The list of items it is good to have on a road ride isn't much different than for an MTB ride. The only major difference is that on a road ride, you are more likely to be near retail establishments (and other civilization), so bringing enough food and water isn't as key if there will be places to stop and get some on the route, so you'll probably have to bring a little cash. (Of course, you also need to trade MTB specific spares and tools for road specific spares, like 700c tubes instead of 26" tubes, but you probably already figured that out.)X513 said:Coming from MTBing, I have just about everything I need in my Camelbak to get me out of the woods on those epics gone bad. What do you bring on road rides? Water bottle, tire levels, tube and a pump? More? Camelbaks taboo on road bikes?
dir-t said:I was in the same boat as you are, coming to the road from the trail. At first I used my Camelback but got tired of swapping out inner tubes and was afraid to try to use a mini pump to blow 115psi into my road tires.
I now have a frame pump and in a little saddle bag are 3 tire levers, a patch kit and tube, mini tool, and presta-schraeder adapter (mostly so I don't lose it. I need it when I use my floor pump for the road bike - but not my presta mtb for some reason). A boot sounds like a great idea too so I'll have to see what I have in the way of old tires that I can cut up. Oh, and I use a water bottle on the road bike unless it's a really long ride.
Having all the stuff on the bike adds to one of the things I really love about road riding - I can just grab the bike and go.
X513 said:Coming from MTBing, I have just about everything I need in my Camelbak to get me out of the woods on those epics gone bad. What do you bring on road rides? Water bottle, tire levels, tube and a pump? More? Camelbaks taboo on road bikes?
Opportunities to get cuts and scrapes are far less common in road biking. One rarely rides a road bike through thorn thickets, or tumbles over in a rock garden. I may or may not be a typical cyclist, but I usually find myself lying on the ground a time or two on most MTB rides (geez, I really thought I could get over that stone wall!), but I usually go years between tumbles off a road bike.undies said:I am surprised that so few people seem to carry first aid supplies. I know on my MTB I always have some rolled gauze, tape, san. wipes, and bandages at least. Are road riders just more careful or what?