Day 4 of the TDF and Gear

July 05, 2013

For Day 1 of the Tour de France, I went on a bike ride withe the VeloDCity folks, for 8200 feet of climbing around Catoctin Ridge. It was quite a humbling experience. Must train harder these last 11 days. Days 2 and 3 had me doing a recovery ride around the Arlington Loop, which became a second day due to the continued soreness in my legs. I didn't quite stay in Zones 1 & 2 though, as both days threatened and delivered rain. Now that it's Day 4, I'm starting my review of what I need to take with me on a very sporty bike trip to the Tour de France. Never having done this before, I'm not sure what to bring, so I'm going with:
  • 5 Bibs
  • 5 Jerseys
  • 5 Pairs of Socks
  • 2 Hats/Bandanas
  • 3 Pairs of Gloves
  • Chamois Cream & Cleaner
  • Shoes/Helmet/Pedals/Saddle
  • 3 Spare Tubes
  • 1 Spare Tire
  • Saddle Bag
  • Garmin + HRM + Speed/Cadence
  • GoPro
  • Box of Skratch labs hydration
  • 3 Water Bottles
And that's just for the riding. Add in normal clothes, dop kit, my contour pillow, laptop, etc, and its a lot of stuff to haul around. And chargers/power. Got the phone, the camera, the GoPro, Laptop, Garmin, and I'm actually going to take a power strip to plug into my converter. Not sure what I'm going to take to get autographs on. Any ideas?

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