What’s In Your Bag?

I’ve always admired those people who are always well equipped to handle any conceivable situation that might pop up when one is out on a bike.  There’s always one in the group when you are out on a group ride.

They are the ones who carry in their bag a multi-tool kit that has various sized hex wrenches, spoke wrenches, and allen keys.  They have an air pump, spare tubes, patch kits, and a myriad of other bike tools that I don’t even know the names of.  If you need something on a ride, they have it.  Are you that person?

Me?  I am not that person.  This is my bag.

 

This is what’s in my bag.

 

I have my keys, wipes, neosporin, band aids, silk wallet from the dollar store, metro card, credit card, insurance card, expired license (for ID), cash, lip balm, hair tie, camera, phone, and tissues.  I don’t have any tools or gadgets that will get me through any bike repairs.

What I do carry that’ll help me in a biking situations is that little silver roll above my camera.

It’s a roll of reflective fabric.

No flash.

Flash!

Now that it gets dark so early this is the one piece of “bike tool” that I have used.  It’s long enough that I’ve used it as a “belt”at night, and voila, I have 360 degree visibility.  It’s rather low tech until I find something better.

So what’s in your bag???

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Playdate

My Brompton had a playdate this weekend!  I went on an organized Brompton bike ride with over 20 other Brompton riders.  What a sight to behold!  A fleet of small wheeled folding bikes of multitude of colors whizzing through the streets of Manhattan on a perfect autumn afternoon.  We rode through different neighborhoods in Manhattan with various food stops along the way.  The plan was to ride, stop, eat, repeat, and repeat some more. We ate sandwiches with first names, imported candies and coffee, and cream puffs so fresh that they oozed with deliciousness.  What a great way to spend an afternoon!

One stop was Central Park where our bikes lined up for a group picture.

New York is great just about anytime of the year but there’s just something about Autumn in New York.  Cool and crisp…just the way I like it.

The weather was perfect and the leaves were in great vibrant colors.  Not to be outdone by nature, I do think these colorful Bromptons held their own.

There’s nothing like riding though Central Park…

and the streets of Manhattan…

on a bike.