Author Topic: Carrying too much gear  (Read 2230 times)

Re: Carrying too much gear
« Reply #75 on: April 14, 2021, 09:54:12 pm »
I've just changed up my ride luggage. I'm not touring/camping any more, so I've ditched the rack and panniers, and the bar bag.
In a seat pack, I carry:

Topeak Alien
A no-name mutli-tool/tyre lever combo that I bought many years ago and fills a few gaps in the Alien.
Inner tube
Puncture kit
Assorted tyre levers
Cable ties
Small end of a roll of insulating tape

And a Lezyne HP Drive on the bottle cage mount.


I did get cold the other day though when I stopped at a friend's house for an outdoors natter, and I've got a new bike coming soon so needed something for that.

Decided to get 2 Ortlieb bags - one small seat pack for the bits above, then one of their bigger ones (that falls into the rare spot of being bigger than a wedge, but not full-on bikepacking huge) that could take that stuff, and a waterproof/long sleeve top as well for the maybe-rainy days or when I know there'll be a long stop. Both bags use the same clip, so I have the choice of either bag on either bike.

How long is sir going out for?

An hour or two?
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Or all day?
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Back in the saddle :)

Re: Carrying too much gear
« Reply #76 on: April 14, 2021, 11:59:26 pm »
Decided to get 2 Ortlieb bags - one small seat pack for the bits above, then one of their bigger ones (that falls into the rare spot of being bigger than a wedge, but not full-on bikepacking huge) that could take that stuff, and a waterproof/long sleeve top as well for the maybe-rainy days or when I know there'll be a long stop.
I have the larger one for long day rides when weather is very changeable and need to put jacket/leggings/shorts somewhere. Also handy for proper food too. Though you need to point back of bike uphill when opening it, because otherwise everything tends to fall out. It's doesn't point upwards like a bikepacking seat bag.
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Re: Carrying too much gear
« Reply #77 on: April 15, 2021, 07:20:48 am »
I take a small repair kit and multitool for rides beyond the M25, or if I'm leading a group. However I haven't had a puncture or other mechanical for at least 4 years on the road so I'm very out of practice. In truth I would probably head for a train or leave the bike behind a hedge and recover it by car.

On the commute I gave up carrying it because I pass at least 3 LBS and again nothing ever went wrong. I think @grams is right that proportional maintenance is the way forward!
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Re: Carrying too much gear
« Reply #78 on: April 15, 2021, 08:18:36 am »
I was quite happy to have carried the spare folder.

I’m going to assume “folder” means spare folding bike and I’d appreciate if you didn’t correct me.

it's where the route sheets are kept
I was thinking folding tyre. But I'm not correcting anyone!
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