Brevet packing list – a work in progress

As part of my preparation to ride my first populaire tomorrow, I’ve put together a packing list to make sure I don’t arrive at the end of my two hour drive to Princeton, NJ and realize I forgot my bike (or worse, my legs).

As part of my unending service to you, my dear readers, I am posting my preliminary Cat Six Brevet Packing List here for the world to see. I will be revising this as experience and conditions warrant.

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Cat Six’s Brevet Packing List v1.0 (19 April 2013)

Cycling Clothing

  • Socks
  • Base layer
  • Jersey
  • Shorts
  • Arm warmers (as weather dictates)
  • Gloves
  • Cycling shoes
  • Rain gear / additional cold weather gear (as weather dictates)
  • Heart rate monitor and strap
  • Sunglasses

After-ride Clothing

  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Pants (never forget your pants!)
  • Shirt
  • Baseball hat (for covering up helmet hair)

Safety Gear

  • Helmet
  • RoadID
  • Reflective vest (required for brevets)
  • Reflective ankle bands
  • Headlight
  • Headlight battery pack (fully charged)
  • Tail light
  • Extra batteries
  • Basic first aid stuff (band aids, disinfectant, etc…)

Bike and Tools

  • Bike
  • Floor pump (for pre-ride inflation – keep in car)
  • Frame pump
  • 2 x spare tubes
  • Patch kit
  • Tire boot (in a pinch, dollar bills will do the trick)
  • Tire levers
  • CO2 dispenser
  • CO2 cartridges
  • Bike multitool
  • Rags
  • Chain lube


  • Allen Lim’s rice cakes
  • Snacks / Hammer gels
  • 2 x water bottles
  • Camelbak (for longer rides – probably not necessary on shorter brevets and populaires)
  • Ziplock bags for trash
  • Breakfast before leaving house

Toiletries / Personal

  • Wallet (with driver’s license, health card, and credit cards)
  • Umbrella
  • Cash
  • Cell phone (fully charged)
  • Deodorant
  • Beach towel (for privacy when changing clothes if necessary)
  • Sunscreen
  • Chamois cream
  • Immodium (lifesaver!)
  • Aspirin


  • Printed cue sheet with names and numbers of event contacts
  • Route file loaded into GPS
  • Garmin GPS
  • GPS charger
  • Clean and lube chain
  • Program address of starting point into car GPS

There you have it! As of right now (19 April 2013) this list is untested — I’m sure I will have updates to make once I have some real-world experience under my belt. I’d love to hear what you guys pack for your long rides and what changes you would make to the above.

2 thoughts on “Brevet packing list – a work in progress

  1. Hey, Paul, thanks for stopping by! I just posted the ride report today. It was a great ride through some really nice scenery — all in all, a great start to my rando career!

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