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How To Pack Cycling Jersey Pockets Like A Pro | GCN Pro Tips

How To Pack Cycling Jersey Pockets Like A Pro | GCN Pro Tips

– It’s the day of your big event. You’ve got yourself in shape, and your bike is primed and ready to roll. You’re fueled and you’re
adequately kitted out. But what do you take with
you in your jersey pockets to make sure you’re prepared
for nearly all eventualities? Especially here in the beautiful Dolomites where the weather can be
cruel as well as kind. (inspirational music) First up is the middle pocket. Now this is an ideal place to stow away your rain cape and or your gilet. And a handy little tip is this, you can also conceal your mini pump wrapped up in your rain cape. Just make sure you do it nice and tight. It’s worth taking a little bit of time. Place it in there, and hey presto, you’ve made a nice little start. (chill music) Next on the agenda is
the left-hand pocket. Ideal place for your phone, and a handy little tip, inside your phone case, is to put a bank card, some form of identification, and a little bit of cash. That all goes in there nice and neat. Let’s just slot that in there. And also available from GCN are Poc-Pacs, and that’ll keep your
valuables and your phone safe and away from moisture. Now there’s still a little
bit of room in there, so a handy place to stow
a pair of arm warmers. Unless it’s of course hot at the start. Let’s just pop those inside. And depending on the weather conditions, and always before a big event, check the weather of forecast, a good place for a pair
of light gloves as well. (calm music) Next up is the right-hand pocket, and we’re gonna place our food in here. But before we actually fill it with these nutritional products, it’s worth mentioning
that it is very important on the side you place the food, because if you’re right-handed, put it in the right-hand pocket, if you’re left-handed, place your food in the left-hand pocket, because that is the pocket that you’re gonna be reaching into the most during your ride. And in relation to the
amount of food you need, well that’ll depend on the
distance of the event itself, and also the availability
of feed stations. But our advice is to play
it a bit conservative, and take a little bit more than you need. So that’ll include couple of gels, some energy bars, you can take more if you wish, and also mix it up a little bit with a few Muesli bars as well. And finally you need to make sure that you carry with you on your event some essential spares. Now the bare minimum is as follows. A couple of inner tubes. Some tyre levers of course, to remove your tyre from the rim, and importantly a multi-tool that should include a chain
link extractor as well. Now as you can see, your pockets right now are pretty full. So our advice would be to buy a little saddle bag and store all these handy
things underneath your saddle. Well there you have it, a GCN pocket packing strategy. Now if you haven’t already subscribed to the Global Cycle Network, you can do so for free
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100 comments on “How To Pack Cycling Jersey Pockets Like A Pro | GCN Pro Tips

  1. Take everything you think you'lll need….and ditch at least half of it. You'll be a lot more comfy.

  2. For me mini pump always goes to the very outside of my left pocket. Still room for other items in there like arm warmers, and it's far away from my spine in case of an unexpected crash. An unforgiving rigid object in the center pocket can be dangerous.

  3. Hmmm – I'm a leftie but my food goes in the right-hand pocket. I think we lefties are much more used to using our off hand for things as society is perpetually forcing the issue on us…

  4. What is the chain tool for?
    I mean, seriously, what is the purpose of this thing?
    Do you just shorten your chain when it breaks while your on a ride?

  5. Good job, Matt. I'm still surprised it took GCN this long to cover longer-distance gearing-up considerations, but it finally hit me that you GCN guys ride so fast, and 40, 60 or 100 miles goes by so quickly, that you don't normally need to gear-up like this.

  6. Very useful video but apparently so I've heard bank cards when touching phones/smartphones can disrupt either the card or phone. Might not be true but not worth the risk in my opinion

  7. I have never put that much stuff in my pockets, looks jolly uncomfortable. Pump attached to the bike as well, not like you need quick access to it.

  8. Thanks for the video, ref multi tools best I have found so far for weight tools included and also space is the Stique Carbon Multi tool with tyres levers inc. It also has space for your money, very very cool tool. The other I'd say one tube and some sticky patches any more flats than this then I'm calling a cab and giving up for the day. Balancing the weight across is also an important factor I feel. Great video as always all the best and thanks Andy

  9. Just mount the pump on the bike! You're carrying the weight anyway, and it's got to be significantly more comfortable than having it in your pocket.

  10. Pros don't take any of this shit, the service car behind them takes it.
    And I would like to see how does that fully stuffed jersey looks on you, must be very comfortable.

  11. Just one question: how do you stow this in your pockets if you have a size UK8 (XS)? Have you ever seen pockets with these sizes of jerseys?

