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The essential kit you need to take with you on every ride

Your jersey pockets and perhaps a small saddle pack can hold enough kit to get you out of a lot of problems that could come your way during a ride. Here are the essentials we'd advise that you carry, along with additional suggestions from road.cc readers.

Check out our saddle pack reviews here.

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A puncture is the most common bike problem you’re likely to face out on the road. Something like Vittoria’s Pit Stop latex foam will repair many holes and re-inflate your tyre at the same time, but most people are going to want a spare inner tube tucked away.  

Check out our buyer's guide to inner tubes — how to save weight, ride faster or prevent flats with new tubes 

It might sound obvious but you need to know how to take the wheel off your bike and remove the tyre too, and how to replace both. It’s a straightforward operation, but if you’re in any doubt have a few trial runs at home first.

Tyre leversBirzman Wedge Tire Levers 2

You might be able to get your tyre off the wheel rim and back on again without levers (some combinations are easy, some impossible) but it’s always a hassle so have some tyre levers stashed away.

Check out our tyre lever reviews here. 

Pump/CO2 inflator

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You need a reliable way of inflating a replaced inner tube. CO2 inflators are quick and easy but when the cartridge has run out, that’s yer lot. A pump takes longer and requires more effort but you can use it multiple times if you have a bad day. 

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You can have the best of both worlds by using something like Zefal’s EZ Max FC CO2 Inflator which incorporates a hand pump too. Belt and braces!

Here’s our Zefal EZ Max FC CO2 Inflator review. 

Find the rest of our pump and CO2 inflator reviews here. 

Puncture repair kitBTwin puncture repair kit - contents

What if you puncture more than once? Assuming you’ve not taken multiple spare inner tubes along with you, you’re going to have to fix the hole. Some patches require glue, others don’t. Whatever kit you go for, make sure you know how to use it; by the side of the road as darkness looms isn’t the best place to learn.

Take a look at our puncture kit reviews.

Windproof/waterproof

If you’re nipping out for an hour and the forecast is for wall-to-wall blue skies you’re probably safe, but we all know that the UK weather is reliably unreliable. You can boil on a sunny climb one minute, shiver as you try to fix a mechanical problem in the rain the next. If you’re in any doubt about the conditions, take a packable waterproof in your pocket.

20 of the best 2017 waterproof cycling jackets — wet weather protection to suit all budgets Gore Gore-Tex Shakedry 1985 Viz Jacket - riding.jpg

It’s not necessarily the best choice for everyone but the Gore C5 Gore-Tex Shakedry 1985 Viz Jacket we reviewed here on road.cc weighed just 127g and takes up hardly any space. You won’t notice you’re carrying it until it’s needed. 

Multi tool

You might carry a multi tool for months and not use it, but just occasionally it’ll get you out of trouble if your stem bolts loosen, say, or your seatpost slips. 

Check that your multi tool has all the bolts on your bike covered. If you have Torx heads anywhere on your bike, for example, make sure your multi tool has the relevant driver. 

Take a look at 10 of the best multi tools 

Emergency energy

Even the most experienced cyclists sometimes misjudge the amount they have in the tank and end up feeling weak and feeble through lack of energy – and you can pretty much guarantee that this will happen when you’re miles from the nearest shop.OTE Duo Bar Chocolate Crispy Rice.jpg

Energy gels and bars might not be to everyone’s taste but they’re a concentrated source of fuel that’ll give you a boost when you really need it. They tend to last for ages so tuck a couple away for emergencies.

Check out our energy gel reviews

Go to our energy bar reviews

Mobile phone

Most of us have an unhealthy close relationship with our mobile phones these days, but it does make sense to have one in your pocket when you’re riding.smartphone apps1.JPG

Just occasionally you might get caught out by freaky weather conditions, your bike might suffer a mechanical you can’t fix, or you might simply run out of energy and need help getting home.

It’s good to have your phone as a reassuring backup, but don’t rely on it too much because there might be times when you don’t have any signal or it has run out of juice.

Take a look at 26 of the best smartphone cycling apps for iPhone and Android

Money/card

Fold up a £20 note and tuck it away next to your inner tube. You never know when you’re going to need an emergency Snickers or two from the filling station, a new spoke from a bike shop, or even the train fare home.

