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What do you keep on your road bike for emergency's?

Old 06-09-12, 08:19 PM
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What do you keep on your road bike for emergency's?

I have a new GT Series 3 I just bought and its light and fast. I love it. I want to use it to get into town every day or so 10miles. I'm thinking about if I want fenders for it if it ever rains but more importantly I'm wondering what you guys take with you when you're out on your road bikes? I have a tiny seat bag at the moment with my chain lock in it and a multi tool. I was thinking maybe it would be a good idea to take a spare tube? I'd like to fit everything in a seat bag to keep the bike super light. Do you guys know a good bag for this or have any suggestions?
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Tube, tire lever, pump, multi tool, patch kit.

Don't forget a cell phone in case of a emergency.
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I don't consider flats or mechanicals emergency situations.
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What he said plus CO2
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2 tubes, levers, and a method of inflation.
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What do all of you keep the tubes/levers/co2 in? A small seat bag?
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yes. I use and recommend the ortlieb small bag. very secure, reasonably close to the seat, waterproof. $20.
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Yep. A small bag.
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As above: Small seat bag with tube(s), patch kit, tire levers, multitool, and CO2 inflator. One thing nobody else has mentioned is a quick link type masterlink and a small chain tool (if not already on your multitool). If you screw a derailleur you can bypass the derailleur and turn your bike into a functional single speed to get home, or repair a broken chain.
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Originally Posted by blargman View Post
What do all of you keep the tubes/levers/co2 in? A small seat bag?
yup, except I don't use CO2. I just take a small pump that attaches to my bike with me.
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I put 20 bucks in my bag also
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As per all above, in my backpack, along with my locks.
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much of the above plus:
wallet w/ ID, insurance card, doc's names, credit card, paper money.
power bar!! several times that has gotten me home when I was exhausted sitting on the curb crying. even the flavors you don't like taste great if you need them.
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On my more heavily used bike that I use for most riding I carry a saddle bag that carries a small section of an old tube (emergency sleeve for the tire if a hole gets sliced in it), a spare tube, tire lever, tube patch kit and a bicycle multi-tool. I also carry a handlebar bag where I carry anything else that I think I might need. I usually toss my wallet, keys and phone in there. I also stash my cycling jacket in there when it gets too warm, and on longer rides I bring along a couple favorite snacks like a Payday candy bar and banana or such. That bike is also equiped with a frame pump and usually has lights front and rear.

On my Madone I carry just a slim saddle pack that has just a tube, tire lever, CO cartridge, CO cartridge nozzle adapter and a patch kit.
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Originally Posted by fishymamba View Post
Tube, tire lever, pump, multi tool, patch kit ... cell phone
um, /thread?

I do some long solo rides in the countryside, so I double up, but pretty close to this.

2 tubes, 2 CO2, multi-tool w/ 2 tire levers, pump, patch kit, cell phone.

Plus a mini first aid kit (gauze, tape, antiseptic wipes, gloves, bandaids, ibuprofen), an SPF30 chapstick, some cash, a CC, phootcopy of my DL, and healthcare card.

And a biodegradable dehydrated bamboo cloth for cleanup and/or ... um ... 'personal' emergencies.
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For emergencies I always carry a cell phone. Sometimes a first aid kit and an emergency blanket.

Flat tyres are not emergencies.
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Originally Posted by blargman View Post
I have a new GT Series 3 I just bought and its light and fast. I love it. I want to use it to get into town every day or so 10miles. I'm thinking about if I want fenders for it if it ever rains but more importantly I'm wondering what you guys take with you when you're out on your road bikes? I have a tiny seat bag at the moment with my chain lock in it and a multi tool. I was thinking maybe it would be a good idea to take a spare tube? I'd like to fit everything in a seat bag to keep the bike super light. Do you guys know a good bag for this or have any suggestions?
It depends on you and your work, if your job is very picky about arriving on time then you need to be over prepared. That means leaving with about 20 minutes to spare in case of a problem, and don't compromise you tools and other stuff just because your afraid of your bikes weight, that's nuts, your commuting not racing. Knowing how to fix a flat fast; carrying stuff like a patch kit, and know how to patch on the road; spare tube; ultralight folding spare tire; Soma steel core tire levers (the Park steel core are great too), you don't want to break a tire lever; QuikStik; mini tool; small folding pliers; stick with the pump for commuting and the CO2 for race day.

This means buying a larger seat bag like an expandable wedge such as the Topeak (large) Aero Wedge Pack, all the stuff I mentioned fits in it. Or alternatively you could carry a small seat bag with just basic essentials to be light for all your rides, then add a handlebar bag with the rest of the needed stuff for commuting.

