Go on be nosy.. what’s in your bag?

Being nosy is the reason TV shows like “Through the keyhole” became so popular. It’s why we can’t help but peek through the window of a house as we cycle past. It’s why we are so tempted to read over someone’s shoulder what message they are texting! Perhaps the last one is just me? One thing I’ve always wanted to be nosy about but haven’t been able to is what people carry around with them in their bag whilst cycling?

For me my usual setup is as follows:

What is in my bag?

I have a horrible big pump from BikeHut that I’ve been meaning to replace, tyre levers, spare inner tube, Allen key and spanner. The spanner is necessary as I don’t have quick release wheels (a pain but more effort for bike thieves so actually a good thing). Then of course my trusty iPhone, pen and pad for notes (often interviewing people for the blog) and wallet (usually empty – just in case one of you is thinking of robbing me!).

Naturally my two bike locks and keys are also usually in the bag.

Recently, I’ve been carrying around the puncture repair tools less and less because they feel so unnecessary as I’m always around central London. Though, I’m sure the day I have to pay the nearest bike shop an extortionate fee for a simple puncture repair I won’t be happy!

In the interest of my nosiness but also in case there are some good tips.. what do you carry around with you in your bag?

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55 Responses to Go on be nosy.. what’s in your bag?

  1. Gary 04/06/2010 at 9:26 am #

    Fairly typical I think for a commuter bag.

    My typical bag consists of:

    Top Peak mini pump
    Inner tube wrapped in clingfilm
    Old style punture repair set
    Blister patch kit
    Set of allan keys
    15mm spanner for my front wheel as I ride a bit of a mixed bag of a bike.
    Gerber multitool
    Map of the local area I commute through, just in case
    Socks for work
    Boxers for work
    Shirt for work, neatly pressed and folded in a plastic bag (to stop it creasing further put newpaper between the shirt when you fold it and don’t fold to tightly)

    Laptop if I have taken work home

    Goretex jacket in the winter

    Thats it really, lunch if needed, but I tend to buy this at the begining of the week and leave it in the fridge at work, same with my shower gel etc, buy and leave at work.

    I use 2 different bags.

    My bagaboo courier bag if it is sunny and my ortleib waterproof bag if I am in the mood.

    • Andreas 04/06/2010 at 10:58 am #

      A very organised bag if I’ve ever seen one. Like the idea of wrapping inner tube in clingfilm, I’m doing the same to mine as we speak!

    • Marc 04/06/2010 at 11:17 pm #

      – Topeak Alien II cycle tool – this provides every tool under the sun, including tyre levers

      – Spare 20″ tube

      – RSP shock and tyre pump

      And that the lot!

      • Dave 11/04/2013 at 8:32 am #

        20′ tube? 1st shock pump? You also ride a recumbent?

  2. Gary 04/06/2010 at 9:29 am #

    Forgot to add that I have a tupperware box for my wallet, 2 phones and iphone……

  3. Will 04/06/2010 at 9:30 am #

    I carry the following:

    Park Tools multi-tool, which has almost everything I need on it for running repairs
    a 15cm spanner, as I too have proper bolts rather than quick release.
    Specialized mini-pump (it has a small compartment for self-adhesive patches in the handle) 2 x small knogg LEDs just incase I’m late at work or play and need to ride at night.
    tiny waterproof jacket, just incase it rains, it weighs next to nothing, and packs up in to a ball smaller than a fist. I got it from blacks, I would recommend.
    I also carry a small Kryptonite U Lock, for locking up my bike when out and about. It saves carrying my big locks about, I therefore have 3 locks, one at the station where I leave my bike overnight, one at work, and then the smaller one that I carry about with me, complicated and expensive but worth it for having a light bag. The above weighs very little and I don’t really notice it when riding.

