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    LOL 1000 Packing List

    Lists, lists, Lists. I keep lists for lots of things (probably my age) -- closing up the cottage before winter, packing lists for travel etc. and naturally I've been making and updating a checklist for the upcoming LOL 1000 -- a three day ride -- where I have to carry it all with me. I'll be traveling far from lightly, but so far I'll be able to manage it all on my frame rack. The bike fully loaded, including water but not including me ... clocks in at 37 pounds. Yikes. Oh well, it was 35-36 pounds on the Shenandoah, just not as bulky.

    Here's what I have so far ... and I may add some more updates before I leave mid-day tomorrow, Wednesday, for Toronto. The ride starts Thursday at 6 a.m. I also have notes for myself on where things are at this point and some items are on the list that I've already pretty well decided will NOT come. There may also be changes based on the latest weather report before I leave -- pluses or minuses. Also, there are things that are automatic with my Brevet bike, like hub-generator wheel, headlights etc. Passports are required for the two border crossings (Canadian and U.S. since I'm a dual-citizen).

    toothbrush, toothpaste, suntan lotion, chamois cream
    2 sets - socks, short sleeved jerseys, shorts (wearing third set)
    reflective gear (Sam Browne belt & ankle reflectors)
    arm & leg warmers (not packed yet)
    long sleeved jersey, rain jacket
    cycling shoes
    helmet, gloves, biking glasses, clear lenses or my regular glasses for night
    3 days Perpetuem (one in pockets, 2 in pack), gels, electrolytes (gels not packed yet, may carry in pockets)
    chewing gum
    mp3 player and earbuds
    batteries AA (8 spare) & AAA (4 spare)
    finish line bike lube (not packed yet, depends on space)
    Garmin 705 & 4xAA charger & 120v charger (120v charger not packed, probably won't go)
    cateye tail-lights (2)
    helmet light (not packed yet)
    band-aids
    cell phone & 120v charger (120v charger not packed, probably won't go)
    kleenex and/or toilet paper (you never know)
    wallet and passports
    standard toolkit - multi tool, spoke wrench, pliers, screwdriver, drug-store folding glasses
    3 spare tubes, tire levers, hand pump, CO2 pump, patches
    cue sheet / brevet card holder
    water bottles
    spare tire (probably won't go, pretty bulky, could zip tie to rack)
    camera (probably not this time)
    Dave

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    for my recent running of the Hare and Tortoise 1000k on Vancouver Island, this is what I took

    from your list (with some modification):

    toothbrush, toothpaste, suntan lotion, chamois cream
    2 sets - socks, short sleeved jerseys, shorts
    reflective gear (Sam Browne belt & ankle reflectors)
    arm & leg warmers
    long sleeved jersey, rain jacket
    cycling shoes
    helmet, gloves, biking glasses, clear lenses or my regular glasses for night
    batteries 4xAAA (no AA's needed)
    finish line bike lube
    cateye tail-lights (2)
    helmet light
    band-aids
    cell phone & 120v charger (120v charger not packed, probably won't go)
    kleenex and/or toilet paper one reusable handkerchief, toilet paper is too bulky
    wallet and passports
    standard toolkit - multi tool, spoke wrench, pliers, screwdriver, drug-store folding glasses
    3 spare tubes, tire levers, hand pump, CO2 pump, patches
    cue sheet / brevet card holder
    water bottles (minimum 1.5 liters of total water, preferably 2L)
    spare tire
    camera
    gels, electrolytes

    what else I brought that is not on your list:
    booties/shoe covers (for fast, cold mountain descents at midnight or 3am)
    first aid kit (so, in addition to band aids: first aid cream, ibuprofen, compression bandage, antiseptic wipes, non-adhesive surgical pads)
    bug spray (not needed as it turns out Vancouver Island doesn't have a big mosquito problem)
    camp soap (liquid detergent that can also be used as shampoo)
    fiber-fix kevlar emergency spoke
    eyeshades (if you have trouble sleeping well in daylight)


    what I did not take from your list:
    Perpeteum (found during PBP that past 24 hours, it was difficult to keep my bottles sufficiently clean and Sustained Energy tends to spoil quickly if leftover powder is left to sit and ferment in the bottle)
    chewing gum

    Foodwise, I tended to rely on what was offered at convenience stores at controles and eating sufficiently large meals at lunch and dinner. I fondly remember eating a big bowl of baked spaghetti with meat sauce before doing a 70k section between two controles and doing that entire segment without any additional food.

    I don't own a GPS or use an MP3 player when riding.

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    1) I need Perpetuem -- most solid food does not sit with me on rides longer than 200k. I can have an occasional bagel or bag of pretzels, but anything else will come back to haunt me. The baked spaghetti would probably have me standing at the side of the road unloading. It's strange because I have a cast-iron stomach otherwise.

    2) the mp3 player and chewing gum are only for late night, riding by myself if I start to get drowsy. I find that both will help keep me alert.

