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How do you carry your stuff?(27 posts)

How do you carry your stuff?DavidS
Oct 19, 2001 7:43 PM
I am interested to see how you all carry your "stuff" when you ride. I am looking for a good way to carry a tube, CO2, valve, tire levers and a key to the homestead. I had a small wedge pack (Blackburn) on my old road bike, but it will not fit the rails on my new seat and post. (the wedge attaches to the rails, and there is not enough rail showing to attatch it when I slide my seat where is needs to be.)

Is there a better pack that can atatch differently, or do you just put your stuff in a jersey pocket? When my saddle is postioned for the best fit for me, the seat post clamp is in the middle of the rails, but the wedge requires more rail space for bolting on.

Any help? Thanks in advance.

-David S, in OP, KS
This works for shorter ridesmickey-mac
Oct 19, 2001 7:58 PM
Except on long rides, I carry my stuff in old water bottles in the seat tube cage. To do it, cut two old water bottles in two about 2/3 of the way up the bottle. You will use the bottom part of each bottle. On one bottle, cut two or three vertical slits about 1/2 down. This bottle will be used as the top part of the carrier. Put your gear in the piece you will use as the bottom and jam the bottle with the slits on top of the bottom piece. The vertical slits will allow the top bottle to fit into the bottom bottle. This gives me enough room for two tubes, a patch kit, two tire irons, and some money. On longer rides when I need two water bottles, I carry my stuff in jersey pockets.
Oct 19, 2001 8:08 PM
Actually, you should use the bottle with the slits as the bottom. That way you can squeeze it together to fit the top on and don't have to worry about water getting in if you ride in the rain.
I use my jersey pockets.nigel
Oct 19, 2001 8:08 PM
Since a) I'd be hard pressed to find a pack to use securely with my Giant aero post, and b) I like a "cleaner-looking" bike, I carry my stuff with me in my jersey pockets.

This includes:

- Mini-pump
- Spare tube(s) wrapped with rubber bands which also holds two tire levers and two L-shaped hex wrenches
- Bike wallet with I.D., cash, quarters, and emergency info (the wife's phone numbers and my blood type, etc.)
- House keys
- Contact lens drops, sometimes

I don't feel weighed down at all, and I like that nothing's attached to the bike to bounce around.

Alternately, there are lots of packs out there. I'd suggest checking a couple of local bike shops (LBSs) with your bike along for the fit session.

Happy rides,
Oct 19, 2001 8:12 PM
"the wife's phone numbers"? You used to mention your girlfriend in your posts. Did you recently marry her or have you been a bad Nigel? ;-)

mike mcmahon
Hey, Mike! Good to hear from you.nigel
Oct 19, 2001 8:23 PM
I didn't know you were "mickey-mac." Hope this finds you doing splendidly.

Hmmm. Don't know what to say about the "girlfriend" bit. I've been married almost four years now (10/26 will be four beautiful years, actually), and I've only been on the board since last fall. And YES, I've been a GOOD Nigel, and have been 100% faithful!!

I said phone "numbers" since I list her work/day and home/evening digits, depending on the time of day I'm found in distress (fingers crossed). Maybe I'd mentioned an ex (don't think so), but not in recent years have I had a "girlfriend." Thanks for shocking me, though! You had me feeling pretty guilty (needlessly) for a second there. ;)

Sorry for the scaremickey-mac
Oct 19, 2001 8:29 PM
I must have been thinking of someone else who mentioned a girlfriend. How has riding in the city been?
Fair enough.nigel
Oct 20, 2001 7:59 AM
Riding in the city's been...well, riding in the city. The streets are all pretty much back to normal. I never really venture the mile south to where the towers stood anyway, but the streets are still closed in that area (understandably). There's a bike/jogger/blader path along the Hudson River that I used to use for my recovery rides (flat, 16-mile roundtrip); it's been closed down indefinitely in spots for recovery vehicles, dumptrucks, and police cars. If nothing else, it has me seeking out alternate routes and places to ride: not a bad thing at all.

Fast rides,
Why don't you join us on Staten Island?Live Steam
Oct 20, 2001 9:03 AM
Hi Nigel,
You are always welcome to join us for a 45 mile circuit of SI. It's an easy trip on the ferry and then a good spin for the morning. We ride each Sat & Sun starting at 8:30. It's a pretty decent ride with some rollers. We'll keep going until it gets too cold and windy. We keep a good A pace, but now that the season is winding down nothing is that formal any more. We just get out for a nice spin and some laughs. Hope you consider joining us. You can email me at and we can discuss it further if you are interested.
mike..... mickey-macJohnG
Oct 20, 2001 2:49 PM
Ya wanna join me for a ride with the SFVBC on Sunday??

There are short fast rides or longer (and steeper) rides available: 27, 45, 58, 72 miles, 7:50a at the CSUN SW parking lot on Nordoff.