  4. Rob 04/06/2010 at 9:43 am #

    Change of clothes (minus shoes left at work), flexi-lock (D-lock attached to bike), multi-tool, puncture kit, spare inner tube, batteries, wallet, keys, iPhone, anti-histamines, tissues

  5. MarkA 04/06/2010 at 9:46 am #

    Oh gosh what a question, I’m a right old woman when it comes to the amount of stuff I carry. I have a smart Dutch work satchel which has pannier clips cleverly concealed in the back so I can take it into the office with me (from Velorution) Problem is, cos it’s quite large, I just fill it with crap…

    I have a puncture repair kit, multi-tool and adjustable spanner. A full set of lights and spare batteries in case I’m out late or working late. Bike keys and house keys. Works garage keys. Wallet, Oyster card (just in case it pours down). Packet of wet wipes and a hair brush and a small hand mirror for smartening up when if I’m going out by bike (how vain do I sound now?!) My camera, cos I see so much stuff for my blog whilst I’m out and about, likewise my dictaphone for interviewing people (Andreas I can’t recommend enough getting one instead of making notes). Business cards, usually a book or two, some fruit, pen, paper, fags, lighter, a teeny tiny shrink-wrapped plastic poncho for emergencies in case it starts pouring after I’ve left…. …glasses, mobile phone, some emergency cash (20p for the phone, anyone else still have this over-hang from their Boy Scout days?!)…. and that’s about it! *Phew* I seriously need to have a clear-out!

    • Andreas 04/06/2010 at 11:01 am #

      haha, love the planning for all eventualities! Very boy scout of you!

  6. Ben Brown 04/06/2010 at 9:48 am #

    A Billy Connolly biography
    pimms and lemonade
    anti histamine

    tyres are kevlar haven’t had a puncture in ages, living life on the edge

  7. MarkA 04/06/2010 at 9:52 am #

    I almost forgot; my work trousers and shirt lovingly ironed, folded and placed carefully on top of all the crap floating around in the bottom of my bag.

    If I am doing sports I bring another pannier bag with my trainers, running / rowing kit, towel etc – taking all that stuff on the Tube would be a right pain but I hardly even notice the weight on my bike, it’s a real pack-horse.

    Getting a bike with a pannier rack was an absolute revolution for me – totally changed the way (and amount) I cycle.

  8. Adam S 04/06/2010 at 9:55 am #

    I carry virtually nothing but the essentials for work – laptop, keys, and phone. This is because my dated Dell machine with the extra battery means that even the minimal load is annoyingly heavy.

    I park my bike indoors at work so rarely need locks. I go slowly in hot weather to avoid needing to change clothes (and have a blast on the way home instead). I used to take all manner of puncture repair stuff and bike tools and then realised the probability of needing them was so small that it didn’t warrant lugging them around all the time, no matter how light they are. I’ve been commuting daily for about 3 years and haven’t needed them yet.

    I have a Vaude Wright pannier which looks pretty good and fastens/releases easily.

  9. Adam S 04/06/2010 at 9:57 am #

    @Ben Brown: I like your style. is the Pimms and Lemonade for a break on the way or emergencies only?

    • Andreas 04/06/2010 at 11:02 am #

      I second that, very good planning from Ben

  10. Ben Brown 04/06/2010 at 10:03 am #

    strictly sunshine emergencies

  11. Kirses 04/06/2010 at 10:05 am #

    Campagnolo crank spanner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Campagnolo_crank_spanner.jpg), not cos I intend to change a puncture – I have no spare tubes or tyre levers with me, just cos I like it.

  12. tomtom 04/06/2010 at 10:12 am #

    I found 3 tins of tuna in my bag this morning, which I’ve forgotten to take out at home the last 2 evenings! Does that count?

    Apart from this leftover shopping, I normally have
    Pump & puncture repair kit & multi tool thing.
    Shirt and trousers for work. Security Pass, wallet, phone, etc…
    Gym kit and towels, deo and hair product.
    and a waterproof bag cover for the rainy days.

