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The Well Planned Kit

21 Dec

The word “Kit” gets thrown around a lot in the cycling world.

“Dude that is a sweet looking kit”
“We should make our team kits look like team sky”
“Her repair kit was well supplied”

What is a “Kit” and why is it important?

There is probably no set definition in cycling, but I have always thought of it as the standard equipment and attire needed to participate in an activity. I have also known it to be viewed as the contents of a package designed for a particular use (ie. first aid kit). Therefore the things we need, carry, and use to enjoy cycling are all a part of our “Kit”

Because of the varied manufacturers, riders, and styles of riding very few kits will be the same. I believe that the rider’s kit should be a well planned affair. In the “Kit” series of posts we will touch on some of the things we have found to be the most valuable part of the “kit”. It will range from items you carry with you to those that make getting to and from the ride easier.

The inaugural “kit” post will focus on the Seatbag.

Neatly nestled under the seat.

Everyone has opinions on seatbags. They can range in size and style based on what you need or what you are doing. I am a proponent of keeping it as simple as possible but still having everything you could need for the ride. For instance, in the summer when I am doing shorter faster evening rides with more people my seat bag has only the bare essentials. In fact i will sometimes leave it at home and only take a tube and co2 in my pocket. When I am doing longer rides on my own in the winter months on questionable roads I choose to carry more with me.

Summer EDC (every day carry) minus the light.

Winter bag or longer ride bag. Yep it all fits.

I wouldn’t want to list out the individual items that I think a person should carry. That is going to be up to the rider to know their mechanical situation and choose bits accordingly. That being said, I would like to point out some tricks I have discovered that have saved the day on more than one occasion. First, To keep your tube from rubbing a hole against other contents in the bag put it in a sunglass bag or other type of soft material (old sock).

A chain link can save the day and it is less than $10.

Electrical tape wrapped around a tire lever co2 or your multi tool can come in handy

Adding a light is easy on the back of most seatbags

Thanks for reading!

Have a safe and happy holiday season.