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"You Always Forget Something"

Old 09-07-07, 05:23 PM
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"You Always Forget Something"

So were the words of my SO several weeks ago when I came back for my sunglasses. Since then, I will sometimes forget something, like gloves, and still ride without them. Unfortunately, when I went out for a ride yesterday, I forgot my helmet. I discovered this almost 1 mile into my ride and I decided to just keep going.

Yes, I know it's stupid to ride without a helmet and can't believe that people willingly do so. However, it really seemed like more trouble going back for it and I swear when I left I thought I had it on. Anyway, Since this was the first time I went without a helmet, what I discovered was that I actually prefer to ride with a helmet. As I was riding, I found the sweat would run into my eyes and onto my glasses. When wearing a helmet, the pad either absorbs or diverts almost all the sweat so it's not an issue.

It was also interesting to see people's reactions when I rode past them. I don't know if I was just looking for differences or not, but it sure seemed like less people would acknowledge my presence on the road.

Anyone else forget a helmet, or willingly ride without one, and find something similar?
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Old 09-07-07, 05:28 PM
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I never forgot my helmet, sunglasses, or gloves. I would feel naked without them.

I have forgotten my saddle bag though, luckily I have never had a need for it during those times.
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Old 09-07-07, 05:54 PM
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My suggestions:

Keep all your riding stuff on the bike or in the same place all the time.

Put everything back immediately after you're done using it.

Refill all consumables immediately after returning home, if possible.

Check tires for glass/cuts, lube chain, and do whatever other pre-ride maintenance as soon as you get off the bike.

Fill bottles and store in refrig. after every ride.

Each ride can then start with a quick check of the bike, get bottles and food, put gear on, check tire pressure and go.

Cheers!
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I've forgotten my helmet a couple times but I've always gone back for it because it just seems weird without it on.
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Back in the day when I did a lot of group rides I drove 40ish miles to a ride, got out of the car in the parking lot, and looked at the empty roof rack.
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Old 09-07-07, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by 666 View Post
Back in the day when I did a lot of group rides I drove 40ish miles to a ride, got out of the car in the parking lot, and looked at the empty roof rack.
Oh man, that must've sucked. That's not like forgetting socks with an "oh well, I'll ride anyway" response.
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Old 09-07-07, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by 666 View Post
Back in the day when I did a lot of group rides I drove 40ish miles to a ride, got out of the car in the parking lot, and looked at the empty roof rack.
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Old 09-07-07, 08:53 PM
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A charity ride I went on one time there was a guy who forgot his front wheel. ooopps
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My mother always told me I would forget my head if it wasn't attached...
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Drove 1.5 hrs away to go mountain biking once and forgot my shoes. Luckily one of the other guys had some flat pedals in his car which I put on.
The most common thing I forget is water bottles. I normally get 500m up the road, reach down for a drink and start swearing....
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Back in the day when I did a lot of group rides I drove 40ish miles to a ride, got out of the car in the parking lot, and looked at the empty roof rack.
For me, that would've prompted a really really urgent call home: "Hey, girlfriend... can you check and make sure my bike is where I left it? It is? PHEW ****ING PHEW."
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Originally Posted by DanielS View Post
Drove 1.5 hrs away to go mountain biking once and forgot my shoes. Luckily one of the other guys had some flat pedals in his car which I put on.
The most common thing I forget is water bottles. I normally get 500m up the road, reach down for a drink and start swearing....
Did the same thing once, but only 45 minutes and a road bike. No platform pedals awaited. Went to peach orchard with my wife (the driver) instead and had fresh, homemade peach ice cream. I have to admit I was not sad.
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Old 09-07-07, 09:53 PM
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forgot my hr monitor strap a few times... didn't go back for it..
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Drove 1.5 hrs away to go mountain biking once and forgot my shoes. Luckily one of the other guys had some flat pedals in his car which I put on.
That's nothing. My wife and I drove 9 hours to the Midwest Tandem Rally in Appleton Wisconsin only to discover I'd left my shoes at home.

We have some little plastic tubs that are just the right size for a helmet, pair of shoes, gloves and a few other similar necessities so that we can keep everything together. Sounds like a fool proof system - right? Trouble was, after our last ride we had showered in a motel room so I hadn't put my shoes in the usual place.

Luckily for me as I was lamenting my shortage of shoes the guy in the very next car asked "What size?" He had an extra pair that were exactly the right size, had SPD cleats, and even the relatively uncommon silver "M" cleat that I prefer. How about that!
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Yesterday. I left work early to make a 5:30 group ride. I got delayed at my home talk and left the house latter than I wanted. Got in bad traffic, did not know if I was going to make the ride on time. But the red lights went my way and I arrived at 5:25 to discover I had left my helmet at home. I debated in my mind should I ride without a helmet, I decide not to risk it so I turn around and went home and worked out on my trainer...what a bummer!

For tomorrow morning ride I got all my gear together ready to go hanging on my bike. Oh, yea I just remember I got to get my water bottles together.

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I forgot my helmet once...same situation as you....and I agree completely....it's much nicer to ride with a helmet....the sweat was a b!tch as you stated......on another note, my buddy forgot his shoes for last years Hotter n Hell and did 75 miles with his sneakers!
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I forget my helmet on almost every ride besides group rides and races. Isn't that wierd?
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Old 09-08-07, 05:12 PM
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Any time there is a ride that we drive to the start.... some A hole forgets his shoes.....

One Thanksgiving ride I did 35 miles with sneakers on...
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