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Old 03-08-2009, 11:35 AM   #1
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Default What to pack in road bike saddle bag?

Hi all, I have a road bike with 27" wheels. :camera: available upon request.
yesterday I went on a 21 mile ride, and about 2/3 way in I got a flat and had to take bus home.

So I decided to make 'emergency" kit and strap it to the bike. Here's what I have so far, please critique and add. Thanks!

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Saddle bag is 135 cubic inches.

TOOLS/REPAIR:
3x co2 cylinders (12 gram each)
1x small pump/adapter for co2
2x 27" tubes (my bike size)
2x patch kits (didn't buy yet) - to help other riders that have unpredictable tube size (read: damsel in distress)
1x multitool, includes knife blade
2x tire levers
1x small wrench for standard (walmart-type) wheels that are not quick-release (read: damsel in distress)


MEDICAL/MULTIPURPOSE:
Band-aids assorted size (didn't buy yet)
Sunblock (didn't buy yet)
Rubbing alcohol
Gauze (didn't buy yet)
Duct Tape (didn't buy yet)
Condoms
Snack bar: something like Snickers or Twix (didn't buy yet)

MSC:
Cash money dolla
Cell phone
Keys
set of rechargeable batteries for front light (4x AA)
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:42 AM   #2
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Originally posted by: MegaVovaN
Hi all, I have a road bike with 27" wheels. :camera: available upon request.
yesterday I went on a 21 mile ride, and about 2/3 way in I got a flat and had to take bus home.

So I decided to make 'emergency" kit and strap it to the bike. Here's what I have so far, please critique and add. Thanks!

Quote:
Saddle bag is 135 cubic inches.

TOOLS/REPAIR:
3x co2 cylinders (12 gram each)
1x small pump/adapter for co2
2x 27" tubes (my bike size)
2x patch kits (didn't buy yet) - to help other riders that have unpredictable tube size (read: damsel in distress)
1x multitool, includes knife blade
2x tire levers
1x small wrench for standard (walmart-type) wheels that are not quick-release (read: damsel in distress)


MEDICAL/MULTIPURPOSE:
Band-aids assorted size (didn't buy yet)
Sunblock (didn't buy yet)
Rubbing alcohol
Gauze (didn't buy yet)
Duct Tape (didn't buy yet)
Condoms
Snack bar: something like Snickers or Twix (didn't buy yet)

MSC:
Cash money dolla
Cell phone
Keys
set of rechargeable batteries for front light (4x AA)
i see you're prepared for everything
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:54 AM   #3
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Default What to pack in road bike saddle bag?

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(didn't buy yet)
Why did you include this information? Does it really matter to us what you did or did not buy? No.

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Old 03-08-2009, 12:01 PM   #4
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money for whores, penicillin, dirty pr0n mags, beer, revolver
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:01 PM   #5
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I put it there for my own note - if it annoys you, I can remove it from OP.

Now let's hear some constructive feedback
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:08 PM   #6
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Default What to pack in road bike saddle bag?

collapsible reflectors in case you have to fix a flat at night someplace where there isn't much of a shoulder
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:10 PM   #7
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zip ties
Come in handy for fixing/rigging crap and they are light and don't take up any room.
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:12 PM   #8
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collapsible reflectors in case you have to fix a flat at night someplace where there isn't much of a shoulder
Good idea, but I don't think I'll need it, since there is always shoulder around here. Besides, they will not fit in my little seat bag (don't know for sure, most of this stuff is still in the mail). I'm wondering if all that stuff I already wrote will fit.

I think I'll do with a flashing red rear light instead.
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:15 PM   #9
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money for whores, penicillin, dirty pr0n mags, beer, revolver
seriously, the OP is lacking the necessities for any true emergency.

though....beer would be hot, and therefore awful, so i suggest a flask of whiskey.
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:20 PM   #10
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I would get an actual tire pump that can be attached to the frame of your bike. Don't do it right and you'll lose the air in your c02 cylinders.

Based on the size of your saddle bag, I would only carry a single spare tire tube and patch kit. 2 is overkill.

I would pick-up a bike multi-tool that has allen wrenches and a spoke wrench. If anything becomes lose or your wheels become untrue, you'll be able to make adjustments.
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:25 PM   #11
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I've been riding for years and you only need:
- bike multitool
- one spare tube
- tire pump (attached to frame)

in the back pockets of my cycling shirt:
- money
- cell phone
- keys
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:43 PM   #12
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I never trued wheels in my life (although I suspect my front wheel is untrue as is) - need to experiment with that.
Multitool has a bunch of allen wrenches (aka Hex keys), but no spoke tool.