  12. a few things seem unnecessar. to place in the jersey pockets and also very very situational such as leg and arm warmers and rain coat

  13. I am always hungry during a bike ride so all my 3 pockets are full of food and I put all essential tools in my saddle bag also I put mini pump on a bottle cage holder, who needs extra clothes

  14. surely it's not a good idea to place your pump in the centre pocket, as that's next to your spine, which could cause your serious damage if you were to fall off or crash?

  15. I put my iPhone on a clip on the handlebars, and run a nav app (Ride with GPS) on it for verbal directions plus metrics while I ride. Saves the weight and cost of a Garmin/Wahoo (and has a bigger screen) plus leaves more space in my jersey pockets. I use an iPhone 7, which is reasonably waterproof.

    All I have in my jersey pockets is food and spare clothing.

  16. Does cycling clothes have some throat protection from getting cold? With my regular clothes and hybrid bike I wear a scarf.

  17. its pretty solid but i also need to bring leg warmers and atleast toe covers as well. gonna be like a pack mule next month up pikes peak LOL

  18. One thing I've recently taken to doing is also having an emergency contact card in one of my jersey pockets too

  19. Bah. With all that crap you don't need jersey pockets, you need a rucksack!! I like my jersey to be as light as possible. Pump, tube, levers, CO2 canister & emergency gel go in my tool bottle in the seat-tube bottle cage. Phone, cash, bar & gel in the jersey pockets with arm warmers if necessary. No pump catching the wind stuck on the side of my bike, no silly saddle bags. Clean and simple.

  20. 750ml bidon, in it goes micro pump, tool, spare tube, 1 tyre lever, 1 gel, 1 elecrolight tablet all kept tight with a very light and thin decathlon rain Cape. 😊

  21. Bah! Humbug! All wrong! You've just converted your back pockets into a drag chute to slow you down when the air rushing over your back hits that great protuberance. Plus, if it's going to be warm, you're lower back will be sweating like a pig with all that stuff pressing against it! A far better choice would be a modest frame bag (in addition to the saddle bag that you also mentioned). For example, a triangular bag fitted between your top tube, head tube and down tube. It will help keep your center of gravity low and it should be more aerodynamic. The only thing you really need to put in a jersey pocket is a small snack to eat on the go — it can be replenished from your frame bag each time you stop. That way you keep your jersey pockets mostly empty. You'll be more aerodynamic and cooler. And you won't look like such a dweeb! ;D

  22. So different from how we should pack in Texas haha. Instead of the rain jacket we need to pack an extra bottle! We are already hitting heat indexes of 100+ degrees (37+ degrees Celsius).

  23. As someone who served as paramedic: I recommend a label on your ID card with your allergies, medication you're on, and an emergency contact. Plus, if you have something serious you'll have it written on a bracelet.

  24. I don't recommend to put a phone, especially the large ones, on your back pocket. Last fall, in a crash. I had to have surgery (2 vertebraes and ribs brocken) because of the phone. The doctor at the emergency told me that he was seeing more similar cases (cyclists) since the advent of larger smart phones.

    I now use a triathlon top tube bag for my phone. I know it's ugly. But, when compared to the pain of surgery and back pain for the rest of your life, believe me, it's nothing to be afraid of.

  25. I find the easiest place to put a gilet (if taken off while moving) is under the back of the jersey. It makes it spread out and doesn't create an uncomfortable bulge in your back.

  26. On long rides, especially in mountains, I pack my pockets full with food and I store my jacket on the back of the bib short. Way more comfy

  27. I'll say one thing… You're killing your aerodynamics with those bulging pockets. Carrying that much gear you might as well just wear a backpack. The only thing in my pockets are gels and bars on the side pockets, and a few other things stuffed inside a Lezyne Caddy Sack in the middle.

  28. Spare Tubular in the middle with two energy bars, rain jacket in the right with the phone and some gels, bag with multi tool, money co2's and one vittoria pitsop. and more food on the left. no saddle bag (it always hits my inner legs)

  29. A small transparent plastic bag from a store will provide enough protecting for your phone for free. And you can actually use the phone without taking it out of the bag. Sorry for messing with GCN business. Aren't you afraid of dropping the mini-pump when taking rain cape out?

  30. Some of the comments are annoying "oh they have ran out of ideas." I bought my first road bike today and the wife was with. While looking at the jerseys hanging up, she asked why and what are the pockets for on the back? While some may think it's trivial others may not. So just move along instead of making ignorant comments.

