The Bear Creek 200k is just over a week away and I thought I would share what I will be packing for the journey. For rides in town I generally play it a little fast and loose with being prepared. However, on a ride like this I'm not taking chances. Nobody wants to be the person that has a mechanical they are not prepared for.
So here's what's going in my small front rack bag next Sunday.
As we all know, the most common type of mechanical issue on the bike is the flat tire. I'm running a tubeless system which does drastically reduce the incidence of flats but just in case I have the following to deal with a flat or flats.
1. Two tubes
2. Patch kit
3. Tire boot
4. Tire levers
5. Co2 inflator and cartridges
6. Mini pump
Better safe than sorry, I'm packing 2 tubes just in case the unlikely happens and I manage to flat both tires. Tire boots are always a good idea if the ride will encounter gravel. Again, it's unlikely that I'll need it but I would prefer to be prepared for the off chance that I put a good size slice in my tire. A boot means the difference between continuing the ride and calling a likely irritated friend or partner. I have enough Co2 that I can help out a friend if they get a flat as well.
For other types of issues I have my trust multi tool, chain breaker, and a quick link. I have only had to use a chain breaker on a ride once before but it's a small bit of insurance to be prepared for the dreaded broken chain.
A Gerber multi tool can always come in handy as well.
Lastly I usually bring a light vest or gillet and a pair of gloves for long rides, just in case.
So that's it. If I have a problem that can't be solved with the contents of my bag it's probably serious enough that my ride would be over no matter what.
All of this packs into my bag with room to spare for snacks and there is even a cue sheet holder. I'm set.