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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

flyinbrian, March 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm

Zip ties, they can come in very handy.


Dockat, March 16, 2017 at 3:33 pm


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


DIANA PHILLIPS, March 17, 2017 at 10:25 am

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


mclousing, March 17, 2017 at 10:33 am

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.


T. Gap Woo, March 18, 2017 at 9:00 am

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.


W Fanning, March 19, 2017 at 7:01 am

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..


Sallie Elman, March 19, 2017 at 8:56 am

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


LawnchairMan, March 19, 2017 at 8:04 pm

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.


jwsknk, March 20, 2017 at 8:23 am

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.


Sandaltan ., March 20, 2017 at 8:41 am

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.



ppayne1959, March 23, 2017 at 10:56 am

Water bottle
Credit card


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