Wednesday, I was driving down the road, heading for a Mt bike ride with friends that was about an hour away from my house. I had to do an errand on the way out & just as I had finished and before I got on the interstate I decided to check the roof rack (I was a little rushed as I put it on and it never hurts to check). It was on solid, but that check made me do my other essential parts check – Helmet, Gloves, shoes…CRAP!!! ….. Shoes?! I gotta go back.
Luckily, instead of finding out 3 miles from the trails, I was about 3 miles from my house. 10 minutes later and I was back on the road, all my gear that I needed and once again, headed out for my ride.
Many times I have saved my rear or a friends by asking those same simple things: Helmet, shoes, gloves, Front wheel? And if it is not 1 of those things, it will cause them to think through everything and possibly remember something else that they have forgotten.
Check lists are such a good thing! I can’t remember how many times that has saved my butt, but I can remember the 3-4 times that I did forget my shoes and once a helmet for a ride, it sucks! This quick checklist is much better!
Some of the things that are on my checklist
4) Front wheel
If you are traveling by air to a cycling destination – ALWAYS put your cycling shoes and pedals into your carry-on bag! If you loose any part of your cycling equipment – the shoes are the hardest to borrow and the most expensive to replace!