure there's other stuff.
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Buy one of those Transit saddle bags at performance for $9. Then put in it the following:

Multitool - something like a Topeak Hexus
Spare tube - one or two
Wallet or ID/cash
Cellphone
Frame pump - Topeak Road Morph G or Lezyne micro drive (if you have no place for the Topeak)

This is the basic stuff and you could always carry more stuff but I consider this the very bare essentials. Throw a little tube of NUUN tablets for very long rides.
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- spare tube
- patch kit
- two C02
- tire levers
- multi-tool
- ca$h

I like to have a pump (topeak road morph) as well, but don't always carry it on the road bike.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I always carry in my seatbag:
- spare tube
- patch kit
- tire boot
- CO2 inflator with 2 cartridges
- mini pump
- multi-tool, which includes tire levers, allen wrenches, scredrivers, chain tool, and spoke wrench
- plastic gloves
- cell phone
What bag do you use. I have the large torpedo and ran out of room for the co2, and cell phone. Maybe i need to do some bag stretching.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I always carry in my seatbag:
- spare tube
- patch kit
- tire boot
- CO2 inflator with 2 cartridges
- mini pump
- multi-tool, which includes tire levers, allen wrenches, scredrivers, chain tool, and spoke wrench
- plastic gloves
- cell phone
This, plus an Epi-pen. I'm allergic to bee stings.
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There was a thread on this last week.

On my road bike I usually carry enough stuff to fix two flats along with my personal items like my cell phone, wallet, and keys. I'll also enough food/gel and water depending on how long the ride is going to be. I also use my jersey pockets and not my saddle bag.

On my commuter bike I carry a spare tube and a patch kit. My pump is attached to my frame, so with the spare kit, I could fix quite a few flats. I also carry a small multi tool. On the bike I've got mounts for lights, if I plan on biking while it's dark and a loud Airzound horn.

On my mountain bike I carry all the stuff I do with my road bike along with a 15mm wrench and a multi tool. I usually use a saddle bag then.
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I have the topeak medium wedge from amazon.
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in it, I have
1 mini pump,
2 tubes,
1 multi tool,
1 patch kit,
latex gloves,
and usually the car keys if I have to drive to where I start riding.
will also add a tire boot when it's time to get new tires.
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And make sure your patch kit isn't the "glueless" kind. In my experience those are terribly unreliable. (And for a patch kit with an opened tube of glue, check on that tube to make sure it isn't dried out.)
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Originally Posted by Phil85207 View Post
What bag do you use. I have the large torpedo and ran out of room for the co2, and cell phone. Maybe i need to do some bag stretching.
Two good-sized bags for $15:

https://www.pricepoint.com/detail/108...-%26-Save!.htm

On my commuter I have a real nice waterproof Pacific Outdoor Equipment waterproof seat bag that uses a Rixen & Kaul Klick-fix attachment. Got it off GearTrade.com for like $6.
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Old 05-21-10, 07:17 PM
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thanks for the input. im sure i should be able to get these since i get some cash back from performance.

on another note, i know theres a whole thread for cyclo computer. but if i am a new rider does it matter if i just buy the very basic one than the high tech ones?
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Originally Posted by Phil85207 View Post
What bag do you use. I have the large torpedo and ran out of room for the co2, and cell phone. Maybe i need to do some bag stretching.
I should actually clarify that the mini pump goes on the frame and the cell phone goes in my pocket, but everything else plus my keys fit snuggly in a Serfas Slimline bag (not very big). It has to be packed just right, but it fits and the snugness keeps things from rattling around.

I have narrow hips and run the narrowest bag I can to avoid chafing my thighs on the front. I also have a slightly larger bag that holds the same stuff plus a second tube (or one mtb tube). I forget the name, but it's made by Detours.
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Extra bike, just in case. If fat people can haul around an extra 100 lbs, I can haul an extra 20.
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As little as possible, a cell phone, a patch kit, a multi tool, tire levers and under my top tube a Silca pump. Back before there were cell phones I also carried a tube and a CO2 inflator thingy and a piece of rubber to boot my tire. I don't carry all that now.
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echo?

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I see what you did there
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now waiting for the guy with the gun to chime in.
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now waiting for the guy with the gun to chime in.
another one of those kentucky fried idiots?
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My underseat bag holds tire levers, co2 cart and head, tube, patch kit, mini multi-tool, $2.00, ID tag made out of paper and laminated.
I also carry a frame pump under the top tube and my cell phone in jersey pocket.

Interesting note: CAA...Canadian Automobile A...now covers bicycle service...they will "tow" your bike anywhere you want...wonder if they will do that if your legs blow out on you and you need a ride home.
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Originally Posted by ptle View Post
There was a thread on this last week.

wasn't even a week ago: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...on-a-long-ride

I just bring what I need, or what I might need, and leave the rest at home.
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Split between an underseat pouch and my jersey's pockets:

1. Spare tube
2. Bike repair multitool (Topeak Alien II)
3. Compact pump (also a Topeak...it is tiny, inexpensive, and works well enough to get me home)
4. Driver's License
5. Car or house key
6. $20 in cash
7. Cell Phone
8. Water

On shorter rides (<15 miles) I ditch the bike repair stuff.
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