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.
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?
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.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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