"Be prepared" -Scar

This is a lengthy list of items (it includes equipment you may want on a longer tour. Use it as a future reference). If you're not sure about an item ask us or someone who has done the ride. They can help you shop. Buying online is cheaper than going to a local shop, but a salesperson can really help you make a good selection. Shopping at your local bike shop, leaving, and then going home to buy online is a big no-no.

Required Items

Cycling Equipment

  • Bicycle (don't leave it behind! Stranger things have happened)
  • Helmet (save your brains)
  • Sunglasses (protect your eyes from the sun, debris, bugs, wind)
  • 2 or 3 water bottles and cages (stay hydrated on the bike. All heat illnesses are preventable. Yes, even in October)


  • Rain jacket (Bring it. Weather is unpredictable)
  • Warm clothes! (VERY important)
    • Hoodies, gloves, long pants, under armor, ear warmers, hats, etc…

Personal Items

  • Cell phone / charger 
  • Identification
  • Insurance card
  • Money (for lunch, souvenirs, incidentals)
  • Any toiletry you can’t live without (toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.)
  • Medications

"It's a good idea" Items

Clothing (or not, we’ll all smell within 10 minutes anyways...right?)

  • Underwear (is that a thing?)
  • 2 t-shirts (for post-ride)
  • Women: sports bras, non-sport
  • 2 pairs socks 
  • 2 pairs shorts 
  • 1 pair of pants (jeans, etc.) 
  • 1 pair sneakers 
  • Sandals or flip-flops (we’ll be showering in locker rooms) 
  • 1 set long underwear 
  • Hat or cap 
  • Sweater/Sweatshirt Pajamas or sleepwear 

Cycling Clothing

  • 2 pairs cycling shorts (make your butt a bit more comfortable for 130 miles)
  • 2 cycling jerseys
  • Cycling shoes 
  • Base layer (e.g. Under Armor)
  • Cycling gloves
  • Arm warmers
  • Leg warmers or cycling tights
  • 2 pairs cycling socks

Personal Items

  • Sunscreen (Yes, it's possible to burn in October)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • MP3 player / iPod (does anyone have these anymore?)
  • Book or journal (Kindle anyone?)
  • Camera / cable/ charger (Photo scavenger hunt!!)
  • Saddle (chamois) cream / Gold Bond powder 
  • Watch / alarm clock
  • USB flash drive
  • Laptop / charger
  • Chapstick
  • Food to snack on (Cliff bars, etc., but the SAG will have food in it) 

Cycling Equipment

  • Frame pump or this one
  • 2 tire levers
  • Spare tube
  • Multi-function bike tool
  • Bike lock (Theft is rare is rural Indiana, and you'll be able to store your bikes inside in Danville. Combination locks are more convenient than key locks)
  • Hydration pack (Camelbak, Osprey)
  • Bag to carry cell phone, extra tube, etc. if you don't have jersey pockets (Drawstring bags work great)
  • Cycling computer (odometer will help with cue sheets, but the road will be marked)
  • Handlebar bag or saddle bag
  • Ergonomic saddle


  • Sleeping bag
  • Compression sacks (save space in your luggage)
  • Air mattress or sleeping pad (We’ll be sleeping on the gym floor)
  • Pillow
  • Flashlight or headlamp (makes it easy to see in a dark gym when everyone is sleeping)
  • Zip Lock bags (To put your cell phone and camera inside in case it rains)
  • A fun game (e.g. cards, Catch Phrase)

"I'm not getting in the van!" Items


  • Spork knife
  • Pocket knife / Swiss Army Knife
  • Duct tape (so many uses)
  • Electrical tape 
  • Lighter (burn stuff)
  • Emergency blanket
  • Zip ties
  • Paper clips
  • Gorilla glue
  • Leatherman
  • Pepper spray
  • Bandana
  • Water filter / iodine tablets
  • Electrolyte tablets
  • 4000 spare calories
  • Wet Ones
  • Orajel

Cycling Equipment

  • Red tail light 
  • Rearview mirror 
  • Front headlight
  • Spare derailleur hanger
  • Spare gear cable
  • KMC Missing Links
  • Tire boots
  • Patch kit
  • Biofreeze
  • KT Tape
  • Latex gloves
  • Fiberfix emergency spoke

What we have available:

  • Our sponsor Hodson's Bay Company provides us with a SAG bag:
    • Spare inner tube
    • Spare cables
    • Chain lube
  • First aid kits
  • Snacks
  • Gatorade powder (prevent hyponatremia)
  • Water
  • Tools
  • Floor pump