CYCLIST'S GUIDE TO THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY
FOOD, DRINK AND EQUIPMENT
Food and drink !
I know that what food to take is a very individual thing, but a ride taking 8 to 10 hours is rather different, I consider, to that of 2 or 3 hours. I favour a little and often. Anyhow, I hope that what I take may be of some guidance.
This was for the 65-mile ride Winchester to Devils Dyke, 7.00am to 5.00pm, so 10 hours overall.
Bananas 2,Kellogg's Nutrigrain Raisin bake 2,dates, Organic dried apricots, handful (they are the almost black ones!),Twix bar,Ham sandwich,Jam sandwich.
5 bottles of energy drink eg Maxim, and 2 bottles of water. When:I ate half a nutrigrain about every hour.
At 11.00 (having left Winchester at 7.00), ate ham sandwich, 1/2 banana. I prefer to drink plain water when eating. At about 1.00, ham sandwich, half nutrigrain,
Snack on apricots, half banana etc. Saved Twix for boost for last half an hour! Energy drink, about 3/4 bottle every hour of riding.
I don't like 'things' eg rucksack on my back, and think any weight should be on your bike, not on your body ! So, I have a bar-bag (very useful for map, phone, glasses, apricots) and a bag on a seatpin rack for food, jacket, water bottle.
I may have been lucky but I did not have a puncture on either of my BHF 65-mile rides. I think that it is thorns which are the culprit; flints do not seem to damage unless unlucky. Anyhow, I carry 2 spare tubes. Also quick-fix patches. Plus allen keys, individual as find those all-in-one awkward.
Another essential piece of equipment would be a small spike, e.g. end of spoke, small screwdriver, as mud gets into pedal cleat preventing proper engagement; also useful for getting mud, small stones out of front mech. I needed both on last years ride as muddy as had been raining for several days prior.
From Sue D: In the food and equipment section you don't mention taking
any kind of 1st aid kit. Personally I always carry, gloves, Elastoplast tape,
Richard: I used a backpack for my equipment and Harry used rear panniers. Harry complained of bike being unbalanced and twitchy. Harry thinks handlebar panniers will be the way to go next time. I had no trouble with my backpack not even any chaffing.
Mike: Chain tool & links; gaffa tape (to repair eg tyres sidewalls etc)
Robert: Tyres: cyclocross tyres literally shredded by flints !