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Friday poll : What's in YOUR Bag?(35 posts)

Friday poll : What's in YOUR Bag?SnowBlind
Mar 21, 2003 8:19 AM
What do you carry in your seat bag, how big of a bag is it?
What's the weirdest thing you have carried in it?

I use a very small bag for most rides. Just big enough for a tube, a kit, the alien tool and a cliff bar.

I have a larger one for longer rides, so I can add extra Gatorade powder and a second tube.

Weirdest thing: The Korean/Japanese store near the house caries little bean cakes that make a great change from normal sports bars. They taste, well, non-western, and the texture is odd, but they digest easily.
Tiny bike bagPaulCL
Mar 21, 2003 8:39 AM
I carry:
4 CO2 cartridges
spoke wrench
several quarters and a housekey

In my pockets
1 or 2 tubes depending on lenght of ride
cellphone in plastic bag with $5 bill
CO2 inflator
patch kit

Weird stuff I find on side of road
tools, a knife, a full wallet (returned to owner), set of keys and tickets to Reds baseball game (returned to ungrateful SOB owner), a book, a new tire (Panaracer found two weeks ago - but not in my color), a ballcap, a full can of cold coke, and my favorite: five ears of corn. I rode past a stand and bought some for dinner. Rode 20 miles home with them in my pockets. Pre-salted. Yum.
Hah - "presalted"!! ;-) (nm)jtferraro
Mar 21, 2003 11:09 AM
Very truePaulCL
Mar 21, 2003 11:17 AM
We ate them that night. I didn't make the "pre-salted" joke to my wife until AFTER the corn was eaten. She was not amused.
LOL - righT!! =) (nm)jtferraro
Mar 21, 2003 11:42 AM
not much (for tarwheel)JS Haiku Shop
Mar 21, 2003 8:48 AM
* roll of silver dollars
* can of foster's
* laptop computer
* 32-spoke clincher wheel (spare)
* english-turkish dictionary
* headset press
* park roll-up toolkit
* shave kit
* spare tubular (in case i ride with anyone on tubies)

for longer rides i'll include a pair of galoshes and three pounds of potatoes.
Huh? No ice for the Fosters???PaulCL
Mar 21, 2003 8:58 AM
And how 'bout a TV, cellphone, portable DVD player?? You must have a small bag.
ice: australian for wussy! nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 21, 2003 9:06 AM
you think he's kidding? NOTtarwheel
Mar 21, 2003 10:36 AM
If you showed up at ride with that seatbag, I would expect you to provide lunch for everyone, with drinks and dessert, a tablecloth, napkins, etc. ... Not that there's anything wrong with it. (Pssst ... time to change that bar tape.)
LOL, that bartape is only 3 months old. nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 21, 2003 10:41 AM
you're a prime candidate for black bartapetarwheel
Mar 21, 2003 11:07 AM
What do you do -- lube your bartape?
it's the weather and...JS Haiku Shop
Mar 21, 2003 11:09 AM
snow, ice, rain, and stuff they put on the roads here (and in Illinois). i've had b&w marble chunk replaced after 12 months due to tattered edges--on a "fair weather" bike.
re: Friday poll : What's in YOUR Bag?_rt_
Mar 21, 2003 8:53 AM
performance micro. contains: spare tube, ID, health insurance card, park multi tool, 2 CO2 cartridges. everything else goes into the jersey pockets.

Bag ?, BAG ?, I don't need no stinkin' BAG.MR_GRUMPY
Mar 21, 2003 9:22 AM
That's what jersey pockets are for. Two tubes, CO2 inflator w/ 2 cart's, spoke wrench and tire levers.
Hear hear!! ...cough!.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.nmSpunout
Mar 21, 2003 9:34 AM
jersey pockets carry all I need for...velocity
Mar 21, 2003 9:40 AM
two tubes, mini-tool, tire levers, id, cash, credit card, cell phone, misc. They're not thrown in randomly. I use ziplock bags to organize and secure 'em. Rubber bands come in handy too!
oh bagless ones: do your jerseys not sag in the back? nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 21, 2003 9:44 AM
eliminates 'plumber's butt' (nm)indymac
Mar 21, 2003 9:55 AM
only to match the sag in the front! ;) nmSpunout
Mar 21, 2003 9:56 AM
not if you or your team get good kitlonefrontranger
Mar 21, 2003 9:57 AM
The basic criteria I use for jersey selection is big, strong rear pockets, regardless of the jersey size. Good elastic in the waist is also key. There are one or 2 manufacturers (primarily the Euro ones) who keep their pocket size the same even on small or x-small jerseys. This is one area in which Voler truly does not shine. If the pocket seams don't look very sturdy, I will double-stitch them myself.

