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As inspired by the Howies Llaeth review, what goes in each?

Most of my jerseys have three pockets, so it's as follows:

Left - phone, cards & money in slim plastic thing, keys

Middle - pump, cafe lock, clear or sunglasses, sometimes a spare layer (jacket, snood, or base)

Right - lip balm, paracetamol, tissue, energy bar/snack, eyeliner.

 

If I stop and pick up a few groceries on the way home, I usually stick the milk in the middle (emptying it first into the right), chocolate bar on the left, and anything else down the front of my jersey. 

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Super Domestique [1621 posts] 2 years ago
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Wallet / phone, etc in the left pocket.

Middle gets multi tool / spares clothes/food, etc.

Right pocket gets all the potential puncture repair stuff.

 

 

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StraelGuy [1699 posts] 2 years ago
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Not much I'm afraid, a packet of pocket tissues in the right pocket, housekeys in the zipped middle one, and, ahem, 'used' tissues in the left one. All my tools, tubes and spares etc go in my rucksack.

 

I know, I know, I feel dirty cheeky.

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psling [296 posts] 2 years ago
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"If I stop and pick up a few groceries on the way home, I usually stick the milk in the middle (emptying it first into the right)..."

Wouldn't it be better to leave the milk in the bottle?

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zedthegreat [40 posts] 2 years ago
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Left pocket - banana and energy gel

Middle - Gillet/jacket and phone wedged in (waterproof phone, so no case required)

Right pocket - Bank card, inhalor (no TUE provided), keys - unless a zipped pocket on jersey

I also use a small saddle bag, which contains spare tube, multi tool and levers. Mini pump on the frame - and I am OK with this! 

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Rapha Nadal [1090 posts] 2 years ago
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Middle pocket - pump, phone, gilet if i take it off

Left pocket - energy bars

Right pocket - emergency gel & then my keys/card/cash in the zipped valuables pocket

I can't stand a twisted jersey so try to keep the weight distribution quite even.

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dottigirl [864 posts] 2 years ago
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zedthegreat wrote:

I also use a small saddle bag, which contains spare tube, multi tool and levers. Mini pump on the frame - and I am OK with this!

Me too...as long as you're regularly checking that the pump is still functional. More than once during mechanicals, people have produced frame pumps only to discover that they were useless. They don't hold out for long against road crap.

Saddle bag contents would be a thread of its own. (I'm massively cautious and carry lots of little things.)

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tritecommentbot [2266 posts] 2 years ago
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Left - phone

Middle - Lezyne Bag w/ levers, Co2, tube, painkillers

Right - mini tool

 

If it's hot and I need loads of water/food (100miles and up) then I'll also throw in one or two collapsible Salomon flasks with water/maltodextrin/caffeine in there. One each side. 

 

That sucks but I'll try and use them first then the weight is gone and all is well again. Beats having to stop and lose time at a shop or something.

Don't take solid food on the bike any more. Too bulky. Haven't even taken the pump in ages. 

 

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alansmurphy [2213 posts] 2 years ago
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My strategy is to put stuff inside the pockets, seems to work...

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alansmurphy [2213 posts] 2 years ago
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"Right - lip balm, paracetamol, tissue, energy bar/snack, eyeliner"

 

Hmmm, I tend to ensure my guyliner is waterproof!

 

"anything else down the front of my jersey"

 

Minx

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peted76 [1456 posts] 2 years ago
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Short or social rides:

Right - Phone/card/key&emergency details in a pocopac wallet.

Middle - free in order to take off layers.

Left - Nana, gels, bars etc.. 

 

Longer rides:

Right - Food overflow, Repair kit & bits that would normally be in a tool bottle in second cage position, kit overflow dependant on ride/weather etc.. 

Middle - gillet, rain jacket, phone/card/key&emergency details in a pocopac wallet.

Left - More substancial food + Nana, gels, bars etc.. 

 

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fenix [1195 posts] 2 years ago
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Your left or my left ?

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Kapelmuur [461 posts] 2 years ago
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Which pocket for your BC membership card? smiley

 

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arfa [859 posts] 2 years ago
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I know it's all a matter of preference but personally I never carry anything solid in the middle pocket on the basis of avoiding anything hard impacting the spine in the event of an "off". Just a thought.

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sw600 [21 posts] 2 years ago
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"If I stop and pick up a few groceries on the way home, I usually stick the milk in the middle (emptying it first into the right), chocolate bar on the left, and anything else down the front of my jersey."

This has got a lot easier since the demise of big box powders, and since I stopped drinking those 3l bottles of white lightning.

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LastBoyScout [601 posts] 2 years ago
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Left - phone, money, ID, keys, pack of tissues, 1/2 the food.

Middle - windproof if not already wearing it, spare tube, emergency gels.

Right - Neoprene pouch containing breakdown kit (CO2, 4/5mm Hex keys, tyre boot, patches and glue, chain links, few plasters), 1/2 the food.

Add arm warmers and sun cream as appropriate.

For long rides, I'll tape a second tube under the saddle and add another CO2 or mini-pump on the frame.

I used to use a small seat pack to put the breakdown kit and a tube in and sometimes still do on long rides if the weather is iffy and I want to get a proper waterproof/leg warmers in.

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Griff500 [382 posts] 2 years ago
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Small under saddle bag: spare tube, CO2, levers and allen keys.

Middle pocket: Phone

Right pocket: Jelly babies

Left pocket: Money, only on longer rides if I plan to buy lunch.

Keys/eyeliner left at home in hidey hole.

