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what do i pack, wear, etc? mahalo.

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coops - I'm with you there. Never done and century and attempting it sunday.. i'll be reading the replies for this one.
I'll be there! We should all hang out. And then race!

I'm bringing water bottles; patch kit, tube, maybe even air; multi-tool/alan wrenches (nice if you have them); food!!! (cliff bars...3 or 4; Gu; Pb&J); clothing appropriate for the weather (I think it's supposed to be nice, but probably a jersey and/or underarmour/arm sleeves).

Anything I'm forgetting?
Everything Evan said. We had a pretty good discussion about this a while back - about what to bring on long rides. Here's the thread. For something like the north shore century, there'll be SAG support and rest stops along the way, so you don't need to carry as much food as you would on your own.

evanK said:
I'll be there! We should all hang out. And then race!

I'm bringing water bottles; patch kit, tube, maybe even air; multi-tool/alan wrenches (nice if you have them); food!!! (cliff bars...3 or 4; Gu; Pb&J); clothing appropriate for the weather (I think it's supposed to be nice, but probably a jersey and/or underarmour/arm sleeves).

Anything I'm forgetting?
at the north shore century they will have fruit etc at the reset stops... will be done around lunch timish?... at least thats my plan then I'll eat.
Ha! I mean, good for you! When i did it 9 yrs ago, i trained lots and i was 1/2 way at lunch time.

Don't drink too much of the Gatorade, it gave me a stomach ache, one for 2-3 waters i think is probably about right.

Make sure you have a place to pack any extra clothing you bring, you'll probably take off any windbreaker, etc. you wear at the start, so bring a small seat bag/handlebar bag for all your stuff.

Adam said:
at the north shore century they will have fruit etc at the reset stops... will be done around lunch timish?... at least thats my plan then I'll eat.
I'm I crazy for attempting this with no clips or clipless pedals? Damn children's feet!
Julie Hochstadter said:
I'm I crazy for attempting this with no clips or clipless pedals? Damn children's feet!

Every century I ever rode has been on platform pedals.
Julie Hochstadter said:
I'm I crazy for attempting this with no clips or clipless pedals? Damn children's feet!

Talk to Marcus at YoJimbo's garage; he runs the Track Cats program, which has kids, and I presume they use clipless pedals. Or get cages and straps.
September is the BEST month for a Chicago century! How exciting!
(I'm a regular century rider with lots of advice.)
Everything I have learned about distance riding, I've learned the hard way. Meaning lots of trial and error. Your first few centuries you're bound to make a few faulty choices.

That said, you've picked a really great century for your first. Because this is a fully supported ride, the only food I would bring would be salted nuts because they are light in weight, easy to stash in a pocket, and really satiating if you get hungry before the official rest stops. The sodium will also help you. I love almonds and pecans. Whatever would make you happy.
The only tools/parts I would bring would be a brand new tube, levers, and a hex wrench. No point in bringing an extra patched tube that 'might' work. And all the fancy other stuff the support van will have with them, even a pump.
Make sure to wear sunscreen in the usual and unusual places. I've gotten some pretty silly sun tans on the small of my back or behind my knees.

Hope this helps and have fun!
Hrm.

1) Might I suggest buying a pack of Tums. Tums have calcium. Calcium = good if you cramp (so's a pack of salty nuts... I prefer Corn Nuts because they easily spittable thereby providing endless entertainment when riding with buds."
2) Stand up every 10-15 min for 1 min. This is more important for the guys (and the ladies that like the guys or the guys that like the guys).
3) Get the worst songs stuck in your head earlier in the day. It really sucks when you're at mile 87 and you suddenly get Private Dancer or Eye of the Tiger looping in your head. Also remember that bike riding, like huddling around campfires with smores and hotdogs and booze and a bit of weed, is a great time to try acappella-punk-rock-sing-alongs. I suggest Stiff Little Finger's "Suspect Device" or Nirvana's "Molly's Lips" as a great way to start.
brilliant. as long as no one bring sean paul or flo ridah to the road i am cool. salty nuts seem to be right up there as the number one food suggestion. maybe i will contact pete schweaty.

thanks everyone for their help and thanks to leah for giving us this venue.

heres to chafing!!

Tommie said:
Hrm.

1) Might I suggest buying a pack of Tums. Tums have calcium. Calcium = good if you cramp (so's a pack of salty nuts... I prefer Corn Nuts because they easily spittable thereby providing endless entertainment when riding with buds."
2) Stand up every 10-15 min for 1 min. This is more important for the guys (and the ladies that like the guys or the guys that like the guys).
3) Get the worst songs stuck in your head earlier in the day. It really sucks when you're at mile 87 and you suddenly get Private Dancer or Eye of the Tiger looping in your head. Also remember that bike riding, like huddling around campfires with smores and hotdogs and booze and a bit of weed, is a great time to try acappella-punk-rock-sing-alongs. I suggest Stiff Little Finger's "Suspect Device" or Nirvana's "Molly's Lips" as a great way to start.
H3 brought up a good point about weight. Should I take my rack off my bike for the ride? I like to have my lock on me that I bungee to the rack. Suggestions???

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