  13. Mike 04/06/2010 at 11:01 am #

    In the mechanics section:

    1x Pump
    1x Inner tube for my bike
    1x Inner tube for other cyclists in case I can lend them a hand
    Puncture repair kit
    Tyre Levers
    Crank Bros multi tool
    Small adjustable spanner
    And most importantly, disposable latex gloves to keep oil & dirt off your hands

    In the rest of it

    Phone, keys, clothes, wallet, lock, lights

  14. Rebecca 04/06/2010 at 11:31 am #

    Oh Andreas, with proclivities like yours, you need to join the Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/whats_in_your_bag/! 🙂
    Here’s ‘one I made earlier’, though I really ought to take a new photo.

  15. Gayle 04/06/2010 at 11:32 am #

    The usual bike bits (lights, puncture repair kit, gas canister pump, a sachet of sugar to use when washing my hand – mixed with soap it really helps get the grease off quickly).

    I also like to carry my Holga Lomo camera, lippy, purse, phone & sunnies on a beautiful day like today 🙂

  16. Becky 04/06/2010 at 11:45 am #

    Book on how to use dreamweaver
    change of clothes
    pin head lock key
    small pump
    inner tube
    tyre levers
    chain tool
    head torch
    front and back lights
    2 back lights that don’t actually attach to bike so no idea why i am carrying these around
    spare batteries for lights
    set of allen keys
    handbag filled with make up, keys, phone, wallet, perfume
    d lock
    chain lock
    fabric and sewing kit

    no wonder my back hurts…. must have a clear out

  17. Gary 04/06/2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Perhaps we could have a ‘whats the best system for carrying stuff on your commute’ poll..

    Courier bag

    • Andreas 21/07/2010 at 2:53 pm #

      Like this idea – will look into doing it in future..

  18. nm4471a 04/06/2010 at 12:31 pm #

    in my rucksack:
    toothbrush and toothpaste
    A-Z of london (10 years old, pages missing)
    nike maps – never used
    puncture repair kit (never used, i’ve jinxed it now)
    all bike tools i own (spanner, allen keys)
    full size pump which is too big for the bag really
    coat – always
    mad luminous yellow kecks for if it rains

    then various bits and bobs depending on where going or what doing: phone, sarnies, work clobber, book, laptop, notepad, sunglasses.

  19. Filippo Negroni 04/06/2010 at 1:28 pm #

    I stopped carrying a mini pump on my regular rides when i figured out it wasn’t really working well.
    I still carry it for emergency on family rides where the probability of punctures is multiplied.
    Otherwise, one or two canisters of CO2 are all that I need to inflate the new innertube after a puncture.
    In 18 months and 5,000 miles I have had three punctures in total, so my commute is pretty safe in that respect.

  20. chris 04/06/2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Pump? CO2 cannisters. A fraction of the time and worth the expense on the basis that you use them so rarely (pay more for tyres, to go cheap is a false economy).

    A spanner, inner tube and levers.
    Red light (the awesome fibre flare)
    And a five pound note (for emergencies, or for a pint).

  21. wee folding bike 04/06/2010 at 6:04 pm #

    It’s usually a Brompton bag, S type or the big old kind.

    Cyclaire pump
    Steel core tyre levers
    Small Bacho shifter
    Evans freebie multi tool (comes with a bike)
    Puncture repair kit
    Blackburn Flea lights
    Swiss Army Knife (in pocket at all times)
    Zip off legs of Craghopper Kiwis.

  22. Guido 04/06/2010 at 6:25 pm #

    depends which day of the week (and not being in Canada)

    Mondays are the worst,
    five of: Shirts,Pants, Pairs of socks
    Pedal spanner (for wheel nuts on fixie)
    Spare inner tube
    Park GP2 patches
    Lezyne HP Mini Track pump (100 psi is easily achievable)
    Laptop (if I worked from home Friday)
    Small change
    Topeak Alien multi tool
    Park Tyre Levers
    Work Phone (horrid old O2 TYTN thing)
    Business Cards

    Every other day of the week is minus laptop and clothes, and indeed most days I don’t then need a bag!