Be there! :)

ride on....
I wishmickey-mac
Oct 20, 2001 3:43 PM
Thanks for the invite, but I've got the flu or food poisoning or something today and am not sure how I'll be feeling tomorrow. If I do go out tomorrow, I'm going to take it nice and easy. Maybe next Sunday. Have fun.

mike mcmahon
dang... hate thatJohnG
Oct 20, 2001 4:06 PM
Good luck with the tummy problems.... and get well soon.... I need a strong wheel to hang on to! ;)

Same here: I use my jersey pockets.JohnG
Oct 20, 2001 2:42 PM
mickey-mac can attest to my predeliction to carrying just about every piece of riding gear possible in my jersey pockets..... ;)

Same here: I use my jersey pockets.mickey-mac
Oct 20, 2001 3:45 PM
Yeah, John looked like he was carrying a small child in each of his jersey pockets when we did the 5 Counties Century a few weeks ago.
LOL .... nmJohnG
Oct 20, 2001 9:09 PM
forget the wedge, try something like thisTig
Oct 20, 2001 11:26 AM
Most seat packs use straps for the rails and a velcro wrap on the seatpost. This makes them more adjustable. This 40 ounce pack from Pedros is cool because the sides are made from recycled bike tubes. For $14, it's a good buy and is just big enough for the items you mentioned, plus a little more.
I second the Pedros wedgeElefantino
Oct 20, 2001 3:56 PM
Just got mine in the mail yesterday and it's wonderful. My son also has a Performance Trans-It micro wedge bag that doesn't clamp onto the seatpost, just to the saddle.
I third the Pedros wedgeEmpirion75
Oct 22, 2001 8:06 AM
I give it 5 flaming turds.
Camelbak Rocketdsc
Oct 20, 2001 12:24 PM
(yep, I do come from the MTB world). Really, though, if you
don't have a complete aversion to packs, have a look at the new Rocket. It's quite aero, holds 72 oz. of fluid, has a small pocket on the strap for your gel flask, and a pleated storage compartment in the back that will hold everything you list in your post, plus some extra food and probably your jacket, too. Costs around $75.00, although I think that Performance has then for $70 right now.
In a clear plastic baggie how else...? nmbusted
Oct 20, 2001 4:07 PM
I like the Trek "wedge"MikeC
Oct 20, 2001 4:52 PM
I don't know what they call it, but Trek has a nice compact wedge that looks pretty "tidy." It has a loop at the top for a CO2 inflater or mini pump, and another underneath where I stuff a spare tube. Inside I can get a patch kit, Alien, levers, and have a little room left over.
But here's what I really like: There's a little plastic logo sewed onto the back, and I can stuff the mounting arm of a tail light into the gap between the logo and the bag. That way I don't have to clamp a light bracket to my seat stay or seatpost.
Small fanny packXeke
Oct 20, 2001 7:22 PM
When I rode horses a few years back, I quickly learned that if rider and horse became separated, all your stuff doesn't do the horse much good. So I carry it on me.

I've called the EMTs a couple of times to pick up downed riders, and the bike has gone back to the fire station while the rider goes to the hospital....

I might hop on one of several bikes for any given ride, so it's easier to keep it all in one bag. The extra food, clothes, etc. that might be necessary on a particular ride goes into the jersey pockets. I've a couple packs and I use the smallest one that I can cram all the stuff in....
Me too.javagenki
Oct 20, 2001 8:12 PM
I wasn't going to say it unless someone else did. You've got to be sure the pack is designed well for cycling. Some can cut into your hips.
re: How do you carry your stuff?DrEvilAdam
Oct 21, 2001 6:20 AM
I use jersey pockets to carry pretty much everything. For many of the reasons mentioned above I find that it's the best solution, including not having things rattling around and having a "clean look". Plus, if you're an aspiring aero weenie, like me--chuckle, then it's the most aero position to keep your stuff. Alterations to seatposts are notoriously non-aerodynamic, i.e. saddlebags. On the other hand, stuff in your jersey pockets is already in the slipstream of your body. Not that it makes a huge difference, but the effect is there.

On the other hand, when you are riding around with a rainjacket and a wawa hoagie in the back of your jersey passing drivers do make fun of you at every opportunity.
re: How do you carry your stuff?Js Haiku Shop
Oct 22, 2001 7:51 AM
I use a standard underseat pack on every ride (*packed*), but here's where my stuff goes on different rides, in case it'll help:

(always, underseat pack includes...)

topeak alien
co2 pump
4 co2 cartridges
2 tire tools
(glue) patch kit
copy/id & emergency info
spare tube

short rides, jersey pockets:

nutrition bar and energy gel
meds and cellphone
folded rain/wind jacket if necessary

long rides, hydration pack pocket:

meds and cellphone
spare food
drink powder
second and third spare tubes
2-4 additional co2 cartridges

long rides, jersey pockets:

bars and gels
ziplog baggie for empties
camera (on some event rides)
Oct 22, 2001 8:56 AM
Get a Jandd saddle bag in whatever size turns you on. They are bomber construction and use straps not some bolt on connection so they'll fit on anything. Others make bags but they won't last as long, nor are they guaranteed.

NEVER NEVER NEVER roll your tights up and cinch them under the saddle bag straps - it's a great way to suck them into the rear wheel when descending fast. The results are awful, but the tights will survive ;-(
second jandd seat packs, but beware jandd hydration packs. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 22, 2001 9:39 AM