What Are Your Brevet Essentials?
I’m curious about what randonneurs carry on brevets. I’ve noticed over the years of randonneuring with Felkerino that I’ve developed my own little list of rando-essentials that I tend to take along “just in case.”
Lots can happen when out riding all day. Weather can change suddenly, your body can start to not feel so good, and the bike itself might need some attention.
In addition to our tools, tube, spare folding tire, and patch kit, Felkerino and I both carry our own suite of just-in-case stuff. It’s not a lot, but it gives us that little bit of extra security during brevets.
We carry helmet covers in case of rain. For rides longer than a 200K, we stash our Gore-Tex jackets in the Carradice.
I carry a tiny flashlight or knog-type light to read the cue sheet.
During a 1000K, my mouthpiece got stuck on my sleeve and then dislodged itself from the Camelbak, flying off into the ditch… as it was getting dark. Felkerino happened to have an extra mouthpiece, and since that day, I’ve carried one too.
Because I have problems with my toes (a sad, but true, story) I often take a nail clippers.
Felkerino carries an extra SPD cleat screw. I actually had to use it once when mine fell out on the first day of a 600K.
Since we both use cue sheet holders made out of binder clips, I like to keep an extra one on hand. These can be loaned out in a pinch or can also be used in the event that one of our clips breaks.
I stow a spare pony tail holder. Felkerino does not.
You’ll almost always find lip balm in my back pocket. There’s no time for chapped lips on bike rides.
We take a small container of Chamois Butt’r for the road. Why? I think you know.
Everybody has their own brevet necessities. These are some of ours.
How about you? What quirky essentials are on your brevet packing list?