Imag­ine what you can bring along when you leave the tech be­hind

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A MOD­ERN RID­ING BAG is full to the brim with elec­tronic de­tri­tus. Bat­ter­ies, charg­ing ca­bles, volt­age con­vert­ers. Even neatly packed, our dig­i­tal lives leave lit­tle room for the things that can make a ride re­ally spe­cial. Hot cof­fee on a cold moun­tain ridge­line. A pair of trunks for an im­promptu swim on a hot sum­mer day. Our so­lu­tion? Ditch the tech on your next ride for these analog ac­ces­sories. —Chris Can­tle


Leave it to the Ital­ians to make a lux­ury prod­uct out of a note­book. The Mole­sk­ine Re­porter ($13) is a tough lit­tle item, per­fect for keep­ing close at hand. We like the ver­ti­cal for­mat for grab­bing quotes and sketches at work, but on the road, there’s noth­ing bet­ter for jot­ting down ride notes and ex­pert lo­cal ad­vice.


Whether air­ing back up af­ter a dirt sec­tion or get­ting back on the road af­ter a flat, ev­ery long ride needs a lit­tle air along. The Lezyne Mi­cro Floor Drive Pump ($50) is our pick, cram­ming the speed and ca­pa­bil­ity of a floor pump into the foot­print of a hand­held. A few bucks more buys a pump with an in-line pres­sure gauge. Ei­ther op­tion comes with qual­ity ma­chined parts and com­fort­able er­gonomics that make the chore of in­flat­ing your tires much more ap­peal­ing.


There’s a rea­son NASA trusted Has­sel­blad for so many early space mis­sions. It’s the same rea­son you should too. They’re durable, the lenses are bright and sharp, and you’ll never need to re­place a bat­tery. Bet­ter still, with the ad­vent of dig­i­tal cam­eras, high-qual­ity medium-for­mat cam­eras can be found cheap on Craigslist. Add a few rolls of trusty black-and-white film and doc­u­ment your ride, one sat­is­fy­ing snap at a time.


We love let­ting time slip away while we’re on the road—but the folks who clock in and out at ho­tels, restau­rants, fer­ries, and parts stores don’t tend to be as in­ter­ested in our ex­is­ten­tial jour­neys. Seiko’s Au­to­matic dive watches are leg­en­dar­ily tough, a re­mark­able value, and en­tirely analog. An homage to the clas­sic “Tur­tle” of the 1970s, the cush­ion-cased Prospex SRP775 ($300) is our new fa­vorite of the lot.


Prepa­ra­tion is a good look when it comes to an im­promptu sum­mer swim. Noth­ing feels bet­ter than climb­ing out of your gear and straight into the wa­ter. Bet­ter still, the right trunks take up next to no room in a bag, and suit an im­promptu jog as well as a quick trip to the taco stand.


It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. The in­su­lat­ing abil­i­ties of the old-school ther­mos are no joke. The trusty 1.1-quart Stan­ley Vac­uum Bot­tle ($28) dates back to 1913, and it’s still a god­send on chilly morn­ings or scorch­ing-hot af­ter­noons—but be­cause of its bulk, the ther­mos sel­dom makes the cut on rid­ing trips. That’s a shame—there’s no bet­ter place to stow a per­fectly shaken post-ride cock­tail.


A lucky rider can go on a long trip without break­ing into their tool kit, but I haven’t met an ad­ven­ture yet that didn’t re­quire a good lit­tle pocketknife. Ker­shaw makes the ap­peal­ingly trim Div­i­dend ($40) in Ore­gon. It fits the bill, open­ing one-handed with a nudge, and dis­patch­ing ev­ery daily in­dig­nity with a sharp and eas­ily honed edge. Fuel lines, Ama­zon boxes, itchy tags in T-shirts: Be­ware.


Rid­ing boots are great for rid­ing, but if your trav­els in­clude a flight, a hike, a night out, or try­ing to stick to your fit­ness rou­tine, throw a set of sneakers in your bag. The lat­est mesh-up­per run­ning shoes weigh next to noth­ing and pack al­most flat. Some, such as these Nike Free RN Flyknits ($150), are cus­tom­iz­a­ble, a killer perk if you love to rep your fa­vorite liv­ery.


Have you ever scoped out a beau­ti­ful sec­tion of twisties, only to find that it was un­paved? Or be­hind a locked gate? Or straight through the mid­dle of a fresh set of tract homes? We have. Now when we want to get right into the good stuff, we bring along a But­ler Map ($15). The color-coded maps are wa­ter- and tear-re­sis­tant, and packed with de­tails ori­ented just to­ward mo­tor­cy­clists.

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