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What do you Carry on your Bike?

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.

26 Replies

John Fontaine, March 15, 2017 at 5:46 am

mug for beer as soon as I arrive at PBV area


Niles, March 15, 2017 at 9:06 am

tennis shoes(i hate walking around in my cycle shoes)?

Very interesting. It’s a personal thing but does sound like wanting to toll a limo behind your bike. If you are wearing road shoes, then just add cleats cover? Or switch to walkable mountain shoes?

A couple individually packed wet napkins or small-pack napkins are handy when nature lulls you into corn field :-)


jwsknk, March 15, 2017 at 10:40 am

a tube and a tire boot, levers, multi tool, plastic bag for a seat cover, a sharpie, electrical tape, wet wipe under the seat. Frame pump and 2 bottles on the bike. Music sometimes and computer on the bars. Front & rear lights.

Money/id, camera/phone, sunscreen, lip balm, jersey pockets.

If it looks like rain, I put a pannier on or use a cargo net and pack the rain gear and extra shorts in a plastic bag on the rear rack. I might use that cargo net and rear rack to dry things too.


stuckinmizzou, March 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

Bad habits; oh wait, that’s after I get OFF the bike.


Cory Rood, March 15, 2017 at 12:09 pm

I’ve tried mountain bike shoes but every pair has given me number toes.


trek2300, March 15, 2017 at 12:19 pm

I carry three water bottles. It might be over kill but I remember 100* plus days and running too darn low! A single application of chamois creme has also helped alleviate possible emergencies. I also recommend cleat covers.


aredgar, March 15, 2017 at 2:23 pm

In addition to everything mentioned – I carry laminated cards in my handlebar bag, 1 per day, with route details, what I want to see in pass-through and overnight towns, and directions in overnight town from RAGBRAI route to host site and back to route (came in very handy at the end of a long day and at 6:00a each morning in an unfamiliar town). There is very little chance you’ll get off the track during the day – its like ants marching up the road as far as you can see – but its nice to anticipate the upcoming profile and how far it is to the next turn or where the vendor sites are likely to be located.

I’ll also second the ‘off-bike’ footwear, though mine are lightweight flip-flops.

One thing I didn’t carry after the first day was a lock. Perhaps its naïve but I didn’t see many others either during the day and never felt nervous among this particular population with letting my bike (valuables went with) sit for a bit out of arms reach. I’d be interested in hearing from others on that topic.


Cory Rood, March 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm

Aredgar I’m good with flip flops aswell but then I’d have to shed my socks and I just can’t put sweaty socks back on.


mwasinger73, March 15, 2017 at 5:58 pm

In addition to the items listed above, I use an old empty Nuuns tube as a pill container, which fits perfectly in my tool bag. I opted last year for a $1 rain poncho vs. my bulkier jacket on the last day. It was no bigger than my palm, so took up little space in my jersey. Chap-stick with sunscreen is a must for me after the blister incident of 2014. I also like the little hand sanitizer that you can strap to your bike. It’s all about easy access!

In regards to bike safety, I have a custom bike and was worried my first year but after the first morning, I never gave it another thought.

For sweaty feet issues, I like wool socks. Sure your feet still sweat but they also dry quickly and tend not to stink. Not that smell is an issue on RAGBRAI. (-;


SFC JKL 2, March 15, 2017 at 9:35 pm

A shop towel for the occasional chain incident. A couple trash bags taped around my seat post. If it rains, I have something and I can pay it forward. Bungee cord in case I find something big to purchase.


Brian Wallenburg, March 15, 2017 at 9:37 pm

This is where the post is at so far… Some good ideas here.

2 Bottles
2 tubes
multi tool
tire levers
frame pump
mug for beer
tennis shoes
individually packed wet napkins
a tire boot
multi tool
plastic bag for a seat cover
a sharpie
electrical tape
Frame pump
computer on the bars
Front & rear lights.
lip balm
rain gear
extra shorts
chamois creme
cleat covers
3rd water bottle
laminated cards
directions in overnight town
flip flops
empty Nuuns tube as a pill container
$1 rain poncho
hand sanitizer
zip ties


Sandaltan ., March 15, 2017 at 10:06 pm

Thank you Brian for the summation. Skunky……..what do you do with the sharpie?



jwsknk, March 16, 2017 at 8:57 am

Some virgins need a touch up after a couple of days, some towns have boards to sign, used it to mark a cut in a tire so I can find it later, take down an address where camp is


Sandaltan ., March 16, 2017 at 10:51 am

Ahhhhhh……..Skunky, the calves of shapely young women… a ministering angel to their wants and needs. I understand completely. Sorry I never thought of that.



genefruit, March 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm

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.


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