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Old 03-17-08, 06:16 PM   #1
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Whats in your race bag?

Simple question. The season is starting up here, and I'm looking to see what everybody brings. Anything special, or anything that comes in handy that your average cat 4 wouldn't think of bringing? Lets hear it.
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1x Spare clincher
1x Spare tubular
2x Spare tubes
Complete tool kit, enough to tear down and rebuild a bike.
Lickies, chewies, eaties and drinkies
First aid kit (rubbing alcohol, bandages, ACE wrap, ibproufen, percocet)
Dry clothes
Big towel (to change under)
Little towel (to dry off)
Baby wipes
Soap and water
Clothes pins
Spare kit

Lots more usually.
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1x Spare clincher
1x Spare tubular
2x Spare tubes
Complete tool kit, enough to tear down and rebuild a bike.
Lickies, chewies, eaties and drinkies
First aid kit (rubbing alcohol, bandages, ACE wrap, ibproufen, percocet)
Dry clothes
Big towel (to change under)
Little towel (to dry off)
Baby wipes
Soap and water
Clothes pins
Spare kit

Lots more usually.
Wow. You travel way more prepared than I do.

My bag consists of:
-team kit and whatever weather appropriate gear that might be needed
-towels (a big one for changing, and a couple small ones for wiping/cleaning up)
-big coleman drink dispenser filled with hot water (for rinsing off after the race, set it on top of my open rear hatch)
-dry clothes (enough to layer and cover all weather possibilities for the rest of the day)
-food/gels/drink (usually I bring an abundance of these items, as in enough to feed at least 3 people)
-a few tools
-spare tubes and spare set of wheels
-pump
-trainer/roller

The two things I need to start carrying more of are A)first aid materials, and B)tools. Should I have any sort of major mechanical problems I'll be SOL as I don't really know how to fix anything on the bike, I usually take it to the shop (I know the basics; adjusting derails, brakes, etc). I should probably work on that one.
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Weekly Crit
For Me
-Food/Water
-Sunglasses, Shoes, Helmet, Vest, Jacket, Warmers, Gloves, Shoe Covers...etc (you get the idea)
-Towel
-First Aide Kit, box of Tegaderm
For the Bike
-Computer Headunit
-Race Plate
-Pump
-Multi Tool

Crit/RR/TT of more importance
Everything mentioned above plus
For Me

-Winter layers/clothing (for those freak snowstorms)
For the Bike
-Set of spare wheels
-Tool box
-Trainer

Race involving travel, Stage Race, etc
Everything mentioned above plus
For Me

-Additional set of standard clothing (jersey/bibs/socks)
-Skinsuit + Chrono Helmet
-2-3 extra bottles
-Upright coleman drink cooler
For the Bike
-Repair stand
-Box of extra parts for the bike(s)
- ... time trial bike
- whatever other wheels might be necessary

Overall, I'd say that thing that I place the most importance/emphasis on is having extra/appropriate clothing for whatever weather condition might arise...

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I'll just make it short by saying lots.

Enough tools to tear down and rebuild if needed and if it is multiple races in a day I might even bring a spare bike just in case.

Enough clothes/weather gear and food for days not just a day.
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Lots more usually.
Hell, sounds like I just need to remember to park next to Snuf.

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Simple question. The season is starting up here, and I'm looking to see what everybody brings. Anything special, or anything that comes in handy that your average cat 4 wouldn't think of bringing? Lets hear it.
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Old 03-18-08, 08:08 AM   #11
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Aside from the ususal stuff everyone already mentioned...

I'll add

Small cooler with beer of choice to share with teamates after a good race run.
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Same stuff as above, but add in a cooler with a big bottle of chocolate milk for after the race.

I also keep a spare helmet and shoes in my trunk year-round...
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Same stuff as above, but add in a cooler with a big bottle of chocolate milk for after the race.

I also keep a spare helmet and shoes in my trunk year-round...
You forgot to mention the Costco pallet of Oreos.
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1x Spare clincher
1x Spare tubular
2x Spare tubes
Complete tool kit, enough to tear down and rebuild a bike.
Lickies, chewies, eaties and drinkies
First aid kit (rubbing alcohol, bandages, ACE wrap, ibproufen, percocet)
Dry clothes
Big towel (to change under)
Little towel (to dry off)
Baby wipes
Soap and water
Clothes pins
Spare kit

Lots more usually.
This covers it pretty good. I would leave the tubular at home as the glue won't have time to set anyway before the race. I have a chain and spare cleats in my tool kit in case I was to break one warming up (although I have never used them). Also, safety pins - I have seen a race organizer run out.
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You forgot to mention the Costco pallet of Oreos.
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I usually ride to races, so I just have a small backpack with the sorts of things that usually go in a seat bag (tube, multitool, tyre levers, patch kit), an extra bottle of whatever I'm drinking (to sip on the way there and sip afterwards, race license, really small safety pins (to use instead of the ones that I'm given, thus reducing number flappage), phone, hand pump, race license, club membership card (never needed this for anything but shop discounts, but who knows?), something to nibble on afterwards, pen and paper for notes & numbers, and a little bit of cash. Sometimes I bring a spare tyre. If it's a TT and I'm running my disc, I'll also bring a valve adaptor and spare tub and tub tape.
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I bring *everything*, many of each if I can.

In the summer I take out the 2x jackets, 1x thick LS jersey, 1x wind proof tights, 1x "roubaix" tights, 3x warm head gear, 1x booties, and 1x warm gloves.

For Bethel I bring all cold weather stuff and add a microwave, 1-2 meals worth of food in tupperware, silverware, ceramic bowl.

