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"stick it in your jersey pocket"(21 posts)

"stick it in your jersey pocket"PmbH
Sep 4, 2003 10:25 AM
I've bounced over from MTBR, and this is my first time visiting the board here, so forgive me if this has been discussed already.

I never wear a hydration pack when I ride road - it simply doesn't feel right when I'm in the road position. This leaves me with a long list of things that get stuck into jersey pockets - usually wallet, keys, a phone, and two Cliff bars. I have no problem keeping these things in my jersey pockets. The problem is once the colder riding season approaches, finding a place for a windbreaker. Or where to put a pair of leg warmers once the temperature rises. Everyone always tells me, "stick it in your jersey pocket". To be honest, I can't stand having a big wad of stuff on my back when I ride.

How do you cope with carrying extra items? Either clothing for temperature/weather changes, or extra food on long rides? The prospect of a handlebar bag isn't very appealing to me. Neither is a giant-size saddle pack bumping against the backs of my legs when I ride. I'd like to know what other riders do...

Keep it in your shorts.Kristin
Sep 4, 2003 10:36 AM
Ahah. I crack myself up. Actually, most windbreakers will stuff down really least the kind that you take off during a ride. so if you bring a little stuff sack and a couple velcro straps, you can synch it to your top tube. I do the same things with leg warmers. Just fold 'em up and vecro them to the TT.
that's funny, my mother always said the same thing nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 4, 2003 10:40 AM
velcro it to the top tubePmbH
Sep 4, 2003 10:50 AM
I like this suggestion... This is the kind of idea I was looking for.

I suppose I forgot to mention two things:
-I already have a small seat pack with tubes/tools/levers/co2/patches
-most of my road rides don't have places to stop for food
My wife says the same; Sure you're not married? ;-)rwbadley
Sep 4, 2003 11:50 AM
Are you sure she's not saying, "Keep it away from the bike!" nmKristin
Sep 4, 2003 12:01 PM
No new frames for you mister. I still don't get you taking butt nekid pictures with the bike; but mebey that's because I'm a girl. Your poor neighbors though. :-)
Isn't that where your supposed to put your leg warmers? (nm)witcomb
Sep 4, 2003 11:59 AM
Small underseat bagbimini
Sep 4, 2003 10:40 AM
Get a small under the seat bag.

I keep the following in it. Spare tube, micro tool kit, small patch kit, cell phone & sometimes wallet & car keys. The type that expand out are nice for when you need to stuff more stuff in.

Should be plenty of room in the jersey then for the leg warmers. The wind breaker is tough to deal with unless in folds up small and go in the jersey.
carry less, stop more, or wear a camelbakJS Haiku Shop
Sep 4, 2003 10:42 AM
you have finite options here.

my solution is to wear a big honkin' camelbak blowfish and pack it all in, or to use a massive seat/rack-mounted pack on long rides.

if you don't want to do either, then carry less of what you might buy along the route: food and water.

another less appealing option is to stash your stuff someplace on the road and come back for it later.
Winter jackets or long sleeve jersey have bigger pockets....Spunout
Sep 4, 2003 10:56 AM
for this reason. Arm/Leg warmers tie around your bars/stem very nicely.
hands and feetgtx
Sep 4, 2003 11:03 AM
If I've made the right call in terms of gloves and socks/booties I'm generally fine. Arm and leg warmers and a light rain shell should stuff into the jersey fine. Those light Pearl Izumi head band thingys are very compact and are a great way to keep extra warm. If a very cold day suddenly turns hot and sunny I just unzip everything as best as a I can and remove my gloves.
use a handlebar bag or giant-size saddle pack.Steve_0
Sep 4, 2003 11:04 AM
don't know what to tell you, if you dont wanna wear it, and you dont want it in your jersey...not tooo many options left. Wear it or leave it home. Or tie it under the seat.

Or suck it up and get a HBB.
nah, I like Kristin's suggestionPmbH
Sep 4, 2003 11:13 AM
we have a winner
wallet and keys.......TNSquared
Sep 4, 2003 11:05 AM
one other thing that might free up some space in your jersey pockets -
I made a copy of my driver's license and laminated it, and had an extra copy of my house key made. I keep these two items along with a $10 bill in a zip lock bag that has become my "ride wallet." It's surprisingly less bulky than carrying my full wallet and key chain -'course I horde keys and credit cards, so YMMV.
Carry lessMR_GRUMPY
Sep 4, 2003 11:14 AM
Wallet ? Keys? Phone ? No way.
Put some money and ID. into a plastic sandwich bag. Make a spare key and rubberband it to a CO2 cartridge. Forget the phone, you only die once. Forget the jacket, wear arm and knee warmers. They can be rolled up and carried in a pocket. If you are still cold.....ride faster.
You only die once? Call you MR. RAMBO :-) nmPEDDLEFOOT
Sep 4, 2003 11:35 AM
Carry less: wear a vest! nmMShaw
Sep 4, 2003 2:41 PM
arm & leg warmersinnergel
Sep 4, 2003 11:17 AM
are not uncomfortable if you just bunch them up around your wrists/ankles. They are made to be pushed down and have not interfered with any steering or pedaling that I have noticed. You might look a bit more bulky than your prefer, but it will save you having to stop, get off the bike, take off your leg warmers, tie them to your bike, etc.

Depending on where you live and how cold it gets, you could wear a coolmax undershirt beneath your jersey. I have found that the undershirt, jersey, arm and leg warmer combo works well into the mid-40's. Any colder than that, just add a jacket on top and maybe some tights and a headband and you'll be fine.
seat bagtarwheel
Sep 4, 2003 11:22 AM
There are lots of different styles and sizes of seat bags available. I have several, including one that zips open to a larger size when needed. Some guys don't like to use seat bags, and they seem to be the ones who mooch tubes, tools, etc. when they get a flat. I generally use a vest rather than a jacket, unless it's really cold. A vest won't get too hot as soon when it warms up and will roll up into a small space if you need to take it off.
Its amazingSabine
Sep 4, 2003 12:17 PM
what those three jersey pockets will hold. Here in Monterey, our weather changes frequently during a ride so we always have to carry layers of extra clothing. Somehow it all seems to fit in my jersey pockets. Like some kind of circus act, I pull out all the things I need.
Sep 4, 2003 12:31 PM
Assuming the weather is not conducive to a vest and/or long sleeve jersey, there exist many a lightweight cycling windbreaker that morphs into a small fanny pack complete with waste belt by stuffing into its own pocket; I have an old Pearl Izumi jacket which does this. Another option in lieu of arm warmers is to get one of those jackets where the sleeves zip off (but then where do you put the sleeves when detached?). Regarding leg warmers, forget it. Get a 3/4 length short instead; I've worn them even in 100 degrees without overheating, so being too hot is not really a problem, and for the fall season, at least, there's not too much exposed that you'll be too cold.

Wallet? Keys? Are you kidding? Wrap a few bills in a baggie. You should have at most one loose key if possible. Phone? Buy the teensy Motorola flip-up.

That should be, "stick it in one of your 3 jersey pockets." If you do as recommended, you should still have plenty of room in the middle pocket for a disposable (e.g. sport drink) bottle which you use first and then discard. Just about when you're finished that bottle, you will have warmed up enough to move the warmers to the now vacant middle pocket. It all works!!