What (do you carry) & How

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What (do you carry) & How

Postby Trackspecialist » Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:23 pm

For road cyclists, pls share your most innovative & efficient way... what do you bring while riding apart from water bottles? (credit card, mobile phone, tools, energy bars) & how do you cary them? (saddle bag, pocket, etc.).

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Re: What & How

Postby JessicaAlba » Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:34 pm

Phone, Ventolin, muesli bars, credit card/cash in jersey pockets. Spare tube, CO2, multi tools, house key in saddle bag.
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Re: What & How

Postby JustJames » Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:26 am

It's vital to always carry as much as you can in your pockets, otherwise it just makes your bike heavy.
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Re: What & How

Postby toolonglegs » Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:53 am

Left pocket two tubes in a sock ( put them in sock, twist and fold over itself ).
Middle pocket iPhone and pump.
Righ pocket 4 Allen keys, one tyre lever, chain breaker, 2co2 cans and a head... In another sock.
Food shared around if needed.
Nothing on the bike... Tried a saddle bag a few times but it wrecked my Knicks.
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Re: What & How

Postby gorilla monsoon » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:18 am

How does a saddlebag wreck knicks? When I ride my knicky bits never touch the saddle bag and vice versa.
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Re: What & How

Postby g-boaf » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:47 am

Credit card / mobile phone and keys in a plastic zip-lock bag in the jersey, handkerchief in another pocket, gel-sachets in the other pocket, and the saddle bag with some spare tubes, CO2 canisters and adaptor along with a mini-pump.
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Re: What & How

Postby Mrfenejeans » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:58 am

I carry.

Left pocket- 1tube
Centre pocket - 1 tube, my bike wallet (equipped with small change, bank card, keys, emergency contact information,) and a secondary light which shines through my jersey which is optional and gets interchanged with my hay fever spray.
Right pocket - Food if required
Saddle bag- Tyre levers, C02 cartridges, C02 inflator, multi-tool, some patches and my mobile phone.
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Re: What & How

Postby Mrfenejeans » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:02 pm

gorilla monsoon wrote:How does a saddlebag wreck knicks? When I ride my knicky bits never touch the saddle bag and vice versa.


If a bag has straps that go around the saddle's rails it could, i know my nicks have well and truly rubbed off writing/marks that were on mine.
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Re: What & How

Postby briztoon » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:04 pm

Sometimes the velcro straps curl back a little at the top near the saddle and your knicks continually rub against them, wearing through very quickly. I went through two pairs of knicks in three months before I worked what was causing the fast wear and holes in my knicks. Simple solution was to cut the straps shorter.

Personally I don't understand the following comment.
It's vital to always carry as much as you can in your pockets, otherwise it just makes your bike heavy.


Is that on any ride? I don't race or do group rides (basically because I don't get out of bed before 7:30am as I finish work at 1am and I work weekends) so I don't talk to many other riders in real life about what's acceptable. If your not racing, who cares where you carry what ever equipment. It's not like you have save weight to gain an extra 0.1kph over what ever ride distance.

Also once your sitting on your bike, it doesn't matter if your equipment is in a saddle bag or rear jersey pockets, your still pushing the same weight regardless of where it's located.

I have a largish saddle bag. It holds 3 spare tubes, 3 C02 canisters, a multi-tool and two tyre leavers. I also have a Lezyne bike pump on my down tube. I had a good talk with my LBS many moons ago after my first series of flats, as I found it difficult to pump up my tyres with my then bike pump to a satisfactory tyre pressure. Turns out many hand pumps struggle to pump over 80-90 psi. I used my Lezyne hand pump for the first time two weekends ago, turns out I pumped my rear tyre to around 120 psi. I usually ride at around 110 psi.

Have two water bidons on my bike. In my rear jersey pockets I carry my gate buzzer in the rear left pocket. If I'm riding over 80km, I'll carry a bar/banana/gel (depends on how far I'm riding as to what combination I carry) in my middle rear pocket. Right rear pocket I have $20, credit card, phone and keys all packed in to my sunnies bag.
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Re: What & How

Postby jasonc » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:25 pm

briztoon wrote:Personally I don't understand the following comment.
It's vital to always carry as much as you can in your pockets, otherwise it just makes your bike heavy.


Is that on any ride? I don't race or do group rides (basically because I don't get out of bed before 7:30am as I finish work at 1am and I work weekends) so I don't talk to many other riders in real life about what's acceptable. If your not racing, who cares where you carry what ever equipment. It's not like you have save weight to gain an extra 0.1kph over what ever ride distance.

Also once your sitting on your bike, it doesn't matter if your equipment is in a saddle bag or rear jersey pockets, your still pushing the same weight regardless of where it's located.


it was a joke. unfortunately there's no /sarcasm tag
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Re: What & How

Postby briztoon » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:47 pm

:oops:

I would have got the joke with the following emoticon. :roll:
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Re: What & How

Postby embee8 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:55 pm

Keys in middle pocket, food stuff in right.
Spare tube and tyre levers plus phone, credit card, cash in saddlebag; if I'm riding to work my specs are in there as well.

