What's in your backpack/pannier?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by NigC, 6 May 2010.

  1. NigC

    NigC New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    I'm fully expecting to have to buy a new backpack after this thread has run it's course :tongue:

    So what do you carry with you?

    I carry a couple of spare inner tubes, puncture repair kit, waterproofs, lights (when I'm not using them) and a crap pump! That's about it, so what am I missing?
     
  2. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    In my rucksack is a shirt, trousers and underwear; my wallet; cufflinks, tiepin etc; mobile phone and travel card. I also have a saddle bag thing that contains two inner tubes, tyre levers and some allen keys. Got a pump attached to the frame of the bike.

    I think that's about it
     
  3. Theseus

    Theseus .

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    For commuting on the fixed ...

    On the frame: pump, water bidon

    In the saddle pack: Multi-Tool, Adjustable spanner, spare tube, p*nct*re kit, tyre levers, zip ties, spare section (2-3 links) of 1/8" chain, 2 snap links for 1/8" chain, tissues, 2 pairs nitrile gloves, keys , mobile, money pouch, security pass, lunch box, reading glasses, shirt, pants, socks
     
  4. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru

    Inner tube
    Repair kit
    Spoke key
    Multi-holed spanner
    Spare chain links with powerlink
    Tyre levers
    Multitool (with tyre levers, screwdrivers, chain tool, Allen Keys)
    Zip ties
    Latex gloves - for roadside repairs
    3 carrier bags - to cover the saddle & bar ends in case I have to put bike upside down on pavement to work on it
    Mini Pump (on frame)
    Hooded waterproof
    Hi Viz vest in case it's overcast/raining/dark.
    £3 bus/train fare - in case something serious happens and I can't get the bike fixed roadside and I'm too far to walk home.

    I commute 24 miles a day, 365 days a year so I like to be prepared for all eventualities.

    At work, I have a bottle of lube and wet wipes in case it rains on the way in. I'll clean and re-lube at lunchtime to ensure the ride home is smooth.
     
  5. OP
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    NigC

    NigC New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    I used to keep the pump on the frame, but found it a pain to keep removing it (and the lights) whenever I stopped at the shops. So now I just leave it in the backpack. The pump holder makes a useful holder for an umbrella when it's raining and my wife has forgotten to send our daughter to school with her waterproof. Note to self: Buy a small retractable umbrella that can fit in backpack
     
  6. I've come to enjoy the freedom of not wearing my rucksack in the warmer, brighter days. Winter is a different story as I carry night wear (nice pair of pj's!!...no, a big bright jacket) overshoes seperate gloves etc

    During the summer I use the under saddle "eastpeak" baggy thing
    In it, I manage to fit:
    • House Keys
    • Office Keys
    • Blackberry
    • Wallett
    • Spare cash (roll of coins)
    • Spare tube
    • Repair kit
    • and a waterproof over cover for the lot
    In addition, My bike carries the pump (a good "clip on valve type"), 3 lights and two cages for water bottles. I am thinking of useing one cage (as i never take two bottles on a commute, thats for days out with the kids) to carry the above as I dont like it hanging under my seat...potentially blocking my rear light.

    Each Monday I take the loud bike in a drop off/remove shirts and underwear (all folded in the top box) for the week.
     
  7. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling

    How big is your backpack!!!!
     
  8. wow, you cycle with an umbrella...now that i have to see.

    have you considered buying a rainproof jacket. they are quite cool looking and you can keep both hands on the bars in the rain
     
  9. Sailorchick

    Sailorchick New Member

    Location:
    Southampton
    Not a lot today as brought everything in on Monday so I could ride the good bike yesterday.

    Normally -
    Clothes for the day
    Towel
    Toiletries
    Tools
    Puncture repair kit and tube
    Spare lights and batteries.
     
  10. OP
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    NigC

    NigC New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    :tongue::biggrin::biggrin: I only need it for when I'm on the mobile :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

    It's rare - my wife works in the same office as me, but her working times are different. She drops the little-one at school and I collect her. It's a three-quarter mile walk home from school and when it's raining heavily, I take an umbrella from the car before leaving the office and strap it to the bike for the little-one's walk home).
     
  11. Matthames

    Matthames Über Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    I usually have:
    Panniers:
    Trousers
    T-Shirt
    For the time being a jacket incase I get cold
    Washbag
    Lunch
    Notebook for times
    Pump
    Fairy visit kit
    Spare tube
    Screwdriver
    Allen Key
    Spoke key
    Chain tool
    Wallet
    Travel Pass
    Glasses case
    Blackberry
    Keys
    Inhaler
    Spare hearing aid batteries

    Bike:
    Lock tied to the rack
    Water bottle
     
  12. benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    Location:
    Epsom

    Is that when you sing to yourself?
     
  13. Gains

    Gains New Member

    Hmmm im liking the umbrella idea, maybe you could fashion it into some sort of sail to speed up commutes too? :tongue:

    Iv got a little dhb backpack with:
    2 tubes + tyre levers
    Multi-tool
    Pump
    Keys + wallet + watch + work pass
    Bike lock
    Lunch box + random bananas/apple
    Hi-Viz waterproof thing in the side pouch

    On the frame iv just got a bottle and the computer jobby + lights.

    Maybe one day ill put the saddle bag on to save the backpack zip from exploding.

    Fortunately i do some running on wednesdays so have to drive in then and I resupply my work clothes stash then so i dont need to cram extra stuff on top of that!
     
  14. OP
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    NigC

    NigC New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Oops :tongue::biggrin:

    Not to silf: Uuse the spill chucker befor pasting!
     
  15. OP
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    NigC

    NigC New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    :biggrin: I'm no sailor, but given that cyclists always have to cycle into the wind (why :tongue:), doesn't that mean constantly veering across the roads? :biggrin:
     
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