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5/13/09 2:35 P

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+1 million on the Tyvec idea. I used to use paper money but the Tyvec's much better. I still carry paper money just in case though...

In my saddlebag, I carry:
Spare tube in talc'd ziploc
2 tire levers
2CO2 canisters and inflator
Patch kit (sometimes)
Multitool.

This is for both bikes. If I'm taking the CX bike out that one also contains a tire pressure gauge and definitely the patch kit.

Both bikes have frame pumps for those days when I flub the CO2 canister. They also have 2 water bottle mounts and the roadbike has a seatpost mounted bottle rack for those long rides in summer (I don't like to stop).

Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 5/13/2009 (14:36)
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5/12/09 5:06 P

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thanks Giant Steps! I am planning on using my 10 speed that I got ... oohh over 20 yrs ago! LOL





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5/12/09 5:01 P

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The tires I had on my first 10 speed were heavy duty 27x1-1/4" tires and like you I never gashed them and I went years between flats.

Modern high performance tires are a lot more fragile than the old tractor treads. They use soft rubber compounds for traction and thin treads and cassings to improve handling and reduce rolling resistance. It doesn't take much to cut through the type of tires most cycling enthusiasts use.

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5/12/09 1:43 P

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Welcome to the team..

and wow.. what a huge list of stuff! I have never thought about what to carry except a water bottle.

I lived on my bike when I was a 12-17 and I never had a flat tire or a gash. Where are you people finding these happen, are you doing more paths or is there just that much more garbage on the roadway?

the Tyvec is a great idea!






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5/9/09 6:44 P

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The Tyvec boot is a great idea! Here's what I carry in my "ride with" tool kit:
- multi-tool with allen keeys, screwdriver, wrench, tire irons, chain breaker, etc
- small needle-nosed pliers
- tire guage
- tire boot (i'll change this to tyvec)
- a few plastic wire ties
- spare brazon screws
- tire tube patch kit
- spare tire
- small rag
- small container of talcum powder for changing tires
- small container of bio-degradeble hadn cleaner - when you've had to do repairs in the field, it's nice to get the worst of the grease off
- short-handled adjustable wrench
- short piece of pencil with a peice of duct tape wrapped around it - duct tape is versatile
All of this fits in a small bag that hangs from my seat except for the spare tube which I carry in a pannier on longer rides in the country. I also carry a foldable spare tire when on longer rides.

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5/9/09 3:08 P

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I generally cut a 3x4" piece so it is large enough to boot a mountain bike tire with a large gash. If I have to put it in my or another road bike tire I can fold it in half.

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5/8/09 9:55 P

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I also like to take my tubes and wrap them in some heavy black tape. It not only really compacts them nicely, but the tape itself has proven VERY beneficial in the past.

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5/8/09 8:53 P

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What a great idea, GIANT. I'll have to get some Tyvec. How big of a piece do you carry for the boot?

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I heard a tip the other day for what to carry in your seat bag I never thought of.

One of the things every cyclist should carry is something to put inside a tire if it gets sliced. This is commonly called a "boot." A lot of people learned the trick of putting a dollar bill in their tire to get them home but a dollar bill is not very strong and doesn't always make it far. Some other cyclists cut a piece of tire carcas from a worn out tire. This usually works but the thickness of it makes your tire thump when you run over it. I've heard of people making a boot from cutting a piece from a milk jug then using a flame to dull the sharp edge so it won't cut the tube.

It turns out the best boot is a piece of Tyvec from a mailing envelope. Tyvec is strong, light, and thin enough that it won't make your tire thump every rotation. Next time something is mailed to you in one of these envelopes keep it, you now have material for a lifetime supply of tire boots. If you don't receive any of these you can get a free Tyvec envelope at the postoffice and probably other delivery services.

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5/7/09 6:19 P

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Thank you all very much for your help. I now know I need to carry much more with me. :)

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5/7/09 3:56 P

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It depends on how handy you are but I've had some experience with cheap bikes and would also suggest allen wrenchs and a screwdriver for seat, handlebar, and derailleur re-adjustments on the fly.

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Forgot to add... that all that is fine and dandy for changing a tire, but have someone teach you HOW. Either a friend that knows, or go to a workshop that a bike shop holds. And do it yourself, don't just watch them do it. I made that error a long time ago. I said suuuuuure I can do that, then when the time came and I had a flat in the middle of NOWHERE on I80 in northeastern Nevada, I messed up, used up my ONLY (never again), Co2 cartridge, and had to wait for a long time for someone to get me. It was at dusk, I didn't have much on for clothing, and it was getting cold. Live and learn!!!

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5/7/09 9:30 A

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I have a small light under the seat and one on the handlebars on my mountain bike because it's the one I ride at dusk/night. A helmet is also a good idea. If you enter any cycling events (or even some bike paths), you'll have to have one. Have fun - hope it's something you decide to continue!

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I keep 2 tubes, 2 Co2 catridges, 2 bike tire levers, I usually have a couple of water bottles with me. I always have my cell phone and ID with me, and I keep 5 or 10 bucks in cash.

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5/7/09 12:10 A

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Be sure to keep your ID and insurance information also. If you don't want to carry them, make a copy and keep it in your bag or pocket. I always keep about 5 dollars for a drink or snack if needed.


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5/6/09 10:06 P

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I also keep a tire change kit in my seat bag. I don't use a water bottle, though. I have a camelbak with storage pouches where I keep a small first aid kit, some cash, my cellphone, my ID, and a health insurance card.

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5/6/09 10:04 P

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I've only used the bike bag for my cell and keys so far. So, I need to get the stuff to fix a flat, didn't think of that. The pump on the frame is a good idea too. Thanks so much for your help. :)

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5/6/09 9:11 P

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what's in your bike bag? I keep the tools and parts to fix a flat, as that can happen at any time. I also like to carry my cell phone in my bike bag. I wear a heart rate monitor and keep the watch on my handlebars, most come with a handlebar mount.

I'm also thinking of adding a second water bottle to my frame as I start to do longer rides. Oh, and I also have a pump mounted to my frame as well.

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5/6/09 8:50 P

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Hi, I'm new to this team. I bought a new bike a few days ago, nothing fancy just a cheapo until I decide if I'm going to enjoy it, I haven't been on a bike for 15 years. My question is...what are good things to keep on my bike at all times? Right now I have a bike bag, computer, water bottle and a bell. Thanks :)

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