What items do you carry when riding?

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What items do you carry when riding?

Postby Midas Mk1 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 16:46 pm

Hey All,

Im currently looking at designing a product for a Uni project, to help a cyclist on their commute, whether that be to work, or just out for a ride etc.

My question is what luggage do you carry? (can be any size item), what difficulties do you have when transporting this?.

For which method do you currently use to carry the luggage, eg. Rucksack, again what problems are found that you would like to see banished?

Finally, what items would you like to carry on a daily basis, but cannot?
If you could, what would be the one item you would like to carry the most?

Many Thanks for taking the time to reading this,
I look forward to the replies

Sam

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby walkingbootweather » Sat Jan 26, 2013 17:19 pm

Midas Mk1 wrote:My question is what luggage do you carry? (can be any size item), what difficulties do you have when transporting this?.

Depends. At the moment I most typically carry change of clothes, spare top, jacket, gloves, hat, spare tube + patches, mini-toolkit, pump, water bottle

Midas Mk1 wrote:For which method do you currently use to carry the luggage, eg. Rucksack, again what problems are found that you would like to see banished?

For commuting - rack and pannier, but this is awkward to carry far off the bike. If I need to walk far at the end of my journey I might use a rucksack but would rather not 'cause it gives me sweating back.

Midas Mk1 wrote:Finally, what items would you like to carry on a daily basis, but cannot?

Florence Colgate or her mum

Midas Mk1 wrote:If you could, what would be the one item you would like to carry the most?

Er, her mum, probably :oops:
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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby meanredspider » Sat Jan 26, 2013 17:27 pm

I only carry spares and tools: tube, tool, lever, patches, CO2, micropump - all in a bottle-type carrier. A Featherlite jacket and my phone in my jersey pockets. That's it.

If I could carry less, I would
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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby itboffin » Sat Jan 26, 2013 17:47 pm

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby Mikey41 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 20:00 pm

Spare tube, patches, multitool, tyre levers, pump.

Packed lunch (work only), phone, keys, thin waterproof, maybe a fresh shirt (work only).

For work I take a backpack, I know it makes me sweat a bit, but it's only 20mins and I can live with that. On leisure rides I carry as little as possible.
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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby woodnut » Sat Jan 26, 2013 20:11 pm

I always carry a rucksack for commuting, off road and on road leisure riding. The sweaty back thing has never really bothered me, as I sweat anyway (yurgh). Always carry tube, p******e repair kit, pump, multitool. If I'm on my MTB I need to carry a spanner as it's a hub gear. If commuting, I need to take a top and underwear, occasionally trousers.Phone , wallet, keys.
I'm always astonished how heavy my bag is, but I don't really know what I could ditch!

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby jongooligan » Sat Jan 26, 2013 20:16 pm

Tool kit, head torch (in winter, ever tried fixing a puncture in the dark?), reading glasses (see previous comment), mini pump, waterproofs. Packed lunch. Clean underpants, socks & shirt. All in a dedicated bag on a rack.

Would like somewhere to hang my shirt whilst riding so it doesn't get dirty, wet and creased. This facility shouldn't affect the aerodynamics of the bike or distract other road users.

I would also like someone to invent a glass magnet and a device for extracting milk from my tea when I've accidentally put too much in.

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby roger merriman » Sat Jan 26, 2013 21:38 pm

I have a short commute so normally just the contents of my saddle bag, ie tubes and so on.

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby Asprilla » Sun Jan 27, 2013 01:15 am

Tools, tubes and levers all go in the saddle bag.

For work I generally take underwear, a shirt or t-shirt, 13" laptop and associated gubbins (power, external drive, mouse, charger cables for lights, garmin and phone). Then I've got phone, wallet, keys and work pass.

Then I generally rotate my jeans, shoes, jumper and towel at work. I change one each day.

I also carry a waterproof jacket and have room for things like overshoes and bib tights if its going to be, say, freezing in the morning and 10c at home time.

At the moment I either use an Alpkit Gourdon 20l rucksack or a Rapha Large City Bag. Both are excellent.

I used to use panniers sometimes but 99% of the time they aren't needed.

My commute is between 15 and 21 miles each way.

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby clarkey cat » Sun Jan 27, 2013 08:52 am

I carry for commuting:

small saddlebag:

2 spare tubes; levers, allen keys

berghaus 24/7 25l rucksack, ensconsed in a Rapha waterproof cover:

small pump, pants, socks, travel towel, keys, wallet, non-iron shirt, trousers.

I leave shoes and 2 suit jackets at work. This combo works fine for me.

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby Daddy0 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:17 pm

meanredspider wrote:I only carry spares and tools: tube, tool, lever, patches, CO2, micropump - all in a bottle-type carrier.


Where can I find a bottle carrier such as this MRS?

