What’s In Your Saddle Bag?

Now… Here’s a great discussion for everyone! What’s in your bag (brand names please, I may want to buy it)? Why do you carry it? Why do you feel it is valuable?

And in another direction… what have you heard/witnessed people carry on a ride that you think is utterly crazy, as in, “What the… WHY DO YOU CARRY THAT?!?” Make us laugh people!

Bike Noob

Guest poster Jeff Hemmel opens a discussion of one of biking’s most common items.

HemmelsRide2Recently I came across a discussion of what people carried in their saddle bags. It piqued my interest, because over many years I feel like I’ve really streamlined mine to the true essentials, while still allowing for a few items I’ve come to appreciate from experience…and some people might overlook.

What do I bring along for the ride? I dumped the contents out to jog my memory. Chime in to add anything you think I’ve missed.

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A Spare Tube — This one is obvious. A spare tube is there to save the day should you flat on any of the detritus that lines the roads, and as such should be the key item in any saddle bag. Tip? Bicycling magazine recently suggested to wrap a spare in plastic wrap. I guess the idea is to keep it…

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What Not To Do In A Pace Line…

Great points on learning how to ride with others. Whether you are in an organized pace line, or at the start of a big event with riders all around, these are valuable pointers!

Fit Recovery

If you know a newbie aspiring pace line rider, please pass this on to them…  For all of our sake.

It’s a rare day that I see a bad cyclist riding with us on the advanced ride.  Most noobs simply can’t keep up with the pace so we usually have a fairly legitimate crowd on Tuesday nights.  This was not the case last night, and nothing rattles a good group more than a shaky rider.  He was so bad that one of the otherwise reserved riders mentioned something to me about it as the kid fell back after a pull that lasted entirely too long at about 23 mph.  Technically it was more like 23 to 25 to 22 to 21 to 23 to 20…  You get the idea  The poor guy behind him was on his brakes constantly while I managed to stay far enough back to absorb a lot of…

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Noob Mistake: Helmet on Backwards

Oh this is awesome! TOO good to pass up. After you read it, tell me, have you done anything like this? Or SEEN it? This is great comedy material!

Bike Noob

It’s spring. In most parts of the country anyway. And that means organized rides are springing up all over. Lots of noobs turn out for their first organized rides ever, and they make their share of mistakes. Here’s one that I noticed a few years ago.

I was walking across a parking lot toward the ride start, when I passed a couple also headed in that direction. They were obvious first-timers. As I looked at the woman, something struck me as odd. She had the weirdest looking helmet I’ve ever seen.

Except on closer inspection, it wasn’t the helmet at all — that turned out to be a fairly common variety. It was the way she wore it. The black scalloped rear was facing forward.

“Your helmet is on backward,” I said quietly, as I walked past them.

She stopped, pulled off her helmet, and stared at it.

“It is?…

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