Whats in your pocket?
At Ride Strong we often get asked the question “What do we need to carry on our ride”
Its a great question. So here is Ride Strong’s guide to what you should carry in your jersey pockets, oh and don’t forget your saddle bag.
We are great believers that less is more, too much junk will only slow you down. Remember space is at a premium in your jersey pockets and saddle bag, so it is worth thinking about everything you will need to stay warm, fuel your ride and to sort out any mechanical issues that may arise.
Its always worth taking the approach of being self sufficient and not relying on other riders to bail you out. Before every ride ask yourself this question: Do I have everything I need to ride safely by myself?
Don’t leave home without these essentials:
Rain coat/windbreaker – choose a lightweight breathable jacket that can easily be rolled up into your middle pocket. This can be a real lifesaver if the wind picks up or the rain comes in and can also be great on a long chilly mountain descent.
Food – Carry enough food to fuel your ride, bars and gels fit easily into your jersey pocket. I like to store mine in my right pocket, as I’m right handed it makes it easy to eat on the go. If its going to be hot carry extra electrolytes and powders to add to your bottles at water stops. Always carry a little more food than you think you will need, you never know when a ride might end up lasting a few hours longer than planned.
Mobile cell phone – This is best stored on you, instead of stored in your saddle bag. If you have an accident you want to be able to get to it immediately. To keep your phone dry, place it inside a zip lock plastic bag.
Money – Always carry a bank/credit card and cash, not just for coffee stops but incase of an emergency and you need a cab home. These can be stored safe and dry with your cell/mobile phone, some cell/mobile phone cases have enough space to store a few notes and a bank card inside the case.
Map – If travelling in a new area it is a good idea to carry a map don’t rely on your gps they have been know to fail.
Saddle bag essentials
Multi tool – Carry a small multi tool with allen/hex keys for adjusting brakes and gear shifts on the road. A chain breaker can also be useful.
Mini pump or C02 cartridge – Which ever you choose make sure you carry one, its no good changing a flat and having nothing to get the air back in with. C02 cartridges are normally a one hit wonder.
Spare inner tube – One spare tube is normally enough, I also recommend carrying a couple of park tool quick patches as a backup
Tyre lever – Unless you have fingers of steel carry a couple of tyre levers to help prize off the tyre bead during a flat.