Quick link for your chain

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Chains don’t break often but it’s a major pain when they do. You don’t want to be messing around on the side of the road with a chain tool, a connector pin and a pair of pliers – a quick link is a much easier way of getting back on the road. After years of resistance, even Shimano offers one now (two for £11.99 at RRP).

Make sure your quick link is the right size for the chain you use.

road.cc readers’ suggestions

We asked road.cc readers what they take along on every ride and here are a few of the responses we got.

Iain TheCookiemonster Cable ties, multi tool with chain tool, chain quick link, disposable gloves and a couple of 2in sections of an old tyre.

Jon Wood Ibuprofen (used a few times), Imodium (not yet).

Michael Marks Tube, combined levers and CO2 head, two CO2 canisters, emergency £5.

Jamie Reeve A pair of latex gloves, Nurofen, Imodium, and spare cleat bolt and washer.

Peter Atkinson Small first aid kit.

Liam Nicholson Playing card to use as a tyre boot if needed. A fiver works very well too.

Ian Miles Cable ties, insulating tape, spoke key, pork pie and valve adaptor, just in case you meet anyone on other bikes needing help.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... [205 posts] 6 months ago
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In my backpack right now: 

* 1 x 700C x 18 inner tube
* 1 x Lezyne portable foot pump
* 3 x acrylic tyre irons
* 1 x Crankbrothers multitool
* 1 x Kryptoflex cable lock
* 1 x small pack of cable ties
* 1 x tube of Superdrug vegan hand cream
* 1 x set of bluetooth earphones
* 1 x set of nail clippers
* 1 x spare Cateye rear right
* 1 x iPhone 7+ (personal phone)
* 1 x iPhone 8 (work phone)
* 1 x pair of Apple earphones
* 1 x pair of thermal leggings
* 1 x pair of thermal gloves
* 1 x Anker 'Powercore' 20100 block
* 1 x pack of various cables (microUSB, Apple etc)
* 4 x packs of tissues
* 1 x inhaler (my wife's)
* 1 x Panasonic Lumix GX8 mirrorless camera with 20mm 'pancake' lens
* 1 x Panasonic 18-60 mm zoom lens
* 1 x spare battery for Panasonic Lumix GX8
* 1 x small 'bendy' tripod for camera
* 1 x set of house/car keys
* 1 x wallet
* 1 x 'banana case' (to protect my morning scoff)
* 1 x empty Tupperware container that contained my lunch
* 1 x MacBook Pro (my work computer)

I think that's it. 

Edit - oh yeah and dirty clothes from this morning’s ride in.

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brooksby [3835 posts] 6 months ago
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Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

In my backpack right now: 

....

I think that's it. 

Edit - oh yeah and dirty clothes from this morning’s ride in.

OMG ​ - I thought that I carried a lot about with me...

Today:

Bungeed to top of rack:

  • Kryptonite Fahgeddaboutit mini u-lock.

In panniers:

  • Shoulder straps for panniers;
  • Spare bungee;
  • Extender cable for securing wheels;
  • Air Supply M-Part pump (mini track pump style, with a pressure gauge and a fold-out foot).

        *  Blackburn tool roll, containing:

  1. 700C inner tube;
  2. Park Tools IB-1 mini multi tool;
  3. Leatherman multitool with (slightly illegal) locking blades;
  4. Park Tools peel-and-stick repair patches;
  5. Pair of Continental tyre levers;
  6. Teeny tiny allen-key type thing which fits the battery compartment on my rack-mounted rear light.