A well-built and properly fit jersey is like a well-built woman. It does not sag, it stands up proudly under load.
Hear, Hear!!!.....(wheeeze.., ack!)..Spunout
Mar 21, 2003 10:02 AM
Forgive me, I'm masquerading as a British Lord today. Managing to sleep at my desk while at work. Not bad eh?!

Yes, Euro kits (Castelli, Santini, Nalini) have deeeep pockets and strong seams, I stuff rain jackets, extra bottles in there. Yes, I'd imagine a stray dog or two would also fit.
I didn't think of that.MR_GRUMPY
Mar 21, 2003 11:36 AM
Small pockets on a small jersey could be a problem. Who does your team use ?
Speaking of Voler, I've got no complaints, but last year one of our women got her jersey with the pockets sewn upside down. I mean the pattern was upside down. She got a free one this year.
Mar 21, 2003 12:44 PM
We used Verge up until they decided they were too big a company to deal with us anymore (raised their minimums). It's a shame because they made decent stuff and our team had used them since back when their company was new and begging for work. Don't get me started on that rant because I am the Boulder Women's Cycling Team Kit Bi... err, Queen. We looked at Vermarc, but their delivery times were ungodly.

Before that the ladies used Pearl Izumi but that was long before I was ever involved. All the non-team kit I've ever bought is either Castelli or Nalini. Several teams I've ridden with in past used Voler. Love their shorts but as I mentioned the pockets in their jerseys are not terribly generous. Even in the men's medium/large jerseys you can basically fit a tube and a cell phone in one and that's about it. They prefer form over function; their pockets do lay nice and flat when empty and make a pretty profile, but they don't hold a damn lot and they don't have adequate elastic at the tops to keep stuff in place or stitching in the seams to keep them from blowing out if overfilled.

If you look at a good Euro style jersey in comparison, you will see that an empty jersey pocket looks a bit like a pouch - this is because they allow a couple cm of extra fabric, double stitch all the seams and add a good sturdy bit of elastic at top to keep things from popping out.

This year our team is using an Italian company by the name of ReArtu, which I found through a contact on this board. Bici Imports is the U.S. distributor. I was really impressed with what I saw as far as samples; we should get our order in a couple weeks.

One of the reasons I don't use a Camelbak more than I do is that the Camelbak in the way prevents me from using jersey pockets, and I can hold more in my pockets than you can fit in a smaller Camelbak, and get to it quicker and easier to boot.

Also, for whatever reason stuff in my pockets and/or stuffed up the back of my jersey just feels more balanced and natural than using one of the larger Camelbaks or (especially) a large bag swinging around under the saddle. I'll never understand why a big Camelbak doesn't bug me on the MTB much, but I really don't like the way it compromises my handling and balance on the roadie. Different strokes...
Mar 21, 2003 1:29 PM
The one thing that I like about Voler is the fact that when the team orders, you can mix the race fit and the club fit jerseys. (If I don't loose some weight, I may be ordering club fit next year). We've got over 60 members, so there isn't any problems with minimums. I really like the fact that out jerseys aren't symmetrical, so that each armwarmer is a little different. I've always said that if you can't be fast, look fast.......
oh bagless ones: do your jerseys not sag in the back? nmMR_GRUMPY
Mar 21, 2003 11:22 AM
Nope, One tube and the CO2 thingy on the left side and one tube and the levers and the spare cartridge in the other. It starts to get baggy when you add a rain jacket, arm warmers, and knee warmers.
what kinda question is that to ask a lady??!!lonefrontranger
Mar 21, 2003 9:33 AM
Oh, well... as anyone who is familiar with this board knows, I am no lady.

