Over the last few years I have been traveling for and racing/training. In this time I have forgotten or broken almost everything. As a result my track kit bag is fully stocked for almost any just incase moment. And the packing if my travel bag is now a fine art.
Besides normal cloths and packing, my kit bag includes:
- 2x club skinsuits
- 1x black skinsuit
- 2x helmets
- 2x shoes
The two club suits include one for racing, and one as a backup if I crash/spill food on it/break the zipper.
i was racing the state champs for cyclocross. and after completely spitting the dummy when i got my third flat of the day. i finished in third and grabbed a beer. while relaxing in the sun, i got called to the podium. i had to put my skinsuit back on. and at the very moment my zipper died… i always pack a spare suit or podium jersey…
The black/neutral spare is for if I need to race with a composite team or if 1 and 2 fail. Not likely
scenarios, but it has happened.
The two helmets are a kask bambino that I do all my racing in, and a giro atmos that I train in. Both
helmets can be used for racing. The two are needed just incase one breaks. Same idea for the two shoes. I have my racing ones and spares. Just incase I break a buckle, cleat, lace before the race, I have a
second pair I can grab
The next area of spares I bring are wheels. I bring training wheels and race wheels. Then as an added
precaution when I go to big races (and I can pack 2 bags) I carry race wheels, a disk and 5 spoke, secondary race wheels, a disk and a 3 spoke, then training wheels. I’m sure the easy thing would be to bring spare tyres to glue, but I’m lazy, and spare wheels are easier than gluing tubs at an event.
- 15mm spanner
- Lock ring tool
- Chan whip
- Allen keys
- Big allen key for pedals (I don’t have a pedal spanner because my pedals don’t use one)
- Multi tool
- hipster tool (bottle opener spare 15mm)
- Small shifter- hack tool, but someone always had a random imperial nut somewhere. I use mine for the back bolt on my chain.
- Crack pipe
- chainring bolt lock tool
- Valve core and valve extender tool
- Puncture repair kit
- Soy sauce fish with chain lube
- Super glue
- Spare bolt for disk wheel
- Spare bolt for chain tensioner
- Spare nuts front and rear wheel
- Spare chain (extra links for big gears)
- spare safety skewer (bunch of my wheels use them)
- Half link two types one for a keirin chain the other for a regular single speed chain
- Spare chain pin and back plate
- C02 adapter
- Spare O ring for crack pipe and CO2
- Lock ring
- Valve core
- Chain ring bolts
- Rare earth magnet
I also carry spare gear charts and a copy of the big gear chart of big gears. For something more sentimental, a medal from nationals to remind me of my goals along with a few photos taken by Josh (Riding Focus) from RAW to remind me this is fun.
Oh a spoon! You might laugh, but think of all the times in your life when a spoon would be the best.
true story. I was at training a few weeks ago and a this dude and chick rucked up with cases of chobani yogurt for us to have/sample. i had a spoon, i was a sprinter, my last set was done. i was so happy!
The two thins I am regularly missing is a pump and tape. My excuse for the pump is I assume I can borrow one wherever I’m at and so far I haven’t been let down. For the tape, well I donno. I keep forgetting to pack it. and same as the pump. someone usually has a roll. I have some pink stuff this trip, but I’ll see if I can locate some black stuff before racing.
I’m sure I’m missing something (I always do) and this list is a forever evolving thing. I hope this has given you some ideas on what to carry. And if you can think of anything i’m missing could you pleas pack it in your bag because i might need to borrow it off of you in the future