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Riding Gear

Problem: I missed a ride today (7 Towns and 7 Valleys) because I left my helmet home. Drove to 5th District Elementary School from the Towson area, signed the attendance sheet and took a cue sheet only to discover minutes later that my helmet was missing.

Reaction: After yelling a few expletives, I drove home and did my own ride (52 miles, 8 less than my planned BBC 7&7).

Lesson: Take care when packing your gear. A checklist might be a good idea.   

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Shoes are also easy to leave home, and in the parking lot after the ride (which is where I have seen a lot of abandoned shoes).
Riding to a ride start means never leaving a helmet or shoes at home.

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Steve, I know you cycle to a lot of your rides. You're right, it's virtually impossible to forget the basics doing that. However, I managed. A couple years ago, in Ocean City, NJ, I left my helmet on the porch of our motel, then took off, oblivious to that mistake until I was well into it.   

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Mark- Yep, that's a bummer. About ten years ago, I dedicated a gym bag to hold all my personal riding gear (shoes, helmet, mirror, arm warmers, sunscreen, gloves, energy bars, etc.) to solve the problem of showing up for a ride without something. I throw the bag in the car, suit up at the ride start, then put everything back in the bag after the ride. Of course, if you forget to bring the bag with you... Tom V.

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I brought the bag, just not the helmet. It happens.

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If you have the time it's always a good idea to put all your stuff in the car the night before, that way you're have hours to think if you have forgotten anything, as oppose to minutes as you're trying to get out the door.
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Jim, that could work unless you live in an area with a high rate of car theft and related crime. I'd love to save time by loading my bike in the car the night before. But I wouldn't do that unless I planned to buy a new bike. Not around here, anyway.   

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Okay, bad idea depending on where you live. Do the bag trick and put everything by the door you're gonna go out.

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Agree with Steve, I rarely forget anything significant when I ride from home and we've all arrived at a ride without helmet, gloves (this year for me), socks, shoes, etc.  I know some folks have a duffle bag in their car with stuff/extras/backup/"one-of-each" and I've been able to borrow from them before.  I also know that some people take their bike to work in the backseat so they can go straight to the ride.

My only warning (and I have no empirical technical knowledge) is that just like you shouldn't leave your golf clubs in your car because it dries out the grips and the glues holding the head in the shaft and grips, I have always felt that it was a really bad idea to leave your bike in the car, in the sun, all day at work.  The same would be true of the duffle bag with a helmet specifically but many of the other items you'd have in the bag.

The dry air and high temperatures "COULD" damage the tube bonding on a bike, could compromise the elasticity of the helmet materials reducing their effectiveness and many other issues including tires and blown tubes if you don't deflate.  When I used to work at an office, I took my bike in during the day and put it in the warehouse or hid it out of the way.

~too much of anything is just enough for me. Pete Townshend

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Having forgotten almost everything to do a ride (including a bike), I have a "back-up" bag filled with a full kit to ride (older but usable clothes). That includes helmet, shoes, pedals for the shoes (I borrowed one of Mark Tabb's bikes and swapped the pedals out), summer and winter tops and bottoms, base layer, socks, and shoes.The bag has tools, lube and paper towels. I also bring a spare floor pump. Of course, since I started carrying this bag, I have never had to use anything in it from the time I put it together 3-4 years ago.
I used to put my bike in my car the night before a ride. But after having my bike (and Jen Schlesinger's bike) stolen from my car (did I lock it or not?) in my very nice neighborhood, I do not pack my bike the night before.

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