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how much stuff do you carry with you.....?

Old 08-27-11, 11:16 AM
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how much stuff do you carry with you.....?

I found myself stranded 12 miles from home last night with a broke chain / missing sram powerlink and no way to get home.

How much crap do you carry with you? I didnt have a extra powerlink but i can tell you i do now I went out and bought 2 this morning. This is the first one that has ever failed on me so i cant blame the quality.

I average about 25 miles per trip round trip and i almost always ride alone because it has proven easier to find time rather than try to line up a ride where friends can go. I'M quite spontaneous when it comes to a long ride as well.

Anyway.....i typically carry the following:

Camelback filled wth:
Water
Kryptonite ULOCK
Cable Lock with Combination lock
Kryptonite Cable
Tire Levers
Pedal Wrench
Alien II Multi Tool
Rear Light
Tactial flashlight head light
Planet Bike Power Beam headlight
One of those screw on adapters for presta tubes
Patch Kit
Spare Tube
Phone
Pump
1 extra 5mm allen key wrench

1 zip lock bag
2 or 3 disposable shop towels
1 pair of nytrile disposable gloves

I typically have a Karabeener hooked to the bag somewhere as well in case i find somthing on my route that i can clip to the camelback. Ive found wrenches, saddles, pedals, etc

All this is quite the load to carry but isnt too bad when it is strapped you your back.

That said....i am i crazy to try and jam a set up flip flops in there?
When stranded i ended up not being able to walk in my speedplays well....so i took off the shoes......strapped them to my Karabeener, removed my socks.....and removed my helmet. I was able to hoof it back barefoot through an old cemetary (which was creepy walking through the long grass bare foot). I made it quite far in this way but was wishing for a pair of shoes after a bit

Am i nuts for carrying so much crap or are water shoes or flip flops not a bad idea?

I have everything but the kitchen sink with me already it would seem.
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Old 08-27-11, 11:25 AM
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I carry:

Spare tube
Tire levers
Co2 inflator w/2 cartridges
Patch kit
$20 worth of cash
Phone
Disposable nitrile gloves
Cleat covers (for walking around)
Band-aids, gauze, alcohol wipes
Keys
Food (1 bar, 1 pack of shot bloks or something)
Water
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Old 08-27-11, 11:29 AM
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You are not alone. I wear a medium sized flattish backpack and feel naked without it. It was put into use because I needed a place to carry my mini pump, which is not as big as a frame pump, but larger than a pocket pump. I do not like CO2. Now it contains two each of two different size tires (two different bikes) and one spare MTB tube for any poor stranger stuck on the side of the road. Call me a good Samaritan. Add to this:

Multi tool
Chain tool
Tire levers
Patch kit
Plastic baggies (Ziploc style from work, they jut get tossed) for phone and small electronics on rainy days
Pens, pencils, envelopes, notepad
Keys, wallet
USB cables for micro camera and phone
Aspirin, Ibuprofen, vitamins, toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, nail clippers
Two red blinkies go on the outside to ward off evil spirits/motorists at dusk and dawn
Laptop when commuting, sometimes my netbook as well
Personal and work cell phones

The micro camera clips perfectly to the strap of the pack so I can relive my incredibly boring and slow rides This is pretty much for my commuting rides only.

The rare times I go out without the pump (and hence no pack), it's like baseball players swinging the bat with the donut in the on deck circle. It makes my bike feel significantly lighter.
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Old 08-27-11, 11:41 AM
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Ah....good point

I forgot to mention i carry a pen and also those little tags on a string that you use to mark garage sale items etc. Ill write my name and number of them and in the event i find a old abandon bike in the city locked to a post or one that looks like it would fit me...i always hang one of these from it. My thought is if the owner or the city come back for it they will call and sell me the bike rather than let it go to waste.

