Day 7: What’s in your bike bag?

10 01 2010

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a big geek in many ways. One thing that probably puts me on the geek scale, is I find it interesting to hear what gear, gadgets and equipment people carry with them in their bike bags during a ride. I tend to pack my bike bags and then use only certain items during a ride. But I also include items that I may need “just in case.” So here’s a list of what I carry on my bike.

Small handlebar bag:
— gloves
— spare tube
— bike tool
— small package of Kleenex
— 2 Builder Bars
— 4 packages of Gu
— 1 pen
— 1 small Moleskine notebook
— 2 CO2 cartridges and pump
— 2 Coghlan’s waterproof pouches (5×7 size) for cell phone, small camera or Flip video camera (in case of rain). Love these things! It’s nice to not have to worry about electronics getting wet if I get caught in the rain.

Seat bag:
— patch kit
— spare tube
— 1 CO2 cartridge
— 2 small Ziplock bags
— travel size Neosporin
— travel size sunscreen
— travel size first aid kit
— tire levers
— keychain compass

On the bike itself, I have 2 waterbottles, 2 tail-light blinkys, 2 headlights (1 set to flashing, 1 steady), a Flip Video camera mount and a wireless cyclecomputer. Once I looked at everything I carry with me, it surprised me how much stuff I can fit into the bike bags. I’d love to hear what you carry on your rides. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Today’s food journal:

— Whole wheat organic english muffin with Nutella = 294

— I slept late today, then got busy in the afternoon before I realized I kind of forgot to eat lunch.

Dinner (at a local restaurant):
— Turkey, avocado and hummus sandwich on ciabatta bread. I figured up the calories based on each ingredient. This is the best I can figure, based on the LoseIt app:
– Ciabatta bread (2 slices) = 920 cal.
– Turkey = 89
– Hummus = 45
– Avocado = 117

— Weight Watchers Mint Chocolate Chip Sundae = 150

Exercise: 30 minutes on stationary bike trainer at approx. 12 mph = 250 calories burned

Today’s starting weight = 150. Not bad, considering last night I had pizza and birthday cake. 🙂

More tomorrow!




One response

10 01 2010

Seat bag:

2 spare tubes
tire levers
patch kit
small cable w/ lock
multi tool

In jersey pockets:

first aid kit w/ liquid bandaid and neosporin
water purification tablets
phone, driver’s license, credit card, cash
snacks (varies from ride to ride)

on frame:

two water bottles
two rear blinky lights
one front light

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