If you want to be super light then don't risk commuting on your bike, save your super light nonsense for training and racing. And why are you obsessing over weight anyways? Your bike isn't even close to being super light, it weighs around 21.5 pounds! and your worried about another pound of weight for emergency essentials? You could probably lose that in body weight! When you can buy a bike that weighs 15 to 16 pounds then we'll talk about being super light.
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a new fan-dangled way of holding those necessities is to store them in a small peanut-butter bottle (washed of course... and... empty of original contents) it fits perfectly in the jersey pocket center and keeps things contained... how cool is that!
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For emergency , cell phone and pistol , not necessarily in order
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For emergency , cell phone and pistol , not necessarily in order
Haha. I live in Rural Michigan, only thing I might need a pistol for is for perhaps a deer with something to prove.
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I carry 2 tubes, 2 inflation cartridges, 1 inflation head, 1 Pedros lever, a tiny multi-tool, and a dollar bill in my saddle pack. There's also a joint + 3 matches in my crank spindle
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Thanks a lot for the tips! I was hoping for a few items and some bag suggestions and you guys helped out a lot. Much appreciated! I work from home so I'm not concerned about timing really. If I'm headed into town it'll be for personal things, to the gym for the most part. Otherwise my biking will be purely recreational. I have an XLC bag that I got down at my LBS that fits the chain and tool right now. I want to say its about the same size as that Topeak. I'll have to look into a handlebar bag for the tube,quikstik,co2.

Don't let me steer you wrong, I'm not OVERLY concerned about weight. I'm very much concerned about safety and being prepared for whatever. That's the main reason I started the thread. I just don't want to put too much on the bike. I like the way it feels now unencumbered I guess. I've noticed not a lot of people here ride GT it seems. Are they not a brand that's favored for some reason?


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It depends on you and your work, if your job is very picky about arriving on time then you need to be over prepared. That means leaving with about 20 minutes to spare in case of a problem, and don't compromise you tools and other stuff just because your afraid of your bikes weight, that's nuts, your commuting not racing. Knowing how to fix a flat fast; carrying stuff like a patch kit, and know how to patch on the road; spare tube; ultralight folding spare tire; Soma steel core tire levers (the Park steel core are great too), you don't want to break a tire lever; QuikStik; mini tool; small folding pliers; stick with the pump for commuting and the CO2 for race day.

This means buying a larger seat bag like an expandable wedge such as the Topeak (large) Aero Wedge Pack, all the stuff I mentioned fits in it. Or alternatively you could carry a small seat bag with just basic essentials to be light for all your rides, then add a handlebar bag with the rest of the needed stuff for commuting.

If you want to be super light then don't risk commuting on your bike, save your super light nonsense for training and racing. And why are you obsessing over weight anyways? Your bike isn't even close to being super light, it weighs around 21.5 pounds! and your worried about another pound of weight for emergency essentials? You could probably lose that in body weight! When you can buy a bike that weighs 15 to 16 pounds then we'll talk about being super light.
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Originally Posted by blargman View Post
Don't let me steer you wrong, I'm not OVERLY concerned about weight. I'm very much concerned about safety and being prepared for whatever. That's the main reason I started the thread. I just don't want to put too much on the bike. I like the way it feels now unencumbered I guess. I've noticed not a lot of people here ride GT it seems. Are they not a brand that's favored for some reason?
GT's are not found in a lot of LBS's here in America, not sure why. I saw a pic of your bike on the internet and it looks really nice. All bikes in that price range will weigh close to what yours does, so it's not a big deal. The weight thing...look carrying another pound of emergency essentials your never going to notice especially on a 10 mile commute. You might notice the extra 1 pound if you had to ride it non stop for 150 miles, but I doubt that too!!

Personally I would not use CO2 for the purposes you use your bike for. CO2 has a limited air supply based on the number of carts you can carry, and you have to remember to put more carts in after a flat, and remember to buy more when you run out, and dispose of the carts properly and not fling them on the side of the road like they do here in America!! Granted its unlikely that you will have more then two flats on a ride, but it can happen, and then what? It's also unlikely that you will destroy a tire on a ride, but it can happen and then what? Like I said before, if your job is really picky about being at work on time, and your late due to be unprepared, like having three flats, or destroying a tire, etc, and you have no way to fix the problem you could get fired, or be told not to ride the bike anymore to work or risk losing your job the next time. Bikes have more problems then cars do, but the problems are way easier to fix then cars, so you need to be prepared.
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spare tire, tube wrapped in shop rag, latex gloves, patch kit, universal spoke wrench, multi tool or tools that match bike, frame or mini pump, tire levers
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Originally Posted by fishymamba View Post
Tube, tire lever, pump, multi tool, patch kit.

Don't forget a cell phone in case of a emergency.
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