Carrying a phone

Same. 90% of my runs are with nothing at all. Longer off road stuff i’ll take my pack for water/nutrition and chuck the phone in for emergency purposes.

Very, very rarely run with music.

I normally always run at around 5am. Wife prefers me to have it on me in case of emergencies.

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Guess my wife just doesn’t care :sob:

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I listen to music constantly.
Even if it’s something like 4 hours of jazz-strumentals, or beat-strumentals (jazz/hip hop instrumental versions of popular songs)
I listen whilst riding, too.

Swimming and walking the dog are about the only times I’m not listening to something.

Mainly podcasts. Long runs need something to break the monotony. But they’re about the only runs I take it for. Even those midweek MP lap sessions were done without a phone, and they maxed at nearly 20 miles, so still well over 2hrs. The challenge and focus of holding pace gives me something to think about. But when I’m just running “steady”, I enjoy listening to something. The trainerroad podcast is normally in the 2hr range or so, and that’s the kind of relatively dull chat that occupies my mind sufficiently!

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I’ve pretty much stopped carrying mine now i’ve got music and podcasts on my watch… I just stick my parkrun band on with emergency contact details… but then I rarely run far enough away from home that I couldn’t walk back…I too appear to have a wife that doesn’t give a shit… :joy:


Fucking Hell. Millenials.

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This is one of the main appealing things about upgrading to the 945

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Surely you need your phone to take the photos for your strava feed?


Hah hah… not even my kids are young enough to be millenials…

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:rofl: Millennial? I’m 51

Due to some health issues, it makes sense for me to carry a phone.

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Unless you need it for maps/location when you’re off the beaten track, I can’t see the need for carrying a big phone. I work in the industry and I have access to pretty much any phone I want.

For general use, I use bog std employee phone that we are given. I run with it and take on my my bike sometimes but it’s really too big and I never listen to anything, very rarely call anyone and never take a picture (as I have no SM accounts). My BC race licence is a better form of ID, as that has my address on it.

My company does sell these incredibly small dumb phones though, they are £2 outright and can make a call and send/receive txt. They are about the size of a matchbox. I don’t see why you’d need anything else but I don’t need music as a crutch to run or ride.

Only downside is you need to take the sim out of your regular phone and insert it into the small one. Hopefully E-sims will get to a point beyond watches and become fully duplicates of your main sim. :crossed_fingers:

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Why do you need to carry the phone in anything on the bike. Aren’t the latest iPhones (7 onwards?) waterproof? I always used to carry mine in a plastic bag or similar, but now it just goes straight into my jersey pocket.

I’ve ridden in some biblical rainstorms and it’s always been fine. You have the added benefit that it’s easily accessible if you do need to take a call (or a photo for your social media obligations :thinking:)

This is one of the few things I use on the 945, pairs with the AirPods easily and generally works a treat, and no wires.

I only ever used to have music for long runs over 2 hours to break things up but do it more regularly now as it’s less faff.

Rarely run with my phone except on the moors and more for emergencies and the odd photo.


One of the reasons I tended to put my phone in a back, especially when riding, is that they’re so damn slippery and the bag seems to provide some grip against the pocket.

Has anyone said it yet?

“I keep seeing this thread title and thinking of the infamous Slowtwitch thread of ‘Carrying a Gun’”


I suppose I’m a bit OCD. Keep it in there with my house key, id and some cash.

The phone is mainly if I need to phone for help, house key is obvious, id if I’m in an accident and cash if I need to buy food/drink.

Although phone’s are classed as waterproof, I’d rather not take the chance.

Where do you keep wet wipes?

Apple Watch.

Does music, podcasts, strava, and so on. There’s a cellular version if you need to be always in contact by phone. :+1:

If you’re running, surely all you carry with you is the toggle switch marked #Beastmode.

I carry a phone when cycling.

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