Well it does vary a touch as I have a saddle bag for each bike: my Look 555 weekend warrior; the Kinesis Racelight Granfondo Ltd commuter; the Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bike and the Giant XTC 2 off-road tourer/mountain bike. That said I thought I would detail what is in my two regular roadie saddle bags.
My saddle bag of choice for the Look 555 is a medium-sized Topeak Aero Wedge Saddle Bag (the one with straps) whereas on the Kinesis I am fitting a Carradice Barley Saddle bag as want that daily commuter load carrying capability. That said the “bike” part of what goes in the bag is the same for both and is the core of my kit on the Surly and Giant as well. So what is in my bag?
Being the conservative type …
- Two spare tubes (700c x 23). Carrying two has paid off on more than one ride;
- A Park Tool GP-2 Super Patch kit or similar. I make a point of replacing any patches used after a ride;
- A set of three Park Tool TL-1 Tire Levers (two is probably enough);
- A multi-tool such as the Crank Brothers 10 Function model;
- A spare Connex chain link;
- A few zip ties;
- FiberFix Spoke – Kevlar emergency replacement spoke;
- $5.00 note – makes a good emergency tyre patch.
In winter I add the following …
- A Deal Extreme UltraFire WF-606A torch which is my back-up front light;
- Two spare AAA batteries (charged once a week) for the UltraFire torch;
- A couple of AAA batteries for the rear lights.
So what do you carry in your saddle bag?