        * Dry-bag containing:

  1. Cateye Volt 400 front light;
  2. Lezyne Zecto drives - front and rear;
  3. Moleskine notebook;
  4. Pack of tissues;
  5. Spare pair of socks;
  6. Pack of Skabs peel-and-stick repair patches;
  7. 5mm ball-ended allen key and small phillips-head screwdriver (brake fettling);
  8. Olbas inhaler;
  9. Nivea SPF lip-balm;
  10. Retractable Sharpie;
  11. Retractable ballpoint;
  12. Wallet;
  13. iPhone 4S (only mobile I have, given to me by work);
  14. USB stick (work);
  15. External HDD (work).
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Martyn_K [277 posts] 6 months ago
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In spares bottle as i don't like a saddle bag (looks and centre of gravity issue):

2 x spare tube

2 x CO2 + adapter

2 x carbon friendly tyre levers

5 x instant patches

4 x 'human' plasters + 2 x antisceptic wipes

4 x cable ties

sample tube of wet lube (mostly for use at a cafe stop when someone else has a squeaky chain!).

small amount of dry kitchen roll (mainly for packing to prevent rattle)

 

That's it. A multi tool, with a couple of bits of old tyre to use a boot, sits in my pocket. Never carry a gel. In the UK it is easy to find local shops (in the south of england) so if i ever hit the wall i prefer to buy a bar of chocolate as a instant hit.

 

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ibr17xvii [365 posts] 6 months ago
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1 spare tube
1 CO2 cannister
1 CO2 inflator
Mini pump
Tyre levers
Inner tube patch
Tyre patch
Multi tool
Chain quick link
Latex gloves
Tissues
Money
Phone

I'll take those on every ride without fail.

 

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Mungecrundle [1175 posts] 6 months ago
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Spare condom and a fake ID.

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ianking [17 posts] 6 months ago
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gear cable + tweezers for removing snapped one from shifter.

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davel [2711 posts] 6 months ago
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Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

In my backpack right now: 

* 1 x 700C x 18 inner tube
* 1 x Lezyne portable foot pump
* 3 x acrylic tyre irons
* 1 x Crankbrothers multitool
* 1 x Kryptoflex cable lock
* 1 x small pack of cable ties
* 1 x tube of Superdrug vegan hand cream
* 1 x set of bluetooth earphones
* 1 x set of nail clippers
* 1 x spare Cateye rear right
* 1 x iPhone 7+ (personal phone)
* 1 x iPhone 8 (work phone)
* 1 x pair of Apple earphones
* 1 x pair of thermal leggings
* 1 x pair of thermal gloves
* 1 x Anker 'Powercore' 20100 block
* 1 x pack of various cables (microUSB, Apple etc)
* 4 x packs of tissues
* 1 x inhaler (my wife's)
* 1 x Panasonic Lumix GX8 mirrorless camera with 20mm 'pancake' lens
* 1 x Panasonic 18-60 mm zoom lens
* 1 x spare battery for Panasonic Lumix GX8
* 1 x small 'bendy' tripod for camera
* 1 x set of house/car keys
* 1 x wallet
* 1 x 'banana case' (to protect my morning scoff)
* 1 x empty Tupperware container that contained my lunch
* 1 x MacBook Pro (my work computer)

I think that's it. 

Edit - oh yeah and dirty clothes from this morning’s ride in.

Lumping all that around, it's no wonder you're so fucking angry. 

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ConcordeCX [935 posts] 6 months ago
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Always:

Spare tube

CO2 + head thing

Victorinox/PB Swiss toolkit

Topeak rescue box

lightweight rain-jacket

Abus folding combination lock

front and rear lights, spare batteries

glasses, hearing aids+batteries, phone, wallet, house key + a spare

commute:

oyster card

Clothes: unmentionables, shirt, socks. Jeans, shoes, towel, soap etc in locker at work

work pass

musette for picking up shopping on the way home

Touring:

More tools, more clothes, more spares, pump, bidons, maps, GPS, 1st aid kit, camera, toiletries, rechargers, road food, Swiss Army knife, cleft sticks

Expeditions:
a well-furnished tent

3 months' rations

collapsible canoe

jointed flagstaff and Union Jack

hand pump and sterilising plant

astrolabe

6 suits of tropical linen

sou'wester

camp operating table and set of surgical instruments

portable humidor

Christmas hamper with Santa costume and mistletoe stand

cane for whacking snakes

coil of rope

sheet of tin

several cleft sticks

riding breeches for winter and summer

bush shirts

a sola topi

a double-brimmed sun hat

a camp bed and sleeping bag

long boots to deter mosquitoes at sundown

quinine pills to protect against malaria

slabs of black chocolate for energy

metal uniform cases

a cedarwood trunk lined with zinc to keep ants out

silk pyjamas to avoid typhus

several more cleft sticks

a stick cleaver
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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zero_trooper [269 posts] 6 months ago
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ConcordeCX wrote:

Always:

Spare tube

CO2 + head thing

Victorinox/PB Swiss toolkit

Topeak rescue box

lightweight rain-jacket

Abus folding combination lock

front and rear lights, spare batteries

glasses, hearing aids+batteries, phone, wallet, house key + a spare

commute:

oyster card

Clothes: unmentionables, shirt, socks. Jeans, shoes, towel, soap etc in locker at work

work pass

musette for picking up shopping on the way home

Touring:

More tools, more clothes, more spares, pump, bidons, maps, GPS, 1st aid kit, camera, toiletries, rechargers, road food, Swiss Army knife, cleft sticks

Expeditions:
a well-furnished tent

3 months' rations

collapsible canoe

jointed flagstaff and Union Jack

hand pump and sterilising plant

astrolabe

6 suits of tropical linen

sou'wester

camp operating table and set of surgical instruments

portable humidor

Christmas hamper with Santa costume and mistletoe stand

cane for whacking snakes

coil of rope

sheet of tin

several cleft sticks

riding breeches for winter and summer

bush shirts

a sola topi

a double-brimmed sun hat

a camp bed and sleeping bag

long boots to deter mosquitoes at sundown

quinine pills to protect against malaria

slabs of black chocolate for energy

metal uniform cases

a cedarwood trunk lined with zinc to keep ants out

silk pyjamas to avoid typhus

several more cleft sticks

a stick cleaver
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quinine pills +1 

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andyp [1599 posts] 6 months ago
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'1 x inhaler (my wife's)'

 

You are Raimondas Rumsas and I claim my £5,

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rix [242 posts] 6 months ago
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Presta to Schrader valve adapter

tiny and useful

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cdamian [235 posts] 6 months ago
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For daily rides, which is either commute or in a group I carry this:

http://christof.damian.net/2016/08/what-is-in-my-bag-part-1-small-saddle...

  • mini tool
  • chain tool
  • the silver tools, where I have no idea what they are for
  • tire levers
  • CO2 cartridge and valve
  • spare tube, this is a pretty big and robust one for 28mm tires 
  • chain pins
  • tube valve extenders, in case I have to borrow a tube
  • tube valve tool
  • presta adapter, to use petrol station compressors
  • patches
  • spare contact lens

I reduced this now and instead of the mini tool and whatever the silver things are for I just use two allen keys. With the new Ultegra I don't need a screwdriver any more.

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... [205 posts] 6 months ago
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Ah, so we're including expeditions?  3 Right, then. Front to back..

HANDLEBAR BAG

* 1 x Nikon D810 DSLR with Nikkor f/1.4 35 mm lens
* 1 x UK passport
* 1 x wallet + money and cards
* 1 x Swiss Army Knife
* 1 x lighter
* 1 x pack of earplugs
* 1 x set of nail clippers
* 1 x small bottle of mosquito repellant
* 1 x headtorch
* 1 x hand sanitiser
* 1 x envelope with train/air/ferry tickets (as applicable)

FRONT LEFT PANNIER

* 1 x first aid kit
* 1 x Lezyne portable food pump
* 3 x acrylic tyre irons
* 1 x bag of tent pegs
* 1 x rubber mallet
* 1 x MacBook Pro
* 2 x expandable sinks
* 1 x toolkit

FRONT RIGHT PANNIER

* 1 x poncho
* 1 x waterproof trousers
* 1 x bundle of spare carrier bags
* 1 x sponge + washing up liquid for dishes
* 1 x cable pack (see separate list)
* 1 x Kryptonite D-lock
* 2 x Kryptoflex cable locks
* 1 x pair of flip-flops
* 1 x sewing kit
* 1 x camera accessories (see separate list)

REAR LEFT PANNIER

* 4 x clean lycra shorts
* 1 x jogging trousers/pyjamas
* 4 x clean tops
* 4 x clean pairs of socks
* 4 x pairs of underpants
* 1 x toilet bag (toothbrush, shower gel etc)
* 2 x 'sea to summit' inflatable pillows
* 1 x Thermarest 'Neo-Air'
* 1 x microfibre towel

