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so what do YOU forget when you travel with a bike?(12 posts)

so what do YOU forget when you travel with a bike?bicycle268
Dec 23, 2003 10:52 PM
traveled up to New Bedford, MA to visit the in-laws for a week during the holidays. Brought the single speed with the hopes of some good snow free riding since the forcast looks promising. Forgot my shoes!! So here I am 250 miles from home with no means of attatching my feet to the bike. Maybe duct tape?

Now I'm curious...What have you all forgotten when traveling?
re: so what do YOU forget when you travel with a bike?Juanmoretime
Dec 24, 2003 1:55 AM
I once left to go to a duathlon that was about 100 miles from my house. I knew I was forgetting something and about 75 miles from my house I remembered I didn't have my helmet. I was pretty upset and hoping I would find someone with a spare. I went around and asked everybody at the race if they had a spare. I did find one and had a great race. After that, I went home and made a checklist so it would never happen again.
'hey rt! where's your front wheel?'_rt_
Dec 24, 2003 8:52 AM
got up with the sun and drove 2.5 hrs to do some epic trail riding a couple summers ago. upon arrival at the trailhead my buddy Seth took the bikes off the car, reached into the back, pulled out his front wheel, reached into the back again and said...
"hey, rt?! Where's your front wheel?"

uhhhhhh...................right. that would be the front wheel sitting in my garage 2.5 hrs away. doh.

sounds like you needed a new pair of cycling shoes.....you just hadn't realized it consciously yet. ;-)

rt
Doh! I did the same thingTony Montana
Dec 24, 2003 11:02 AM
We drove to Fruita one spring which is about 12 hours away. We took our main rides and our tandem MTB. I left the front wheel for the tandem at home, and unfortunately none of our other wheels would fit it due to the 20mm front axle. Man did I feel stupid. I will not do that this spring, I will not do that this spring, I will not do that this spring...
I forgot my shoes...ONCE! <nm>shrEd
Dec 24, 2003 9:12 AM
Forgetting your shoes, how dumb!Fredrico
Dec 24, 2003 9:32 AM
I did it many years ago, but ended up able to pedal toe clips and straps with tennis shoes.

Gone riding without wallet or spare tube more than once.

Merry Christmas and have a good year with many cheerful miles.
PedalsDale Brigham
Dec 24, 2003 9:34 AM
Packed up the mtb for a flight to visit friends in Denver on Memorial Day weekend a few years ago. Upon arrival and unpacking, pedals were MIA (left at home, nicely packed in their own little padded box). Lucky for me, Denver is crawling with bike shops, so new SPD 747s were readily available.

I have heard and seen so many horror stories about leaving helmets and shoes behind that I always check for same as last thing before leaving driveway.

Dale
Jersey and Shortsmexican-JUMPING-frijoles
Dec 24, 2003 11:31 AM
Not too long ago I was at a benefits fair in the Palm Springs area. I took my bike to get some miles in after work was over. I leave the fair and am about to start getting ready when I realized I was missing shorts and a jersey. Luckly for me it started pouring shortly after.

Same thing happeded to a buddy but, he ended up braving it, but he had shorts and a t-shirt he could ride with. I had slacks and a nice shirt.

Another time, a few buddies stayed at my place before the headed off to Baja for a 12 hour MTB race. Not wanting to unload the truck with all the equipment, they just locked their bikes to the truck, using my lock. Next day, they take off, with my lock. It turns out only a front wheel had been secured with my lock, so one of the guys had to swap wheels before his ride.

Finally, I once forgot my apartment keys.
water bottles, always the water bottlesinnergel
Dec 24, 2003 1:03 PM
This is just my latest incident.

The night before a rally this past July I filled two bottles and put them in the refridgerator. The mix of 1/2 sports drink and water was perfect. When I woke up the next morning, I loaded up the bike and grabbed my gear bag and took off. When we arrived at the rally I was ready to go about 5 mintues before the start when I started frantically searching for the bottles that were still in the fridge.

Now just a reminder that it was JULY IN TEXAS. The temp was already in the high-80's and it wasn't 8am yet. There was no way I could do this rally w/out bottles.

One of my riding buddies graciously offered me one of his bottles and I gladly took it. We both made around with one bottle and about 6 stops for a refill. I bought him a pair of new bottles the next day as a thank you.
my brain usually... then other stuff besides...nmrwbadley
Dec 24, 2003 4:01 PM
Never forgot anything important. I have a systemStraightblock
Dec 26, 2003 7:26 PM
When I pack I lay everything I need to wear on the floor exactly as it goes on me. Helmet, glasses, undershirt, jersey, arm warmers, gloves, shorts, leg warmers, socks, shoes, then overlay with anything I might need for changing weather, like a jacket, shoe covers or full fingered gloves. I know then at least I can ride, and anything forgotten like a toothbrush or razor can be picked up at a mini-mart.
Not a travel tale, but...4bykn
Dec 27, 2003 6:16 AM
I went out on my 25 mile after work loop and forgot my CO2 inflater (I don't carry a pump). Got my only flat of the year. Thank goodness I had my cell phone.