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A Question For The Cycling Purists…


January 2012

I have it on good authority that  I’m not supposed to wear a camelbak or a back pack while I’m cycling according to Rule #32.  In addition,  according to Rule #29 I’m not even supposed to have a saddle bag (because all of my emergency gear is supposed to go in my jersey pockets – Rule #31).  In fact, according to said rule #32, there is no discussion to be had on exceptions to the rule…

So here’s the question:  If one was to not just wuss out with a 30 mile ride on a nice summer’s day but throw in a ten mile run and a little swimming in between two 15 mile rides, exactly how is one to get one’s jammer and running shoes to the running club.  Now I’m not looking to upset the applecart here, and to tell the truth, I’m going to do what I’ve got to do to get my Saturday miles in regardless (which means wearing a back pack with my running shoes and jammer in it on my ride to the running club)…  In fact, my LBS guru Matt, who is every bit the cyclist, even recommended the back pack when I presented him with my conundrum (because a saddle bag large enough to carry a pair of shoes doesn’t exist).  Now, my problem is that a back pack is unnecessarily big, so I bought a Lake and Trail Camelbak that is just big enough to carry my shoes and swimwear and doesn’t get in the way of comfortably cruising down the road.

So, cycling purists, can I get a ruling?


PS:  Read the rest, they’re hilarious.


  1. Honestly, I think those rules are a bunch of crap. It makes cycling seem like one big “cool kids club” where there’s these rules that you must follow to be included. That’s not what cycling is all about. Cycling is about having fun. Cyclists should be there for each other to help out the new guys who don’t know as much, and not chastise them for doing things a certain way. Sure, it’s nice to look good while riding a bike, but having to think about rules and such really isn’t cool. If you’re comfortable wearing that stuff, do it. Don’t bother with those rules and I guarantee you will be much happier.

  2. bgddyjim says:

    I couldn’t agree more, I break a goodly amount of them (The only place for Mountain Biking shoes is on a Mountain Bike would be one – hell, if I could afford a set-up for both sports I surely would, but now you’re talking some serious dough and then I’ve gotta outfit the wife and kids too?).

    I didn’t have any problems when I was just mountain biking, I’d just flip my pedals and wear my running shoes down there, but then I got the Cannondale and found out that I’m a roadie and everything got messed up… In fact, the first time I rode my Cannondale down to the running club I didn’t have a back pack so I had to use my daughter’s… Betty Boop Leopard Print. Let’s just say you could see me coming from a mile away. Cycling is all about visibility. Me and the boys had an awesome laugh about it too. Ah, the joys of being a dad.

  3. John says:

    Well, I beg to differ… I like those rules and agree, that they do make it seem like cycling is a cool kids club and you have to conform to be a part of it. That’s how you learn in the big league… Just like everything else – there’s an everyday way of doing things and then there’s the ‘accepted’ way of doing things by others that have done the hard yards. I would’nt worry about it… Given the fact that you are running and swimming, indicates that you may actually be a closet triathlete and not a cyclist, so those rules won’t apply to you anyway!

    Having said that, I do wear a backpack on my way to work, and still show my face in club rides on the weekends 🙂

    • bgddyjim says:

      I am a little more than a closet triathlete. When I wrote that post the previous summer’s training consisted of an Olympic length tri every Saturday… I changed quite a bit this past summer to a much more cycling specific regimen.

      That said, I rode with the advanced group all summer long… They all, but one, have saddle bags, and one of the well respected guys wears a Camelbak.

      In short, I can follow the linked cycling rules and still do as the Romans do when I’m in Rome – so to speak.

      Thanks for the input.

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