Just recently a relatively new member has been teased about the amount of stuff she carries when riding, she has a very small saddle bag and a back pack that seems to be fairly well loaded. I understand that on one ride another rider actually vetted what she was carrying and reduced her load considerably. Given that the 2 big summer rides are almost here and we shall have some new riders out there maybe it's time to again discuss whats essential.
On a normal fair weather day I carry 2 bidons in their cages. In a small bag on my cross bar I carry a few gels, a few yoghurt covered bars, a small tube of factor 15+, a few disposable gloves (for any light mech work that might be required)
The bag under my saddle contains a pump, 2 C02 plus applicator, 2 tubes, multitool, tyre levers, patches and glue.
Stuffed into my jersey pockets, phone in waterproof bag, wallet with cash card and ID, soft glasses case with keys, pen and small cheap pair of non prescription glasses (I cant use the phone without them) and a few panadol. I'm hoping thats all I have to take but if wet weather is forecast I can fit a spray jacket in the back pocket.
If I'm likely to be riding in the dark lights are fitted before the ride and stay on to the end. If I'm out riding solo and may need to leave the bike unattended briefly I carry a fairly light cable lock in the back pocket.
Too much or did I forget something, lets get back to talking about cycling and enjoying it.
the only other thing I bring in summer ....if I'm not already wearing them....sunsleeves in the jersey pocket.
I don't usually carry my wallet - cash and id in the bag with the mobile.
too sticky on some parts Rob :)......and my arms aren't shaved.
I sometimes carry a camera although my phone has a very good camera built in. Pretty much all the stuff Clive carries, it's amazing what you can stuff into a jersey pocket if you really try. I think a small first aid kit in probably on order on some rides, and maybe a sachet of electrolite or some Shotz tablets, although these are freely available on all the big rides.
My camera is going tomorrow but will be used very carefully. Anyone standing on the road on my watch will be shot, I mean won't be shot, I mean, you know what I mean!
I doubt I could fit 2 C02 canisters and 2 tubes in my saddlebag, and that's with the pump attached to the frame!
Jersey pockets hold phone, food, sun cream, keys and cash&card. I'll follow your lead and also carry electrolyte, gels and panadol for TDU.
Lights and pump are attached at most times.
+ ID on wrist, helmet or around neck
I'm planning on ordering a few of these right now...
I have a RoadID on the wrist but I keep meaning to put something on the helmet. It has the advantage of being always with me.
That's my thinking. Very convenient!
Darren, you know Adelaide Cyclists get a discount on ID from RoadID. See the member's specials page for details.
Clive, I think what you carry is fine because your riding is more about day touring than sports riding and therein lies the difference. If I am going out for a few hours I take what I can fit in by pockets. Any longer I add a saddle bag.