About tire pump, I am worried that this little hand pump will take long time and a lot of effort to get my tires up to about 90 psi (pressure I normally ride on).
My co2 adapter IS also a pump, but I am sure not good enough to reach 90 psi. I'll use pump to inflate tire initially (to make sure it won't get pinched between tire and rim), then use co2 to fill it back up to 90-100 PSI. The cartridges are sealed, so until I actually put one in the pump/adapter thing, I don't see how they will lose air. Three cylinders in case I am clumsy and mess up first try. I read that 12 g cylinder is more than enough to bring a 27x1.25 tire to 90 psi.

edit: I bought co2 cartridges for cheap at Walmart - $12 for 25 count, 12g, NONtreaded cartridges (so just 50 cents each). I'll waste a couple cylinders practicing using co2 and adapter at home.
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:44 PM   #13
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I would get an actual tire pump that can be attached to the frame of your bike. Don't do it right and you'll lose the air in your c02 cylinders.

Based on the size of your saddle bag, I would only carry a single spare tire tube and patch kit. 2 is overkill.

I would pick-up a bike multi-tool that has allen wrenches and a spoke wrench. If anything becomes lose or your wheels become untrue, you'll be able to make adjustments.
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Old 03-08-2009, 07:29 PM   #14
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About tire pump, I am worried that this little hand pump will take long time and a lot of effort to get my tires up to about 90 psi (pressure I normally ride on).
My co2 adapter IS also a pump, but I am sure not good enough to reach 90 psi. I'll use pump to inflate tire initially (to make sure it won't get pinched between tire and rim), then use co2 to fill it back up to 90-100 PSI.
A little hand pump works just fine for high PSI tires. Unless you're a weany Get a small pump like this. Cheap and works good. Attaches to your existing water bottle braze ons.

As for my pack, I carry two tubes, a patch kit, and a multi-tool.
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:34 PM   #15
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Hi all, I have a road bike with 27" wheels. :camera: available upon request.
yesterday I went on a 21 mile ride, and about 2/3 way in I got a flat and had to take bus home.

So I decided to make 'emergency" kit and strap it to the bike. Here's what I have so far, please critique and add. Thanks!

Quote:
Saddle bag is 135 cubic inches.

TOOLS/REPAIR:
3x co2 cylinders (12 gram each)
1x small pump/adapter for co2
2x 27" tubes (my bike size)
2x patch kits (didn't buy yet) - to help other riders that have unpredictable tube size (read: damsel in distress)
1x multitool, includes knife blade
2x tire levers
1x small wrench for standard (walmart-type) wheels that are not quick-release (read: damsel in distress)


MEDICAL/MULTIPURPOSE:
Band-aids assorted size (didn't buy yet)
Sunblock (didn't buy yet)
Rubbing alcohol
Gauze (didn't buy yet)
Duct Tape (didn't buy yet)
Condoms
Snack bar: something like Snickers or Twix (didn't buy yet)

MSC:
Cash money dolla
Cell phone
Keys
set of rechargeable batteries for front light (4x AA)
your list is way too long.

all you really need is a pump, tube, and patch kit. if the patch doesn't hold you can replace the kit.

better yet, put in some liners on your tires to prevent the flats in the first place.

all that other crap is just going to get in the way, slow you down, and annoy the f out of you when it jingles and makes noise.



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Old 03-08-2009, 09:02 PM   #16
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only thing one needs in a saddle bag:

1. license/id
2. a credit card
3. 20 bucks
4. CO2 pump
5. spare tire
6. allen key set
7. cell phone

allen key for quick repairs... if you get flat pump up with spare tire and ride home.. if you get a 2nd flat... well its a good sign you should go home anyway so call a friend/take public transport. money for snacks or fluids

no point in overstuffin a bag
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:01 PM   #17
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Dude, you're paranoid.

All I need is a small saddle bag (wedge bag). In it I keep: A multitool, 2 CO2 canisters and adapter, tire levers, and a patch kit. In the pockets of my jersey: My license, insurance card, an ATM card, some cash, a cell phone, keys, and a spare tube. I also ride with an top-tube bag where I stash a granola bar, a caffeine GU, and some shot blocks.

You don't need much to keep you alive for <3 hours. Go light. Trust me.

You're going to hate lugging around a heavy saddle bag. At worst all you'd need is a camelbak that can hold a crushable jacket, beany, and some lights.
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