- New to road riding
On the other road bike I don’t carry these as it has puncture proof tubes.
Foolish statement! You’re guaranteed a puncture on your next ride now!
OP, as above, saddle bag with tube, tyre lever(s) (depending on your tyres), mini multi tool. Card/cash, phone and munchies in a pocket. Mini pump under a bottle cage is also a good idea. Oh, and I’ve recently put a Specialized EMT chain tool in my top cap. One of those things which I hope will just sit there and never be needed, but a cool idea, IMHO.Posted 4 years ago
I have a small saddle bag that contains a tube, 2 tyre levers, a multi-tool, some glueless patches, a CO2 cartridge and a spare mech hanger. It stays on my bike so I don’t forget it. Unless it’s a short ride I also take a mini pump in my jersey pocket and another CO2 cartridge or 2. All other stuff (food, spare clothes, phone, etc.) all goes in Jersey pockets.Posted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
I’ve just gone one of these
which is neat and cheap – holds and comes with self adhesive patches, the sides are removable tyre levers, it comes with a stiff patch for repairing tyre cuts, and there’s enough room inside for chocolate/beer money.
So that, a mini pump, a mobile phone and a house key all in jersey pockets. On longer rides where I want to carry food I’ll use a saddle bag for the above bits (and a spare tube) and stick food in my pockets. Plus a pair of disposable gloves as there’s no way I’m working on my (or someone elses bike) and getting oil and crud all over my immaculate white bar tape or kit. And no, I’m not joking.Posted 4 years ago
Saddle bags rattle, crap on the frame ruins the aero and aesthetics . Take a tube, levers, quick links, co2 cartridge – all of which I have wrapped up in a neat bundle with an elastic band – decent mini pump, multi tool, phone, a few pounds for emergency a (I keep a folded fiver behind my phone inside the phone case) and keys all of which fit in Jersey pockets with room to spare.Posted 4 years agodavidtaylforthMember
Lool; saddle bags and disposable gloves?! A sign of the times; road cycling is now overrun with nodders. Why bother with a superlight saddle when you’re gonna strap half a kilo of unnecessary shite in a bag to it?!
Put your stuff in your jersey pockets; that’s what they’re there for. Slam your stem while you’re at it aswell.Posted 4 years agoDanWMember
Same as on the MTB.
Tiny pump, levers, patches and tube strapped to the seatpost. Multi-tool in one pocket. Phone, card, cash and keys in middle pocket. Gels in the final pocket. 2 big bottles on the frame.
Some versatile kit similar to a light jacket which can be opened up to be very breathable/ Gabba top/ arm and leg warmers depending on the weather outlook saves you having to pack extra clothes too and can cope with changes in weather really well.Posted 4 years agohebdencyclistMember
Mini pump attached to bottle bosses. Tube, tyre lever, multitool in jersey pocket. Keys/wallet/snack in other jersey pocket. Waterproof (if necessary) in other jersey pocket.
When they make a saddle pack that doesn’t look like your mum’s mudflaps then I’ll consider one. But really – people overthink it. Just put the essentials in your pockets and ride.Posted 4 years agopleaderwilliamsMember
Plus small pouch containing:
Multi-tool (including chain tool & spoke keys)
Pump also does CO2, so sometimes take some cartridges too.
Then depending on the weather, sometimes a gilet/armwarmers or rain jacket.
All in jersey pockets.Posted 4 years agoThrustyjustMember
Small saddle bag for me. Smaller than my ass, so aero is not affected 😀Posted 4 years ago
Has a small pump, tube, small multitool, cash, phone, dropout and puncture kit in there and house key. Rather stuff them there than have keys and pump in back pockets waiting to inject into my spine if something untoward was to happen. Although the gilet does go in my back pocket with a squishy fruit bar.scaredypantsSubscriber
I don’t see what’s so great about stuff in your pockets – one of the big attractions of road biking to me is that I don’t have a load of stuff on my back and I can keep cool instead. Short summery MTB rides are the same
I keep my phone in the back pocket, partly for accessibility and partly for GPS recording but everything else goes on the bike. Pump under the bottle cage, tube & tools in a storage “bottle” in the cage. If it looks like it’ll rain I might put a gilet or a jacket in my pocket but they’re very noticeable and a bit irritating
I’d use frame bags or saddlebags before filling my pockets with shitePosted 4 years agoscaredypantsSubscriber
second bottle not needed – I have a 900ml bottle if I’m on a long ride, and I live in southern england, where there’s a tap pretty much within sight at any time
tube’s in the storage bottle (tyres are tubeless and also carry tubeless repair bits) with the other stuff. Food rarely carried; I’d rather stop & buy it if I was on a long ride, though I take jelly babies in one of those toptube packs in winter.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithMember
firstly assume the miserable look
blank all mountain bikers even if you know them
the reason the Rules http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/ comes published in hard back is so you can make a firmer point when you shove it up the arse of those who think it’s actual rules.
Pump on the frame, 2 bottles as it’s doesn’t really effect it much.Posted 4 years ago
Saddle bag with tool, CO2 and multi tool so you don’t forget it.
Rest in pockets
Cash/Card in case of hunger & a need to hide from the weather
Unless you’re racing, aero is bollox
No it isn’t. Aerodynamics exists whether you are racing or not. What I believe you meant to say is “assuming the op is not going fast enough/is not concerned about the aerobic affect of the paraphanlia adorned to the frame of his bicycle, then attaching peripheral items to it I not an issue to be concerned with – with regard to aerobic effect”
As for the look, yes I would rather avoid looking like I’d just ridden through Haldfords on a magnetic bike frame, that’s my choice.Posted 4 years agohilldodgerMember
Simple guideline for riders (as opposed to wannabee racers)
open jersey pockets for items you might need while riding – food, arm warmers, gilet etc
zipped jersey pocket for things you really don’t want to lose – phone, cash, keys
small saddle bag for stuff you don’t need unless off the bike – tools, tubes
All the guff about ‘aero’ and ‘spoiling the lines’ is just poseur riding by rule followers 😛Posted 4 years ago
I understand the whole minimalist/aero/The Rules/don’t spoil the line argument, I really do. But, in the grand scheme of things, a small bag under the saddle makes little difference to any of the above and for me at least, is a much better solution that full pockets.
And if you want to make yourself feel better about it, just Google some images of pro’s on training ride, you’ll see saddle bags aplenty, exibit 1, Joe Drombrowski:Posted 4 years ago
Klunk – Member
LOL at Kryton being a devotee of “the rules”, remember what you said on BM when it was suggested you should take up road riding to improve your fitness ?
I have to admit to being very wrong :-/
Personally – and I’m the same with an mtb camelback outside of races, I just prefer minimal kit and cleans lines on a bike these days. Admittedly this was not always the case in the past.Posted 4 years agopictonroadSubscriber
I use a tiny saddle bag, pump next to the bottle cage and have recently adopted a small deuter top tube bag for phone and sugary nonsense. I can also put a back up battery in there when staying out for 120 miles+ as my iphone doesn’t last the full ride.
Can’t stand stuff in jersey pockets, I worry about landing on a pump in a crash, had a few moments recently with cars and horses and I think it’s only time before an emergency bailout will be needed.
I may well be worrying unnecessarily of course.Posted 4 years agoiaincSubscriber
one of these on the saddle takes tube, patches, multitool, latex gloves. I have pump and bottles on frame. I share view that I don’t want anything hard in back pockets incase I land on my back, so only put phone and keys in a wee waterproof pouch and food there, along with showerproof or arm warmers/gilet.Posted 4 years ago
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