The Cycling Commuter’s Daily Bag

June 8, 2019

Commuting on a bike is awesome, but you do get stuck stuffing everything you need for an entire day into a single bag. Linguist Laura Welcher shares how she does it with Cool Tools.

Welcher’s bag is a Detour Ballard Market Pannier, a pannier that easily turns into a backpack. Here’s everything that’s inside:

Beauty kit

  • Pop-up hair brush
  • Bare Minerals Mini SPF 20 Concealer and Baby Buki mini kabuki brush.
  • Bare Minerals Lip Liner, Eye Liner, Liner Brush
  • Clinique Mascara, Mirror Compact
  • Aveda Lip Glaze
  • Artstar mini hair clasp
  • Bobby pins in assorted colors
  • Hair elastic (doubles as a way to keep the Mini Altoids tin securely closed)
  • Plastic spray bottle (empty — fill with water as needed for quick hair fixes)

Health kit

  • Emergen-C packet
  • Mini Altoids Tin
  • Band-aid bandage
  • Neo To Go single-use packet
  • Gas-X Thin Strip
  • Claritin
  • Asthma inhaler (did I mention if there is a cat in the room, it will find me?)
  • Spare contact lenses
  • Advil Liquid-gel ibuprofen
  • OB tampon
  • Toothbrush, travel tube of toothpaste, and a little bundle of dental floss

Bike tools

  • Novara “Never a Bad Time to Ride” reflective velcro pant leg strap
  • Plastic bike tire lever
  • Mini tire patch kit
  • Crank Brothers bike multi-tool
  • Spare AAA batteries for rear bike light
  • Other tools: Buck Metro Knife, Mini Multi-tool
Bike Bottom Bracket Bicycle Hub & BB Axis Bearing Installation Tool CNC Bike Bottom Bracket

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Everything Else

  • Clif Shot Bloks
  • Hammer Vegan Recovery Bar
  • Drinkables: Teabags in individual wrappers (plastic wrappers are the most durable), packets of Starbucks Via instant coffee
  • BD Safe-Clip needle-nipper
  • Copaxone
  • Autoject
  • Prescription and doctor contact info, 1-800 number for advice.
  • Individual alcohol prep pads
  • Yaesu VX-8DR HT Radio
  • Garmin 620 sports watch with heart rate monitor
  • Nuun Energy hydration tabs
  • Washcloth
  • Run Guard anti-chafe stick, travel size
  • Deodorant, travel size
  • Tifosi Slip sunglasses
  • Nathan water bottle
  • AC charger, earphone mic, charged extra LI-ON battery
  • Nifty Mini-Manual
  • Diamond SRH519
  • LaFont Topaze prescription lenses and Jellies readers
  • Key chain with too many keys
  • Overstuffed wallet
  • MacBook Air laptop
  • Thule Gauntlet padded waterproof laptop sleeve
  • Free folding map of San Francisco bike routes from the SFMTA.
  • Planet Bike rear red blinking light, Serfas USB Headlight
  • Mizuno Impermalite women’s lightweight performance shell
  • Cards: Clipper, BikeLink, ZipCar, Commuter Check, SF Bicycle Coalition Membership.

It’s a ton of stuff with very specific uses, so head over to Cool Tools for the full explanation of why she brings what she does on a daily basis.

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