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The 'take to tri' list

OK, I know its been done before but i can't find anything on hear more than a few days old.

Here's what i'll be taking to my first tri (you know, the one i'm doing tomorrow, had you heard?)


Goggles - one pair, darkened lenses - because they look cooler.

Swim Cap

Tri-suit - Black, tight and unflattering (hoping the goggles and swim cap will make me almost unrecognisable)


My bike - Now affectionately known as K.I.T.T. - its old and the turbo boost is now more like a fart.

Tri-bike shoes



Race belt

Face and Floor Towel


Elastic bands

Tube and CO2 in saddle bag


Running shoes

Sun visor (yeah, right)

Toilet roll

Black magic marker

That's all i got for now. Is that it? Can you add your suggestions please?




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    Jack HughesJack Hughes Posts: 1,262
    You've missed food and drink

    Even for a sprint!

    Bottle of water or something on the bike.

    Bananas, Carb. bar (for before/after).

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    Jack HughesJack Hughes Posts: 1,262
    Champagne for afterwards!
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    clarkey30clarkey30 Posts: 270
    Drinks, gels and clean clothes?

    Is the towel unique? i like to stick a bright towel down that will stand out so i can find my way! And go to wilkinsons and get a crate/box to keep everything in.
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    jacjac Posts: 452
    Track pump?

    Race number, instructions etc..
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    clarkey30clarkey30 Posts: 270
    Damn it youve got quicker fingers than me Jack!

    donnt forget your quick legs too!
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    Jelly legsJelly legs Posts: 278
    Spare googles for swim part. (The elastic might snap before you start)

    Some basic tools for minor repairs to bike before race.( JUST IN CASE)

    Spare innertube ( on top of the spare you have in your bike pouch).

    I take two of everything( except bike), just in case i would hate to be sent away because my try suit ripped as i bent down.
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    julesojuleso Posts: 279
    I'd take some sun lotion; the weathermen got it wrong for today (er, where's the rain? Not that I'm complaining) so it might be sunny tomorrow as well and you don't want to get your bonce burnt if you plan to hang about and watch others compete...
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    Jack HughesJack Hughes Posts: 1,262
    Change of clothing for afterwards

    Toilet paper - as it will have all gone by the time you get there!


    AA membership card in case the bike breaks down [;)]

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    jibby26jibby26 Posts: 261
    I also have tyre levers and allen keys, the spare quick links for my chain and some glueless puncture repair patches in case you pinch flat your new tube in my saddle bag.
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    nivaghnivagh Posts: 595

    Vaseline for the heel cups of your trainers and cycle shoes, bodyglide for more intimate lubrication :-)

    BTF license / photo ID
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    aoneill69aoneill69 Posts: 206
    co2 versus bike pump?....what do most people take?
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    sfullersfuller Posts: 628
    A big box to keep it all in.
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    iangriffiangriff Posts: 48
    All the best for tomorrow gary look forward to hearing your post race report.

    Still got a week to go before my event..[:)]
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    julesojuleso Posts: 279
    Yes, best of luck for tomorrow! Something tells me you won't be on the beer tonight...
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    MrSquishyMrSquishy Posts: 277
    garyroberts wrote:

    Black magic marker

    Que? If it's for marking your arm/leg they should do that for you prior to the stat.

    Also, safety pins in case you need to pin an extra number to your belt. Couple of the races I've done insist you have numbers front & back.
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    If anyone is interested, I have a check list on an Excel spreadsheet which I can send to people. PM me with your email address, if you want it..........

    Its not exhaustive but I use it and have found it pretty handy.
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    JulesJules Posts: 987
    What did you forget then Gary?!
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    garyrobertsgaryroberts Posts: 869
    Nothing! I had everything a little more!


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    nivaghnivagh Posts: 595

    MrSquishy: I take a permanent marker to write my bike rack row number on the back of my hand.

    aoneill69: neither. I do sprints; if I puncture it's game over so have never bothered with a kit. If I were to carry anything, CO2 for sure. It's what I have on training rides.

    Since I have recently bought some new wheels, I have one luxury item to add to the kit list: spare front wheel for windy conditions.
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