What to carry on a bike ride
October 9, 2007
Chris Carmichael’s piece What to Carry details exactly what a cyclist should always have with them on a ride.
The more time you spend on a bike, the more you “learn to minimize the number and weight of the things you carry while maximizing their usefulness.”
Carmichael outlines exactly which tools you should have with you plus which clothing combinations suit which temperatures.
Despite full length tights never being mentioned, it was the food requirements that grabbed me.
According to Carmichael:
|60-90 min||1 Powerbar Performance bar and one PowerGel|
|2 hr||1 bar and 2 gels|
|3 hr||1-2 bars and 2-3 gels|
|4 hr||3 bars and 3 gels|
Notice the discreet reference to one of the site’s sponsors?
The table assumes that you only consume one bottle of sports drink and then water for the rest of your ride.
It turns out I’ve probably been consuming way too much on my four hour rides.
I normally eat one bar, one gel and drink one bottle of electrolyte sports drink each hour.
No doubt we all have our own variations but given his pedigree you can hardly dismiss it as uniformed opinion.