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What do you take with you on rides?

Old 12-24-11, 01:32 AM
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What do you take with you on rides?

What do you take with you on rides? Does it matter by distance (obviously does probably)? Saddle bag or just jersey pocket?
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Old 12-24-11, 01:35 AM
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For me it depends on distance from bus line. Sometimes I'll do 50-milers never going more than a 1/4 mile from bus line. I just bring a little money on those completely unencumbered rides.
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Old 12-24-11, 01:35 AM
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I'm paranoid and haven't gone co2 yet, so I throw my kit that's mounted onto my QR rear rack that I throw on for most rides... goal is just pockets before feb.
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I don't use seatpacks and jerseys.
I carry 2 waterbottles. One is for water
and the other one has the following
inside: flat repair kit, spare tube, latex
gloves, pen.
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If I'm just doing 100 km or less, then I'll bring a pump, tube, patch kit, gloves, phone and multi-tool, all in a frame bag. If I'm doing 100-350 km in the coast hills (no phone coverage, no houses), then I wear a Spot (so people know where I am) and either bring a water filter (springs and creeks abound), or many full water bottles (three on bike, two in vest, two in jersey), depending on the weather plus two spare tubes and some food (in jersey pockets).
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Always in saddle bag: repair kit, tools, tube. Jersey pocket: cell phone, some money, banana & energy bars on longer runs.
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Old 12-24-11, 05:41 AM
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I always have a seat wedge with the following:

1) Tube and a 6" piece of a Mr Tuffy tire liner to use as a boot if needed, and 2 tire irons

2) 2 - Co2 cartridges and inflator head

3) Missing link

4) Multi tool (with built in chain braeker)

5) Cash and insurance card and identification

6) cell

7) tast, but not least 1 shift cable. Itr really sucks riding home in high gear, and I had a rear cable brake once 50 miles from home.

All this fits in my small seat wedge, and the little extra weight is well worth it's weight in gold when needed.
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Old 12-24-11, 01:55 PM
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Just orderd a spare tire. SAGed in today due to cut in tire and two weeks ago a woman had a broken tire bead. Lucky for her someone came by with spare 20-30min later.
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I always have my seat wedge - that way I know everything I need is on me: Tube, patch kit, CO2's and adapter, presta valve adapter, Lens cloth, a $20 bill and 5 quarters (for drink machines - never used those) and my phone will usually squeeze in there.

Jersey pocket,s I will sometimes keep my phone in, halt dog spray, gels, nunn tabs, on longer rides a banana or pb sandwich.
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Old 12-24-11, 02:03 PM
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2 tubes. 2 C02 cartridges. iphone with headphones (supplies map, entertainment, mobile office, ride home).
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Old 12-24-11, 02:29 PM
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pump
tube
patch kit
tire levers
small multi tool
tire boot cut from old race number
cash

the pump goes on the bike; the other stuff in a small seat bag. I mount all the stuff on the bike to leave room in my pockets for clothes and food (I do a lot of long rides). If the repair stuff is mounted on the bike then I won't forget it. That's embarassing. It's so small and light that I leave it on for races.

Cell phone goes in pocket. I don't like to call for a ride unless I really need it, and many of the places I go don't have cell coverage. I've called 911 for car or motorcycle accidents more often than I have called for a ride home.
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Old 12-24-11, 05:54 PM
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Everyone is going to laugh at what I carry but i like to be prepared for anything that would happen.

1. 3L of water in camelbak
2.3 or 4 tubes
3. patch kit
4. c02 pump and 5 cartiages
5. frame pump
6. 1 or 2 spare tires
7. multi tool with chain tool
8.wallet
9. cellphone

in winter
10. heavier gloves or lighter ones
11. rain coat
12. spare under helmet cap
13. balacava

longer rides
14. full box of granola bars
15. extra sport drink packet for bottles
16. 24oz bottle
17.spare garmin edge
18. battery backup for garmin edge

sometimes
19. niterider pro 3000
20. rear light for bag
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Where do you keep your spare tires?
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Old 12-24-11, 06:30 PM
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Having come from a tubular background I still carry a spare ultralight folding tire in the seat bag in case of a major tire failure...which has happened to me, and another person I met on the road who I gave my spare to due to a 8 to 10 mile walk and it was getting dark, needless to say he was extremely grateful. Besides a spare tire in the seat bag I carry a spare tube; glueless patches; tire boot patch; Park MTB3 mini tool; folding mini pliers; two tire irons; QuikStik; 4 or 5 alcohol pads; 4 or 5 Orange Goo pads; SuperGlue; 4 zip ties; 2 fiber spokes; a minor first aid kit; pills for allergy, headache, diarrhea; a set of spare AAA bats for tail lights; spare button bat for the computer; ID and insurance ID; cash, varies from $40 to 50 plus coins for public phone; house key; and finally cell phone.

On the bike I carry my mini pump, 1 to 3 24oz bottles, and add a 70oz Camelbak depending on distance; a GU tube filled with espresso; a presta to schrader converter mounted to the front wheel.

Also depending on distance I'll add a handlebar bag with a light rain proof jacket; and food; sometimes a camera. When I go fishing I'll strap a 6 piece fly rod onto the Camelback and the reel goes into the handlebar bag along with a tin of flies. And lastly, if I'm going into a remote area I'll pack into the handlebar bag a 45 Derringer for 4 or 2 legged critters.