  31. I pretty much do this like that. Except for the mini-pump. Why oh why not have it on the side of the bottle cage. You need it every ride anyway. The look is not that bad at all either – not an issue for me in the least. Pros have no saddle bags, pumps and ride light during races because of team and neutral cars following them! We don't have that luxury. From the comments, I might try the jersey in the back of the bib shorts. Never though of that one. This way you can put gloves in the pockets of the jersey – usually when you need one you need the other. And I've lost gloves from back pockets before.

  32. I highly recommend a slightly larger saddlebag that can handle the mini pump. I have a small mini pump in my saddle bag and it has been a life saver!!

  33. Why are frame bags so underused? Can store all that crap inside the centre of the frame leaving jersey pockets nice and empty except the odd bar and phone.

  34. #askgcn Matt back in your PC days did you ever feel compelled to issue warnings to less than courteous drivers that you may have encountered on your morning commute?

  35. Can get pump, multi tool, levers, 2 tubes, puncture repair patches, and even a mech hanger into my saddle bag. So leaves phone gilet and food in my jersey.

  36. I suggest a "How to roll your spare tubes like a pro" video. The bad boys shown in the vid are way to bulky – no matter where you put them!

  37. Big GCN fan, but constantly trying to look like or do things like a professional cyclist, while trying to deal with the challenges of amateur cycling is a bit contra productive and even slightly sad. It's neither comfy, safe or practical to have a pump in your pocket, just put it on the frame. Rolling it up in your rain jacket makes it less pokey but also creates an unnecessary danger lest you forget about it.

    Idea for a GCN video: Things we should better leave to the pros- e.g. leg shaving, €9,000 bikes, stick-on tyres, doping, uncomfortable positions (on the bike), frequent crashes etc.

    It's time to stop being wannabe pro muppets and start facing the realities of cycling without sponsors, teams and endless free time.

  38. Here's a thought. If you get a flip wallet for your phone, instead of just a case, it may very well have one or two credit card slots. You can also get a minimalist wallet to hold your paper and plastic, that will fit in a jersey pocket very easily. And since I never go out without at least one knife, and there are no pockets or belt in cycling shorts, I use neck carry (under the jersey).

    Neck pouches in general, like an ID carrier, are a good solution if you don't want to take an entire backpack, but still have access to a bunch of things.

    Also – when I go out for a ride near the river, I always throw some deet in my jersey pocket.

  39. I usually do long ride so I prefer to use a "zaino" where to put all what I need. The only thing I put in right pocket is powerGel.

  40. Perhaps this is not the correct video to comment under re the great peak up or down debate. How about a wind tunnel test to see which is better, then their is no argument.

  41. it seems to me that with all this stuff in your back pockets, would a small back pack be just as good and you would not need the saddle bag, i never tested this but you should know, which is the lighter alternative? thank you

  42. if I had to put all that stuff on the back pockets I'd feel clumsy. I'd rather have bike bags, as one saddlebag and one top bar bag. Or a backpack.

  43. Instead of carrying 2 tubes, just carry 1 tube and a tiny patch kit. That should get you home just fine. 2 tubes takes up alot of space…

  44. i never see you guys with do you secure your endurance type rides with minimal gear. Last thing i want is a big D lock

  45. Thanks GCN watched this whilst out there this weekend doing the Maratona and found it very helpful.

  46. Very handy. I will be putting it into practice on the London 100. However my tools will be in an old water bottle #gcnhack

  47. Good advice. I disagree with the placement of the pump. It should go down next to a bottle cage. Wrapping it into the rain cape is an invitation to loose it. And I would rather not have hard objects close to my spine anyway.

  48. Ugh… Riding your bicycle with your jersey pockets stuffed like that is a major no-no in the cycling world. You'll get mercilessly ridiculed and laughed at. In the road cycling world there are only two accepted ways to carry this stuff with you: a team vehicle or a saddle bag. Carrying some stuff in jersey pockets is OK, but it shall be virtually invisible (not bulging) and should not be so heavy as to cause your jersey's back to stretch down lower than your butt.

  49. Is packing a pump or CO2 in the jersey asking for trouble if you crash? I fell over the weekend and broke a couple of ribs which I attribute to my pump.

  50. Very helpful. Our weather here changes very quickly. I am following this practice since early Spring. Thanks!

  51. I'm right handed but I like to put my food in my left pocket because I like to have my rear wheel brake lever hand left my the bike in case I need to brake. I actually heard Si teach about this on another video so complain to him if I am wrong, lol.

  52. This may be basic stuff, but it's really valuable as most of us don't have pockets in the back of any other shirts we wear. Also, no one wants to make a bike ride unpleasant because they forgot to pack something valuable.
    I'm new to road cycling and longer distance cycling and this stuff is of great value to me.
    Thanks, GCN!

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