    Luckily don’t have to lock up either end so the real heavy weight stuff can be left at home when commuting

  23. Pre 04/06/2010 at 6:26 pm #

    got a mini pump and water bottle hooked upto my frame, and keep some cash, puncture kit, lube, multi tool, spare batteries and tyre levers in an underseat pouch. =]

  24. Alina 04/06/2010 at 6:48 pm #

    On a typical day:

    puncture repair kit
    2 different multi tools
    lights and spare batteries
    tyre levers
    hand cream
    change of work clothes and shoes

    I think that’s about it.

  25. Angi 04/06/2010 at 9:25 pm #

    Oh dear, I think I am one of those that over stuffs my bag…the bigger the bag, the more you stuff…good excuse to go for smaller bags!

    So mine is as follows:

    Mini bike pump
    Allen keys
    Puncture repair kit
    Lights (one front, two rear)
    Bottle of water
    My lunch
    Chewing gum (Very important…also stops my mouth from drying out when cycling)
    Note book
    Hand cream
    Face cream
    Hat (the ears get cold when it’s windy)
    Neck warmer
    Anything else that takes my fancy.


  26. ktcita 04/06/2010 at 11:44 pm #

    @gayle – sugar. Genius addition.

    In my panier. Puncture repair kit. Never required with my new kevlar tyres however. Multitool thingy for minor gear/brake adjustments. Shoes and clothes and toiletries for work. Boring really.

  27. Guilherme Zühlke O'Connor 05/06/2010 at 12:29 am #

    Since I don’t like to cycle with a backpack or messenger bags I carry my double pannier with me at all times, even when virtually empty. It may be a vestige of my previous self being used to the car boot.

    My pump and lock are attached to the frame, in the panniers you find a small zippered case with a multi tool, tire levers, repair kit, chain break and folding repair twezers. Also a spare inner tube (more recently two, just in case) and sometimes spanners needed for my wife’s bike.

    That barely uses any space on the panniers, but at times there are also, working clothes, supermarket shopping, iPhone, keys, office badge, wallet. Any other thing I’d carry in a bag if I weren’t cycling to work.

    Oh, and receipts. When I, say, stop to buy food ony way home and dump everything on the panniers it seems I keep forgetting to take the receipts out, so from time to time I get all of them at once and shred them.

  28. Johns 05/06/2010 at 11:03 am #

    Let’s see –

    Max ‘gooj’ multi tool
    Inner tubes x 2 (better safe than sorry)
    tyre levers x 2
    Puncture repair kit
    Kryptonite D lock & cable (struggled & failed to attach to bike)
    change of clothes
    various paperwork, sometimes laptop
    Work ID & memory stick
    Glasses case (glasses on face)
    Front and rear lights when not in use
    Garmin 705 when not in use

    All in an Osprey sports rucksack. Weighs a ton – makes a nonsense of lightweight bike.

  29. Alistair 05/06/2010 at 6:19 pm #

    OK, for work I carry suit, boots, washgear, towel and a pouch with ties, collar stiffeners and cufflinks each Monday, then carry it home on a Friday. They’re all in a rucksac.

    On the daily commute I ride a Brompton so use the front mounted bag. I have a fairly lengthy ride to the station in the morning and to do it in a reasonable time I accept that I generally need a shower when I get to the office or client. It has:

    Pouch with notebook, pens, cables, phone, business cards etc.
    Eagle creek shirt folder with shirt
    Eagle creek pouch with fresh underwear
    Laptop, power cable.
    Granola bars, water bottle, flask mug with coffee, tub of coffee, spork
    Hand cream
    Book for the train
    Work phone
    Personal phone, with runkeeper installed.
    Gloves, skullcap, fleece jumper, rain-jacket.
    Assorted ID cards, train ticket.

    I don’t bother with tools as if I have a problem in London I can get it fixed, if I have a problem on the way home from the station I can call my partner and get picked up.

