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What to carry on bike?

Hello All,
     New to Ragbrai this year.  I’d like to know what gear you carry on your bike (besides spare tube and air) and how do your carry it?  How many water bottles?  Snacks?  Raingear?  Thanks

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benherr, February 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I not only have my road ID which I wear on my ankle, but I have it on for the entire Ragbrai. I believe it was during the 08 ride at one of the overnight towns. A guy slipped on the wet floor while heading to the shower. He was knocked out for quite awhile. No one knew who he was or who to notify.
It’s an easy and smart way to go.


Dave Wells, February 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I like the advice that something should have at least three uses to be carried on the bike.  I always carry a sample size baby powder (for changing a tube, soothing my feet and keeping my butt dry) and a travel pack of wipes (for cleaning chain grease from my hands, butter from my chin and, well, for when TP just isn’t enough or even available).


Tony, February 13, 2011 at 5:01 am

JK how ya doing! I use a Witz Sports Surf Safe for my wallet. It it waterproof. JK I haven’t seen the QCBC pouches in a while. I’ll look into that. As for what I carry. Tire repair kit with inner tube. Basic tools and a pump. Sun block and a half dozen Wet Ones Singles. ID, medical card, credit card, and cash. Medical info and ICE in helmet. ICE in cell phone.


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Amanda, February 10, 2012 at 6:51 am

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mentor58, February 10, 2012 at 11:16 am

Several pairs of cleated shoes, including glacier cleats, along with about a dozen watches, 6 on each arm.



Michrider !!!, February 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I always ride with my Road ID on my wrist!


mlwalk, February 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Do you think that dude really carries all those watches with him on Ragbrai?


GetAClue Blue, February 11, 2012 at 12:13 am

I too am trying to figure out what to carry since this is my first RAGBRAI so all this input is really helpful. Don’t want to over do it or under prepare. I was reading that in 1981 the temp dropped to the 40’s. The first few days of that ride were nasty with strong cold headwind and lots of cold rain. Then the weather turned out good for the last 3 or 4 days. I’m probably gonna purchase a water proof jacket and find a strap-on additional bag to carry it in. Also, I like to place a quart freezer bag in my underseat bag so I can keep certain items dry if it does rain…..phone, wallet, etc.


jeffreydennis, February 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I take less each time. Normal saddle bag contents. Two waters. One to drink, one to wear (I do not do well in high heat). Endurolite tabs for electrolites, Gatorade sucks.


mentor58, February 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Especially on a ride like Ragbrai, I don’t plan on packing like I do for a solo expedition. Figure 2 tubes, patch kit and tire levers, 2 water bottles, wallet with ID / MED Cards / Cash. A small shop rag and a tiny bottle of hand sanitizer (good for cleaning up). Mini tool that fits all the things I’d need to adjust. My Topeak Morph pump. 2 bottles of water.



Michrider !!!, February 12, 2012 at 7:40 am

How about 2 tall boy Budweisers to get me to the next town?????


bevelyn382, February 18, 2012 at 12:39 am

I carry tubes, co2 bike pump, 2 water bottles, camera, cellphone, tools, sunscreen, helmet cover for rainy days, arm warmers on cool mornings, raincoat on wet day, first aid kit of some sort, and a bike chain with lock. Of course if I am biking with family, we watch out for each others bikes. I just add what I feel might be needed for that day when I get up. I have a handlebar bag and can usually get a lot into it except on days when I take along the rain jacket. I have found though, that in the rain you sweat with a rain jacket and you still are wet no matter what.


Michrider !!!, February 18, 2012 at 7:44 am

bevely, I’m not aware of any raincoat that will keep a rider dry. I wear a raicoat, with pit zips, to keep me warm. On RAGBRAI, I usually carry some type of jacket every day. It’s wise to expect at least afternoon afternoon rain showers sometime during the week.


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