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Old 05-27-12, 08:40 PM
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What do you pack?

I'm looking for some ideas on what I should be bringing with my on rides. So what do you guys pack with you on rides? Tools/tubes/food?
Also what kind of bag/how big of a bag do you use?
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Old 05-27-12, 08:44 PM
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for my small saddle bag
- tube
- tire pressure gauge
- patch kit
- tire levers.

i have 2 water bottles for longer rides 30+ miles... i put water on 1 and gatorade on the other.

i also have a frame mounted air pump.

i don't wear lycra or jerseys but i wear MTB shorts and put my wallet and cell phone there.
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I don't use a seatbag. I carry two tubes, patch kit, chain link, five bucks, multi-tool, two tire levers, two CO2's, inflator, mini-pump, key fob, glasses bag (cleaner), gel flask, cell phone. Think that's about it, all in my jersey pockets.

Two bottles on the bike and a road id on my wrist.
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I don't take any puncture repair stuff, but I do carry a mobile phone and money.
All I have with me is the bike, two water bottles, house keys, money, and a mobile phone.
If I get a puncture i will either call the wife or jump in a taxi with my bike in the boot/trunk.

Of course I am only riding around Bangkok and not out in the country side.
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I use back pack.

Carry 5 tubes, mini pump, CO 2, spare tire, tire boots, patch kit, 3 levers.
Chain tool, master link, spoke wrench.
Spare batteries for lights, cash.
Rain jacket, helmet cover.
camera.
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Bring more than I brought yesterday. I didn't bring a damn thing with me and had to change a flat in the lobby of a bike shop.
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In Fizik small bag:
1 tube
1 co2
Inflator
2 tire levers
slime patch kit
mini tool

2 water bottles on the bike. Additional camelbak insulated bottles in jersey pockets as needed for how long a ride I'm doing and if there will be water stops.
2-3 gels. Maybe a bar if it's going to be a really long ride.
Drivers license, ATM card, health insurance card and some cash (usu $20) rubber banded.
Cleat covers.
house key/car key
iPhone +/- ziplock bag.

Bazooka

RoadID

Set
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I use a fredly seat bag. I pack two tubes, two Pedro's tire levers, a CO2 inflator with a couple of CO2 cannisters, a Wipperman Master Link, a tube of Nuun tabs, and a few other items.
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Small saddle bag:
- tube
- patch kit
- tire levers
- multi-tool

Jersey pockets:
- On bike snack (Clif bar/gel(s)/fig newtons)
- Phone/ID/insurance/CC/$20 (all in a single snack sized ziploc)

Bike:
- two large bottles w/ water and/or diluted energy drink
- CarbOne pump

Wrist:
- Road ID
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In a seat pack:
Multitool (Topeak Alien)
Spare tube
Patch kit
Front Blinky light inside, rear blinky light always on the back.
Housekey

In Camelbak or jersey pockets:
Phone
Riding Wallet (Including ID and a little cash)
A couple of energy bars
camera
Sometimes a lightweight cable lock. (depends on where I am going)

On frame:
Air pump
Waterbottle(s) with diluted sports drink
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Old 05-27-12, 10:30 PM
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Sometimes some Laffy Taffy in my jersey pockets.

In my saddle bag I bring a tube, 2 tire levers, a patch kit (for tubes and one tire patch), 2-3 c02 cartridges, c02 inflator, multitool, cell phone, credit card, keys.

And I wear a Road ID to identify me.

Also, my Defy and CAAD both have a small pump attached just in case I get A LOT of flats (which hasn't happened yet and hopefully won't ever).
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1 spare tube, 1 patch kit, tire levers, 2 co2 cartridges, American Express, drivers license, cell phone.
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One water bottle or a camelback for longer rides

In the seatbag:

-two tire levers
-small hand pump
-wallet (with id, cash and plastic)
-spare tube
-patch kit
-small cable lock
-cell phone
-multitool
-2 presta to schrader valve adapters
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In my jersey pocket I carry a Topeak Micro Rocket AL pump. (I used to carry a Topeak Race Rocket, but I sacked it after the valve nut got stuck in the hose connector, wrecking a tube and rendering the pump useless).



and a Lezyne Caddy Sack



which contains:

2 tubes (Michelin Aircomp Ultralight)



A Lezyne Rescue box with glueless patches and KMC quicklink



Giant Control Blast with 2 CO2 canisters



Topeak Hexus II Multitool (has chain tool and tyre levers)



One Park Tools TB2 Emergency Tire Boot



Look KEO cleat covers


I also carry a mini multitool with pliers and knive blades which I have yet to use, kind of like these



I also stick a few cable ties inside my handlebars, but I haven't used them as yet. My chain snapped a couple of weeks ago so I now have had cause to use just about everything else.

Depending on the length of ride and weather outlook, I'll also stuff a couple of gels and a Endura race cape in my pockets alongside my phone, garage key and some cash. Two 750ml bottles on rides of that are going to exceed 30 miles or so, otherwise just one.

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Old 05-28-12, 05:54 AM
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I ride boring as hell 2.6 mile loops for 350 miles/month, I bring nothing but H2O, figure if I flat I have to walk no more than 1 mile.
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In a seat bag I carry:

2 tubes
tire levers
patch kit
2 co2 cartridges
tire boot
SRAM chain link
multi tool
cell, ID, and cash.......

On bike:

2 water bottles


Jersey pockets:

Snacks

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My rides usually go out into the desert mountains for a full day, sometimes on well-graded gravel, so I often carry lunch and extra water along with the seat bag holding regular tools, spare, and puncture repair. Two water bottles and a pump are on the frame. In monsoon season I'll bring a rain jacket, rain goggles, and extra jersey. I have a rear rack and sometimes put a single rear pannier on it, if it's cumbersome to strap the load to the top. Sometimes I bring a book and take a long break under a big juniper or mesquite. Most rides I combine with a shopping trip and will stop for groceries or supplies on the way home, so a small cable lock comes with, too. I don't own a cell phone (no coverage many places, anyway) and try to be self-sufficient out there.
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For my local daily ride of 12-17 miles just 2 bottles of water in cages.

For longer rides I carry a back pack w/2 tubes, 2 co2 cartridges, tire levers, a multi tool, a frame pump, 2 bottles of water, 2 bottes of water/gatorade mix, gels, a banana, energy bars and my cell phone. I will also have a couple of microfiber clothes to use as a sunglasses cleaners or rags to clean hands when my chain runs off etc.

Sometimes Ill carry an extra jersey or a pair of slides or flipflops.
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Old 05-28-12, 08:06 AM
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I put everything in my pockets.

Pocket 1 - Cell phone, Keys, and Credit Card/Cash
Pocket 2 - Flat repair (Tube, mini pump, tire lever, multi tool)
Pocket 3 - Food (Clif products)
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For those of you carrying everything in your jersey pockets, does the weight pulling down on your jersey bother you? I tried filling my pockets like this, and it felt very heavy.
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What i carry is ride dependant. I don't use a seat pack..just have a zip lock bag in my jersey pokect w/
1 tube
2 tire levers
2 co2 cartridges
patch kit
valve adapter
shop rag (don't want my white bar tape to get dirty)
also in my jersey pockets
Cell phone
id
credit card
house key
snap & pops (great for stopping dogs..sometimes)
clif bar or powerbar
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2 water bottles, cc, $20, tube, co2, mini pump, iPhone on arm, some type of bar, smokes, mini vodka bottles, lighter...



(kidding about the last 3)
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Old 05-28-12, 09:44 AM
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All of the above.
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