I'm contemplating an unsupported gravel century next month and was wondering what would be considered reasonable to carry with. Obviously I want to carry what is likely to be needed but don't want any extra weight.
My long-distance tool kit (for unsupported rides in the boonies) includes:
- Park multitool
- Innertube and patch kit (the larger patches make decent boots for punctures or small cuts)
- CO2 inflator and two cartridges
- QuikStick and two Park blue tire levers
- Compact chain breaker (unfortunately not included on my multitool) and two quick links
- Small roll of 1" Gorilla Tape (also boots tires and makes other repairs)
- a couple of 6" zip ties
This all goes in a medium sized underseat bag
The bike I will be using has room for two 24oz water bottles.
I usually carry a few granola bars, my smart phone, and a small wallet and keys in my jersey pockets.
As it is early October in MN, I am considering putting on the rear rack and adding a stuff sack with a small cut and road rash kit and room for extra layer(s) of clothing that may need to be shed.
There are three towns on the route but only one of them has a gas station and convenience store and I don't know how far into the ride we reach that town.
I do have a pair of small panniers and could use one or both for additional supplies if needed.
What do you folks think? Should I carry more food and water? An extra tire? Frame pump or more CO2? Anything I'm missing?
Thanks for any input.