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So What Have You Forgotten On A Ride?

Old 04-18-10, 09:24 AM
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So What Have You Forgotten On A Ride?

I missed riding with my Saturday club due to a conflict so I thought I'd ride on Sunday. I found a suitable local bike shop ride that I've never been on and packed up for the ride. After checking my cue sheet and checking my bike, I meet up with the group and we leave the parking lot. About 2 or 3 miles out, I reach down to take a quick drink, that's when I realized I left the water bottles safe and warm in the car. First time with this group and I pull a bonehead move like that. So my 36 miler turned into a 5.5 miler as I headed back.
So what have you left behind and didn't realize it until you were a few miles into your ride?
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you could have just stopped at a convenience store along the way and picked up a "sport bottle" of poland spring or gatorade or whatever. those fit in bottle cages fine. i've definitely done that before.
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I forgot to wear my helmet once.
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Helmet and water about sums it up. Never at the same time.

Plenty of times I've brought stuff that I regretted having, such as insulated tights, extra layers, etc. Other times I've underdressed and wished I had aforementioned surplus gear.
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist
you could have just stopped at a convenience store along the way and picked up a "sport bottle" of poland spring or gatorade or whatever. those fit in bottle cages fine. i've definitely done that before.
With this group? No way. I'm new to them and they don't stop until the mid-point, around 20 miles out so I'd have been dropped in a heartbeat. You're right that some groups would stop such as my Thursday night club ride, yeah the whole group would have stopped.
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A few years ago we drove about 600 miles to the Midwest Tandem Rally. While getting ready for our first ride I realized that I'd left my bicycling shoes at home. The guy in the very next car, who I'd never met before, asked "What size?" He had a spare pair with him - exact right size, exact same SPD multi-release cleat. Luck, coincidence, or was that my guardian angel? I'm inclined to think it was the third.

I've also finished a ride and, I went to take my helmet off, realized that I didn't have one on.
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asthma inhaler. And whenever I get 20 miles from home I think "did I turn off the coffee pot"
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I was doing the Mt. Washington (New Hampshire) century one year... the ride starts out by climbing up Pinkham Notch. I got a mile or two up the climb, reached down for a bottle, realized I had left the bottles in my car, so I turned around, went back down, got my bottles, and started back up. Nothing like adding a few hundred feet of climbing to a ride.
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This actually happened to me yesterday.. Went out and although it wasn't cold it was chill y enough with the wind that I coulda used the arm warmers.. I'll just start sticking them in a pocket from now on when the wind is blowing..
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Originally Posted by JoeB14
I forgot to wear my helmet once.
Yep, done that. Sad thing is I didn't even realize it until we were 10+ miles into the ride and my wife yelled at me. I guess feeling the bandana on my head fooled me.

Forgot my gear bag once, scrubbed that ride.
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Forgot the shoes once. Fortunately, was a solo ride and wasn't too far from the house. Did forget the water bottle a few times, but there are ways around that.
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Originally Posted by roccobike
I missed riding with my Saturday club due to a conflict so I thought I'd ride on Sunday. I found a suitable local bike shop ride that I've never been on and packed up for the ride. After checking my cue sheet and checking my bike, I meet up with the group and we leave the parking lot. About 2 or 3 miles out, I reach down to take a quick drink, that's when I realized I left the water bottles safe and warm in the car. First time with this group and I pull a bonehead move like that. So my 36 miler turned into a 5.5 miler as I headed back.
So what have you left behind and didn't realize it until you were a few miles into your ride?
Why not ride without water? I doubt one-two hours on the bike without it would kill you...
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Typically, the only thing I forget on a ride is the b.s. I had to put up with at work a few hours earlier.
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Helmet and water, but never both. I really regret each though.
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My brakes.

I swapped both tires and forgot about the brakes. My ride started at the top of a hill and ended at the bottom of it with some serious road rash.
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Gloves...really hot day and I sweat a ton. It was a slippery day on the bars.
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Stepped out of the door in spandex and realized I forgot my bike inside.
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Wife dropped me off once for a ride and I forgot my helmet, gloves, and sunglasses in the truck. On a another ride, I loaded the bike to drive about 30 miles north to join a group ride. Weather was nice so I just threw a vest and some arm warmers in the truck. When I drove into the parking lot 30 miles north, everyone was dressed like it was pretty freaking cold. How odd. After I opened the door, I found out why. It was because it was pretty freaking cold and I was now on the other side of a cold front. Important safety tip: Check the weather for where you are going. I still rode but didn't thaw out for a couple days.
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