Saddle bag essentials
  • Derek Maher

    Welcome Kristen,Lots of very sensible suggestions in your article.
    Many thanks.

  • Jonathan Sainsbury

    Another tip: cut an old tube into 3″ pieces. Slide a piece around a CO2 cartridge. Stops clanking and diminishes the freeze when discharging.

    • Kristen Legan

      Great addition! I use rubber bands but a tube works too.

  • As a side-note, I’d highly recommend that Arundel saddle bag that’s in Kristen’s photos. I’ve been using the same one for years and it’s excellent. Good choice Kristen!

  • Karl

    I’d add a quick-link too. Pretty unlikely to need it but a lifesaver when you do. Also takes up almost no space.

    • Kristen Legan

      Good one Karl. I usually just carry a quick link when mountain biking but it’s easy enough to stick in the saddlebag for the road too.

      • d;

        Is that a Tubi? Mine holds a tubular, a Topeak Mini Rocket pump, 15ml of sealant in some recycled plastic container perhaps holtel shampoo, a syringe, a tube, 2 levers, a $5 note. Wow that’s a lot

    • JBS

      I second that. No space or weight penalty, but coupled with a multitool with a chain breaker and your set if your chain breaks a long way from home.

  • MikeP

    I don’t carry a pump, but carry 2x CO2 canisters, 1x tube and a puncture repair kit. This effectively gives you two spare tubes for much less space than a frame pump and a second tube!

    I also carry a couple of zip ties, which are useful for all sorts of breakages and barely take up any space.

    The bank note trick has saved me a taxi home a couple of times!

  • Willem Heydendael

    I would like to add a few cut up old race numbers (the ones that are made of tyvek). They make really good boots for sidewall slice and also very little weight penalty.

  • David Markham

    A pair of disposable plastic gloves (usually £1/$1 for something like 50 pairs). Add about half a gram and keep hands clean if you get a puncture/mechanical

  • Mark Blackwell

    I’ve had a $1 coin in my saddlebag since the days when payphones were a tad more common (and mobiles less common)… probably should ditch it at some point, but sure as eggs that’ll be the day that my mobile is out of range/battery and I need to call someone.

    I also run my fingertips across my front and rear tyre every so often on the ride to dislodge any shards of glass. This was common 10-20 years ago, but for some reason I never see anyone else doing it nowadays.

  • caliente

    I keep a safety pin pinned to the outside of my bag. It has helped me get bits of glass and debris out of the tires after a flat. If a piece of clothing breaks it might also come in handy… I’ve yet to have that happen though :)


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