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6/7/11 10:30 P

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I store everything in my jersey pockets.

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6/7/11 9:30 A

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Good thread -like all the comments. I also keep a couple of 1 dollar bills in the bag. Never know when you need an energy bar on a long ride and can also use on a flat to fold and place in the tire over the area of a small puncture.

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,993
6/7/11 9:22 A

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I have a little under-the-seat bag for a spare tube & tire irons.

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
6/7/11 9:12 A

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I can carry everything under my seat bag and still have room.

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6/6/11 10:30 P

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Earlier this year I treated myself to a pair of panniers from my LBS...discounted down to $80:

www.amazon.com/Axiom-Cartier-Pannier
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I'm hoping there's enough room in these to be able to travel 3-5 days with these.

I use one of them during commutes and rides.

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

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LMB-ESQ's Photo LMB-ESQ Posts: 11,198
6/6/11 5:07 P

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What do you guys carry all this stuff in? I have an old-style fanny pack, but I hate it. It gets in the way and it isn't comfortable.

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
6/6/11 11:44 A

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I follow everything with the exception of riding with a partner. I try to most times but when you have 4 children you get your rides in when you can.

I have made photo copies and lamenated my driver's license, medical insurance cards, ICE info., and my USA Cycling membership. I have a medic alert bracelet in case they can not find the bike right away or nearby. Hopefully they will know to look for a bike if I have my helmet still attached?

Jim

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,993
6/5/11 10:41 A

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Yep, I made the big decision right from the outset that I would never wear any headphones for music while cycling.

Instead I "turn on" my interior radio and dial up some tunes in my mind...! :-)

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha

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6/5/11 8:28 A

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Don, great list. Thank you for sharing.
On my longer rides I carry most of what everyone else carries except, I leave my IPOD at home for fear of loosing my concentration and doing something really stupid. I also carry honey for nourishment. I dislike stopping so, bathroom and liquid replenishment is the only reason for stopping.

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BLJORDAN's Photo BLJORDAN Posts: 58
6/5/11 12:51 A

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My list would be:
Helmet
Sunglasses
IPOD with one ear bud in the right ear. That way I can hear cars coming.
Gloves
Cycling clothing
Tube
CO2
two bottles of water
Cell Phone
Road ID
Cash / debit card & AAA card
Cliff bar on rides longer than 4 hours
Cliff Shots for the same distance rides as above
Sun block SPF 35+
Chamois Cream

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6/4/11 12:50 A

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I usually ride alone 60% of the time, 50% with earbuds, carry a photocopy of license in toolbag w/ CO2, tire levers, chain link, allen wrenches & multi tool, spare tube, no insurance card, rarely cell phone, energy bar or gel and hydration pack. I also must point out that I do most of my riding on MTB trails where there are other riders.

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6/2/11 9:28 P

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I guess I have a bit to work on. I almost always ride alone. No one wants to ride at 6am. I don't carry tubes and CO2 cartridges. I also ride with ear buds. The volume is super low. My husband always checks my tires before he loads my bike the night before. I always carry ID along with my insurance cards, phone and pepper spray. I always have enough water. I just need to remember to drink it. I haven't ridden longer than an hour yet but when I do I'll take along some dates.

Kelly

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6/2/11 7:20 P

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I'm close to 100%.
I frequently used to ride alone, but now I have a buddy.
Always wear my Road ID, but never my drivers license. (I have a different wallet for biking, and I kept forgetting to change it back to my purse and didn't want to get a ticket.)
Always select bright clothes for road bike trips; not important for mountain biking though. Always have CO2 cylinders or my portable pump and extra tubes as well as extra water, food, etc.

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.”
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LMB-ESQ's Photo LMB-ESQ Posts: 11,198
6/2/11 3:43 P

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Well, I guess I'm at about 75%. I always ride alone, never carry ID, and never carry tubes. Oops... I guess I should do something about that. Clothes are always comfortable for riding, bright is probably 50-50.

***** Laurie in Northeast Ohio *****

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Fly Free my friend.... for only in true freedom can we find our true selves

Treat stressful situations like a dog... If you can't eat it or play with it, just pee on it and walk away!

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,993
6/2/11 8:35 A

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Good list! I always wear my Road ID, in addition to carrying my driver's license: www.roadid.com/Common/default.aspx

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

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6/2/11 7:16 A

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Now that the weather is better and most of us are out cycling again, here is an article I found that reminds us of the basics. It never hurts to review them again:

www.mediabistro.com/portfolios/sampl
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In a nutshell, here are the 10 tips:

1. Always check and pump your tires before a ride (in addition to this, it doesn't hurt to do a quick check of your chain and brakes, and give your tires a quick look over to make sure everything is working properly)
2. Never ride alone (Oops - I almost always ride alone)
3. Always wear a helmet
4. No ear buds
5. Dress comfortably and in bright clothes
6. Always pass on the left
7. Carry plenty of water
8. Bring a snack for rides over an hour
9. Make sure you have ID, including health insurance information
10. Carry extra tubes, CO2 cartridge, and a tire tool in case you get a flat

-Carolyn

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