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NEWBIE Q: What do you bring with you?(15 posts)

NEWBIE Q: What do you bring with you?menachite
Sep 7, 2002 3:48 PM
Say it's just a quick 25-45 mile ride...

Here in AZ I've been riding with 2 bottles one is filled with some sort of water/juice mix and the other is water.

In the saddle bag I have a tube, 2 CO2 cartridges, a multi-tool, tire boot, kevlar spoke, and a few other odd little bits.

Back pocket is usually some sort of fuel...whether it be gel, bar, or meat.

Am I missing anything? I'm not worried about what I need to have with me when I!t I'll ride with none of that stuff...just wondering what usefull info the road masses have to offer up to a new guy.


- menachite
Not too much.Spoke Wrench
Sep 7, 2002 4:20 PM
I carry the stuff that I need to handle one flat tire and a little water and sometimes gatoraid. The precise equipment varies a little from bike to bike. Maybe a little money for the convenience store. That's it.

On my mountain bike I also carry a Park mini tool kit.

I prefer to do my maintenance at home rather than beside the road and I don't mind doing a little hike-a-bike home now and then.
Thank You! )nm(menachite
Sep 7, 2002 7:26 PM
Just the bare minimum hereOffTheBack
Sep 7, 2002 4:25 PM
I usually only carry a tube, a patch kit, a set of plastic tire levers, and 50 cents for a phone call.
re: NEWBIE Q: What do you bring with you?merckx56
Sep 7, 2002 4:25 PM
id card
multi tool
gu or the like. the mylar package can be used to boot a tire if necessary.
cell phone (ya never know...)
re: NEWBIE Q: What do you bring with you?Lone Gunman
Sep 7, 2002 4:41 PM
In the saddle sack:
1. 2 tubes
2. CO2 plus 2 12G bottles
3. small screw driver
4. 456 allen keys
5. tire levers
6. small rag and film cannister of hand cleaner
7. patch kit

In the jersey pocket: ID, money, small personal items lip goop, chamios butter singles, spare contacts, eye drops, meds in a film cannister- this is all in a 3x5 nylon sack.

Loose food in other pocket(s).
re: NEWBIE Q: What do you bring with you?The Human G-Nome
Sep 7, 2002 5:16 PM
cell phone
medical i.d.
re: NEWBIE Q: What do you bring with you?GeekRoadie
Sep 7, 2002 6:24 PM
For rides 20-50 miles on a semi-rural route

- 2 gatorade bottles (1 more in jersey if it's hotter than

In a very small seatpack
- Spare tube
- glueless patch kit
- minitool wrapped a few times with duct tape
- $10 in small bills
- CO2 w/2 carts (the one that has an emergency mini-pump)
- Clifshot

In my jersey
- Cell phone
- "coffee shop" covers for cleats
- garage door opener

re: NEWBIE Q: What do you bring with you?firstrax
Sep 7, 2002 6:45 PM
2 32oz bottles (Zefal Magnum)

Seat bag, Topeak aero wedge:
2 16g C02 cartridges
2 tubes
Multi tool
Patch kit
Chain tool
Extra connex link
Tire levers
2 honey packets
Velox rim tape scraps, great for patching tire cuts.

Back pocket:
kyocera QCP 6035 combination cell phone, web browser, email and fax with wireless hands free kit (only If riding when I am supposed to be working).
For that distanceboneman
Sep 8, 2002 8:48 AM
Water, 1-2 bottle depending on conditions.

1 tube
2 tire levers
C02 inflater
Park tube patches
£40 cash
ID card
4 & 5 mm allen wrenches- These take of almost every mechanical I've ever had over 30 years as I've never broken either a chain or spoke (I'm sure that will end at some point with my Campy perma link chain).

If it's raining or supposed to rain, plastic rain cape.

All carried in the rear pockets.
satellite phone, dvd palyer, foot long sub or hero, firearm,VO2_max
Sep 8, 2002 9:01 AM
extra pair of short liners, Sunday New York Times w/ magazine, 3 pairs of sunglasses (tinted, clear, dark) and a whole pepperoni ( for those realy long rides.
Now let's not start that whole do you carry firearmCartman
Sep 8, 2002 7:42 PM
while riding rant again!
Not much....Allen az
Sep 8, 2002 10:50 AM
-1 tube
-1 CLIF Bar
-I.D. if I'm riding alone.
Sep 8, 2002 4:31 PM
Euro pros carry a frame pump when out training alone. Forget practicality and other technical arguments, if the euros have a frame pump, so do I! Plus it let me replace my perdos small bag with an even smaller trek sadddle bag when I got rid of the CO2.
re: NEWBIE Q: What do you bring with you?peter1
Sep 8, 2002 6:22 PM
1 bottle of water (if it's blistering hot, my camelback).

1 tube + tiny patch kit

compact pump that fits in my jersey pocket (sort of annoying, but CO2 are only good for one use, and just because you get one flat doesn't change the odds that you won't get another on the same ride)

money if I remember...but I usually leave it in the jersey pocket and wind up washing it or forgetting about it.

no tire iron...I can get tires off and on bare-handed, and half the time I used the tire tool I'd pinch the tube.

that's it. A 25-45 mile ride only takes 2-3 hours depending on the hills.

(Although, I was reconsidering my minimalist approach on Labor Day when an unexpected roadwork detour plus a wrong turn turned a 30-mile, 1 water bottle cruise into a 54-mile slog...I nearly passed out with 10 miles to go. No money, no food...doh!)