- Roadie question (sorry)
It’s been a nice day today and it got me thinking about how I’m going to carry my phone and cash when the weather gets hotter.
Over the winter I’ve just stuffed everything into my jacket and the back end of last summer when I got the road bike I was riding with my baggies and 5:10’s 😳
What I’m basically asking is do any road shirts have zips on the rear or what other solutions apart from Tri Bags are there ?Posted 4 years agohousehusbandSubscriber
Most have three separate back pockets and it’s amazing what you can carry in them if you whittle it down to the necessities. One bottle on the bike and, if needed, another in a pocket; pump spare tube, puncture repair kit, Pedro’s tyre levers and Hexus wrapped up tight in a small sac; phone, cash, blood sugar level meter, insulin and way more gels and food than I’ll ever need!
One of the things I’ve enjoyed about riding more on the road is the amount of crap I don’t carry with me compared to mountain biking – and I’m amazed at what I have been able to cut down to.Posted 4 years agobutcherMember
I’m a practical kinda guy, and like to have various storage options for all the crap I carry on my rides. But over time I have learnt to use my jersey pockets for the vast majority of it. Phone, key and money in zip pocket. Jacket and pump in one pocket. Camera in another. Then I have one free for optional paraphernalia depending on requirements.
Tools, tubes, and repair kit go in saddle pack. Then I like to have a munchies pack on my top tube (I’m not very cool 🙂 )Posted 4 years agoprawnyMember
I’ve got a bottle on my bike with patches tubes and levers in, a little tiny seat pack for co2 and keys, back pocket for phone in a sandwich bag and a bit of food if it’s a longer one. I’ll put the tubes and levers in a pocket if it’s a really long on and use two bottles.
Never needed the zipped pocket for valuables. It’s a long way out of them.Posted 4 years agolungeSubscriber
Saddle pack with tubes, multitool, patches, tyre levers, keys and inhaler. Back pockets have phone, train pass and a banana or 2 in jersey pockets, along with any spare layers, gloves, etc. On my ride today I started with empty pockets (it was early and still cool) and ended up with a billet, gloves, cap, arm and leg warmers in the pockets. All fitted reasonable easily.Posted 4 years agobelugabobMember
Don’t do much road riding (I only have a hybrid, anyway) but have taken to riding as minimal as possible on my MTB(mostly to avoid having a backpack)
Tools and spare tubes go in a saddlebag, pump in a bracket that mounts under the bottle cage (using the same bolts as the bottle cage) and water goes in the bottle. Jersey pockets are reserved exclusively for any items that I don’t like the idea of falling on top of – this includes, but is not limited to keys, phones, tools & co2 cartidges – as I find that even falling on a chunk of malt loaf, flapjack or a sandwich hurts plenty enough already 😉
I only have one jersey with a zipped pocket, and that pocket never gets used as it’s too fiddly.Posted 4 years ago
A good fitting jersey should take all you need.
Two tubes, two gas and inflator, cash, levers, phone and three bit’s of food, no problem at all.
I only took the phone today as I had to collect my wife. Otherwise I can’t see why you need to jibber jabber whilst on a ride.
Edit as above why?Posted 4 years agojonbaMember
Some jerseys do some don’t. I carry most things in a small saddle bag or one of those bottles on the bike. Depends on how much water you need. Personally I don’t like to cram my pockets full of stuff and I will need tow bottles on a regular non stop 80+ mile weekend ride.
I generally try to keep hard pointy things out of my jersey in case I crash. ziplock bag with my phone, £10 note, key in one pocket and it is fine. Most pockets are elasticated and you don’t jump around on a road bike so nothing falls out. In fact, nothing falls out on the three peaks or mountain biking either.Posted 4 years agoDanWMember
Everything Househusband said really.
A normal road jersey will easily carry everything you ever need.