    When I’m mountain biking I wear a camelbak with 3 litre bladder. In there I have:
    Spare inner tube
    Brake Bros multi-tool
    Tyre levers
    Gel and grain bars
    Fleece top

  30. Higgs 05/06/2010 at 10:06 pm #

    When commuting I use two panniers filled with

    Inner tube, puncture repair kit, cable lock, tyre levers, multi-tool, spanner, laptop, files, change of clothes, towel, spare t-shirt and/or base layer, shower gel, deodorant, rain gear, shoes (if i haven’t left a spare pair in work)

    D-Lock and pump are fixed onto the frame.

    When going for pleasure spin at the weekend it’s just the bare essentials piled into a saddle pouch

  31. Andrew 06/06/2010 at 1:30 pm #

    _rolled up waterproof jacket
    _map of London
    _spare inner tube
    _tyre levers
    _crappy decathlon multitool
    _pocket size pump
    _tyre levers
    _set of poundland spanners
    _two dlocks
    _usb cable + charger for my spycam
    _wallet (oystercard + visa)
    _bicycle lights
    and sometimes
    _spare clothing

  32. Tim 07/06/2010 at 11:37 am #

    As well as all the repair stuff I have always over recent years carried a small digital camera. The i-phone does the trick now. Travelling as we do around central London we quite often get to see newsworthy incidents. I am however still waiting for my front page scoop. People reporting is on the increase and all the news agencies are waiting for that key picture. What better way than a bike to get to the news quickly and indeed away from it even quicker if needed!

    Always useful as well to record number plates etc. if witness to an accident.

  33. Tim 07/06/2010 at 11:40 am #

    Has anyone yet dared to carry their precious ipad in the panniers yet? Has a suitable case been made that anyone has seen? Still waiting for mine to be delivered!

    • Andreas 21/07/2010 at 2:58 pm #

      Not got one but someone suggested how cool it would be to attach that to your frame. You’d have a huge Google Maps!

  34. Lindsay 07/06/2010 at 2:35 pm #

    If it’s sunny I throw my handbag in my basket, sometimes clipping the strap round the bike handle in case of opportunistic thievery. If it’s raining or I need the space in my basket then I use a lovely (cheap) pannier satchel from Bobbins.

    Either way it holds:
    little notebook
    small make up/medication bag
    tiny foldaway rain jacket (pearl izumi, moderately flattering, very waterproof, nice shade of blue)
    usually a banana!

    I try to stick to that because I’m terrible for overfilling bags, making them heavy and ruining the straps. I used to carry around a spare tube, tyre levers, multitool etc but I’ve recently dropped it and started ‘riding dirty’. If I get a puncture I’ll just go to a shop or get in a cab…

  35. Jonathan 08/06/2010 at 12:42 pm #

    Okay this is what lives in my pannier to and from work:
    pack of piriton(I usually need one upon arrival if it has been sunny/warm)
    lip balm(essential for winter, not so much now)
    work laptop
    puncture repair kit + spare inner tube(not wrapped in cling film, run out of cling film)
    multi-tool + bike spanner
    small pack of wet wipes
    disposable gloves + old rag
    cable lock with padlock
    phone(if it is raining otherwise it lives on the handle bars)
    debit card and/or emergency cash
    travel towel for me
    towel for laptop(to wrap it up for protection, will invest in a laptop sleeve one day)
    change of clothes(t-shirt, trousers, socks, underwear)
    toiletries(hair product, face moisturiser, deodorant)
    rain jacket(if weather is looking dodgy)

  36. Spencer 25/07/2010 at 3:53 pm #

    As I commute my son to his childminder and then myself to work, I have two panniers and child seat from the Hamax plus range http://hamax.com/default.aspx?CatID=1227. One has all the things a toddler could need for the day ahead (including a wet weather outfit, if he is not already wearing it http://www.togz.uk.com/index.php?category=15).

