What should you take with you on a century ride (or on any ride)? Here’s our checklist.
First, you need to be equipped to change a flat and make basic adjustments to your bike. Here’s what you need to carry in your seat bag:
- Spare tube that fits your tire
- Tire levers (2)
- CO2 cartridges (2) and inflator
- Patch kit
- Multi-purpose tool
You’ll need to carry enough fluid to stay hydrated until the next rest stop. Most of us carry 2 water bottles filled with water or a diluted sport drink.
In case of an emergency, it is recommended that you also carry the following (in a ziplock bag in your jersey pockets or in a top-tube bag):
- Cash and credit card
- Mobile phone – programed with your ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact and the event SAG phone number/emergency contact (to be found in info packet)
- Something to eat. If the rest stops are more than an hour apart or if the ride is more intense than you expected, you may need additional fuel. It’s a good idea to carry a small bar, Cliff Shot Bloks or a gel with you.
* For identification while cycling or other activities, Higher Gear recommends Road ID® bracelet or ankle bracelet. Stop by either Higher Gear location to pick up your coupon code for a discounted shipping on your Road ID order.
2012 WFRT riders, here is the number for event-day help or SAG support: 847.579.WFRT (9378)
For our recommendations for everything you’ll need for your century, check out our Century Ride Checklist.