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What do you Carry on your Bike?

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Started 1 week, 3 days ago by Cory Rood
Latest reply from ppayne1959 1 day, 11 hours ago

This topic contains 26 replies, has 21 voices, and was last updated by Profile photo of paul ppayne1959 1 day, 11 hours ago.

There are thread after thread about what to pack but never see one about what everyone carry’s on their bike. Here’s the list I’ve started.

2 Bottles
2 tubes
multi tool
tire levers
frame pump
tennis shoes(i hate walking around in my cycle shoes)

what else do you carry with on your bike.

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  • Quite a list of items to consider. Here are a few not already listed

    USB battery to charge your devices, along with cables and a charging cube to replenish at stops offering electricity. I have a generator hub, so I use that instead to fill USB batteries instead.

    few chain links and a chaintool
    a few buffered analgesics
    postcards and a pen – I mail one back home every day when I arrive in the overnight town.

    I keep a spreadsheet of everything I pack for the trip and revisit it afterwards to see what I actually used and adjust accordingly for next year.


    Posted 1 week, 1 day ago ago #1233549

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  • Cory

    Mtn bike sandals are the best. Shimano and Keen make good spd sandals


    Posted 1 week, 1 day ago ago #1233684

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  • Underseat bag –
    2 bike tubes
    CO2 cartridge
    allen wrench

    On bike –
    bike computer
    2 water bottles
    flip flops – bungied on tube

    Small top tube bag –
    peanut butter sandwich
    cliff bar

    Camelback –
    wallet and phone in outer pocket


    Posted 1 week ago ago #1234050

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  • I second the zipties, they are expensive on ragbrai, I needed some on a ride and I was charged a buck for 2 8″ zip ties.


    Posted 1 week ago ago #1234059

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    T. Gap Woo
  • Among other items already mentioned, I pack these items in my pannier:

    – small first aid kit (gauze pads, adhesive tape, scissors, betadine wash, antibiotic spray and plastic baggie for trash disposal are particularly useful!)

    – roll of toilet paper (an absolute must for the kornfield kybo!)

    New this year:

    – digital camera and lens outfit, with extra memory card (no more bulky containers of slide film)

    See you along the I-O-Way in July.


    Posted 6 days, 13 hours ago ago #1234551

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    W Fanning
  • Wow.. that’s a lot of stuff to be carrying.. the only thing missing is a USB cord or extra battery pack for those longer days on the bike..


    Posted 5 days, 15 hours ago ago #1235111

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    Sallie Elman
  • I also plan to carry sunscreen and sunglasses. Maybe a snack. Wet wipes.


    Posted 5 days, 13 hours ago ago #1235160

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  • I have to remember to to keep a plastic grocery bag in my bike. Out of four Ragbrai’s, last year was the first time I got caught in the rain. It was a warm pleasant shower that was over in about 20 minutes, but my bike bag was soaked. Recumbent bag is like a suitcase, so lots of “stuff” like wallet, tool kit, tube box, were all wet. I’ll need to experiment so the bag doesn’t act like a parachute.


    Posted 5 days, 2 hours ago ago #1235675

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  • LawnchairMan, use a trashcan size bag (or larger if needed) as a liner inside the pannier if it doesn’t come with a rain cover. Even if it does, the liner buys you extra time to stop and take care of things.


    Posted 4 days, 13 hours ago ago #1236040

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  • Some seven inch zip ties can literally save the day and the ride. I once used three zip ties to substitute for three missing chainring bolts in the wilds of Louisiana. They held that middle chainring secure for three days.



    Posted 4 days, 13 hours ago ago #1236079

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