Need to cut the velcro strap on my saddlebag ... same problem for me with rubbing on the nicks.
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Re: What & How

Postby greyhoundtom » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:08 pm

briztoon wrote:
Personally I don't understand the following comment.
It's vital to always carry as much as you can in your pockets, otherwise it just makes your bike heavy.


There was an article I read about 12 months ago where they proceeded to show that live weight had less of an effect on speed than static weight.

In other words carrying the weight on the body compared to carrying the weight on the bike appeared to be better especially hill climbing or sprinting while standing, as then the extra weight exerted additional pressure on the pedals.

While I kind-of took the whole thing with a grain of salt it did seem to make some sense.
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Re: What & How

Postby birdbrain » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:14 pm

For road cyclists, pls share your most innovative & efficient way... what do you bring while riding apart from water bottles? (credit card, mobile phone, tools, energy bars) & how do you cary them? (saddle bag, pocket, etc.).


Pump, phone, money, 2 tubes, house keys etc.. depending on the length of the ride. Muesli bars and a banana if I'm riding for a few hours. Saddle bag has another tube, levers and allen keys.
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Re: What (do you carry) & How

Postby skull » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:30 pm

All these people talking about saddle bags.

So not euro cool.

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Re: What (do you carry) & How

Postby westab » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:30 pm

On my road bike I carry - Laptop, wallet, mobile phone, wet weather gear, spare shirt, pants (swimmers- boardies), clear glasses or sunnies - on the left. On the right : spare tubes, work cloths, first aid kit, 14/15mm open ended spanner, spare lights for front and rear, spare battereis, pump, patches, cable ties, and my lunch or empty containers. And yes my road bike has panniers.
Tool bottle on down tube -multi tool , work pass to open gate, keys.

When I write all that down it is no wonder I am slow :? :shock: :oops: - ask the same tomorrow and there will most likely be less. :D
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Re: What (do you carry) & How

Postby Mrfenejeans » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:31 pm

westab wrote:On my road bike I carry - Laptop, wallet, mobile phone, wet weather gear, spare shirt, pants (swimmers- boardies), clear glasses or sunnies - on the left. On the right : spare tubes, work cloths, first aid kit, 14/15mm open ended spanner, spare lights for front and rear, spare battereis, pump, patches, cable ties, and my lunch or empty containers. And yes my road bike has panniers.
Tool bottle on down tube -multi tool , work pass to open gate, keys.

When I write all that down it is no wonder I am slow :? :shock: :oops: - ask the same tomorrow and there will most likely be less. :D


I think you forgot to mention the Kitchen sink. :P
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Re: What (do you carry) & How

Postby human909 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:34 pm

Slab of beer. Crumpler backpack or on rear pannier when I have the right bike.
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Re: What (do you carry) & How

Postby Reman » Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:02 pm

Saddle bag has spare tube, levers and co2.

Back pockets have phone and keys.

Panniers have clothes, iPad, lock, shower stuff, etc.
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Re: What & How

Postby Kenzo » Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:27 pm

briztoon wrote::oops:

I would have got the joke with the following emoticon. :roll:

Well I laughed.. with both of you :lol:
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Re: What (do you carry) & How

Postby chucknitro » Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:47 pm

Right pocket - food - combination of GU and Carman muesli bars
Middle Pocket - Jimi wallet with ID, Credit card, myki (public transport) ticket, cash; mobile in waterproof cover; fold up glasses and cleaning cloth in sandwich bag
Left pocket - empty or folded up jacket
Saddle Bag - two tubes, levers, patches, tyre boot, multi tool, packable rain jacket

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Re: What & How

Postby boss » Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:52 pm

briztoon wrote::oops:

I would have got the joke with the following emoticon. :roll:


I just figured it was a joke because it sounded silly!

For me, I have a saddle bag with 2 x co2 canisters & head, 2 x tubes, lezyne mini multi tool, $5 note.

If I'm not commuting (with a backpack) I squeeze my phone, keys and credit card in there too. Tight fit but it works.

Food goes in jersey pockets.
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Re: What & How

Postby zozza » Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:47 pm

briztoon wrote::oops:

I would have got the joke with the following emoticon. :roll:



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Re: What & How

Postby JustJames » Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:17 pm

greyhoundtom wrote:There was an article I read about 12 months ago where they proceeded to show that live weight had less of an effect on speed than static weight.

In other words carrying the weight on the body compared to carrying the weight on the bike appeared to be better especially hill climbing or sprinting while standing, as then the extra weight exerted additional pressure on the pedals.

While I kind-of took the whole thing with a grain of salt it did seem to make some sense.


A grain? I'd have wanted a salt cellar.

Lighter is always better. Lighter accelerates faster.

Having more pressure on the pedal is great, but you'd need t raise the weight back up for the next pedal stroke.

Was it an April 1 article, or have I just earned one of these?

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Re: What (do you carry) & How

Postby jaseyjase » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:47 pm

left pocket - mobile and sunglass carry bag

middle pocket - small neoprene camera case which holds a $20 note, multitool, tyre levers, co2 cartridge, c02 head, park tool patch kit

right pocket - a banana or two
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