Checklist of Stuff to Bring

___ Your essential equipment – helmet, shoes, gloves, full water bottle, cell phone, watch

___   Hand pump, co2 cartridge, tire gauge, 2 extra tubes, patch kit, and tire levers

___ Basic first aid kit


___ Food and extra full water bottles

___ Bike lock

___ Bike computer to monitor your pace and watch

___ Rags for cleaning up after repairs

___ Toilet paper or tissues

___ Money

Why bring two tubes on a ride? Two tubes is the perfect number.  You’ll need one to fix the flat you know will come eventually and one more in case you have a bad day.   You can also use it to help another BCC member who may forget an extra.

How often should I upgrade my helmet?
Replacing your helmet once a year is probably reasonable for a high-mileage cyclist (2,000 miles a month), and the rest of us should consider a replacement after two years unless you’ve had a crash.  The closed-cell foam that protects your head is a one-time deal; once it has been compressed, it will not dissipate the shock as well the next time.  If you crash hard enough to scar the shell, you should buy a new helmet.  Six seconds in the hospital emergency room costs more than the best helmet made-don’t sweat the price.

How many CO2 cartridges should I carry?
Carry one cartridge and a tiny hand small logopump (Lezyne makes the best ones).  Only use CO2 cartridges when you are in a time crunch-like a group situation where others are waiting for you to fix a flat.  CO2 fillers are foolishly wasteful in an environmental sense (although they are recyclable), and a hand pump can refill a thousand tires without running out of air.  Before you reach for that steel cartridge, consider a hand pump.