I haven’t ridden a century (100 mile bicycle ride) in quite a few years, but tomorrow morning I’ll try to complete Bike Around the Buttes on my recently-upgraded Takara Tribute. Since I haven’t done a ride like this in years (decades?), I thought I would make a pre-ride checklist. Then, after the ride (when I’ve figured out all the things I forgot), I’ll add comments to this post so that I’ll be better prepared next time. And perhaps some other intrepid rider will get some benefit out of this as well.
- Bike (duh!)
- Gatorade bottles, 2
- “Morning Rush” coffee cup
- Bento box: fig- and apple newtons
- Camelbak (w/ stuff I don’t want to leave unattended at rest stops)
- Wallet, cash
- Cell phone
- Truck keys
- Swiss army knife
- Ipod, remote, ear buds
- Rack pack
- Spare tube
- Patch kit
- Tire levers
- Hex wrenches
- Phillips screwdriver
- PB&J sandwiches, 2 (quartered)
- Food bars, 4
- Gatorade mix, 4 (scant ¼c for 24 oz bottle)
- Bananas, 2
- Extra zip-lock bags, 4
- Chamois Butt’r
- Lip balm
- Rain jacket (weather looks questionable tomorrow)
- Rain gloves (“)
- Ear/head warmer (“)
- Riding shorts, shirt
- Cleat covers
- Sandals (for easier walking pre- and post-ride)
- Bandana/sweat band
- Floor pump
- Directions to ride location
Don’t forget to charge the cell phone and Ipod the night before! Also, wash out the Camelbak bladder and water bottles.
Of course I forgot a few things, but not much!
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I ought to be sure to clean my sunglasses the night before a ride.
Don’t forget your protective helm.
My husband used his GPS on bike mode around the mountains. He said it was easy to slide in and out of his pocket, but he wished he’d put it in a ‘front’ pocket.