Erica, just so you know, that plastic bag and some duct tape will come in handy should you encounter a sucking chest wound on your 200k ride. Just remember to only tape down three-sides so it operates as a one-way valve.
Personally, if I’m in a situation where I’m bleeding out, I figure I’ve had a good run. I’ve done most of the things in my life that I think a person should experience. It’s been a fun ride, and I don’t fear the reaper.
I carry one inner tube, a patch kit, tire irons, a multitool for bikes (mainly allen wrenchs), a swiss army knife, a little duct tape.
I’ll probably carry a “fiber fix” next rip I make.
For a serious tour, I would have new “pucture proof” tires (that’a no-brainer for me). I have fairly heavy duty wheels (40 spaokes in the back, IIRC). I don’t think the little bit of extra speed you get from lighter tires and wheels is worthwhile for touring.
For a while, I had pepper spray on my handle bars for dogs or whatever, but it fell off sometime early in the day the one day I could have used it.
I can’t imagine any knife smaller than a machete coming close to matching a U-lock as far as a defensive weapon.
J Z wrote:Haven’t used the Park Tools tire boots, but I carry cut up strips of USPS Tyvek envelopes as boots, (cheap, pack down small, light, durable). Haven’t had occasion to use them, yet.
i was just telling stef last night that i’d exchange the gallon bag for a tyvek envelope for just this occasion. also invest in a decent multi-tool with allen keys and a chain tool. hell if you get the topeak alien it comes with spoke wrenches, a decent knife blade AND tire levers.