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How do you road riders fit all the essentials on a ride? Most riders seem to have only a small saddle bag and mostly empty jersey pockets. I'm having trouble fitting in a patch repair kit, phone, money, snack bars/gels, multipurpose tool, bike levers etc into my saddle bag and I dislike having full jersey pockets.

What do you consider as necessary for a 100km ride?

Thanks.
 

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I dislike saddle bags for the most part... If I can get away with it (Most rides under 30 miles) I'll carry my phone with money and ID rubber banded around it, a tool and a bar or two in my jersey, and then I'll carry a tube and pump in one of my bottle cages.

For the length of ride you're talking about I carry a lot of water, so I throw everything mentioned in a saddle bag and add on a patch kit.
 

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In bag: tube, tools, patch kit, tire levers, some cash, tiny cable lock. Those stay there for all rides. The bag only gets opened if one of those items is needed.

In jersey pockets: all the items that need to be reached more frequently, including food and phone.
 

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Optomrider said:
How do you road riders fit all the essentials on a ride? Most riders seem to have only a small saddle bag and mostly empty jersey pockets. I'm having trouble fitting in a patch repair kit, phone, money, snack bars/gels, multipurpose tool, bike levers etc into my saddle bag and I dislike having full jersey pockets.

What do you consider as necessary for a 100km ride?

Thanks.
Tube, CO2, inflator, tire iron, and plastic surgical gloves...The C02 and inflator are wrapped in the paper towel
 

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Dave Hickey said:
Tube, CO2, inflator, tire iron, and plastic surgical gloves...The C02 and inflator are wrapped in the paper towel
Minus the gloves, same here. And I store the CO2 and inflator in a zip loc bag. All fits neatly in a Specialized mini wedge.

Phone, keys, ID, bars go in the jersey pockets.
 

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Optomrider said:
What do you consider as necessary for a 100km ride?
You might do some searches as there will be a lot of information previously posted. When not using my pockets I fit all my stuff in a Pearl Izumu Tailgate bag. Some of the stuff I pack is for others, such as a valve extender for the person packing a short stemmed tube for their deep dish wheels so you will need to adjust your list to your bike and knowledge of what you can use.

Keeping up with Junior said:
Most multi tools have way too much useless crap. Don't buy one of those boat anchors. Instead get one or two allen keys and some sort of small screwdriver. I would guess about half the stuff on a multi tool would not even fit any component on your bike. The other option is to take a multi tool and modify it, removing useless items.



In jersey pocket or a seat bag:
Long stemmed tube (wrapped in Tyvek which protects tube and serves as a boot)
Tyvek for a boot (use an USPS mailing envelope to go fast like Lance)
Allen wrench tool that fits the bolts on my bike (scavenged from a multipurpose repair kit)
Screw on valve extender
Small knife/screwdriver/spoke wrench combo about the size of a house key
House key (with notch cut for use as a spoke wrench)
Tire levers
Park patch kit
Zip ties (you would be amazed what you can do with a couple of zip ties)
CO2 cartridge and microflate (add a mini pump if not riding with a group)
$10 and two quarters
Quick link from a retired SRAM chain
ID with emergency contacts that could actually be reached while on a ride (my wife is usually riding too so she is not a good contact to list).

For longer, more remote rides I may add a little extra such as an extra tube or frame pump.

Tandem - For the tandem I add a full size frame pump, an extra tube, a pin spanner for the eccentric and a chain tool. Make sure your spouse (who is on the bike) is not the only emergency contact you have listed.

Most important is a well maintained bike along with the knowledge of how to use the tools you pack and be creative (ie wrapping a broken shifter cable around a water bottle bolt). My favorite thing is to go through someones bag with them and ask them if this tool fits anything on their bike or if they know how to use the tool. For instance does someone even know how which way to turn a spoke wrench? If the wheel is only a little out of true just open the brake calipers - if it is way out of true you kind of need to know what you are doing. If it is just a broken spoke tie it to an ajoining spoke with a zip tie until you get to the shop.
 

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Park Mini Allen Tool
Tube inside old Tyvek CD envelope (envelope is great as a boot for torn sidewalls)
2 Tire Levers.
Small patch kit
15mm stubby wrench for my fixie wheels.
Paper Towel for wiping hands.
A few dollars for emergencies.

Everything else like phone and food goes into my jersey pocket or camera pack if I have my camera along. I don't take CO2 on most rides, I prefer the unlimited supply of a full sized frame pump. If I'm doing a race or challenge century for time I might take a C02.
 

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Mini tool
4 zip ties
1 tube
1 Park patch kit
3 tire levers
I have a mini pump attached to the bag as well.

There is a ton of room left over, so I'm gt get a smaller bag and a pump (Blackburn) that'll fit in a back pocket.

My jersey pockets contain a phone or ID, and the garage door opener.
 

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Depending on how hot it get where you ride and your hydration requirements, you can always install a second bottle cage and fill the bottle with tools or other bulky stuff. I velcro mine down to the frame so it doesn't bounce out. Makes for a quick/cheap way to swap kits between bikes.
 

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In seat bag (it's a tight fit):
spare tube
CO2
Tire levers
Mini tool
tiny emergency kit with a couple of bandaids, noxasting, antibacterial wipes
a latex glove (I really hate getting covered in grease and grime if I have to fix a flat)

If I'm on a shorter ride (20 mi or less) I use a "bottle rocket" deal that is a hard plastic case that fits in one of the bottle cages for cell phone, keys, credit card, cash.

Mini pump is usually strapped to the bike.

If I'm on a longer ride I take a small handlebar bag to throw the bottle rocket stuff in so that I have the ability to have 2 full water bottles.

I really should use my jersey pockets more, but I don't like them being weighed down either. I prefer a "fanny pack" to a jersey with full pockets catching on the seat.
 

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i got a comparatively huge seat bag with a zipper-expandable bottom (a Cannondale Fastbag 240 i think). In the "small" configuration, it easily fits a spare tube, my cell phone, crank bros. tire lever, zip-loc bag with bandaids and zip-ties, a few allen wrenches (3, 5, 6 i think), and sometimes a screwdriver. I also have a plastic ID pouch with my driver's license and $20. My keys go in a separate zipper-mesh pouch inside. I might add a patch kit and some latex gloves.

I'm not sure what the disadvantage is with a big saddle bag. It doesnt weigh all that much more and I doubt the wind resistance is a problem.
 

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tube
patch kit
inflator and c02 cartridge
multitool
tire levers

and these wrapped in a latex glove (don't want to get my hands dirty fixing flats :eek:
cell phone
car or house key
ID
 

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tube
CO2 and inflator
multitool
tire levers
key

then I have a 20 in the bars phone in the back pocket and road id on my ankle
 

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What's a saddle bag? :D

I typically stuff my pockets with bars/food and maybe another bottle of water but that's all.
 

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One piece of string, a tea leaf, a paper clip, and a pocket knife.








Okay, not really I carry 2 tubes, presta to schrader valve, Pedro tire leavers, ID, cellphone, money, food, water, multi-tool, mini pump, sneakers, missing link and it all goes into a backpack.
 

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Do you really carry sneakers? Wouldn't they add a lot of weight? I'm surprised more roadies don't carry back packs. Must be a weight issue? areodynamics?
 
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