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California AIDS ride checklist(12 posts)

California AIDS ride checklistMeDotOrg
Jun 1, 2001 12:06 PM
I've done centuries, but never 575 miles in a week. My bike is tuned, new tires and tubes, new brake cables and pads, even a new headset and stem. Here are some things I'm thinking about carrying. Let me know if you can think of others:

1. Sunglasses
2. Sunblock
3. Chapstick
4. Cornstarch
5. Rainjacket
6. Armwarmers (stow them when it gets warm)
7. Toe Warmers (ditto)
8. Brave soldier road rash First Aid kit
9. Patch Kit
10. Plastic tire irons
11. Spare tube (one that I carry, 2 with my luggage)
12. Spare tire (Continental 2000 Kevlar)
13. Topeak Alien
14. Kleenex and Handiwipes
15. Prolube
16. Cell Phone
17. Spare socks

Consumables:

Each day, pack 4 goos, 2 bars (1 clif, 1 met-rx)). Endurox, Hammer Gel
2 large water bottles. There will be water/food stations, this is just to suppliment those.

So what else, or am I overdoing it?
re: California AIDS ride checklistblue bayou
Jun 1, 2001 1:14 PM
Add a credit card. Add a sweatband. Carry 2 tubes and stow 1. Either wash jersey, shorts and gloves daily or have a fresh set availiable. A change of socks when you feel down can really perk you up. Put your phone in a pair of socks, keeps the plastic away from your body. Have a pain reliever of choice on you at all times, Ibuprofen being my favorite. Your neck will be killing you by the third day. Keep a bunch of junk out of your pockets, it'll start rubbing you raw as the miles roll on. If your feet swell up, take out the liners, maybe dump the socks. Regulate your fuel and water intake. Sometimes you'll eat out of boredom or just 'cause the person you are riding with does-monkey see, monkey do. When you get really tired, you'll need fuel, but won't feel like eating--eat! Regulate water same way.

Keep a positive mental attitude. Concentrate on success. The second morning will SUCK but soldier on. After 25 miles or so you'll feel great.

Also, pack a healthy dose of good attitude. As long as you get up and ride in the morning, you will make it! This is your TDF. Good luck.
re: California AIDS ride checklistMeDotOrg
Jun 1, 2001 2:53 PM
Thanks. I always ride with a doo-rag - I should probably carry a spare. Ibuprofim - thanks again, should carry some with me.

I agree - a lot of times the first 25 miles (and the last 10) are the hardest. Once you get rolling, things are okay. (I'm sure I won't be saying this on days 5 and 6!)Good suggestion about putting the cell phone in the sock.

Well, It should be an adventure...
clear/light-tint glasses and cycling cap(s)Haiku d'état
Jun 1, 2001 1:36 PM
for rain/weather.

does nobody else carry cables and an extra cleat? just me?

what's with the cornstarch? or do i want to know?
Cornstarch: Substitute for Talcum (or Baby) PowderMeDotOrg
Jun 1, 2001 2:56 PM
...you can also use it on inner tubes. I'm not sure if it works as well as talcum powder, but it seems to do the job.

As for chafing, I think it works better than talcum powder, and it won't you if you accidently inhale it.
ahhhhhhhhh. thanks. NMHaiku d'état
Jun 1, 2001 2:58 PM
clear/light-tint glasses and cycling cap(s)MeDotOrg
Jun 1, 2001 3:25 PM
Actually I WEAR glasses. The sun glasses are the dorky clip on type for when it gets too bright. After I win the lottery I'll get a pair of prescription bike riding glasses with replaceable lenses...

I probably should carry an extra cleat - cables I would think they will have on the SAG wagons - maybe I'm wrong...I've thought about carrying a chain in my luggage, but I would imagine that there will be some extras along...

I have a shower cap scrunched up in a ball under my seat for a helmut cover in case of rain...
I'll keep an eye outMeDotOrg
Jun 1, 2001 7:18 PM
I've got a red/yellow Bianci Veloce. I think I've decided on the Ben and Jerry's Shirt for Sunday's start.
re: California AIDS ride checklistsnapdragen
Jun 1, 2001 6:56 PM
I think you're set. Maybe a plastic tarp for your tent in case of rain. (We got drenched in Oceano last year)Better yet, consider a motel when you get there! It's a very rocky campsite.

Have a great ride - I'll be out Sunday passing out strawberries on highway 1, after the lunch stop.

You are a hero to thousands!!

Janet
Thanks for your kind wordsMeDotOrg
Jun 1, 2001 7:33 PM
As Sunday approaches, I'm getting more nervous and excited. It should be a challenge and an adventure.

I don't want to even think about rain - This last week had me a little worried in San Francisco, as the temperature hit 100, but it looks like it's cooling off - forcast for next week looks sunny and mild down the coast.

Oceano - did you do the Wildflower SLO ride this year? I just got an invitation to the Lighthouse ride in September. Have you done this one?
Rain, faagetaboutitRocco's Big Ride 2001
Jun 1, 2001 10:04 PM
Great to hear that you are riding. I commend you. As for rain, just bring a great attitude and remember that what goes around, comes around. Be nice, friendly and safe. I find that the spirit of the AIDS Rides is truely about community. Even the hard core racers are very helpful. I rode in the rain 2 days in Boston NYC 1996, got 3 flats in one 8 mile stretch of hill and had all the help I could use from fellow riders. Eat and drink plenty, don't get behind on food or fluid, catching up is tough. Bring something that will make you smile.
You are so welcome!snapdragen
Jun 2, 2001 7:29 PM
Nope, I was in Oceano during CAR7. What's the Lighthouse ride? I became a sofa princess last fall, so I'm just getting back on the bike. Haven't done much riding, except for the Cinderella. I'll be doing the Giro de San Mateo, and the Holstein 100 later.

You are currently experiencing the hyper-excitement of Day 0 -- I understand completely the nerves and excitment! I had major butterflies up to the time we rode out last year.

Tell us all about the ride when you get home!