It has never worked but i figure it is worth a shot

I must note to put some first aid crap in my bag. Im missing that stuff....
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Old 08-27-11, 11:44 AM
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I travel light, all in jersey pockets:

tube, co2 and tire lever wrapped tight in a velcro strap.
phone, id, cash and key fob in a plastic bag to keep sweat/moisture away.
goo/clif bars

Some of the stuff you guys carry is crazy... pens, envelopes, pedal wrench, 3 locks, etc.
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Old 08-27-11, 11:46 AM
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I'm a minimalist

I carry:

Waterbottle
phone
RoadID

One of these days I'm sure it'll bite me in the ass.
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Old 08-27-11, 11:53 AM
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I think the lock thing can be put to good use. If i get stranded i can leave my bike locked down like fort knox and take a cab or ride and then zip back down my car to pick up my bike. Thats my theroy anyway. That and locking it up good if i go inside anywhere. Too many horror stories here about losing bikes (aka..i only ran in for 5 minutes...came back out and my locks where destroyed and my bike gone). I finally found a bike that fits well. It took a couple years to find what i wanted and i would go crazy if it was stolen.
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Get Speedplay cafe covers (plastic covers for your cleats that let you walk quasi-normally).... Slip them in your jersey pocket or Camelback and forget about the flip-flops.

I ride 7500 miles per year... I carry RoadID, cell phone (in baggy in jersey pocket), Speedplay cafe covers (jersey pocket), C02 inflator, 2 CO2 canisters, a couple of patches, 1 spare tube, 1 spare link, multi-tool, 2 tire levers, $20 bill and 2 Camelback Ice Insulated Water bottles.

I just have the small Fi'Zik seat bag, two bottle holders on the frame and my jersey pockets to store things in. If I'm going for a ride in a new scenic area I'll add a small camera (Canon S95) in one of those top tube bags. I also add gels, energy bars, etc to my free jersey pocket if it's going to be a ride more than 2 hours in length.

If I'm going for a solo century or a ride in an area with poor cell phone coverage I'll put the bike on the stand the night before the ride and give the bike a thorough going-over (wash, check chain wear, lube chain, check cables for fraying, check brake pads and brake clearance, FD and RD, tire wear/embedded debris check, etc).

I did carry a frame pump as back up for a couple of years but I never needed to use it and finally just put it in the spare bike stuff drawer of my tool cabinet.
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Old 08-27-11, 11:57 AM
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I... am nowhere near as prepared as you OP. I have a Camelbak that I always ride with, but all of my bikes are tubeless and in 3 or 4 years I have never had an issue. That said, I usually have arm/leg warmers for rides after work when it gets cold early, big ole Park multi tool, tires irons (because if I put them anywhere else I'll lose them, and they weight all of 20 grams or something), some spare food, wallet, phone, keys, chapstick, and I think thats it. Oh, water in the Camelbak of course. The one time I could have used a masterlink I also happened to have destroyed my rear derailleur completely (not really sure how, examining it later I believe it was a manufacturing defect, it snapped in half when I was cranking up hill at one of the rivits), and at that point I was already tired, it was hot, I had no rear derailleur anyway, and my roommate was nearby with her car, so I just rode down the mountain and waited 30 seconds for her to pick me up and rush me to a bike shop. As has been said previously, it may bite me in the ass one day, but until then, I'll keep being lazy!
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Originally Posted by LansingWes View Post
I'm a minimalist

I carry:

Waterbottle
phone
RoadID

One of these days I'm sure it'll bite me in the ass.
How long have you been riding? And you've never had a flat?
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I really should just get more friends. Heck.....last night i was completely stranded and couldnt think of more than 2 people to call and that was after doing some serious thinking Lucky one of them was around and willing.
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Originally Posted by garciawork View Post
That said, I usually have arm/leg warmers for rides after work when it gets cold early,
heheh.....i forgot to mention that i have a set of these and ill wear them when cold and throw them in the camelback when it warms up.

Im amazed how much junk you can fit in there.

I started to carry much much less but as i got older i started to get more paranoid about having problems while riding. I inspect and clean my bike after each ride. IT gets stored in the living room here at my house. I remove my chain and clean my drive train like clockwork every 100 miles......

im kind of weird i guess....
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1 pump, 2 tubes, tire levers, tire boot
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Two tubes
patch kit
C02
Multi-tool
Tire lever
Some snacks
Cell phone
ID and ATM card, as well as $20 cash
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Co2 inflator,
Co2 x2,
2 tubes,
multi-tool,
tire levers
cell phone
$10 cash
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Old 08-27-11, 12:44 PM
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Small Seat bag with patch kit, levers, wallet, keys, phone, multi tool; gels in jersey; two bottles on bike and frame mini pump.
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I mostly ride in Milwaukee or surrounding suburbs so I'm never far from a county bus or bike shop if I have issues. I carry only a spare tube, CO2 inflator with levers, mini pump, multi-tool, cell phone, ID and some cash.
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Originally Posted by McTufferton View Post
How long have you been riding? And you've never had a flat?
I've only been riding for a month now. One of the nice things about my tank of a Denali is the wheels, they're pretty rugged. Tubes/CO2 are definitely on my "Need to Buy" list, but I wanted to get riding as soon as possible. Glad I did because one thing I'm NOT carrying is 15 pounds of fat.
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I tend to get in rides during the week solo so have to be self sufficient. I wear a RoadId and have a small topeak seat bag which holds:

$10 or so in bills
CO2 and inflator
New tube and 2 plastic tire irons
Multitool
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Originally Posted by scale View Post
Anyway.....i typically carry the following:

Camelback filled wth:
Water
Kryptonite ULOCK
Cable Lock with Combination lock
Kryptonite Cable
Tire Levers
Pedal Wrench
Alien II Multi Tool
Rear Light
Tactial flashlight head light
Planet Bike Power Beam headlight
One of those screw on adapters for presta tubes
Patch Kit
Spare Tube
Phone
Pump
1 extra 5mm allen key wrench

1 zip lock bag
2 or 3 disposable shop towels
1 pair of nytrile disposable gloves

I typically have a Karabeener hooked to the bag somewhere as well in case i find somthing on my route that i can clip to the camelback. Ive found wrenches, saddles, pedals, etc

All this is quite the load to carry but isnt too bad when it is strapped you your back.

That said....i am i crazy to try and jam a set up flip flops in there?
When stranded i ended up not being able to walk in my speedplays well....so i took off the shoes......strapped them to my Karabeener, removed my socks.....and removed my helmet. I was able to hoof it back barefoot through an old cemetary (which was creepy walking through the long grass bare foot). I made it quite far in this way but was wishing for a pair of shoes after a bit

Am i nuts for carrying so much crap or are water shoes or flip flops not a bad idea?

I have everything but the kitchen sink with me already it would seem.
Holy crap, you carry that much with you everyday?

I carry stuff to repair a flat, something to eat and a baggie with ID, phone and cash. On my commmuter I bring a stainless steel coffee cup.
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Things in saddle bag:

2 x Tire Lever
Speedplay Cleat Covers
$20 + ATM Card + Photo ID Card
Lezyne Patch Kit
KMC Missing Link
Crank Bros Multi Tool
A couple of KFC hand wipes (can't beat free)
1 x Inner Tube

Things in jersey pocket:

iPhone inside a waterproof zip lock type case
House keys in neoprene pouch for comfort
Optional snack
Extra space for gilet and/or arm/leg warmers

Things attached to bike:

Lezyne Road Drive M
Smart R1 rear light
Knog Frog front light
Garmin EDGE 500

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Tire lever, CO2, spare tube, phone, and a Clif bar at the minimum. Sometimes I'll carry an extra CO2, patch kit, and a hex key if I'm on a shakedown cruise for some new saddle or some such.
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Originally Posted by McTufferton View Post
How long have you been riding? And you've never had a flat?
I also only carry waterbottle, phone, id/debit card.. I've double flatted with 90mm rear and 60mm front (also included minor wipe out).. proceeded to run back to my car and phone for a ride (managed 3.5 of the 9miles before ride picked me up) .. I was on a 30mile 24mph ride..

I still only carry the same stuff.. if my feet can't get me back to someplace reasonable I will be needing 911..

On really hot days I do throw another waterbottle in my jersey..
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I carry my 55" Mitsubishi Widescreen, McCormack DNA HT1 and 0.5 Power Amps, QSC RMX2450 Pro Amp, Pioneer BDP-05 Blu-Ray Player, Anthem AVM20 HT Processor, Klipsch Fortes, Academy, and RS3 Surrounds, DIY Sonosub w/12"Dayton MK3 Driver, DIY 15" Tempest-X Ported Box sub, 2 Richard Gray Power Company Conditioners w/6,000 watt parallel choke, and various Kimber Kable and Nordost wires... oops, my bad... wrong forum... meant to post in AVS :-)

Guess you all now know my other enthusiasm... what I was doing the 20 years I was off the bike.

More on-topic, a medium Giant Shadow under-saddle bag with one tube, two CO2 cartridges and inflator, two tire tools, an allen key for the saddle, 4 US Quarters, and ICE ID. Cell phone and a paper towel in the jersey pockets, and one or two bottles in the cages.
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