Schwinn blue glitter micro bag holds 1 tire lever, mini-tool, tube, inflator & 2 CO2 cartridges.

In pockets, variously, additional spare tube(s), patch kit, 2-3 extra inflators, mini wallet with change, ID and check card; cell phone, 3-4 servings of Clif bars / shots. Depending on what time of day it is and what the temp differential is between start and now, there could also be arm and knee warmers, jacket, vest, or various other layers stuffed under the elastic of the jersey back.

Yesterday I was a bit concerned about my rear tire (had a bald spot showing threads) but was too lazy and time-constrained to change it. Couldn't find a rubber band and my spare is a Kevlar bead clincher, so I just did the old-school figure-8 thing around my shoulders like the old pics of Euro pros with their spare tubies. It fit well and didn't interfere with my interval workout.

I could probably carry nearly all the crap Haiku does in that seat bag if pressed. I've taken (multiple) books back to the library and brought a stray puppy home once (we couldn't keep him but did find a good home).
re: Friday poll : What's in YOUR Bag?LEW
Mar 21, 2003 9:35 AM
Small Bag:
2-Pry Bars

Jersey Pocket: (zip lock bag)
A few dollars (when my kids don't "borrow" it for pizza money)
old drivers license(for I.D.)
speed patch kit
cell phone when I ride alone

Frame pump on bike.
Not much...DINOSAUR
Mar 21, 2003 9:49 AM
This question sure gets asked a lot, but here it goes..

I keep a spare tube, tire irons, a couple of Park glueless patches, 3 caridges of CO2 and a small piece of tube to be used for a tire boot. I carry a seat bag so I don't jump on my bike and forget something. The rest of the stuff I carry in my jersey pockets (3 hex wrenches, spoke wrench, CO2 applicator, cel phone, energy bar, paper towel to wipe off my hands if I have a flat, I.D. plus dog tags around my neck) depends on where you ride and what is available to you in case of breakdown....I know one guy who rides with a tire patch kit and a mini pair of bifocals (oh- I carry those too, my eyes aren't as good as they used to be)...
The usual. CO2, pump, tubes, quarters, levers, tool, old socks.Kristin
Mar 21, 2003 9:53 AM
I learned to keep my spare tubes in an old sock in the bag because my tubes kept getting holes in them. I eventually discovered the culprit. My patch kit. Irony at its best.
Definitely irony! (nm)jtferraro
Mar 21, 2003 12:39 PM
Park MB-2, glueless patches, 1 tube, compass, $20 billdzrider
Mar 21, 2003 10:03 AM
Back in the day I often carried a selection of herbs and chemicals. On longer rides I put my wallet in there.
no bag - put everything in jersey pocketsRich_Racer
Mar 21, 2003 10:30 AM
I only started doing this very recently - I prefer it though. Apart from the annoying filling up and emptying of pockets phase of every ride.
Da biggest pair out there. nmSpoiler
Mar 21, 2003 11:10 AM
My real name is Bill Gates and I carry....PaulCL
Mar 21, 2003 11:22 AM

I have my limo sagging me at all times. With a two man mechanical team, a masseuse to rub my wealthy back and legs, a pro rider to take over my ride when I'm tired, Ernesto Colnago with an extra C-40 or two, and a playboy bunny in a thong to ride in front of me for 'inspiration'. Just your normal, everyday roadie....
re: Friday poll : What's in YOUR Bag?noveread
Mar 21, 2003 11:45 AM
When I train alone I have a small bag that carries:
Patch kit
spoke wrench
spoke wrench
small bottle (eye dropper size) of lube

For these same rides in my jersey I carry:
Mini pump; cell phone; key; mini wallet with ID, Insurance Info, Contact Info, $$, check card.

On group rides <35mi no bag, but in jersey:
mini pump

On long group rides I carry the same as a solo ride

On long 5hr endurance rides I have a hydration pack that carries items that would normally be in a jersey pocket to allow for extra food to be put in the pockets. The Hydration Pack also gets a second spare tube.