What to Pack for the Ride
Here are a couple vital items that may not seem obvious at first, but...
You must wear a hard bike helmet at all times on the ride when you are pedaling.
No helmet/no ride/no exceptions.
Bring TWO water bottles with you or you will dehydrate and die. Have a nice day! If you prefer to carry a Cambelback or similar hydration pack instead that’s fine, but NO ONE should be out with just one water bottle.
EVERYONE should have these items with them on the bike at all times while pedaling:
• A cell phone
• A small tire patch kit
• Inner tubes that fit your bike For this five-day trip I would pack at least five inner tubes in your luggage! You should have TWO inner tubes with you on the bike at all times. If you are riding an unusual wheel (650cc, recumbent, sew-up) you should REALLY stock up -- we won’t be anywhere near a shop that will have that stuff. Yeah, if the flat-tire gods are with you, you won’t use a single extra tube on the entire trip and that’s great -- you can stash them away for next time. And IF you are riding that unusual size wheel, you should have an extra TIRE in your suitcase too -- we will NOT be able to find a replacement if a tire goes bad.
• A small tire pump or CO2 inflator. (If you're using CO2 pack the cartidges in the luggage that we will drive to the ride for you. The airlines may not let you bring them on board in checked or carry-on luggage).
Even if you don’t know how to use this gear you should still be carrying it. If you get a flat (and ALL bicycles get flats...) you can be back on the road in 10 minutes if you are carrying this stuff. It can be an hour or longer (MUCH longer) if you aren’t carrying the right gear.
If you are headed off on your own you may want to bring one. When you’re traveling with the group we’ll have someone to watch your bike whenever we dine or drink, so you won’t need to lock-up then.
There will be a couple opportunities to go on modest night-time rides. If you are coming on a night ride (or even think you MIGHT go) you MUST have some lights on your bike. At the MINIMUM that means a blinking red light in the rear and a blinking white light up front.
GPS for Your Bike
Fun but not required. We will have digital files available for your Garmin and your smartphone.
You may not want to put your life in the hands of the hotel’s wake up service.
Dress is always casual on this trip, but you're not going to want to wear your bike clothes ALL the time.
Even though we’re in sunny Florida, it CAN rain, and we coud run into a cool evening. ‘nuff said.
If you ride bike shoes with cleats that’s cool, but you’re going to want to wear something else for walking around.