REAR RIGHT PANNIER

* 1 x MSR dragonfly stove
* 2 x windshields for stove
* 1 x MSR 3-person cooking set
* 1 x one-cup cafetière
* 1 x multipack of spices
* 1 x cooking knife
* 1 x small chopping board
* 1 x small aluminium bottle of olive oil
* 3 x wooden spoons
* 1 x bag of filter coffee
* 1 x cutlery
* 1 x plastic spoon for coffee

RACK

* 1 x Big Agnes 3-person tent
* 1 x North Face sleeping bag
* 1 x Manfrotto tripod (God knows which model)

CABLES

* 1 x MacBook charger
* 3 x Apple iPhone charger cables + 1 plug
* 1 x Anker 'Powercore' 20100 block
* 2 x Garmin charging cable + 1 plug
* 3 x - UK 3 pin plug adaptors

CAMERA ACCESSORIES

* 1 x external 3 TB disk with all our photos on (used with Lightroom)
* 1 x Tamron 70-300 mm zoom telephoto lens
* 1 x Nikkor f/1.2 50 mm 'prime' lens
* 1 x Neewer VK750 Flash + 8 x spare AA batteries
* 1 x small camera cleaning kit

I use Vaude panniers, and they're flippin' huge. But the above still more or less fills them, with a bit of space left on top for souvenirs. Or the wife will carry the souvenirs in her panniers. She also carries the food. We use a three-person tent as 'er indoors brings her panniers 'indoors' overnight, whereas I just bring valuables in and leave the panniers on the bike.

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andyp [1599 posts] 6 months ago
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Lezyne multitool, mini pump, CO2. Park instant patches, 1 tube, VAR tyre lever. Coffee money. If out for an all-dayer I add a credit card to this, and a few coins for a phonecall in emergency.

 

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mikeymustard [34 posts] 6 months ago
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I keep a tenner in the zip up jersey pockets, plastic notes happily go through the wash so I leave 'em in!

 

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ridein [210 posts] 6 months ago
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Road bike Saddle bag

2 tubes

2 levers

normal patch kit with 2 tubes of rubber cement,

100 grit sandpaper for tube preparation

single-edge razor blade for trimming tube seams and tire boot

presta adapter

Park Tool tire boot (also doubles as iffy tube patch)

plastic ziploc bag to hold tubes (doubles as rain protection for computer)

money-paper & coins

re-usable cable ties

bandanna

 chapstick

energy gel for "bonking"

dry toilet paper

small tube of "emergency backup" sunscreen

disposable vinyl gloves 

mounted on bike

frame pump or large "mini" pump 

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BehindTheBikesheds [2615 posts] 6 months ago
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Daily/utility rides.

Lock, multi tool, tube, pump, levers, bungee cord, micro stanley knife, latex glove, sealed charity clothes bag  (to kneel on if it's raining, temporary leather saddle cover amongst other things), condom, metal twisty, 1xziptie, 1x shoe lace.

Weekend casual ride.

Multi-tool, pump, foam sealant cannister if on tubs, tube if clinchers.

I don't often take my phone, take the single spare house key, unless I'm riding more than 30 miles I won't take/eat food but will have a home made electrolyte drink during the warmer months.

Longer rides, touring, rides away from conurbations are a different kettle of fish but an extension of day ride kit for touring but it all depends on type/distance/weather/locatikn/goal.

I don't consider cash in this category anyway, it's a bit like your keys. Oh and non plastic notes also withstand washing.

 

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ConcordeCX [935 posts] 6 months ago
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cdamian wrote:

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  • the silver tools, where I have no idea what they are for
  • ...

I reduced this now and instead of the mini tool and whatever the silver things are for I just use two allen keys. With the new Ultegra I don't need a screwdriver any more.

small silver bars are useful as trade goods  in places where established currency has little or no meaning, such as Thamesmead. I don't think Allen keys would be an acceptable alternative as they are not usually very shiny, although I suppose you could have them chromed. Brightly-coloured sugary sweets are also quite useful as once the locals have become accustomed to the sight of wheels they tend to grow a little restless and the sugar distracts them.