Clothing:
2-4+ SS jerseys
2-4+ LS jerseys
2-4+ shorts
1 knickers
1 knee warmers
1 arm warmers
1-3 vests
1 rain jacket
short finger gloves
1-3 caps
2-5 sets socks
2 helmets

Pre/Post race stuff:
Atomic Balm (heat rub)
towels
rubbing alcohol (to get Balm off)
various Olbas products (breathing stuff)
baby wipes (new, discovered it this year)

Consumables:
2-4 bottles water
jug of water
gels, enervit crack packs
soda or other energy drink stuff
Cooler with freeze packs and such to keep things cold

Bike/equipment:
1-2 bikes
spare set wheels
floor pump
whole tool box (40 lbs of tools and stuff)
various spares - cables, housing, chain, all in the tool box

I don't have long finger ventilated gloves anymore but I want to race in them again. When I race "hard" I want my finger tips protected if I fall, even in boiling hot summer crits.

A lot of times the extra gear comes in handy as teammates will forget things. Also, if I do two races, I prefer to change between them if they are not back to back.

Finally I carry some generic kits for kicks. Jersey, shorts, socks, gloves of different teams. I'll put them on when I do Gimbles or something (I bring the whole gear bag everywhere).

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if you mean a bag that you take with you when you're traveling (as opposed to hopping on the bike and riding to the race), here you go.

oh, before i start, this would be for one race/event (not a stage race/race on sat & sun/etc).

bibs.
jersey.
socks.
knee warmers.
leg warmers.
arm warmers (roubaix)
arm warmers (lycra).
booties and/or shoe covers.
oakleys w/dark/clear/orange lenses.
gloves (short and long fingered).
socks.
helmet.
cycling cap.
baseball cap.
embrocation.
warm up oil.
Eau de toilette w/some rubbing alcohol and water mixed in.
hand towel.
towel.
soap.
wind vest.
rain vest.
extra safety-pins.
food of some kind (oatmeal to go bars/cliff/power/whatever).

i think that's it.

if i'm riding to the race, this is what i'll have in my bag (which i bring to store my extra clothing in while i'm racing).

helmet.
extra safety-pins.
food of some kind (oatmeal to go bars/cliff/power/whatever).

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Only as much stuff as I can load on my sherpa's back.
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I bring *everything*, many of each if I can.

In the summer I take out the 2x jackets, 1x thick LS jersey, 1x wind proof tights, 1x "roubaix" tights, 3x warm head gear, 1x booties, and 1x warm gloves.

For Bethel I bring all cold weather stuff and add a microwave, 1-2 meals worth of food in tupperware, silverware, ceramic bowl.

Clothing:

......etc., etc., etc....

I don't have long finger ventilated gloves anymore but I want to race in them again. When I race "hard" I want my finger tips protected if I fall, even in boiling hot summer crits.

A lot of times the extra gear comes in handy as teammates will forget things. Also, if I do two races, I prefer to change between them if they are not back to back.

Finally I carry some generic kits for kicks. Jersey, shorts, socks, gloves of different teams. I'll put them on when I do Gimbles or something (I bring the whole gear bag everywhere).

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Dude, I don't even have that much stuff in my house!
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These are great lists. I'd only add this: bring more food and fluids then you think you'll need.
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Dude, I don't even have that much stuff in my house!
I used to be on the opposite side - not enough money to buy booties. So I rode with really, really cold feet until a nice Veteran (what Masters used to be called) bought me some booties on a whim. I've been trying to give back.

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btw my new wife and her mom pitched in to get me a very nice slot car set for Christmas 2007 I just need a house so I have enough room to set it up.

*edit* I loaned my second newest (essentially a 10 ride Specialized Decibel) helmet out at the last race - and I try to lend those who need it stuff I have. My floor pump and tools get borrowed virtually every race I go to.

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I take lots of stuff too. Here's my list:

Bike
Computer
Sunglasses
Spare Wheel Set (Labeled Name/Cat)
Trainer
Bike Stand (freestanding rear wheel lift)
Floor Pump
Helmet
Shoes
Short Sleeved Base Layer
Long Sleeved Base Layer
Short Sleeved Jersey
Long Sleeved Jersey
Bike Jacket
Bike Shorts (2)
Knickers
Bike Gloves
Arm Warmers
Bike Socks (2)
Cap
Extra Cold/Rain Gear
NUUN
Energy Bars
Gels
Bananas
Peanut Butter Crackers
Water Bottles (4)
Allen Wrenches
15mm Wrench
Wire Snips
Cable Ties
Tubes (2)
Spare Tire
Tire Levers
Lube
Patches
Spare Cleat/Screws
Cassette Whip and Socket
Large Towels (2)
Eye Glasses
Paper Towels
Cell Phone
Racing License
Drivers License
Site/Course Maps
Registration Receipt
Camera
Cash
Band-Aids (Large)
Band-Aids (Medium)
Band Aids (Small)
Gauze Pads (Large)
Gauze Pads (Medium)
Gauze Pads (Small)
Tega Derm (Large)
Tega Derm (Small)
Duo Derm
Ace Wrap
Self Stick Wrap
Tape
Wet Wipes
Purell Sanitizer
Contact Rinse
Neosporin Ointment
Dermoplast Spray
Ibuprofen
Liquid Spray Bandage
Tweezers
Scissors
Q-Tips
Razor/Shaver
Rubber Gloves
Safety Pins
Chamois Cream
Sharpie Marker
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Lawnchair and newspaper. Let's face it, a lot of races you spend more time in that seat than the other.
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