1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

essentials

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Krypton, 15 Aug 2007.

  1. Krypton

    Krypton New Member

    Location:
    UK
    Why do some riders appear to have nothing with them when they pass me?

    Am I taking too much?:

    • Pump (frame mounted)
    • Water bottles x 2
    • Multi-tool
    • Spare tube
    • Mobile Phone
    • Tyre levers
    • Cash - notes and change
    • Puncture repair patches
    • Food / Snacks
     
  2. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Think I'm like you, I have never weighed my under-seat pack, but I reckon it weighs a fair whack.
    2 Tubes
    Hexus multitool
    P-repair kit.
    Tyre levers
    Emergency bar
    Few quid
    GNT Medication
    Keys
    Mobile phone
    Spare batteries.

    Bike doesn't half feel zippy without it!
    Then there's the mini-pump, water bottle(s), 2 front and 2 rear lights, Carradice sqr bracket, Space-grip, computer and HRM.

    GLad I bought a lightweight race bike!!!
     
  3. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    I've stopped carrying the multi tool as to me they are not only heavy but not convenient to use in most situations. I now carry a set of allen keys and a small shifter, it's lighter and does almost anything I want when on the road. Perhaps on a long tour I would reconsider but I doubt it!!!!!
     
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Add a kitchen sink, and you've got my sort of load...;)
     
  5. chris42

    chris42 New Member

    Location:
    Deal, Kent
    I take:

    a tube
    multi tool
    pump
    phone
    bottles in holders
    a gel
    some cash with an ID card.
     
  6. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    1 x spare tube, 1 x multitool, 3 x tyre levers, 1 x pack of park s/a patches, phone, cash, 1 or 2 x bottle (weather/distance dependent), 1 x frame pump, energy bars/flapjacks etc.
     
  7. I take a similar kit plus keys although the number of bottles and amount of food depends on distance and my Topeak Micro Rocket pump fits in the rear pocket and the multi tool has tyre levers.
     
  8. monnet

    monnet Über Member

    I carry:

    Pump - attached to down tube
    Bottle(s) (depending on ride length) - in cages
    Spare tube
    Tyre levers
    couple of allen keys (I agree with the comments inre: weight of multi tools)
    phone
    id
    bit of loose change
    food (depending on length of ride)
    handkerchief
    lightweight rainjacket if the weather looks a bit iffy.

    Bottles and pump aside, everything fits into the back pockets of my jersey. If I'm on a long ride with plenty of food and take the waterproof it can be a bit full but it all fits in ok.
     
  9. Chris James

    Chris James Über Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
    For a short (2 -3 hours) I take
    1 tube
    puncture repair kit
    3 tyre levers
    mini pump (mount on bottle boss)
    1 bottle
    phone
    food

    Then I sometimes take
    Arm / leg warmers
    Windproof jacket

    For longer day rides I might take:
    several allen keys
    poss chain tool and spare connectors
    thin screwdriver
    money - to buy extra liquid if neceesary and other emergency stuff

    I don't bother with a multitool. My bike seems to be almost exclusively held togther by allen keys and most of them are unlikely to come loose or need adjustment - eg stem bolt, pedals - so I probably wouldn't bother with those sizes anyway! So for a few allen keys the multitool actually works out heavier. I suppose if you include a chain tool and pair of pliers (which I haven't bothered with above) then the multi tool starts looking more attractive.
     
  10. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Stuff I take :-
    Tube (s)
    2 tyre levers
    Multitool
    Pump on the side of a bottle cage
    Lightweight jacket in a bottle cage (sometimes)

    Stuff I could have done with on Wednesday night
    Gills. Snorkel. Fins.
    Outboard engine.
     
  11. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Location:
    Meanwood ,Leeds
    Nothing wrong with that list.Similar in my saddle bag.Ieven carry some clothing of my two mates as well.Also was up in Hull yesterday visited THE DEEP first time i have seen the Bridge impressive.
     
  12. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    Zip ties - very light and you can fix all sorts with them.
     
  13. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Well it depends on how much you like walking...
     
  14. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I have loads of stuff in my seat bag thing. I have:
    Mobile( I have to take that one:sad: )
    Multi tool
    cable ties
    P repair kit
    Couple of 20p's
    Energy bar
    Plasters(for those small and annoying cuts)
    Anti-septic wipes
    And some more stuff that i put in there just in case.

    Then i have a drinks bottle, lights on the front and back, and a cag thats between the seat and the seat pack.
    I dont carry a pump because depending where i am, i will either go into a petrol station and pump the tyres up, or ring home or just walk home. I do keep meaning to buy a small pump though.
     
  15. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    I carry in a small bumbag:

    • inner tube
    • self sticking patches
    • tyre levers
    • CO2 pump
    • 3 gas cannisters
    • presta to schraeder converter (in case I need petrol garage pump)
    • chain tool
    • split link
    • multi tool
    • multi spanner
    • pack of Dextrol
    • some cash