I ride a 2009 Kestrel Evoke SL with:
- 2 x 10 speed
- 172.5mm Dura Ace compact double crankset (50 / 39), 12-27T casette
- Shimano 105 shifters, mostly 105 components
Most road bikes come with 53/39T chainrings up front. 50/39 allows you spin more easily up hills, especially when coupled with a rear cassette that spans the range from 12 teeth to 27 teeth (abbreviated as T). Having the right gearing makes all the difference. I also carry a Deuter 20L day pack containing:
- Clothing - Work jeans + t-shirt, running shorts, running shoes, mountain bike clip-in shoes, light jacket, helmet, sunglasses
- Food - Water bottle, yogurt, 2 x Kind bars
- Electronics - GPS watch (for recording run/ride statistics), external Hard Drive, phone
- Extras - Bike cable lock, pump and basic tools
I keep a couple of extra carabiner clips on me in case I need to hang bulky items from the outside of the backpack. The light weight cable lock is meant only for when I have a constant visual on the bike from whichever store I may be briefly visiting. Sunglasses are mostly for keeping debris and dust from distracting me while riding, but definitely come in handy if I’m riding at sunset or during winter days when the sun hangs low in the sky. My wallet is encased in a plastic pouch, which is mainly to keep moisture out on long rides when it’s tucked away in a jersey pocket.
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