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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus View Post
    Lots more usually.
    Hell, sounds like I just need to remember to park next to Snuf.

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    Hurt and soul crushers. Lot's of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zimbo View Post
    Hell, sounds like I just need to remember to park next to Snuf.

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    Feel free, I just adopt a pay it forward attitude about most bike stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frunkin View Post
    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.
    EPO and HGH.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by cmh View Post
    You forgot to mention the Costco pallet of Oreos.
    oh yeah

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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).

    cdr

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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).
    Last edited by botto; 03-18-08 at 12:02 PM.

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    Only as much stuff as I can load on my sherpa's back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
    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).

    cdr
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefox View Post
    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.

    Karma:
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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.

    cdr

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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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