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Travel light & ditch the pack, Every Ride Carry, sticky pod review

Travel light & ditch the pack, Every Ride Carry, sticky pod review

Travel light & ditch the pack, Every Ride Carry, sticky pod review

I've been wanting to write a post about ditching the pack for some time, then from out of the blue Miles, from Miles wide asked if I would like to review the sticky pod tool pouches. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

For years I've filled my Camelbak up for just in case situations, weighing myself down with more tools than a bike shop and I think we've all experienced the dreaded sweaty back syndrome from carrying a pack in summer. It was time to free myself from the constraints of a pack. Don't get me wrong a riding pack has its place for extended rides, carrying your lunch, jacket and extra fluids. But all you need for short, sub 2-hour local rides is a drink, cake money and basic tools. That's where the sticky pods come in, they are a range of convenient neoprene, pocket friendly, zip pouches that hold your essentials. The smaller 10cm x 15cm sticky pod holds my multi-tool, co2 inflator, mini first aid kit, tyre levers, patch kit, chain pins, brake pads and mech hanger. All that and it still slips into my shorts pocket, so now when I head out for a ride all I have to do is chuck a water bottle on my bike, the sticky pod in my pocket and I'm good to go. 

For those that like to carry more and wear xc style jerseys, the larger sticky pod is for you. It fits perfectly in a jersey pocket and can take a pocket pump and a few more just in case extras and even your phone. Both Sticky Pods are backed with rubberized dots that helps them grip your jersey pocket and prevent accidental ejection over bumpy ground. Last but not least the bottle pod is a hard, zipped clam shell case in the shape of a bottle. Perfect for those that have two bottle holders, I've found it even holds a bike battery and tools quite conveniently.

So that's how I carry my tools but what about my inner tubes? Well, I do the old xc racers trick of either taping them to the frame or strapping them under my saddle. Simple convenient and unobtrusive, but more importantly not in a bag on my back. I then like to carry my phone in my other shorts or jersey pocket in a waterproof ecase, that way if the weather turns I know it'll be safe. 

So that just about covers it, if you manage to ditch the pack let me know how you did it and what you like to carry with you in the comments below. 

French road trip. Riding the Gorges du Tarn.

French road trip. Riding the Gorges du Tarn.

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