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Old 03-31-10, 04:39 PM   #1
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How to organize my "Race Car"?

Just wondering how do you keep your "race car" organized?

Since I just recently started to race and drive my car more and more to races and training rides, my car is turning into a crazy mess. Trunk is full of personal & race clothing, tools, water bottles, food boxes, spare wheels/tires etc.

What tips/tricks or suggestions do you have for my "race car"?

How do you organize your stuff? Cycling cloth in one bag, personal cloth in other bag, special box for tools, food etc?

If you got pictures, dont hesitate to post them

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Old 03-31-10, 04:50 PM   #2
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Just wondering how do you organize your "race car"?

Since I just recently started to race and drive my car more and more to races and training rides, my car is turning into a crazy mess. Trunk is full of personal & race clothing, tools, water bottles, food boxes, spare wheels/tires etc.

What tips/tricks or suggestions do you have for my "race car"?

How do you organize your stuff? Cycling cloth in one bag, personal cloth in other bag, special box for tools, food etc?

If you got pictures, dont hesitate to post them

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I have a Volvo T-5 Wagon. It's a great race day car..with my roof racks I can transport 6 bikes, 5 riders and all the gear.
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I have a Volvo T-5 Wagon. It's a great race day car..with my roof racks I can transport 6 bikes, 5 riders and all the gear.
Thanks for the car suggestion.
Well, my car is big enough to hold everything I need but my real question was how to organize all that junk I carry to races/rides

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"Race Car"
http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...-race-car.html

I put everything in the gear bag, minus floor pump, helmet. Gear bag follows bike around.

I leave some stuff in the car. Some chain lube, Action Wipes, 15mm wrenches for the track bike if I'm going there (and mosquito stuff for the track too).

Forgot cooler. I bring a cooler too. I don't have much room so I just make it fit. It holds 8 or so bottles, or one or two fewer if I have Powerade bottles in there.


A "neat" picture.

In the above picture, my gear bag (which weighs 30 lbs or so) sits across the right side of the back (on saddle, top tube, downtube, and part of the bars). Wheels sit behind right side seat. If two sets wheels, second set goes behind other seat. Sometimes I carry a third front wheel, that just goes on top of the other ones. Cooler in left corner ahead of brace. Helmet in left rear corner behind brace. Second helmet (you never know) tucked behind one of the car seats.

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The car has a 6.5' long trunk so giving much thought to organization when traveling by myself really hasn't been an issue.

Tool bag
Bike bag with clothes
Overnight bag
Bike rack
Trainer
Cooler
Bike
Wheels
Towels- you can never have enough towels
Paper towels
TP
Baby wipes
E-z Up
Chairs
Jumper cables
Tow chain (learned my lesson from one race with a sugar sand parking area earlier this year)

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Yeah, I keep a few spare items in my trunk (shoes and helmet). Roof rack is key so I have easy trunk access and don't have to park a bike on top of stuff in the back.

I have a day pack I bring to work with lunch-ride essentials, and I have a big gear bag at home, and if I throw both of those in the car, I have everything I need.

I also can haul 5 total racers to a race with their bikes... in an Acura TSX. (Done it many times for remote hill repeats).
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Big tool box that has most every bike tool I own, tubes, tires and miscellaneous spare parts in it.

Then it's just pump, shoes, helmet, gloves, kit, spare wheels, that need to be added the night before a race.
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Big tool box that has most every bike tool I own, tubes, tires and miscellaneous spare parts in it.
Same here.

I have a gear/gym bag that I pack my helmet, shoes, clothes and other gear into. Bottles and most food too.

Food that has to be chilled goes into a cooler.

I either drive a small Mazda wagon or a VW Eurovan. If I'm carpooling or my wife is coming along I take the van. Bikes go inside.
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Do you guys keep your "race" gear in your car? For example, do you have a dedicated pump/helmet/shoes/tools that you always keep in your car and another set at your garage/home? I find it very annoying loading and unloading the same gear from/to my car especially when I'm driving to multiple rides every week. Seems to be more convenient to buy everything twice. One for the "race car" the other for the out-of-the-door rides.
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Except for EZ-Up tent, chairs, and trainer, my gear bag has all the above in it. Towels, TP, tools, street clothing, towels, rubbing alcohol (for towels), atomic balm, etc. Plus all my kit clothing. Right now "kit" means 3 shorts, 3 ss jerseys, 1 ls jersey, vest, 3 knickers, 2 base layers, 1-2 rainjackets, misc warm ls layers (non-kit, but to be covered by kit), booties, 4? 5? prs gloves, 3-4 head things, 3 prs shoe covers. It's a bit different from the following post but it's close:

http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...-your-bag.html

Same bag, new kit, and I don't have as much of the new kit so I have some old kit as "base layers". I got some new stuff and some old stuff is gone or retired.

Since it's all together it's easy to move around as a unit.

Trainer - I don't warm up, or warm up very little, plus I don't like trainers before a race, so usually don't carry one.
EZ-Up - only when I promote I bring them.

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** Big Rubbermaid container (about 2'x1'x1.5') has:
- Toolbox (though now I got a new one that's too big so it will be on it's own)
- Sunblock, Chamois Cream, Spray bottle of alcohol, spray bottle of water
- Small towel. Paper towels
- First aid kit
- Extra safety pins
- Extra 2liters of water. Just incase I don't bring enough to drink otherwise.

I might have actually used 2 containers... one with the tools and bike stuff, the other with the toiletries, towels, etc..


** Gear Bag Has: (I have a Zipp bag, which has different pockets, a helmet holder, bottle holders, straps to hold a pump, etc.. works very well)
- 2 Pairs bibs. 2 Jerseys. A few baselayers. 2 Pairs of socks. Glasses, Heart rate strap, Gloves, Racing License, Checkbook, Arm/Leg warmers, Jackets, Hats, Casual pants and shirt, underwear, etc...

** Lunch Box with food....

** Cooler with water bottles, extra water.

So in the car goes those 4 things - Rubbermaid, Gear Bag, Lunch box, cooler, plus Bike and a couple sets of wheels. Oh and rollers.. It is a lot of stuff, but it helps to have things organized in the containers (rubbermaid, gear bag, cooler)

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Do you guys keep your "race" gear in your car? For example, do you have a dedicated pump/helmet/shoes/tools that you always keep in your car and another set at your garage/home? I find it very annoying loading and unloading the same gear from/to my car especially when I'm driving to multiple rides every week. Seems to be more convenient to buy everything twice. One for the "race car" the other for the out-of-the-door rides.
Stuff like the tent, chairs, pump and trainer I'll leave in the back of the truck. Rack gets taken out of the hitch because I'll forget its there and will end up backing into something like the wall in the parking garage with it. The rest of the bike paraphernalia comes and goes as needed; I don't leave that stuff in the vehicle for various reasons.
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I've been on a "simplification" binge for a while now. I just have one set of stuff and I keep it all in one place.

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