I like to ride into remote areas, and most of those areas I don't have cell service, and I'm also not the kind of guy that uses his wife as his mommy to come get me when I have a problem; so I carry what I think I'll need to fix 99% of problems that can occur on a bike. Fortunately I rarely have a mechanical problem.

I don't carry a spare chain link because I've never had a chain break in 40+ years of riding, and even if one did I can remove the offending link and put the chain back together minus a link and still have full use of the gears, at the worst can't get into first or last gears.
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Originally Posted by surfer777 View Post
Where do you keep your spare tires?
I use a camelbak luxe which is 13l of storage and can hold all that in just the front small comapartment.
Oh I also forgot my krypontonite ulock.
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
Having come from a tubular background I still carry a spare ultralight folding tire in the seat bag in case of a major tire failure...which has happened to me, and another person I met on the road who I gave my spare to due to a 8 to 10 mile walk and it was getting dark, needless to say he was extremely grateful. Besides a spare tire in the seat bag I carry a spare tube; glueless patches; tire boot patch; Park MTB3 mini tool; folding mini pliers; two tire irons; QuikStik; 4 or 5 alcohol pads; 4 or 5 Orange Goo pads; SuperGlue; 4 zip ties; 2 fiber spokes; a minor first aid kit; pills for allergy, headache, diarrhea; a set of spare AAA bats for tail lights; spare button bat for the computer; ID and insurance ID; cash, varies from $40 to 50 plus coins for public phone; house key; and finally cell phone.

On the bike I carry my mini pump, 1 to 3 24oz bottles, and add a 70oz Camelbak depending on distance; a GU tube filled with espresso; a presta to schrader converter mounted to the front wheel.

Also depending on distance I'll add a handlebar bag with a light rain proof jacket; and food; sometimes a camera. When I go fishing I'll strap a 6 piece fly rod onto the Camelback and the reel goes into the handlebar bag along with a tin of flies. And lastly, if I'm going into a remote area I'll pack into the handlebar bag a 45 Derringer for 4 or 2 legged critters.

I like to ride into remote areas, and most of those areas I don't have cell service, and I'm also not the kind of guy that uses his wife as his mommy to come get me when I have a problem; so I carry what I think I'll need to fix 99% of problems that can occur on a bike. Fortunately I rarely have a mechanical problem.

I don't carry a spare chain link because I've never had a chain break in 40+ years of riding, and even if one did I can remove the offending link and put the chain back together minus a link and still have full use of the gears, at the worst can't get into first or last gears.
Ive never thought about a handlebar bag for the protection im was thinking OCing with a belt holster old west style so that the 2 legged critters see it
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Old 12-24-11, 06:56 PM
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Two, tubes, three co2s, one tire lever, tire boot and a Glock 9MM and extra ammo. Just kidding, I only carry one tube.
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I take a spare tire on some rides. I keep it in a nylon bag with a drawstring, then stuff that in a seatbag or backpack. My spares are always 23mm folding beads but I usually run 25mm tires on my bikes.
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Originally Posted by harry2110 View Post
I use a camelbak luxe which is 13l of storage and can hold all that in just the front small comapartment.
Oh I also forgot my krypontonite ulock.
Now you are just trolling :-)

Full water bottle, patch kit, spare tube, frame pump, plastic tire tools, multitool, cell phone, wallet with cash and ID. Energy bar/food and 2 with electrolyte fizzies on rides longer than an hour.
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D-lock when I'm commuting and water,phone, a bit of cash and I'm good to go. I really can't be bothered worrying about a flat, I run puncture resistant tyres that literally I've tested to smash through glass easily.
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I don't think a lock is necessary because I would never park my bike out of sight.
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Originally Posted by a1penguin View Post
Now you are just trolling :-)

Full water bottle, patch kit, spare tube, frame pump, plastic tire tools, multitool, cell phone, wallet with cash and ID. Energy bar/food and 2 with electrolyte fizzies on rides longer than an hour.
Actually i can have guys vouch I do carry it with me as I start all my rides within the center of a downtown and not on the outskirts so I do carry it so that if needed i can stop at a place i run by that i have never seen. I dont want to leave a high end carbon bike sitting out without any protection unlike what i have seen as one bike has been stolen before plus you really dont feel the weight in the camelbak and I use a evolution series 4 not the new yorker boat anchor. Havent you ever done that( run past a place that would seem interesting but no way to secure a 4k+ road bike?
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I only take what I figure I'll need. For 50 miles in nice weather that'd be my always-on-the-bike stuff (2 tubes, allen wrenches and pump), a bottle of Spiz, and a couple Larabars just in case. Strictly "jersey pocket" territory. For a 400k brevet in "iffy" weather, it'd be all of the above plus rain jacket, booties, wool arm and knee warmers, shoe covers, a second bottle full of water, 5 bottles' worth of pre-measured Spiz powder, a spare tire (650x38b folder) - a BIG handlebar bag full. So, the short answer is "it depends".

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Originally Posted by Carbon Unit View Post
I don't think a lock is necessary because I would never park my bike out of sight.
I still wouldnt trust it as someone could grab your bike and be gone before you could reach them unless I could have it by my side i will have my bikes locked up.
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