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What Riders Bring when Pedaling4Paws and SPCA Updates

Posted by vohnjec on June 20, 2010

Many people have asked, “What do you bring with you when you ride almost 500 miles?” Last year, the answer was, “about 15 pounds of stuff, totally carried on the back of our bikes with a seatpost rack that looked something like this:

Sample Seatpost rack from 2009 trip


This year, because we have the Stillman Volvo XC-60 SAG support vehicle , we have less to worry about in terms of fitting all our stuff into a small, back of the seat rack pack. As such, we don’t need too much.

Here is what you can expect us to bring:

  • – Bike mechanics Kit (everything we need, in my opinion, to do any repair on the road other than a broken frame or headset replacement!)
  • – Floor pump
  • First Aid Kit (mini-version)
  • Beach towel (to sit on in the car when driving)
  • Two gallons of water sp we’ll always have hydration if we need it
  • Tissues, wipes and a trash/recycling bag to keep ourselves and the vehicle clean!

In my “carry on” bag in the car (bag is about 2ft x 1ft x 1ft)

  • Shorts, t-shirt, ear plugs and eye cover (as used on airplane), in case someone that I share a room with snores!
  • 2nd kit (jersey, shorts, socks, headband). We will ride with Red WCCC on Day 1, 3 and 5 and Blue WCCC (2 years ago) on Day 2 and 4.
  • 1 zip lock bag with electronics – camera battery charger, i-phone charger/cable, paper cue sheets, spare batteries for GPS, wallet
  • Running shoes or flip-flops for when not on the bike (and a plastic bag to keep them in)
  • Chamois Butt’r (from Paceline Products – thanks much, guys!), Coppertone Sport sunscreen (SPF-30) and a tube of diaper crème (for Mike, of course)
  • 1 zip lock bag with toiletries – razor, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • 1 zip lock bag with pro-link lube
  • Spare tubes x 4
  • Power bars, gels, power-bar electrolyte powder mix (enough for all of us in individual serving packets)
  • Wallet with driver’s license and medical insurance cards, cash and credit cards (although I will likely carry this and my cell phone with headset in my back jesrey pouch.)

I also kept my usual saddle bag which contains:

  • 2 spare tubes
  • 3 allen keys
  • Full size chain tool
  • Tire levers
  • Screw driver (flat & Philips)
  • Chain master link
  • Derailleur cables (front/rear), brake cable (1 each)
  • Money and medical card, but the wallet stays in my above bag
  • Emergency ID with doctor and family contact info
  • Elastics and twist ties plus zip-ties – for the McGyver moments
  • Finger nail clips (to cut the cables if we have repair issues)

SPCA Updates

We’re happy to announce that the folks from the Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York will be meeting with us at the Welch Allyn Headquarters (where Mike Van Ryn now works) on Friday, 6/25 at 8:30AM.  We were also told that many of teh Welch Allyn management and employees are expected there to wish Mike and the rest of the Pedaling4Paws riders well on their last day and a half.  By then, we’ll also see Onondaga Cycling Club members joining in on the ride, so look for all of us in that area on 6/25!

To all the people who have added more to the donations – thank you very, very much and again, please drop us a brief comment on the blog post from yesterday. We greatly appreciate the support for this worthy cause!

We also asked the folks from the Southern Tier Bike Club if they can help with our SAG wagon driving as we will be down to a few riders. Hopefully they can help!

Happy Father’s Day!!


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