Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What's in your bag?

I had my first race a week ago and as I was packing up my 'race' bag I got to thinking about the lists that I typically make, and the prep that I do the night before the race. I thought it might be interesting to construct a list - What's in your bag. Note, this is mountain bike specific and it assumes you are driving to the race venue. It also assumes that weather conditions are unknown. I typically take a much more abreviated list of equipment to races/rides that I ride to.




Clothing, etc.
Shoes
Helmet
Short Sleeve Jersey Long Sleeve Jersey
Bib shorts
Bib knickers
Arm Warmers
Knee Warmers
Vest
Windbreaker
Gloves (2 pairs) Glasses
Socks (2 pairs)


Food, etc.
Pre race energy food - clif blocks, clif shots, clif enery drink
Post race recovery food/drink - clif recovery and/or promax bars
"Real" Food - Sandwiches, Fruit, etc. for after the race
Water bottles (2-3) pre, during, post


Misc:
# plate
Racing license
Prefilled out Waiver
Chamis Butt'r
Diaper creme (don't ask, but it helps)
Baby Wipes
Embrocation (not for summer races)
Zip ties
Safety Pins
First Aid Kit (minor)





Other:
Dirtworker
Pump
Tools
Spare tubes
Chain lube
various plastic bags for dirty clothes, shoes, etc. Changing Kilt
3+ Towels of various sizes(for cleaning body, bike, etc.)

So, what's in your bag?

7 comments:

erikv said...

My bag usually contains whatever I can find clean 5 minutes before leaving.

suitcaseofcourage said...

Great post! And since you asked, check out:

http://suitcaseofcourage.typepad.com/the_suitcase_of_courage/2007/07/bike-racing-101.html

:^)

suitcaseofcourage said...

Sorry - the link didn't post right. Trying again (but won't try again again and clutter up your comments...)

http://suitcaseofcourage.typepad.com/the_suitcase_of_courage/2007/07/bike-racing-101.html

suitcaseofcourage said...

Not again. Sorry.

Guess it'll have to remain a mystery. %^)

Feel free to delete these (non)comments.

Jonathan said...

I'm with erikv. Lucky if I remember my helmet and front wheel.
What's the story with your new fancy elite team??
Free thursday am for a family ride? I think Devin and I are taking the tandem out.....
JV

Daniel said...

I'm way to obsessive compulsive to not pack the night before. If I didn't I'd never sleep. I envy you guys.

JV - Sorry, I'm in Indiana right now for work, also unless you are talking about a really early family ride, we are out as both Meg & I work on Thurs (and the kids are in school).

I wish I had a tandem.

Jonathan said...

Feel free to borrow ours.
[channeling Ferris Bueler]: It is...so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

We did 3 hours on it today--pretty awesome.
JV