 

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wycombewheeler [1355 posts] 2 years ago
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nothing has a fixed location

generally tools and tubes are on the bike
snacks in a top tube bag so they are accessible
wallet and phone in one pocket
keys and coins in another
extra layers in the third

I don't tend to carry a lock, just select my stops accordingly. (Not in towns/cities and where I can see my bike at all times)

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barbarus [536 posts] 2 years ago
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Right - epo vial and syringe
Middle - benzos
Left remote control for hidden motor

Nah not really, it's just a banana and some keys, same as everyone else.

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Simon E [3747 posts] 2 years ago
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Left: a small fleece square for wiping my nose - it's far better than tissue and won't get manky like a hanky.

Middle: house key, cash. A jacket/cap also get stuffed in here as required with empty wrappers.

Right: food - banana, snickers etc.

Tools and spare tube go in a seat pack. I wouldn't carry a pump, or anything solid, in a jersey pocket.

Groceries are bought separately. I try not to mix business (shopping) with pleasure (riding). For the commute I use a small waist pack or rucksack.

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dottigirl [864 posts] 2 years ago
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sw600 wrote:

"If I stop and pick up a few groceries on the way home, I usually stick the milk in the middle (emptying it first into the right), chocolate bar on the left, and anything else down the front of my jersey." This has got a lot easier since the demise of big box powders, and since I stopped drinking those 3l bottles of white lightning.

I'm more of a 'Bow girl.

And I did actually carry a box of Persil home under my gilet the other day, how did you know?

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ClubSmed [781 posts] 2 years ago
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Small under saddle bag: Spare Tube, spare batteries, Tyre Levers, patches and Multitool.

Middle pocket: Phone (if not attached to stem), food bars.

Right pocket: Keys, Tissues

Left pocket: Money (folding and notes), Handsfree earphones.

Pump attached via holder mounted under bottle cage.
Cafe Lock is permanently wrapped around head tube just in case
Wind/Shower jacket on the pannier via 3 strap bungee (which can also be utilised for shopping if needed)

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Man of Lard [345 posts] 2 years ago
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Left - tube, tyre levers, micropump & ID (velcroed together)

Right - Ratchet minitool, selection of brands of glueless patches, quicklink

Middle - rain jacket/gilet, gels, phone (in zip lock with a couple of tightly rolled plastic fivers)

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bbir [19 posts] 2 years ago
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Small under saddle bag: spare tube, pump, space blanket, levers, cafe lock, and allen keys.

Middle pocket: Phone and money

Right pocket: Glasses, rain jacket (if needed)

Left pocket: Food (and later food wrappers)

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Shamblesuk [174 posts] 2 years ago
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Lesson learned. Phone goes in middle pocket now as I fell off after a nonchalant unclipping amnesia while stationery and bent my phone which was in the right pocket.

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Simon E [3747 posts] 2 years ago
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Shamblesuk wrote:

Lesson learned. Phone goes in middle pocket now as I fell off after a nonchalant unclipping amnesia while stationery and bent my phone which was in the right pocket.

A phone can be replaced no problem, fixing lumbar vertebrae is not so simple.

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Man of Lard [345 posts] 2 years ago
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Simon E wrote:

A phone can be replaced no problem, fixing lumbar vertebrae is not so simple.

Especially if you take a £10 PAYG Nokia/similar.

Shamblesuk wrote:

... while stationery ...

A note book?

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sw600 [21 posts] 2 years ago
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Man of Lard wrote:

with a couple of tightly rolled plastic fivers)

Jesus that's a bit blatant, I thought we were trying to clean up the sport?

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TypeVertigo [429 posts] 2 years ago
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Personally, I would avoid using the center jersey pocket for anything hard. Land on your spine in an endo, and that mini pump in your center pocket can spell instant paralysis.

Tools and tubes always on the bike, either in a saddle bag, or mounted to frame as with a mini pump.

Left pocket - wallet in ziplock sandwich bag, keys, sunscreen on longer rides
Center pocket - my rain jacket, a bulky Sugoi Zap hardshell
Right pocket - waterproof phone, granola bars, wet wipes

There are instances of riders whose wallets have gotten snatched away by local thugs in my country, though. When I bike commute to work I usually put my wallet inside my panniers.

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Simontuck [204 posts] 2 years ago
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OH, I know this is a week old thread but I want to play!

Left pocket: small pump, rain jacket or warmers depending on the time of year. food wrappers also go in here unless I have a winter jersey on, then they get tucked in the sleeve.

Middle pocket: spare tube, or tubes, any other layers that I can squeeze in if needed. Sometimes put a cafe lock in here or swap contents with left pocket apart from pump that always stays in the left pocket.

Right pocket: Phone in clear pocket with any cards or money that I might need, orbitkey keyring which holds and protects sharp bits of keys from sticking in me!, plus food.

I used to have a saddlebag, but I've found that I really don't need it. Can't even remember where I put it actually! Same with levers, I rarely find a tyre that I can't get on and off without levers and thats from mtb and kids bike tyres right through to 23mm road tyres. It's all about the technique and having really calloused thumbs!!

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Awavey [567 posts] 2 years ago
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I dont really have fixed pockets for things except the middle pocket tends to be soft stuff like gloves/gillet/cap/armwarmers only as yeah I do agree if you bounce off on hard things, theyll tend to hurt more on your spine.But left or right side I have things like phone, keys (not in the same pocket though), lip balm, inhaler,gel,cereal/protein bar. money I put in the saddlebag, pump goes on the frame, but I might bag it up now as I realised that actually yeah it does get alot of crud off the road and might not work when I need it if I leave it like that.

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