Not really into long distance riding- Long time yes, but 4 hours on a mountain bike offroad will only give me about 40 miles or so.
This is not about- "What do I carry" as I only carry the essentials for the bike- Tube, levers, patch kit and multitool. I did a ride on sunday- A road metric century and I looked at the weather report, felt the temperature at the start and chose the clothing for the day- In my case it was a S/S top and a L/S Roubaix top. It was cool enough at the start to say I needed both and if it did warm up- I could take of the Roubaix. Camel back for water and also camera and phone. Snacks in the pockets and a wallet.
Compared to everyone else- I felt ill prepared. Most of the other riders had panniers with at least a top bag- but mainly both side bags. They were the sensible ones as a lot of filled rucksacks that looked very heavy were in evidence.
My query is what the he** was in those panniers. Am I Missing out on what I should be taking on a ride or was I just ill prepared? I did have a pertex and goretex that stayed in the car, and As hypothermia nearly set in on a ride 5 years ago in the rain and wind- I also had a warm windproof top available aswell.
So what essentials were in those panniers that I did not take?