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Re: Audax Packing List
« Reply #75 on: January 05, 2016, 04:23:31 pm »
I think I would just say that the weather must washed the oil off and would they like a squirt of yours to stop the crunching.

That's probably less convincing on a glorious summer day, but yes...

Sun dried it out/wind blew it off?
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Re: Audax Packing List
« Reply #76 on: January 05, 2016, 05:26:21 pm »
My carry list seems pretty minimal compared to this. On a summer 200-300km audax with no bad weather expected I go very light, really no more than if I was on a club ride.

Small saddle bag = 2x tubes, some instant patches, multi-tool with chain tool, tyre boot, a few chain links, speed chain link, a few zip ties.
Pockets and/or small top bar bag = a couple of 9 bars, Vitamin I, a light luggage lock, gilet if it might start or end cool.
On the bike = pump, lights if required.

Anything else to eat I'll get on the way round unless I'm planning a quick solo lunch stop when I'll stick a few jam sandwiches or malt loaf in a pocket.

On a winter 200 I tend to take more food (often malt loaf and some chocolate) and a change of shirt, socks and gloves if it's wet. Waterproof shorts if it's very wet. Usually 3x or 4x tubes. A bulkier lock as more likely to be indoors away from bike. Emergency spare front and rear light. I use a Carradice Audax Super C on my winter bike and a top bar bag for easy access to rations. Lights and pump are on the bike anyway.

Useful to see what others take, I've gained a few tips from this thread!

Phil W

Re: Audax Packing List
« Reply #77 on: January 05, 2016, 05:31:20 pm »
My, the hamsters in your wheel are sound of voice today, I think they're demanding a drink.

Re: Audax Packing List
« Reply #78 on: January 05, 2016, 08:35:02 pm »
I bought lube as I was riding through floods and the chain sounded, erm, like a hungover Smith.
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Re: Audax Packing List
« Reply #79 on: January 05, 2016, 08:38:44 pm »
Another way to look at it might be like packing for a holiday: sort everything out, then remove half the items and take twice as much money. You'll still wish you had that specialised item at some point and take things you never use.

I'm not sure how applicable that is to audax.  Or cycle touring for that matter.
I'm not sure either, I was just suggesting another approach!

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I suppose you can weight things according to scarcity:  So food is - obscure dietary requirements permitting - relatively easy to come by and readily substituted with money.  Screwdrivers, spanners, duct tape, bolts and so on are a little harder, but you'd likely be able to buy, beg, borrow or steal them in most towns.  Bike-specific stuff is the tricky one, as you're pretty much limited to bike shops, and even they can't be relied on if you're on opposite ends of the road:mountain spectrum, for example.

By that logic, you'd buy food on the way, leave the spanner behind, and keep the lockring tool.  Makes sense to me, even if it flies in the face of the 'most likely to be used' principle I tend to follow.
Or to continue the foreign holidays, are you the sort of person who takes a jar of Marmite on a fortnight in Spain?  :D
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Kim

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Re: Audax Packing List
« Reply #80 on: January 05, 2016, 08:54:48 pm »
Or to continue the foreign holidays, are you the sort of person who takes a jar of Marmite on a fortnight in Spain?  :D

I'm fairly sure that could count as an act of war...
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Re: Audax Packing List
« Reply #81 on: January 05, 2016, 10:11:22 pm »
I always carry one of these http://www.3654bikes.co.uk/kinesis-racelight-4s-rear-mech-hanger.html used twice in 12 years. Both times after a fall and saved the day. Weighs 5g and fitted with a 5mm hex wrench.

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Add to this a spare rear derailleur after today's experience  :facepalm:
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