What to carry on a 400-mile ride?

A few weeks ago I finished my 5th year of Crush the Commonwealth, a 400-mile cross-Pennsylvania ride/race. It is unsupported, so gear selection is a big part of preparing for the ride. Clothing is probably the easiest place to save weight, but also the easiest to get wrong and be miserable. I carried a bit more than I needed, but I never got cold.

Photo by fxdwhl

On my body

  • Swobo 753 wool/poly jersey (both days)
  • Dirt Rag Lycra shorts (fresh pair on day 2)
  • Swobo P. Coltrane knickers
  • Drunk Cyclist Socks
  • Dirt Rag/Fox Incline gloves
  • Native Sunglasses
  • Continental cycling cap
  • Specialized helmet
  • Specialized MTB racing shoes

On the bike

In a Carousel Design Works Escape Pod

  • REI bivy sack shoved in the bottom (could have left home, but wanted some hypothermia protectin in case things went lopsided at night in the middle of nowhere).
  • Bicycle Times/EWR wool Jersey
  • Dirt Rag wool knee warmers (didn’t use)
  • Sock Guy arm warmers
  • Thick wool socks (put on the morning of the first day, cold feet, left them on for the rest of the trip)
  • Pearl Izumi rain jacket (very lightweight, left the rain paints at home)
  • Dirt Rag Buff

In a Jandd Frame bag

  • Tool kit
  • multitool with chain tool
  • tire lever
  • zip ties
  • spare cleat and bolts
  • patch kit
  • Princeton Tech EOS back up light
  • 2 tubes
  • Okele Stuff Chamois cream (best stuff I used for all day rides)

In a Jandd Handlebar bag

  • bulk energy chews from the co-op
  • half pound peanut M+Ms
  • 3 various gels
  • peanut butter and honey sandwich
  • NUUN electrolite tablets kona cola flavor
  • sunscreen stick
  • wallet
  • cell phone
  • didn’t bother with maps this year, route is memorized

This was by far my smallest load, but I looked beast of burden like compared to some folks. Not really a lot of stuff I’d cut out of this other than the knee warms and bivy sack, which aren’t very heavy, but they are bulk.

This was all attached to a right swell Rock Lobster road bike, which I’ll be talking about in an upcoming blog post.



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