What do you carry with you when you ride.

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  1. TxRoadRunner

    TxRoadRunner New Member

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    As I am new to this great sport, I wanted to ask what you all carry when your ride. I'm in the process of getting my gear together and want to make sure I don't miss anything. Any and all help will be appreciated.:cool:
     
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  2. niwatori

    niwatori New Member

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    tiny hand-drawn map
    water
    tooth brush

    i'm used to having a b.o.b. on the back, so it feels great to have no back-pack.
     
  3. SomeGuy

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    Nothing :) (I generally ride places with water fountains). I enjoy riding more when unencumbered. The except to this is my phone and some money

    However what I would carry if I had my act together:

    Water
    Puncture repair kit
    1x Allen key (almost everything on the bike uses the same size)
    Map (if riding somewhere I'm not familar with)
    Camera (but that's just because I'm a bit of an amateur photographer :).)
    Mobile phone.
    Money. Can't be stuffed bringing my whole wallet, too big and heavy. A $20 note on the other hand... :).

    Can't think of anything else off the top of my head.
     
  4. mpm

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    Don´t forget the PUMP !!!!

    I don´t use a repair kit, I go with a back up tube.

    Regards

    Marcelo
     
  5. AzzaC

    AzzaC New Member

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    Depends on where you ride, location and distance. I hate carrying/using a hydrapak, so all my stuff goes into the jersey pockets. On the longer rides in summer I use the hydrapak, but pretty much carry the same things.

    On a 'general' ride out in the bush, I carry
    multi-tool - with all necessary allen keys, a screw driver, chain breaker and torx key for the disc brakes
    a spare tube and tyre levers if needed
    pump
    patch repair kit if I'm going out far
    food/energy bar depending on length of ride

    For a race, I carry:
    multi-tool
    spare tube and tyre levers if needed
    CO2 cartridge

    If you're just riding around the city, probably add to that (the first list) some money and a mobile phone. As an ABSOLUTE minimum, make sure you take a pump, tube and a multi-tool.

    HTH
     
  6. davebee

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    I take a camelbak and a small seattube bag

    In the seat tube bag
    - spare tube
    - puncture repair kit with two tubes of glue and emery paper and 2 spare powerlink connectors
    - tyre repair kit*
    - chain breaker
    - 2 x tyre levers
    - small trek multi tool

    In the camelbak
    - another spare tube
    - spare pair of socks
    - keys, wallet etc
    - 3 litres of water
    - energy bars/ gels/ mars bars/whatever
    - roll of electrical tape
    - small first aid kit
    - map if I don't know the route
    - CHARGED mobile phone (switched off otherwise) for emergencies

    Taped to the frame
    - pump

    I know this may sound like a lot but packed down it is quite light and is not substancially heavier or bulky in relative to the weight of water being carried which you NEED. It is always best to be prepared for most evetualities, especially when you do solo rides. The spare pair of socks is a godsend because I have found from miserable experience there is nothing worse than having squelchy wet feet all day if you go through a ford or get caught in the rain. Electrical tape is useful for aiding in tyre repairs and if you rip your saddle which has happened to me before. Because I am still on V brakes, I occassionally take a new set of blocks (not in the packaging) in case I eat through a pair.

    If I am riding with a friend one set of the above usually suffices except for the water and socks. 2 tubes between 2 of us is generally ok.

    * This is a nifty way of repairing your tyres using an old toothpaste tube (preprepared, a carpet needle and carpet thread/ dental floss) that works really well if you trash a tyre sidewall. Will prevent the replacement/repaired tube from blowing out. Details on how to make this and procedure are explained at MTB Britain.com. Do it. You will thank me for it one day! ;)
     
  7. Batesy

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    Wedgepack:
    • Spare Tube
    • Puncture repair kit (glue, patches, paper, chalk, levers etc)
    • Alien II multitool (everything you should need except 13mm spanner)
    • Cleansing wipe and a few assorted plasters
    Belt Bag (karrimor raid 5):
    • Packaway waterproof
    • Map (if I'm away from familiar territory)
    • Keys (lock and car/house)
    • Leatherman
    • Sunglasses (or clear glasses depending which ones are on my head)
    • Energy bar or chocolate (for a sugar fix if needed)
    • 2 water bottles
    • Pack of tissues (do mountain bikers s*** in the woods?)
    Frame:
    • Lock
    • Pump
    Pocket:
    • Wallet containing: Beer tokens (pounds sterling) and cash card, and an emergency contact number (just in case)
    • Mobile
    It seems like a lot but its what I class as essential. I don't think any serious rider should go any distance without basic tools (allen keys/spanner etc). you may think that everthing is nice and tight, but stuff can and will shake loose, and you can almost bank on at least one puncture from time to time.
     
  8. jhuskey

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    1 or 2 water bottles tube patch and tire levers,CO2 canisters,various tools,copy of Drivers Lic.,cell phone and about 5 uneeded pound around my waist.
     
  9. slbenz

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    Using my Camelbak, I carry a Topeak mini-pump that converts to a floor pump, Topeak Alien for my tools, patch kit, including patch kit for the tire sidewall, spare tube and a cell phone.
     
  10. vl1016

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    Being in Texas, for any lengthy ride I carry a hydration backpack, with pump, tools, and a spare. Thought about carrying a gun, but afraid I'd use it. Always carry my cell phone.
    In the heat, two bottles just won't cut it on a long ride. I also always keep some money with me, and have an old driver's license I usually carry for id purposes.
     
  11. cydewaze

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    Camelback (100oz)
    Multi-Tool
    Pump
    Spoke wrench (the one on the multi-tool is horrible.
    Tube
    Tire levers
    Patch kit (just in case)
    Cellphone (in a ziplock bag)
    Lots and lots of food
    Wet wipes (courtesy of the local rib joint)
    Paper towel (in a ziplock bag)
    TP (for the gf, when she's with me; also in a ziplock)
     
  12. MountainPro

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    liter of water in a bottle - no gay carbo fluids.
    multi tool with chain tool
    inner tube
    tube repair kit
    pump
    kellogs nutrigrain bar

    thats it.

    HARD!
     
  13. MountainPro

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    feckin hell Batesy, your down in scouser land, not half way up the amazon...do you have an army land rover and a group of squaddies 10 yards behind you too.?
     
  14. Batesy

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    But I'm 30 minutes away from North Wales....;)
     
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    Different type of riding ;). Although I believe the SAS carry condoms as a means of collecting/transporting water in emergencies.
     
  17. MountainPro

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    i see...now that is scary...and much more dangerous than the Amazon...

    just think of it....welsh people everywhere.....arrrgh.
     
  18. TxRoadRunner

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    Priceless.................
     
  19. Batesy

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    I just can't justify carrying the extra weight of a large club or 2x4 with a nail through it, otherwise I would ;)
     
  20. jaguar75

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    In my backpack I carry a 2 litre camelbag, wallet, cell phone(in water tight ziplock bag), car keys, spare tube, tube patches, co2 inflator, tire levers, and a multi-tool. I carry the multi-tool becasue I am always adjusting things and the patches are incase I come across someone on the trail that blew a tire and did not have a spare. I have also used my multi-tool to help someone tighten down their handle-bars. So I guess you can say some of the stuff is for other riders that are less prepared.
     
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