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So where do you carry your stuff?(17 posts)

So where do you carry your stuff?Pecos
Jun 26, 2002 4:51 PM
I hate saddle bags of any kind on my bikes, but sometimes they are a neccessary evil. Recently I have been carrying the minimum - tube, 1 lever, Crank Bros mini or CO2, my ID, a gel pack or two and a bandana in my jersey pockets. I have a few small saddle bags, but I like the way my bike looks and actually rides, without it. I can perceive the additional weight on the rear. What does everyone else do?
re: So where do you carry your stuff?Dave Hickey
Jun 26, 2002 5:09 PM
1. Very small saddlebag with CO-2 and 1 lever and about $5.00
2. tube is rubberbanded to the water bottle cage on my seatube.
3. Cell phone in my jersey pocket
4. Dogtag around my neck with personal/emergency info.
I paid $10 for two dogtags that have my name, address,
and wifes cell phone #.
I'm leaning the other wayScot_Gore
Jun 26, 2002 5:56 PM
I've been carrying two tubes, CO2 inflator and two 16g refills, Crank Bros Speed lever, patch kit, ID, multi-tool and cash in a small nylon bag. The bag is just about the same size as my middle jersey pocket and that's where I carry it. Cellphone in left or right jersey pocket.

I'm starting to think this is alot to carry in a jersey pockets and maybe (just maybe) I should use a seat bag. Still thinking about it.

Most of my riding is fairly urban so I don't often carry any food. If I'm going remote and need more tools, food, etc, I wear my Vaude Aeroflex backpack.

Handlebar bagcydswipe
Jun 26, 2002 6:47 PM
I use a handlebar bag for most stuff. I am a diabetic, so I need to have extra gear in case I break down or have an insulin reaction. Mud, Sweat, and Gears has some water resistant models cheap. I also use a hydra-pack for longer rides. Some models can hold quite a bit of stash. I guess it depends on what your ride requires.
Camelbak Rocketdsc
Jun 26, 2002 7:07 PM
I like to take longer rides in areas where convenience stores may be few and far between.

The Rocket lets me carry plenty of water, plus a tube, patch kit, speed lever, small multi tool, wallet & cell phone. A frame pump and GU packets in my pockets, and I'm set for hours. I can also lash a jacket to my pack, if the weather necessitates it.

FWIW, I would rather carry the weight on my back, rather than my bike. I'm used to the Camelbak (long time mtb'er) but don't like the slight difference in the way the bike handles when it's loaded down w/ large water bottles and a stuffed seat pack.

Just my .02
More than I need..DINOSAUR
Jun 26, 2002 8:09 PM
I've been thinking the same thing. However I've discovered that Murphy's law dictates that if you carry more than you need, chances are you'll never use it. And if you forget something, that will be the day you need it.

I pack in my seat bag:
2 spare tubes
2 tire irons
tire patch kit
2 cannisters of 12g co2

In my jersey pockets:
co2 applicator with one cannister
Ritchey small multi purpose tool (used it once)
Cell phone (long way to a phone on my rides)
Small folding bifocals (for us older folks who have trouble doing close up work).
3-way Park hex wrench (old faithfull, going on 20 years).

I was thinking of getting rid of some of this stuff, but how much weight would I save? Not much, I figure better safe than sorry.

I could probably get by with packing 1 spare tube, 1 tire iron, a tire patch kit and a couple of hex wrenches and carry it all in my jersey pockets.

My wife insists on the cell phone since I crashed back in 2000.
re: So where do you carry your stuff?pa rider
Jun 27, 2002 3:11 AM
I'm a mtb who use to carrying alot on the trail, but take what I need for road (based on my 10 years riding road). I'm like Debi and rather have the weight on my body not on the bike.

