Sportive season is quickly approaching – if not already upon us. Regardless if you’re brand new to mass participation events, or a seasoned rider, it’s a good idea to have a regular kit bag check list at the ready.
Ideally, you’ll pack your bag the night before your big event so you can ride or drive off in the morning safe in the knowledge you won’t have to endure and nightmares at the event HQ.
Over time, this list will likely become ingrained in your psyche – but whilst it’s ingraining, we’ve got a ready made one just for you. It’s worth running through this list at least a week in advance of your event, to give yourself time to pick up any essentials you’ve not already acquired.
A ready bike
Well, obviously you’re going to need your bike. However, you want it to be a smooth running, well-oiled machine that will help you attack those hills and whizz down the descents without too many clunks and clicks and bangs along the way.
The most annoying bike malfunction that can befall a rider is badly indexed gears. If your gears aren’t working properly, your chain won’t slip into its position as you want it to and you’ll be listening to it whirr all day, not to mention struggling up the hills unable to change gear or spinning in the granny ring on the flat. A week before your event, run all the gears through on your bike, if they’re not changing at each click, get it sorted – either at a bike shop or at home.
You also don’t want to be suffering repeated punctures, so check your tyres are in good nick, make sure your chain is clean and lubed, and that your brake pads have a good amount of tread left on them.
Finally, a clean bike is a quick bike – you know what to do!