What to carry on the bike

Last Modified: 07/10/2019

There are many “philosophies” here. Some people like to go light (“what can I get away with?”). Some people like to have every eventuality covered (“sure I have a spare bottom bracket, it’s going to cost you”). In general it is a case of personal risk management, you will have to weigh up many factors.

  • How long is the ride?
  • How important is the ride to you? (is it the last PBP qualifier?)
  • What are the conditions going to be like? (are you in Tassie or FNQ?)
  • What condition is your bike in? (how thin is the tread on those tyres?)

Clothing

If it is a long ride (into/over-night) you will need reflective vest, lights (see Safety Recommendations) plus potentially warm weather gear, arm/leg-warmers, rain/wind-proof, gloves, clear glasses. Met-Eye is a very useful resource from the Bureau of Meteorology for accurately predicting overnight conditions.

Stuff

A power pack for recharging your phone/GPS. Spare lights, batteries.

Tools

Two spare tubes + glue/patches, tyre levers, multi tool, spare link is a common minimum set of tools. A fibre spoke is very light to include, and if it is not ever need by yourself, it is a good way to gain immense gratitude and beer from fellow riders who break a spoke. Likewise a spare tyre taped to the frame can be handy; sometimes it very difficult to resolve multiple punctures from a fine wire or repair a large gash in the wide-wall of the tyre. A spare tyre can save you.

Food

Gels, figs, banana bread, peanut butter & honey sandwiches? yes, yes, yes and yes. Audax is all about eating. If there is an issue with water or the distance between bakeries on a ride, the RO will likely have pointed this out and you would be wise to take notice. Sometimes in hot weather, two bidons is not enough.

Brevet

Don’t forget your brevet. A zip-lock bag and a pen also can be useful.

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