I use a ski patrol bag (get on sale at ski shops in summer), and it is small bag I wear around my waste. I carry the following:

2 tubes
1 patch kit
1 chain tool
2 tire levers
1 roll of duck tape on pencil (1/2 inch diameter)
2 pieces of kevlar postol envelope (boot rip tires)
1 spoke wrench (always break spokes when your out in boonies)
a few zip ties

I use a camelbak when we get hot weather, so that I drink more water.

my list changes every time i post. experience? perhaps...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 27, 2002 4:33 AM
don't forget ID and $$ !!

typical club rides


2 tubes
patch kit w/glue
crank bros speed lever (love it!)
co2 inflator/pump
4+ cartridges


garage door opener
1 powergel, 2 for longer rides


2 small bottles

longer club rides


2 tubes
patch kit w/glue
crank bros speed lever (love it!)
co2 inflator/pump
4+ cartridges


garage door opener
2 powergels
2 clif bars


2 large bottles

hydration pack:

full resovoir
multi tool
another spare tube
more co2 carts



2 tubes
patch kit w/glue
crank bros speed lever (love it!)
co2 inflator/pump
4+ cartridges


1 powergel
2 clif bars


2 large bottles

hydration pack:

3/4 full resovoir
no phone if SAGd/swept route
spare food/gels
spare sports drink powder

longer unsupported rides

everything but the kitchen sink
Wait a minute! A garage door opener?!Pecos
Jun 27, 2002 5:06 AM
2 tubes and a patch kit? And 4 CO2 cartridges and a pump? Do you flat alot? One tube and a patch kit seemd to be adaquate for almost any length ride. And the garage door opener is just over the top. Do you push the button as you approach the driveway so you can ride in without getting off of the bike? That's just too funny :o) You can carry an anvil for all I care. Sorry, I just had to respond to the garage door opener ;o)
prefer garage door opener to keysJS Haiku Shop
Jun 27, 2002 6:34 AM
even thinking about buying another one just for rides.

i'd rather have it and not need it than the opposite.

have you ever ridden with others that forgot to bring their own stuff? or who's stuff is faulty? ever had more than one flat? do you enjoy patching tubes on the road? how about running out of co2 and ending the ride with pickup from your SO?
Agree that getting bailed out isn't my first choice, but ..Pecos
Jun 27, 2002 7:41 AM
why carry all those tubes and a patch kit, especially if as you say you don't enjoy patching on the road? You sound like a good friend and riding buddy if you carry all that stuff for everyone else. You must ride some rally bad roads. In all of the miles I have done through the years, I have only flatted twice on one ride once. I guess I just jinxed myself :o) Well don't be offended. As I said, you carry what you think is neccessary. Happy riding!
how's that crank bros mini pump working for you, btw? nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 27, 2002 4:34 AM
Well at the risk of jinxing myself, I haven't had toPecos
Jun 27, 2002 5:10 AM
use it yet. I flatted once earlier in the year, but had CO2 available at the time. I did a simple test though and it seems to be adequate.
OH I guess I sould add that I only have aboutPecos
Jun 27, 2002 5:17 AM
1500 miles in so far this season. However, most were done on the local roads of Staten Island, NY. Picture Paris- Roubaix with Burger Kings and strip malls along the way ;o)
re: Frame pump on top tube 2 bottles in cages.dzrider
Jun 27, 2002 6:56 AM
One tube, glueless patches, Park mtb2 multi tool, $5.00 bill all in Mountain Smith seat bag. Hammer Gel in back pockets for rides > 2 hrs.

For Brevet season I keep the handle bar bag and lights and stuff on the bike until the last one's done.
Another diabetic...Andy M-S
Jun 27, 2002 8:09 AM
Group/fast/short rides:

Small JANDD saddlebag with tube, patch kit, one tire lever, powerbar, a couple of bucks for phone and/or tire booting; framepump (Zefal hPX).

Solo day-long/touring rides:

Above plus small JANDD handlebar bag with digital camera, additional powerbars, map(s) if needed, cel phone (sometimes), jacket (windbreaker for rain/visibility, plus it pads the camera), plastic bags (in case of rain), hankerchief. PLus (diabetes) prefilled insulin syringes (I set 'em up the night before with more than I need, and I can squirt out any extra), blood glucose test kit, extra glucose tablets.


Everything (books, papers, clothing, small JANDD saddlebag) goes into a HUGE Carradice Carradura saddlebag.

I used to use just the small saddlebag and put everything else in my jersey pockets, but I've learned that I like to keep my body unweighted, so all I carry on myself is (usually) ID and glucose tablets.
keep it to a minimumvelocity
Jun 27, 2002 9:00 AM
Pecos I have the same feeling about saddle bags. When I'm not commuting or running errands, I like to be able to put everthing I need in my jersey pockets too. I find ziplock bags handy for spare tubes, minitools, energy bars, etc. -- for everything you don't want to get wet.