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What Do You Carry When Riding, and How?

Old 06-16-11, 08:31 PM
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What Do You Carry When Riding, and How?

I personally only take the bare essentials, an ID, a few coins and a note, a mini lock and house key and iPhone as my music/cycle computer/emergency phone. All in my jersey back pockets. I also take water in the bottle cage.

I have never had a flat in the last 5 years, so have never needed spares or other accessories, but sometimes get a little worried that i am not packing enough.

I usually do rides over 40km and have thought what would I do if i have a flat? Maybe lock the bike up, walk to the nearest station and go get the bike later, but that isn't a very good plan.

I also am thinking about doing a Stan's tubeless conversion on my wheels as mine do not have spoke holes. I have heard that tubeless tires are more durable and the Stan's latex usually self heals punctures.


So I want advice for what i should take. What do you take? And how do you carry it all?
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Old 06-16-11, 08:35 PM
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I carry my phone, snacks, keys and camera in the jersey pockets. A tube, 2 co2, a patch kit, tire levers, a multi-tool,and some latex gloves in the seat bag.
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Old 06-16-11, 08:36 PM
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just a medium sized seatbag. carry one tube, one multi-tool, two tire levers, cell phone, maybe a credit card and driver license, and a key fob if I didn't ride from home. i have a frame pump. sometimes i carry a gel/energy bar, chapstick, ipod in my back pockets.
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Old 06-16-11, 08:39 PM
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I carry cash/debit card, ID, house key(not the whole ring), tube, two tire levers, two CO2, and an inflator. I put it in a small saddle bag cause i don't feel like packing my jersey pockets and I could care less about hanging the extra weight off the bike. I have not flatted in a long while, knock on wood, but I figure better safe than sorry. Since I've been going on longer and longer rides I feel like I need to depend on myself. Someone really has to love you if you flat 50 miles out and they have to pick you up.

Oh and I carry my phone.
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Old 06-16-11, 08:40 PM
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depends on how far I am going.

Usually just my road ID (bracelet) and my phone. If I am going to be further from home, add in a patch kit & allen wrenches.
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Old 06-16-11, 08:42 PM
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i carry a spare tube, patch kit, a few tools, Co2, tire levers, my ID, some cash, my blackberry storm, and possibly some gels in my jersey pockets. water on bike of course. im not a fan of saddle bags.
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Old 06-16-11, 08:50 PM
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I carry patch kit, tire levers made out of 2 spoon handles, small adjustable wrench (no quick releases), tube, small pump, some alan wrenches. wallet, phone, camera, and sometimes snacks and lights. Water goes on the frame and everything else in my waist bag. No saddle bag.
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Old 06-16-11, 08:54 PM
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I bring an anvil. Just in case, you know, you see a roadrunner.
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Ridden over 300,000 miles since the early 1970s.
Yes, have gotten flats (among other things).
You will have flat(s) eventually . . .
Last time I was in Tokyo the roads were not any cleaner than in the US.
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Old 06-16-11, 09:07 PM
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frame pump

in a small saddle bag:
small multi-tool
1 spare tube

in my pockets:
cell phone
id/cash/credit card in a holder (wallet is too chunky)
mp3 player
keys or subset of keys or no keys at all, depending on where i'm riding to
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Old 06-16-11, 09:13 PM
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Patches, boot, levers, tube, multi-tool.

Plus a frame pump/CO2 cartridge.
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Old 06-16-11, 09:18 PM
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Small bag under seat: tire levers and patch kit, extra tube, spoke wrench, nipple adapter, extra batteries (AAA) for the Garmin Gecko 101 on the bars, small wrenches/screwdriver, 5 packs of fruit snacks and 3 hits of ibuprophen.

On bike: mini pump, 24oz water bottle.

On me: Few extra bucks, DL, Debit Card, Iphone clipped onto waistband of shorts in the back with headphone cable running up the back.

All in all, it's really compact and what I need. If something goes bad wrong I'll call my wife to bring the jeep.
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Left Pocket:
- Wallet: ID, Metrocard, Credit Cards
- Cash
- Phone
- Eyeglass wipe
- Pump
- Ziplock bag

Center Pocket
- 2 tubes
- Tire levers
- Latex gloves
- Tweezer
- Patches
- Valve extender
- Missing link for 10 speed chain
- Alcohol swab
- Emergency cash/tire boots
- CO2 head and 16g CO2 cartridge
- SRAM bag

Right Pocket
- Keys
- Multitool
- Food (banana was added as an example)



Everything goes in the back jersey pockets:

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-Pump and 1 20oz Camelback Podium Chill, Garmin Forerunner 305 attached to the bike
-Tube, 2 levers, multi-tool, iphone in a ziplock bag, expanding towelettes in the seat bag
-Jersey pockets have Bifold wallet (with ID, $, credit card, couple bucks cash, insurance cards), keys (can't be bothered taking my house key off the chain), and for longer rides a couple cliff bars.
-RoadID on the wrist
-Bike under my ass.
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Two most commonly used hex wrenches, CO2 filler with extra canister, two tire levers, spare tube, phone, house key, credit card, ID, in jersey pockets.
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Survivorman could learn something from you kim.
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Old 06-16-11, 09:38 PM
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Survivorman could learn something from you kim.
I ride 300+ miles a week, a lot of those miles solo. I've had some bad rides; I learned the hard way.
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Old 06-16-11, 09:45 PM
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As an aside, I'm amused or confused how someone with 1,912 posts on this site is unsure what he needs to take on a ride to deal with a flat tyre.
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I'm 'old school' and ride sew-ups, so I carry a spare tubular in my early 1980s-vintage Burley Designs tire sock along with an equally vintage Park multi-tool, a mini spoke wrench, plus a few wet-wipes and some band aids. In my jersey pocket I carry my driver's license, insurance card, a credit card, some cash, a house key and my cell phone.

Almost forgot: a Lezyne Road Drive bottle cage mounted pump.

Oh yeah, two water bottles - but those are a given in my neck of the woods.

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Originally Posted by FunkyStickman View Post
I bring an anvil. Just in case, you know, you see a roadrunner.
Best reply. End of thread.

I stuff it all inside my shorts. Makes my junk look, um, substantial.
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As an aside, I'm amused or confused how someone with 1,912 posts on this site is unsure what he needs to take on a ride to deal with a flat tyre.
and unable to find the ten other threads.
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Old 06-16-11, 10:22 PM
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Best reply. End of thread.

I stuff it all inside my shorts. Makes my junk look, um, substantial.
Uh, which end? (Just curious as to which junk you're glorifying.)
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Originally Posted by mpath View Post
Best reply. End of thread.

I stuff it all inside my shorts. Makes my junk look, um, substantial.
Is that you former Congressman Weiner?
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Is that you former Congressman Weiner?
I did not have sexual relations with that woman.
- Bill
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What do you take?
Nothing.
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