The weekend riding season is upon us! We check the calendar, get dressed, load up the car, drive to the start of the ride, unload the bikes, get ready to roll and then have that Doh! moment we we realize our helmet, bike shoes or sunglasses are still at home! I see this happen at almost every ride I attend, from local weekend CIBA rides to big out-of-town events like TOSRV or Hilly Hundred.
The easiest way to avoid these disappointments is have a road trip check list to use while you are packing, and before you leave the driveway. While our check list started when we began bicycle touring, it really became useful when we began to ride with our children. Here is are basic outline for day rides and weekends where car travel is involved.
Bike: Bike (w/ front wheel!) Tools (on-bike), frame pump, bike computer, on-bike bags.
Tools (off-bike): Tire Pump, chain lube, spare tubes and tires, bike lock and keys!
Clothing: Shorts, jersey, socks, shoes, helmet, gloves, glasses, (and weather appropriate gear; tights, jackets, vests, rain gear, hats, etc.).
Food: Bottles, hydration packs, energy bars and drink mix & fresh fruit.
Extras: Sunscreen and chap stick, maps, after ride clothes, bike lights.
I can tell you that anything on the list has been forgotten, or needed, at least once. We didn’t leave a front wheel at home; although we almost left one behind after the ride. However, we did leave the keys behind for bikes locked to the roof rack! Typically, we pack bike gear separate from our street clothes, and we also use storage tubs for packing helmets and on-bike gear as the bikes are loaded on our car rack. This was handy for a family of 4. If it is just yourself, you may not need that much organization, but even a mental check list before you leave will save you a lot of frustration and get you on the road!
The experienced staff at either Bicycle Garage Indy location, North, (Indianapolis in the Clearwater area) or South in Greenwood (just west of I-65 on County Line Rd.) can help you choose the right bike accessories Indianapolis for a trip around town or across the state.