2 bottles on the frame to be refilled en route if riding for a long time
Park tyre lever, small penknife, zip ties and smallest Topeak pump velcroed together
Small plastic Park box which a puncture repair kit came in filled with random spares (all bolts, spare cable, links, etc)
Topeak multi tool with chainbreaker
Park Super Patches and house key slotted inside the neoprene case of the multi tool
Inner tubes (can also be taped under the saddle in drier weather)
Phone in a watertight zip bag some Castelli arm warmers came in
£10 note and bank card in phone case
More than enough stuff for a bimble on the road an much less obtrusive in jersey pockets than it sounds. Nothing has ever fallen out on the MTB or road.
The advantage of a saddle bag is that your multi-tool, tube, levers etc. are always fitted on the bike so you’re not (wasting riding time) looking for them before you go.
Conversely, putting everything in jersey pockets means you have to check everything properly before you leave and you avoid assuming everything is in a saddle bag only to find the one thing you need is missing because you removed it the night before when getting the bike ready for the next day 😳Posted 4 years agoiain65Member
I use one of the kids old phones, it is tiny and weighs nothing with a pay as you go SIM card in it, much better than crashing on or sweat ingressing a nice smart phone.
Other items are a tube, pump and a tenner, reckon I can fix anything with that lot, or wait up at a pub while the cavalry comes!Posted 4 years agoiaincSubscriber
Pockets here too. Middle one has a lezyne caddy sack with 2 tubes, hexus, power link, patches, levers, disposable gloves and separately a small lezyne pump. Right side one has waterproof bag, with phone (in a neoprene case) house or car key, cash/card. Left side one has waterproof if required and food. 1 or 2 bottles on bike depending on ride duration.Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Had two of those Lezyne bags – velcro destroyed them and they are now junk. So I invested £1.88 in two of these. Perfect. Head down to Ryman. The small size holds two tubes, two CO2 and nanoflate, a microtool, two gloves, a Topeak carbon pump and some instant patches.
Hi, I’m in the middle of nowhere and I just had my third puncture
Hence the instant patches.Posted 4 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
WTH take a phone?
Has the app for the local public transport service on it.
Finds me the nearest tram stop in an emergency, tells me how long I’ll have to wait, and lets me buy an e-ticket.
Usually have a handful of €2 coins in the saddlepack too. Enough for tram ticket and/or ice-cream.
Most of my long sleeve jerseys have a zipped 4th pocket. Short sleeve ones don’t. Might need to rectify that.
Also intending to go out a bit more with a more minimalist amount of kit.Posted 4 years agoIanWMember
I use something similar to those pencil cases. There re enforced (sort of cross cross string within the plastic) zipped pouches. You can get them for a couple of quid from Rymans or the TheRange type places.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve got a co2, lever, couple of hex keys, patches, aspirin and a chain link and tool in a pack about the size of a packet of fags.
Having said that I’ve carried it and a tube for 12 months and several thousand miles without using it. Quality tyres and a well maintained bike is the secret IMO.Gary_MMember
And when does anything important happen that needs phone? Knock on a door.
I can go miles without passing a door to knock on on most road rides I do.
All my stuff goes in jersey pockets. Tube, tyre lever, mini tool in one, pump/spare clothes in another, any food for long rides in both side pockets. Phone in plastic bag in zipped pocket
Why do you a penknife with you? Only possible reason I can think of would be to dig glass out a tyre? Not something I’ve ever needed a penknife for on a ride though.Posted 4 years agoSoloMember
Everything in the 3 rear pockets of the Jersey. Saddle bags are not allowed. Only use water bottles for water or some other fluid for drinking. One or two bottles for rides upto 50 miles long. For rides over 50 miles in length, have someone follow you in their car to hand you additional bottles as you ride. Preferably someone you know.
Got that ?
😉Posted 4 years ago
And when does anything important happen that needs phone? Knock on a door.
aah, yeah I should have just done that when my mate smashed his pelvis into 16 pieces two years ago. Of course I didn’t know where, or how far the nearest house was, but I should have just told him to wait there for an hour or so while I go off to knock on a door, while he’s screaming in agony. silly me.Posted 4 years ago
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