This should cover most of your needs for many types of cycling trips. Links are provided for some items if you need a recommendation. Though, what works for us may not work for you. Everyone has a preference.

Minimum List

Cycling Equipment 

  • Bicycle (don't leave it behind! Stranger things have happened)
  • Helmet (save your brains)
  • Sunglasses (protect your eyes from the sun, debris, bugs, wind)
  • 2 or 3 water bottles and cages (stay hydrated on the bike. All heat illnesses are preventable. A Habitat water bottle is included in your registration)
  • Zip Lock bags (To put your cell phone and camera inside in case it rains)

Cycling Clothing

  • Shorts or bibs
  • Jerseys
  • Shoes 
  • Base layer (e.g. Under Armor)
  • Cycling gloves
  • Socks

Clothing

  • Rain jacket (Bring it. Most years there is a rainy day. Sometimes we can avoid it by having a late start or lingering at lunch)
  • Warm clothes. Indiana can be chilly in the evenings in May (Hoodies, gloves, long pants, under armor, ear warmers, hats, etc…)
  • Underwear
  • T-shirts for post-ride
  • Women: sports bras, non-sport
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Sleepwear

Personal Items

  • Cell phone / charger
  • Portable charger 
  • Identification
  • Insurance card
  • Money (for lunch, souvenirs, incidentals)
  • Any toiletry you can’t live without (toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.)
  • Medications
  • Sunscreen or this one
  • Towel
  • Aloe
  • Book or journal (Kindle anyone?)
  • Camera / cable/ charger
  • Watch / alarm clock
  • USB flash drive
  • Laptop / charger
  • Chapstick
  • Sleeping bag
  • Grocery bags (for dirty or wet clothes)
  • Air mattress or sleeping pad or this Cadillac mat (We’ll be sleeping on church floors. Pro tip: find the nursey room. You might find padded floors!)
  • Pillow

Recommended List

Cycling Equipment

  • Cycling computer (odometer will help with cue sheets, but the road will be marked)
  • Handlebar bag or saddle bag
  • Frame pump or this one
  • 2 tire levers
  • Spare tubes
  • Bike lock (Theft has never been an issue on our ride in rural Indiana, and you'll be able to store your bikes inside in every night, but this may be useful to you for lunch stops)
  • Red tail light
  • Rearview mirror (Remove any anxiety from riding by checking that cars are passing you safely)
  • Multi-function bike tool
  • Saddle (chamois) cream / Gold Bond powder (Pro tip: Orajel, Bag Balm, or Desitin for saddle sores)

Cycling Clothing

  • Arm warmers
  • Leg warmers or cycling tights

Personal Items

  • Packing cubes or compression sacks (save space and organize your luggage)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Flashlight or headlamp (makes it easy to see in a dark gym when everyone is sleeping)
  • A fun game (e.g. cards, Catch Phrase)
  • Bandana (use as a sleeping mask)
  • Ear plugs (we will have these at the registration table)

Hardcore List

Cycling Equipment

  • Electrolytes (some people lose more than others)
  • Hydration pack (Camelbak, Osprey: Research supports you drink more from a hydration pack than water bottles).
  • Front headlight
  • Spare derailleur hanger
  • Spare gear cable
  • KMC Missing Links
  • Tire boots (pro tip: cut up an old tire - dollar bills last only so long)
  • Patch kit
  • Fiberfix emergency spoke
  • Pocket knife / Swiss Army Knife
  • We highly discourage listening to music while you ride. But if you absolutely insist and are aware of the risk, use bone conduction headphones. Related note: speakers can be annoying to those riding near you.

Personal Items

  • Biofreeze
  • Food to snack on (Cliff bars, etc., but the SAG will have food in it) 
 Rain during day 2 of 2016.

Rain during day 2 of 2016.