 

 

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nniff [268 posts] 6 months ago
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Always:

2 spare tubes

2 CO2 cartridges and inflator

1 tyre lever

1 pair latex type gloves

3 allen key mini-tool, with additional torx head

1 J cloth

1 small sandwich bag in which to keep the previous two items

Phone, key, cards and cash in a Bellroy wallet

Front and rear lights (day or night, summer or winter)

1 emergency Luchos Delitos (coffee & guava) wrapped in greaseproof paper,

Lip balm (winter) or ventolin (summer)

Tissues

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don simon fbpe [2722 posts] 6 months ago
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Holy crap!

I never leave home without:

pump

inner tube

some sort of multitool (actually half a multitool as it broke in half).

Banana ( 1 per hour of riding).

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StraelGuy [1602 posts] 6 months ago
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Im my small rucksack I carry...

 

Topeak mini 9

2x tubes

2x 16 gr threaded CO2 and head.

Small bottle of lube

2x bright pink Pedro's levers

8 mm spanner if on the winter bike for mudguards

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froze [83 posts] 6 months ago
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I'm not going to discuss what I carry in my touring bike panniers because I don't think that's what this report was about.  When I ride my bike normally or commuting to work I have a seat bag which contains a spare tube,  a pair of Soma steel core tire levers, a QuikStik, a Park MTB 3.2 mini tool, a cheap small folding plier, phone, hand wipes, sometimes a energy bar, super glue (to fill in tire cuts and to seal deep skin cuts), a Altoids tin in which I put a key for the house and bike lock, glueless patches kit, Park boot patch, Ibuprofen, imodium ad, allergy pills,  a dollar in change, 2 $20 bills, spare batteries for the bike computer, and a presta to schrader converter, ID & insurance card. 

On the bike I have a pump (either a Lezyne Road Drive or a SKS Wese carbon race day depending on which bike I'm on) and water bottle(s) of course, sometimes I put on a front light but I always have my rear light on.

Some of things in this article I personally don't do is using CO2 air, I don't like the idea of paying for my air and then having a limited supply of it, not to mention the hassle of discarding the spent carts though some cyclists simply throw their empties on the side of the road!

I also don't like plastic tire levers because they can break especially when cold.

On the touring bike seat bag I carry all the same stuff I mentioned above except I add a VAR tire lever which is necessary for steel beaded tires, more hand wipes, chain lube, 2 Fiber Fix  Spoke things, few zip ties, black Gorilla tape (stronger then duct tape I use to carry), spare chain links, ATM card goes inside the Altoids tin; I think that's it.  I do carry a spare tire as well but that's not a folding tire so it's twisted into a small circle and stuffed between the outside straps on the panniers.   When I tour I take 2 pumps, one for backup, I take a Zefal HP frame pump (makes a great billy club against dogs) and a Lezyne Alloy Drive mini pump.  This bike also carries 3 water bottles on the frame and depending on how far I'm going I may have another in the handlebar bag. 

Touring wise in addition to the above stuff I carry a lot of stuff I don't think it's necessary to go into since the main subject was more about emergency bike repairs while on the road.

 

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brooksby [3835 posts] 6 months ago
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I've noticed several contributors mention that they carry condoms... Erm - is there a use for them besides the obvious, or do you hope to get lucky (while out on your bike ride)??

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HowardR [231 posts] 6 months ago
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Does no one, including the admirably prepared ConcordeCX, carry a trusty revolver these days?

- For ‘bike (& pistol) packing’ 1896 style I recommend John Forster Fraser’s excellent “Round the World on a Wheel” - 

And - For me...

Always:

           On bike:

  • Lezyne mini pump

          Under the saddle

  • Spare tube,
  • Puncture repair patches
  • Multi tool
  • 2 tyre levers
  • 1 quick link
  • <If I'm using a bike that might require them e.g had mudguards or is a fixed - spanners as appropriate (the track nut spanner has to go in my pockets)> 

Additional for rides over two hours - in Pockets

  • 2nd tube - (if my pockets are stuffed this may get put in to a slightly larger saddle bag)
  • Enough flapjacks for 1 per hour + on longer trips a reserve that varies with the likely duration.
  • Possibly maps & if I'm nagged in to taking it my phone.
  • Jacket arm/legg warmers as appropriate.
  • IF a cafe stop might be involved a small lock & money.