At the moment I sometimes commute with no luggage at all - if I get a p******e then I can walk to a LBS, they're dotted all over the place on my commute. But when I am travelling out of shop hours then I will take a rucksack which will contain:
pump
PRK
spare tube
multi tool
wallet (with the change taken out)
office and house keys
base layer and a jumper if its going to get colder
USB key

As I drive into work a lot I don't need to carry clothes on the bike, my bottom desk drawer is a mini wardrobe. If I know I'm going to be riding the next day I leave the laptop on my desk.

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby nehal » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:52 pm

When commuting I carry the following:

Rucksack - A change of clothes, bike lock (u - lock and cable) if I don't leave it where I lock it.

On bike - water bottle, front and back lights, speedometer

Saddle bag - mini pump, spare tube, multi-tool, carrier bag, puncture pads, tyre levers

If I am not commuting and just riding for fun, its the same as above minus the rucksack.

I would like to carry my lock on a daily basis in a convenient way, I find that the clip on attachment that came with it is no use now that I use a bottle cage in the same space on the frame. I don't really want to carry more, in fact I want to carry less.

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby DesWeller » Sun Jan 27, 2013 15:49 pm

I would like a lightweight device or kit of parts that allows me to clip a rucksack to the rear triangle of my bike like a pannier, without needing a rack.

I usually use a rucksack to carry my lunch, clothes, washing kit and a few other small items (i.e. wallet, phone, headtorch for unscheduled deflations). It's a 27l rucksack but I don't fill it completely. The showers are a long way from my locker, so I tend to carry the kit to and from work rather than leave some of it in my locker. I have used panniers in the past, but stopped because they are too bulky and uncomfortable to carry around the factory and don't have enough compartments to separate all my gear the way I like. Plus I only tend to use my bike-with-a-rack in winter as it's also the only one with mudguards, so in the summer panniers aren't an option anyway.

There are no items that I wish I could bring to work every day aside from the ones I already do.

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby CanalRider » Sun Jan 27, 2013 20:06 pm

I commute 20 mile round trip which includes a train ride.

So I carry:

Two tubes
Pump
Link tool
Links
Multi tool
Phone
Wallet
Kindle
Spare light batteries
Puncture repair kit
Shirts for work (mondays only)
18 eggs (Thursdays)
Dirty shirt (home leg only every day.
Fruit
Potters Loaf (home leg Fridays)
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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby DrLex » Sun Jan 27, 2013 22:49 pm

Guilt, existential dread and a small amount of self-loathing. Oh, and a tenner.

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby essex-commuter » Mon Jan 28, 2013 09:49 am

Daddy0 wrote:Where can I find a bottle carrier such as this MRS?



I would imagine something like:

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or:

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby MrSweary » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:59 am

What do I carry? The flippin' kitchen sink!I have nowhere at work to leave stuff so no choice really.

Work clothes - pants, socks, trews and shirt.
Travel towel.
Lightweight waterproof if it looks like rain.
Small bottle of shower gel and shampers.
Multi-tool.
Spare inner tube, hand pump and tire levers.
Wallet, keys and phone.

My chosen method is rucksack - although I need a smaller one. I have a 35l Berghaus which is a wonderful daysack but too hefty for commuting. Will be getting a 20-25 shortly.

If I could leave anything out I would but sadly it isn't really an option.
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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby rubertoe » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:13 am

Everything,

Change of clothes, Shirt, Trousers, Socks and Pants (A jumper if its chilly)
Shoes (although i must start leaving these at work)
Tools, Multi tool, two tubes. latex gloves, tyre levers, small bottle of lube.
Wash Kit.
food.
Lock.

All in a Rucksack.

Phone, keys, Wallet. in Jersey Pocket.

Pump - on the bike.

Basically i carry loads and must get the weight down somehow.
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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby anonymousblackfg » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:26 am

The same as most above, but all in a rucsack.

Two ideas/needs:

1 - when I have Laptop/Ipad with me I am scared of falling off and crushing them, I've done silly mistakes such as cacking up clipping in which has almost caused this.

2 - All my gear is on my back, so when I have a 'did I pack my phone/wallet/spare tube' type panic or if I want to ditch the skull cap and switch it to the cotton cap in my bag, it's stop the bike, take rucsack off routine, something on the shoulder strap would be really handy. My pack has little pockets I can reach while riding but only enough for keys/key cards and a bit of oil.

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Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Postby Asprilla » Mon Jan 28, 2013 13:03 pm

anonymousblackfg wrote:1 - when I have Laptop/Ipad with me I am scared of falling off and crushing them, I've done silly mistakes such as cacking up clipping in which has almost caused this.


I bent a laptop chassis when a pannier made a bid for freedom one day.

In order to open and close it I had to push the screen and keyboard in opposite directions horizontally.

Good job it was the clients and not mine.

Now I'm travelling with my own I use a zeroshock case. It should be great, but I use an ultrabook and its just slides about inside the case,


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