Over the next couple of weeks I am dedicating the blog to tips you should consider for your pre-event planning. While some of these will be sport specific, most of them apply universally or the basic idea can be adapted for different disciplines. The intent is to make you think critically about key aspects of your prep and adapt it to your situation. Have questions or additional ideas or thoughts? Please feel free to post them on the blog or Facebook comments!
In addition to the rain bag that we discussed in the last entry, any number of mechanical issues could happen pre race in events that involve a bicycle. Ever hear a tire blow 10 minutes before the start? Sucks to be them right? What if that were you? Are you prepped to deal with it? What about the any number of other issues that could pop up?
Below is a list of common tools, spares and sundries that you may want to consider bringing with you. If you are flying to a race, all of this may not be practical, but you can at least take some of the essentials and prepare for the most likely contingencies. In addition, having local contacts and/or a list of bike shops or making friends with neutral support where available are all great contingencies to have in place.
In addition to all of this, if you are not already familiar with basic bicycle repair, I'd highly recommend getting more familiar and comfortable with doing basic repairs on your bike. There are a number of books, videos online that can get you started, in addition several shops offer basic repair classes or a knowledgeable friend I am sure would be glad to help you out. The more you know and can handle on your own, the less you will have to worry if a major issue arises. Thanks for reading. Questions, comments, additions, please feel free to post them up.