Okay, just another couple days of heat and humidity and then a break, hopefully. We get hot days here, but usually not so humid and I am a wilting flower
I was going to go for a ride this morning, but I couldn’t didn’t want to face the sweating under the helmet, so I just took a 2 mile walk instead before breakfast.
Tish asked more about the contents of my bike bag. We each have a bag that attached to the back of the bike on a rack. You can see those bags in this pic:
I can’t stand to wear a pack on my back while riding, so we loooove the Topeak bike rack system. There are interchangeable components as well if we ever want to buy any of them.
The contents of the ride vary a bit depending on the length of the ride and where we are going. For all rides short or long – this is what goes in the bag:
Phone/wallet, tube, pump, tire lifters. Always have these (which I haven’t needed yet this season, knock on wood).
Longer rides get these things added to that:
Anti-chafe gel (I hardly ever use this, but you never know after 50 miles if you might want it.). John also brings ibuprofen in a little jar in his bag. Good to have on hand.
Bike lock – I hate carrying this lock because it is heavy, but when we stop for meals or walking, the bikes get locked up (not that a lock helped much in Montreal… ).
Sunscreen in my smaller container.
My hat for hiding my helmet head when we stop for meals/cupcakes/ice cream. Gotta look pretty, don’t you know.
Various snacks like dried pineapple, dates, bars. Sometimes a whole lunch packed if that is on the agenda.
The good stuff:
Napkins are tucked in the side pocket as well, usually extras from when we have bagels, but you never know when you might use one at any other time.
All of this stuff makes the bag heavy – probably 5 pounds. It is extra weight to lug along, but we don’t have a team car or sag wagon when we are out riding.
Something we ought to carry would be a tiny first aid kit or at least some band-aids. I used to have a travel size bottle of hand sanitizer, but I cracked the bottle.
I normally just carry one water bottle and fill it up at stops, but when it is really hot or we are going out for a long time, I will bring the second just in case. Yesterday I really needed it!
You do have to plan ahead for longer rides to think about water stops, potty stops, food stops, weather, timing (being back by dark later in the season). It’s pretty second nature for us now and most of this stuff stays in my bag all the time.
Being prepared is a good thing 😀