    The other has: mini pump, inner tube, keys, wallet, iphone, glasses, work passes, belt, towel, book, rain jacket (if I’m not already wearing it).

  37. James Holden 28/07/2010 at 4:06 pm #

    Love these sorts of threads. Currently using a Bikehut laptop pannier, with the following in it:

    Laptop + power brick
    Some papers in a clear wallet (only about 10 sheets A4)
    Standard puncture repair kit
    Airtool Mini-MTB pump
    “Proper” LED lights (not the crappy blinking kind)
    Assorted hex keys
    A couple of USB thumb drives
    A mobile broadband stick
    Earphones (for at work, never while riding!)
    Cable lock
    House keys
    Office keys
    Paracetamol, ibuprofen, anti-histamines
    Travel toothbrush
    T-shirt to change into at work

    About my person, while riding:

    Cycling jersey, which I only wear while riding
    Casual shorts

    At work, in my desk:

    D-Lock in case I go into town at lunch
    Emergency beer

    • James Holden 28/07/2010 at 4:11 pm #

      Oh yeah, waterproof cycling jacket too. Folds up to nothing if you do it right.

  38. Chris 15/09/2010 at 4:35 pm #

    I have a pair of Carradice Super C rear panniers, but I normally use just one, I carry:

    Pump, small toolkit; puncture kit; spare innertube; first aid kit; spare battery lights* + spare batteries; waterproof jacket when required; U-Lock; security cable; helmet rain cover; cycle glasses.

    *I have a hub dynamo lights.

    Yes I carry too much!
    I often carry a spare tube for my Y-frame trailer which I use quite a lot.

    Sometimes food; cycle clips; sunscreen; camera and other clothing.

    GPS on my handle bars.
    Water bottle in carrier.

  39. Peter 03/04/2011 at 11:38 am #

    Ortleib pannier:
    beaten up netbook and charger.
    random bits of paper, possibly for taking notes or just chucked in there.
    spare inner tube
    very nasty and cheap but lightweight pump from Halfords just for emergencies
    some times a few allan keys if I think something may need adjusting
    rather squashed sandwiches
    large plastic bag for in case i strap something on the back and it’s wet.
    iphone charging lead
    couple of pens
    jumper in case it’s colder coming home, Altura nightvision coat if it looks like it might rain
    spare batteries for lights

    my weighty cable lock is held to the bike with old inner tube on the opposite side

    Small pouch I clip onto my handlebars (a “man bag” type thing)
    phone if it’s too wet to mount on the handlebars
    emergency battery for phone.
    small change fallen out of purse
    business cards
    old chocolate wrappers

  40. Portellini 27/04/2011 at 8:18 am #


    I use some black Ortlieb Panniers Classic, the 40L version. They’re totally waterproof and very resistant. Although bigger than what I need in most situations, it’s rather nice to fit all my everyday gear (pump, levers, spare inner tube, couple of lights) and also some shopping on the way home or a wind coat or something.

    I use one at a time most days but for shopping I’ll use both for balance and space purposes.

  41. Kisha 30/07/2011 at 5:49 pm #

    I have a single rear pannier basket which folds flat when not in use – genius! In it, I put whatever stylish handbag I’m using that day (doesn’t everyone need a different bag for different outfits?) in a bin liner. That bag usually contains all the things a lady’s handbag usually contains (that’s too nosy). The phone is on a waterproof handlebar pouch. Water is in the bottle rack on the frame. Cable lock is twirled on the handlebars – is this wrong? No waterproof gear – usually don’t mind getting wet personally, as long as the stylish handbag stays dry. No repair kit as I pass no fewer than 4 bike shops on the way to work and, to be frank, could walk the 2.5 mi in either direction easily. Cheers.

  42. polycosm 23/04/2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Here goes…

    Plastic box full of nuts for the squirrels..

    2 slices of bread for the Ducks

    Swiss army knife


    Waterproof trousers


    Sansa clip radio ( wouldn’t dream about cycling without music. I know some would disagree, but for me its essential)

    Spare batteries for camera and phone


    Tee shirts for work

    Polo mints…must be the oldest pack of polo mints on the planet..

