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Essentials on a 400km Ride(11 posts)

Essentials on a 400km RideBananaman
Apr 10, 2003 5:58 AM
Around four of us will be doing a continuous 400km ride (20 hours) next month. Fortunately we will have a car to carry our food, water, tubes, tyres and tools. If anyone has done anything like this before, what other essential kit did you find useful or wished you had packed in the car?!!

re:Clothes for bad weather, bulbs & batteries for lights,dzrider
Apr 10, 2003 6:05 AM
You may also want spare personalities in case somebody gets really grumpy. I'm eternally grateful to people who were kind enough to help me through mentally hard times on long rides. For me it's the hardest kind of pain to endure.
V A S O L I N ESteve_0
Apr 10, 2003 6:47 AM
get the extra big jug.

Also, a fresh shirt and socks can make a diff afer 10 hours of sweating.
Right - orDownhill deux mille
Apr 10, 2003 6:55 AM
have you tried nappy rash cream with zinc - I have switched to that - it's more water resistent that vasoline, so I find it seems to work better for longer?
Chamois Butt'RCharlie Amerique
Apr 10, 2003 7:34 AM
Worked wonders for me on the Devil's Double a few years back...
re: Essentials on a 400km RideFender
Apr 10, 2003 6:57 AM
Lot's of food.. not just energy bars and drinks, but maybe some chips and salsa or even a hersheys bar. after extremely long rides I just want to pig out and not have to worry about fat and all the other nutritional stuff.

Ohh, and some good music for the person driving the car.
B E E R...biknben
Apr 10, 2003 7:00 AM
Going with Steve_O's theme.

If not for you, than for the poor sole or soles who will be in the support vehicle. Not riding sucks. Watching others ride is torture.

All kidding aside. Make sure you and your companions have a clear understanding of expectations like pace, stops, route, etc. After that much time on the road issues are bound to pop up. How those issues are dealt with can determine the outcome of the ride.

Best of luck.
I don't understandRJF
Apr 10, 2003 7:49 AM
If you have a car, why would anyone in their right mind want to ride a bike 400km?!?!?!?!?!?!

Rock, paper, scissors for the passenger seat...............IAM
Apr 10, 2003 9:30 AM
Thats all that you needed to do and then you could have all rode in the car. HAHA Anyway it sounds like pure torture, I hope you enjoy it. Good luck.
Drugs -- Lots of 'em!Dale Brigham
Apr 10, 2003 9:22 AM
I mean over-the-counter pharmaceuticals such as ibuprofen (Motrin), naproxen sodium (Aleve), and loperamide HCl (Imodium). That's what I pack for the brevets.

If you get tend to get "bad gut" on the upstream end (Imodium takes care of the downstream end), Tums or other antacids would be good to add to your "stash."

And what is this "car" you speak of? Randonneurs don't need no steenkin' cars!

Bon Route!

Glad I asked!Bananaman
Apr 10, 2003 4:42 PM
Thanks folks for all your useful comments. This will be our longest ever continuous ride if we complete it. The ride will be in 'Giant' country Taiwan!(where Giant bikes are made) Riding from Taipei in the north to Kaoshuing in the south. Heres a map you can check out to see the lie of the land. Better go out now and see if I can order some spare 'personalities'!!