This should cover most of your needs. 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.

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.)
  • Frame pump or this one
  • 2 tire levers
  • Spare tubes
  • Multi-function bike tool
  • Bike lock (Theft is rare is rural Indiana, and you'll be able to store your bikes inside in every night. This may be useful to you for lunch stops)
  • Hydration pack (Camelbak, Osprey)
  • Electrolytes
  • Cycling computer (odometer will help with cue sheets, but the road will be marked)
  • Handlebar bag or saddle bag
  • Red tail light
  • Rearview mirror 
  • Front headlight
  • Spare derailleur hanger
  • Spare gear cable
  • KMC Missing Links
  • Tire boots
  • Patch kit
  • Fiberfix emergency spoke
  • Pocket knife / Swiss Army Knife
  • Zip Lock bags (To put your cell phone and camera inside in case it rains)
  • Saddle (chamois) cream / Gold Bond powder 
    • Pro tip: Orajel, Bag Balm, or Desitin for saddle sores
  • We highly discourage listening to music while you ride. But if you absolutely insist and are aware of the risk, use bone conduction headphones.

Cycling Clothing

  • Shorts or bibs
  • Jerseys
  • Shoes 
  • Base layer (e.g. Under Armor)
  • Cycling gloves
  • Arm warmers
  • Leg warmers or cycling tights
  • Socks

Clothing

  • Rain jacket (Bring it. Most years there is a rainy day)
  • 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 
  • Identification
  • Insurance card
  • Money (for lunch, souvenirs, incidentals)
  • Any toiletry you can’t live without (toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.)
  • Medications
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Book or journal (Kindle anyone?)
  • Camera / cable/ charger
  • Watch / alarm clock
  • USB flash drive
  • Laptop / charger
  • Chapstick
  • Food to snack on (Cliff bars, etc., but the SAG will have food in it) 
  • Sleeping bag
  • Compression sacks (save space in your luggage)
  • Air mattress or sleeping pad (We’ll be sleeping on church floors. Pro tip: find the nursey room. Usually padded floors.)
  • Pillow
  • Flashlight or headlamp (makes it easy to see in a dark gym when everyone is sleeping)
  • A fun game (e.g. cards, Catch Phrase)
  • Biofreeze
  • Bandana
  • Ear plugs

 

Rain during day 2 of 2016.

Rain during day 2 of 2016.