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STP nitty-gritty Specifics.

Old 07-06-05, 09:16 PM
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Well, I am getting down to the nitty-gritty specifics. I thought I would a seperate thread for this, specifically for the obsessive compulsives, like me.

-Trinity has gotten her full bath, lube, and wax. Tires are spotless, and the kit is fresh from the wash.

This aftternoon I pulled apart my wedge. I'm using my larger wedge that I use for commuting, a Trans-it Midi-sized wedge, which contains the following..

1- spare tube. (I thought about two, and can carry another, but will keep it one for now)
2- CO2 carts. just incase I use one and it ain't enough for some reason.
1- mini-set metric allen wrenches. I ditched the heavier multi-tool, as everything I can fix on-the-go uses just an allen wrench anyway.
1- CO2/pump combo inflator (small enough to fit in the wedge)
1- patch kit.
1- set of tire levers.
1- shoelace. Just in case I decide to bring my jacket and need to take it off later. I can roll it up, and tie it under my seat or top tube, etc.

Next? To determine what I need in my jersey for 202 miles. YEEHAWWWW!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by Patriot
Well, I am getting down to the nitty-gritty specifics. I thought I would a seperate thread for this, specifically for the obsessive compulsives, like me.

-Trinity has gotten her full bath, lube, and wax. Tires are spotless, and the kit is fresh from the wash.

This aftternoon I pulled apart my wedge. I'm using my larger wedge that I use for commuting, a Trans-it Midi-sized wedge, which contains the following..

1- spare tube. (I thought about two, and can carry another, but will keep it one for now)
2- CO2 carts. just incase I use one and it ain't enough for some reason.
1- mini-set metric allen wrenches. I ditched the heavier multi-tool, as everything I can fix on-the-go uses just an allen wrench anyway.
1- CO2/pump combo inflator (small enough to fit in the wedge)
1- patch kit.
1- set of tire levers.
1- shoelace. Just in case I decide to bring my jacket and need to take it off later. I can roll it up, and tie it under my seat or top tube, etc.

Next? To determine what I need in my jersey for 202 miles. YEEHAWWWW!!!!!!


Does anyone really use more than a single tire lever? And yeah mine is similar.. Tube, patchkit, c02 inflater + one extra canister maybe a few dollars, and a powerbar shoved in there. (I try to keep my jersey pockets as empty as possible.
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Yea, I made my list today as well. About the only useful thing that came out of the hour-long meeting I got stuck in. I have American Classic 420 wheels so I'm taking 2 spare tubes, since on the rides I have flatted on long stem tubes seemed to be in short supply. I'll be using a camelbak with my liquid food solution I've been training with for longer rides, so I'll have room to stuff the jacket in a pocket in that somewhere.
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Here's my list:

Everything I normally carry for a 25 mile ride. Anything else I may need I can get at the rest stops.

I've been debating whether to bring a second water bottle.

Don't forget phone, ID, medical card, cash and credit/debit card.

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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Here's my list:

Everything I normally carry for a 25 mile ride. Anything else I may need I can get at the rest stops.

I've been debating whether to bring a second water bottle.

Don't forget phone, ID, medical card and cash.

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I start with one bottle full of water, and one with some cytomax powder in it. Fill it at the first rest stop... If you guys are doing 200, at a tough pace... you will probably want two bottles... Unless you just suck wheels all day long...lol...
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oh my boys, you're going to laff at me, but here goes, I have a rack on my road bike and a jannd bag: 3 tubes, patch kit, pump, 4 disposable nylon gloves, bandaids,
lip balm, vitamin I, wallet in ziplock bag, kleenex, tampons, tire levers, sunscreen,
rain jacket, ziplock bag of pretzels, ziplock bag of dried mission figs and dried apricots,
individual size M&M's with peanuts, 2 pbj's made with organic concord grape jam and
Adam's peanut butter on organic 7-grain bread, 2 Cliff 20 g protein builder's bar,
polar fleece shirt, cheap hotel shower cap, one water bottle with water, one water bottle with accelerade... okay I think that just about does it. oh and a cell phone
to call /find my husband if we get separated.
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Originally Posted by Jakey
Unless you just suck wheels all day long...lol...
We'll be doing a lot of wheel slurping - no need for a second bottle.

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In my jersey, I think I'll carry two powerbars, ID, ATM, Med card w/blood type O+. That's about it.

Rad, wife has the cell, so we can call her ahead of time before we get there.

I am now thinking I may not even bother with toesies. I suppose I can just suck it up, until my HR heats me up after about an hour or two.
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The STP is so well supported and there are stops every 20-25 miles that you really don't need to take a whole lot in terms of food. I even did one year with only one bottle although I ended up stopping more often to refill. Also, one tube is fine because there's support vehicles. I'd be worried more about clothing especially in the mornings than anything else. I got by with a set of arm and leg warmers and the STP Tyvek jacket. Learn how to fold the jacket in on itself.

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If I need a jacket, I will bring my own. It is warm AND it breathes, unlike the tyvek. I am currently fooling around to see how well it will stay put on the bike if I need to take it off and tie it and tights if necessary to the bike.
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Originally Posted by Patriot
If I need a jacket, I will bring my own. It is warm AND it breathes, unlike the tyvek. I am currently fooling around to see how well it will stay put on the bike if I need to take it off and tie it and tights if necessary to the bike.
See if you can find a jacket or a bag like this...

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This may be a stupid question, but will lights be required at the start?

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Originally Posted by percussion
This may be a stupid question, but will lights be required at the start?
If you're doing a one-day, you might consider it. It will be cloudy and overcast and the early start might see you in the dark.
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cash and credit/debit card.

--so that strip club takes credit too? Wow. Cool.
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cash and credit/debit card.

--so that strip club takes credit too? Wow. Cool.
Hmmm... images of the "card swipe" flashing in my head.
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Originally Posted by khuon
Hmmm... images of the "card swipe" flashing in my head.
Hey now!

You guys crack me up.
Wish I could try it with you.

Have a GREAT time.
I'll be at an old car show enjoying myself among the classics all weekend away from the bike.
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
Hey now!

You guys crack me up.
Wish I could try it with you.

Have a GREAT time.
I'll be at an old car show enjoying myself among the classics all weekend away from the bike.
I'm skipping this year too. I'll try and do as much local posing as possible to make up for the riders who will be underway.
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Originally Posted by percussion
This may be a stupid question, but will lights be required at the start?

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Good call, today's Civil Twilight for Seattle was 4:40am and the Sun Rise is 5:20am, so I guess it's how comfy you are with partial light.
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