 

 

 

 

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ClubSmed [758 posts] 6 months ago
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Daily Commute Pannier includes:
Spare inner tube
Multi tool
Latex gloves
Tyre levers
Emergency first aid kit
Handy wipes
Zip bag with socks/underwear
Large zip bag with spare cycle clothes (in case it rains and morning kit does not dry out in time)
Wallet
Arm warmers (the weather I cycle in with is not always what I cycle back with)
Leg warmers (the weather I cycle in with is not always what I cycle back with)
Lightweight showerproof jacket
Sealskin socks
Spare smaller pannier that fits inside the larger pannier (incase I go shopping on the way home)

Always on bike:
Saddle bag
 - inner tube
 - multi tool (inc tyre levers & chain tool)
 - cable ties
 - Quick Link
 - Glueless Patches
Pump
3x Front lights
3x Rear lights
Velcro straps
fixed combination chain lock
Luggage strap/bungee
D-lock
Kryptonite flex cable

Always with me:
Phone (with emergency card in the case)
Keys
Tissues

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Zebra [47 posts] 6 months ago
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Interesting.  Some people evidently carry a huge amount of stuff.  I don't.  One thing which I do carry, and which I note no-one else seems to is a space blanket/thermal/ emergency blanket - you know, those silver foil looking things?  They can have a number of uses, especially in the event of you or your friend being injured in a crash - stop hypothermia, keep rain off, provide shade, easy to spot by emergency services etc.  Costs almost nothing and weighs even less. Folds up easily into a small saddle bag.  Very useful in  frequently drizzly and cold Britain I would have thought. 

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matthewn5 [1256 posts] 6 months ago
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I mostly ride alone, so I like to go out equipped. The OH drives but we don't have a car, so she couldn't rescue me in case of a mechanical. So:

Small 'first aid' bag that goes in the centre jersey pocket with:

2 x tyre levers
2 x CO2 cartridges
CO2 inflator thing
Foam insulaton for the CO2 cartridge
Lezyne multitool
Gear cable (who wants to ride home in 39x11)
Derailleur hanger
Park tube patches
Bandaids
Latex glove
Cut-off corners of two plastic bags (old emergency trick in case of frozen/numb toes/feet)
Wetwipes (from hotels etc)
1 x chain link
Valve cap (not sure why)
Valve nut (makes a flat easier to inflate out on the road)
Tyre boot
A few allen screws 3 and 4mm

Left pocket:

two inner tubes in a ziplock bag
Mini-pump
House keys

Right pocket:

Ziplock bag with credit card, British Cycling card, Senior rail card (in case I decide to train it home)
Phone
Gels/bars etc

 

I'd love ideas as to what I could leave out. Always looks bulky compared to others. Any ideas?

 

Zebra wrote:

One thing which I do carry, and which I note no-one else seems to is a space blanket/thermal/ emergency blanket - you know, those silver foil looking things?  They can have a number of uses, especially in the event of you or your friend being injured in a crash - stop hypothermia, keep rain off, provide shade, easy to spot by emergency services etc.  Costs almost nothing and weighs even less. Folds up easily into a small saddle bag.  Very useful in  frequently drizzly and cold Britain I would have thought. 

I always take one of those on overnight rides (eg DunRun).

 

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ConcordeCX [935 posts] 6 months ago
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HowardR wrote:

Does no one, including the admirably prepared ConcordeCX, carry a trusty revolver these days?

- For ‘bike (& pistol) packing’ 1896 style I recommend John Forster Fraser’s excellent “Round the World on a Wheel” - 

Dervla Murphy carried a revolver across the Balkans and put it to good use when she was attacked by wolves. I'm very much in favour of rewilding, so the time may come for me to carry one.

My closest similar experiences have been in Romania when I was lucky not to be de-throated by a snarling dog in remote Maramures County, and closer to home when a labrador regularly chased after me when I was jogging, to the point where I had to threaten its owner that I would bring a riding crop the next day; that put a stop to it.