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What are we bringing for this year’s ride?

Posted by vohnjec on June 8, 2011

We are blessed to have the Stillman Volvo XC-90 support vehicle again in 2011, so have tons of room to carry our gear, but we still don’t plan to over pack.

Here is what we plan 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 will always be in the vehicle so we’ll always have hydration when we need it
  • Gatorade mix and/or Gatorade type hydration for those who prefer more electrolytes
  • Nutrition – Powerbars, Cliff bars, GU gels, etc – all personal preference per rider and about 2 to 3 of each per rider, per day
  • Tissues, wipes and a trash/recycling bag to keep ourselves and the vehicle clean!
  • Money for gas, accommodations, and food

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, since he hasn’t been riding much)
  • 1 zip lock bag with toiletries – razor, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • 1 zip lock bag with pro-link lube
  • Spare tubes x 4, Spare tires x 2 (just in case)
  • More 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:

  • a spare tube
  • 2 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)

What would you bring? Let us know and if you plan to ride for just a few hours, we’ll certainly share our hydration and nutrition when you join us! That said, if you plan to cheer us on, feel free to have a “rest stop” along our route so we can stop and enjoy any refreshments you may have to offer and chat with you. Feel free to bring your pets, but let’s use a separate bowl for their hydration!


One Response to “What are we bringing for this year’s ride?”

  1. Hey there, Coccia sent me a link to what you guys are doing. I live in Lehighton near Beltzville Lake. While I’ll be working and cannot ride with you guys (total bummer), feel free to contact me if you need anything! or

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