3 Survival Tips for Rookie Randonneurs

Mechanical Knowledge

In the same breath, with no SAG vehicles to assist you, it's often up to you to fix any repairs your bike may need. While other riders are typically happy to help cyclists in need, going into a brevet without knowledge of how to fix common bike breakdowns isn't smart.

"Be prepared for a broken spoke, be prepared for a slash in a tire, and be prepared for multiple flats," Phillips said.

This depends on the distance you're covering, of course. Phillips has done every distance in randonneuring and packs significantly more for the longer brevets.

"In a 1,200K, I have everything but the kitchen sink," he quips.

Phillips always carries an extra shifter cable, and he obviously has knowledge to deal with flat tires and other common issues. You should too.

"I think it's kind of neat to know your machinery enough to know that if this breaks, you're going to be able to fix it," Phillips said.

More: Video: How to Change a Flat Tire

Don't Forget Your Wallet

Randonneuring allows—and even celebrates—purchasing items along the route. Cash might be the most important thing to pack.

Phillips said brevets he rides in typically have the checkpoints at gas stations, which is a perfect opportunity to run in and get food or drink. Randonneurs are known for dashing into a retail store like Wal Mart and buying a sweatshirt to stay comfortable. And, of course, Subway bags are a great cure for wet feet--and you get a sandwich to go with it.

"As far as buying stuff on the road, that happens all the time," Phillips said. "A lot of it is because you need to."

More: How to Prepare for an Ultra-Distance Event

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Ryan Wood

Ryan Wood is an editor for Active.com. He enjoys a good ride and loves participating in endurance events throughout the year. Follow him on Google+.
Ryan Wood is an editor for Active.com. He enjoys a good ride and loves participating in endurance events throughout the year. Follow him on Google+.

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