SERIES: What’s in your bike bag? – With Robin Sutherland

Photos courtesy of Robin Sutherland and Eric Allin

What's in your bike bag?

Inspired by the popularity of our Bike Spotting seriesdandyhorse decided to take it up a notch in order to find out which items are most valuable – nay, essential – to the average city cyclist. You can send us your bike bag photo at

We’re asking cyclists to list their favourite and must-have items for their bike bags. Here’s an opportunity to get to know some wonderful dandies, see what they carry with them when they’re out on their bikes, and perhaps even be inspired to up the contents of your own bike bag!

“I used to be a bike messenger. I wanted to be one after I saw a guy with a really big bag on his back ride up the hill by Yonge and Davisville; I only heard the snow crunching beneath his tires. The temperature was about -30 degrees, the sun was shining and I turned around and there was this guy huffing steam from beneath his facemask and goggles. I knew I had to do this as well.”

“As a bike messenger, I realized that everything breaks down after many miles. The pedals, chain, tires, tubes, brake-pads, spokes, cables, bike-lock mechanisms - everything will break down eventually. Maintenance is key, but surprises happen more often that not. Also, it will rain, and things will get wet … so bring a garbage bag.”

-- Robin

Robin's bag:

List of items:

  • Timbuk2 messenger bag – “It’s nice and compact. I don’t courier anymore so I don’t usually need a large one. I have a PAC Designs Ultimate Bag but I use that for groceries and carrying larger items.”
  • Maxpedition FR-1 Medical Pouch
  • Spyderco Delica 4 Knife
  • 4Sevens Preon 2 flashlight - I love having a flashlight and can use it to look into my bag or to help someone find a dropped item under a dark restaurant table. I can strap it to my bars with elastic and use it as a bike light if needed. The brightness and battery life are awesome! 160 lumens for 48 minutes on ‘high’, 22 lumens for 6 hours on ‘medium’, and 2.2 lumens for 23 hours on ‘low’.
  • Kryptonite Mini Lock - The lock fits in my back pocket.
  • Spare Tube
  • Mechanix Original Gloves – These have good dexterity, and they are not too warm so I can wear them most days. Grease doesn’t show on them.
  • Filzer Mini Tool
  • Filzer Mini Chain Tool - You never know when your chain will break (or someone else’s will).
  • REMA TIP TOP bicycle tube patches - They give you a piece of sandpaper in the kit, which does a good job of roughing up the tube … better than metal scrapers (which may cut the tube you are trying to repair).
  • Tacx Tyre Levers
  • Crank Brothers Power Pump - This is a really small and light pump. It doesn’t come with a bracket. I don’t attach anything to my bike because I like to keep my bike as light as possible.
  • 2 Uni Ball Jetstream SX 210 Ball Pens - I think these are the best pens; they have the smoothest, darkest ink ever.
  • Pittsburgh 6” Adjustable Wrench
  • Gerber Clutch mini Multi-tool – This includes needle nose pliers, knife, nail file, small screwdrivers, and a bottle-opener.
  • MEC Rear USB bike light
  • Kikkerland FL24-BK Skull LED Bike Light

We hope you're enjoying the series so far. Stay tuned for many more bike bag reveals in the days to come!

Submissions are welcome! If you would like to submit your bike bag photos to our new series, please contact dandyhorse at:

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