    Ventolin inhaler

    Lip balm

    Insect bite cream


    Hand sanitizer (i don’t know why i have this, but if i take it out my wife sneaks it back in. Maybe i could drink it….)

    Puncture repair kit

    Adustable spanner, Phillips screwdriver, Allen key, bike pump, spare AAA batteries for LED light, cable ties…..its the engineer in me, i can’t help it.

    Spare kitchen sink

  43. Dave 11/04/2013 at 9:19 am #

    Small zip up bag transferred between Carradale pannier (hybrid) Ortlieb pannier (recumbent) or C bag (Brompton) containing

    Multi tool
    Puncture kit
    Small cable ties

    Every Friday my weeks groceries

    On bikes a selection of tubes from inch

  44. Cullen 22/04/2013 at 3:52 pm #

    I wear my gore-tex jacket most days, with my train ticket and oyster card in the pocket

    In my Timbuk2 messenger bag:
    – towel
    – bike pump
    – personal and work phones
    – waterproof overtrousers – soon to be storing these for the warm season I hope!
    – kindle
    – shirt + pants + socks for work, in Eagle Creek shirt folder
    – sometimes my laptop if I am travelling or working from home but I try to leave this at work as it’s a heavy mother
    – Abus bike lock – I live on the edge, just the secondary lock for me! (of course I hardly ever lock up my bike in public, underground locked parking at work and a locked attached garage at home for the win! :))

    In my seat post bag:
    – multi-tool
    – spanner (as I don’t have QR rear tyre)
    – spare inner tube and Scabs patches

    Everything else (deodorant, shampoo, shower gel, suits, work shoes, etc…) I leave at work

  45. Stuart 31/05/2013 at 2:39 am #

    Not long joined your excellent forum and not sure if what I am talking about here is for this exact page.
    Cycling for around 30+ years, experience has taught me to carry the essentials so many of you have already mentioned here. I have a hybrid bike now and love it (use to have a mountain bike). My daily commute is mostly bridleways. I use my bike more often for very long leisurely weekends around the three southern counties (Surrey Kent Essex) also some longer expedition holiday rides. A few things listed below a little different to what most of you have mentioned I carry around with me (haven’t listed everything I take for expedition rides)

    I have two Bikehut bags, one mounted on handle bars and a bigger one on the rear bike rack (don’t use panniers for day trips)

    Tom Tom Sat nav (set to cycling routes) mounted via a RAM mounting kit on the handle bars, probably not as good as a dedicated cycle GPS or a smart phone in many ways but the Tom Tom is what I have and has as a good data base for points of interest / hotels / camp sites and lots more.

    Power Monkey Extreme solar panel and battery (for Tom Tom / mobile phone and USB lights). Battery is hidden away in my Bikehut handle bar bag connected to the Tom Tom and the small solar panel if I am using it straps and fits nicely on top of the bag, power hungry gadgets don’t last on long rides. Yet to be proven on rides longer than a day but I think it is going to work perfectly

    Small first aid kit with spray on plaster and insect bite relief spray. Small pack of anti bacterial hand wipes and sunscreen cream

    A very bright small LED torch

    Large stainless steel water bottle mounted to frame

    Ordinance survey map(s)

    All the usual bits and pieces multi tool / inner tube / puncture repair / tyre levers / CO2 bike pump / insurance approved bike D lock and cable / extra clothing for inclement weather etc

    …….and food supplies !!!

    For long trips I usually have a back up plan written down for when something goes wrong that cant be fixed to get me home, and an ID tag if something goes terribly wrong 🙁

    Small toilet tissue pack, obviously for emergencies only when your in the middle of nowhere and no choice, and some plastic bags as I like to keep the countryside clean!!!

    That’s about it when going out for the day (around 10 to 16 hrs)

    Wishing every ride you take is puncture free

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