    3) I hear you about the toilet paper -- I do carry a handkerchief ... for my nose. I will likely carry a small wad of kleenex in case I need to stop by the side of the road -- has never happened to me, but I'd hate for there to be a first time and have to use leaves or grass .

    4) for soap I can partake of that in the two control overnight stops, to the extent that I spend much time -- and I will at the very least have a shower and change and grab a few winks.

    5) I have no difficulty sleeping anywhere, anytime -- the main purpose of the cell phone, in fact, is to set an alarm to wake up.

    6) I do have spare spokes in my bag -- forgot to list those because they never leave the bag.

    7) I'm not anticipating any real cold on this trip so can get by without the booties -- in fact, I put those aside today, along with my full-fingered gloves and skull cap. I should put them on the list though, for future reference.

    8) I do have some ibuprofen and tums in my bag as well ... forgot to list those ... had not thought about other items on your first aid kit list -- may augment my list -- thanks.

    9) I'm not carrying as much water as you are advocating. So far that has not caused me problems as there are services along the way if necessary. I've only had one "close call" in terms of really being out of water. Many wear camelbacks but I've avoided carrying anything on my back so far.

    10) the gps is so that I don't get lost or gain any bonus miles .

    Cheers !
    Dave

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    oh understood. I'm not saying that you shouldn't carry a GPS or bring Perpeteum if that's your plan. I was just providing the list that I used on my last 1000k, and explaining the variances between mine and yours. Personal choices and all that.

    I should say, as an aside, that the additional first aid supplies are really for a worst case scenario. I had a 400k that involved a near crash with a car at the early outset that still resulted in me going down and getting some serious road rash on my left arm and knee. Having supplies to clean, disinfect and dress the wound immediately allowed me to continue riding and finish the course, and continue with my season from that point forward. I'd prefer not to think what the consequences would've been of letting a wound like that fester for a few hours before being able to get real medical attention.

    In the end, I think packing a first aid kit is sort of like porting around some spare chain links and a chain breaker (which, you'll notice I did not list). Yes, you could have your chain snap on you during a ride, and the tool will come in handy, but it might also just be as effective to check your drivetrain before every ride and minimize your chances. With that said, a first aid kit can be a handy karma builder on a well-attended ride. I probably saved the rides of a couple of other riders on PBP by being available to share the compression bandages and ibuprofen in my kit.

    oh, and regarding cold ... do check on what the average temperature in the area will be at 2 or 3 am, anyway. I was expecting my ride to be warm, too (I mean, Victoria is the city with the mildest climate in the country) but was really surprised with how cold the nights and early mornings were. I had originally contemplated leaving most of my cold weather gear at home, but was really glad to have brought it along (and I was pining for full finger gloves, too)
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    Ha - I do check my drivetrain before and during, but strange things can happen. Mind you, at some point we have to be realistic -- broken chain and broken spokes can happen without anything else being broken, but more than likely they are simply collateral damage from a more serious accident and they are the least of our worries. Having said that, one fellow rider DNF'd on the Shenandoah 1200 after breaking three spokes hitting a pothole. How he broke three spokes without damaging the rim I'll never know ...

    I will add some more first-aid supplies to my list. Worst case scenarios do happen and by definition, not at convenient times & places.

    On the subject of temperature, I find that it feels a lot colder in the dark as well and it's even worse if you're wet. The weather service temperature, even using the hourly chart, is a reasonable indication of how HIGH it might be at that point in time. It will likely be colder and feel even colder in the dark. I learned that the hard way on a Brevet in FL where I was expecting, based on the weather prediction, a low in the high 30's / low 40's and it got down to 22F. For this ride, even though the overnight temperature is not supposed to get below 50+F on the south side of the lake, I've got my short sleeved jersey, long sleeved jersey and raincoat if necessary. Arm and leg warmers, skullcap, shoe covers ... I may stuff all of these in at the last minute ... full fingered gloves will probably stay behind.
    Dave

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    I'm off for a 1000 brevet on saturday and this is what I'm planning to take (basically same as on a 600) out of your original list:


    Quote Originally Posted by thompsw View Post
    toothbrush, toothpaste, suntan lotion
    1 set only - socks, short sleeved jerseys, shorts
    reflective gear
    arm warmers, the forecast gives 15 degrees overnight so no leg warmers
    rain jacket
    cycling shoes
    helmet, gloves, biking glasses
    batteries AA (8 spare) & AAA (4 spare)
    cateye tail-lights (2)
    helmet light (not packed yet)
    band-aids
    wallet
    standard toolkit - multi tool, spoke wrench, pliers, screwdriver
    2 spare tubes, tire levers, hand pump, patches
    cue sheet / brevet card holder
    water bottles
    camera (probably not this time)
    So... I'm not taking any food (or maybe just 2 or 3 emergency bars), I'll rely on what I find on the road, which is not a problem at all in France. Also, I'm planning to sleep as much as possible during the night (ie ride until midnight and get back around 4am) so no leg warmers.
    I don't have a GPS so I'm also taking a couple of maps...
    oh and I don't have a cell phone... but I'm planning to ride with a friend who has one.
    Good luck to you, and have fun!

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