Bike Storage Solutions For Racing | Neil’s BC Bike Race Setup

Bike Storage Solutions For Racing | Neil’s BC Bike Race Setup

– I’m here in Vancouver. I’ve just taken part in one
day of the BC Bike Race. I’ll talk you through
what tools I took with me on that day and how I carried my gear. (upbeat music) I’ve rode day five, that was the Queen stage, the
biggest stage of the race. It was 58 kilometres,
1600 metres of elevation. It took me four hours, it took the top riders, Geoff Kabush did it in
two hours 50 I think. But there were riders
still rolling in after sort of eight hours, so a big day out. There’s actually two aid
stations on this stage so somewhere to fuel up, get some more water, some electrolyte juice, some bars, some fruit, so you don’t have to be
completely self-sufficient but I did carry two water bottles with me. So these are the smaller bottles, the 620ml 21oz bottles, and I had electrolyte in both of those just so that I knew, straight water for me
probably wouldn’t be enough, it was pretty humid so I
was definitely sweating. Lucky with a Canyon Lux you
can fit two water bottles, I know not all bikes can do that. Most cross country bikes can. I use the Topeak bottle cages
which are nice and compact, see how close it is actually
to hitting the down tube on this bike. Topeak actually do sell
like an adaptor that means you can move your bottle cage up and down to get it into your frame but nicely these two just fit in there. As far as food goes, I took plenty of bars and gels with me, probably three of each actually. But you probably could
make it on that race just by picking up stuff
at the aid stations. But I’d rather be over-prepared, get a big breakfast inside me and actually stick these in my pockets. I rode in baggies, so baggy shorts, baggy jersey so easy to just
stuff them in my pockets. There are a lot of riders at BC Bike Race riding in lycra so of course
you’ve got the back pockets or even gel, people sticking
them on their shorts. On a race like the BC Bike Race you need to have that food
somewhere easily accessible, so in your pockets is probably best. Of course if you’re not racing, stick it anywhere, you can just stop and get out. As far as tools and spares on the bike, I took the bare minimum
really for a big day out, so a multi-tool with a chain tool, a pump, a spare tube, a mech hanger and a powerlink. Now I’ll show you where
I kept all those things. So I’m running the Topeak
Ninja SK bottle cages, super handy, they’ve got different options for what you can mount
to the bottom of them. Basically on this one I’ve
got that multi-tool stuck under there so, super easy, got everything you need on
there including a chain tool. (gentle music) You can swap these out as well, so if you just press the
button the tool comes off and you’ve got different
things to mount on there. What you will see is I’ve
got my tube mounted up here with one of those sort
of all mounting straps because I couldn’t fit both
tool and my tube down here. But there is an option, that velcro strap, if you’ve got a bike it’ll fit, a tool and a tube, you can do that if you like. You know somewhere else
to stash your tools? Well, in my bar end plug
I’ve got tubeless tyre plug that fortunately I didn’t need. Other options, Topeak again
got some more ninja tools, that’s the Ninja C, that is a chain tool plus allen keys, obviously I didn’t need that
because I’ve got a chain tool on my multi-tool down there. I carried a spare tube and
a pump because of course punctures are the most common mechanical, I saw quite a few out there on the day. I chose quite a small pump, that’s the Topeak Race Rocket MT so, mini pump, it’s one of those things, the bigger you go the
more volume they’ve got so great for tubeless tyres, but obviously they’re just bigger, weigh a little bit more. So that was a great compromise. It’s mounted underneath
my bottle cage as well so nice and neat. I’ve also got a valve tool
just on the bottom of that pump in case you need it. I actually only chose to
take one spare tube with me which is a bit of a risk actually, because it was rough, was gnarly, I actually decided just to
go up in my tyre pressures and just carry one tube
to try and get away from any punctures so I ran
sort of 26PSI in the front, 28 in the rear which was quite hard, I actually did a bike
check will be coming up on GMBN Tech with Geoff Kabush, I think he said he was
down to 20-ish on his tyres so much lower than I was going and obviously worked for him. So there’s a good example, if you see the different sizes, that one is a bit chunkier
but obviously that’s gonna give you pressure much
faster if you need it, that’s the Topeak
Mountain TTG, twin turbo. Even got a pressure gauge on there. Tucked underneath that strap as well I’ve got a spare mech
hanger because to me, a day like that, it’s essential. I did see somebody snap their mech hanger halfway through the the 50 kilometre stage and then you’re pretty much screwed, there’s a lot of pushing, a lot of free wheeling to go. So that’s the way I did it, mounted virtually everything to my bike. Of course there are other options, if you’ve got longer
days out you could start thinking about having
a saddle bag on there, they’re compatible with
droppable posts as well. So with a saddle bag I
could have got rid of that multi-tool, used the bigger one, so this is the Alien 3
with 32 functions on there. Stick that in your saddle bag could then put your tube
down there if you wanted, and carry another tube in your saddle bag so fully prepared. So that’s all the various
gear that I used at the BC Bike Race and how I
carried it on my bike. If you want to see the
original video to see just how far cross
country bikes have come, click over there for that one. Give us thumbs up and hit
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54 thoughts on “Bike Storage Solutions For Racing | Neil’s BC Bike Race Setup

  1. I use the comon camelback for water, pump air, a spare tube, multi tool set, and fruit storage for my morning or afternoon rides. No bother at all.

  2. I bought my Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 2017 specifically for the SWAT. It means that I can fit pump, spare inner tube, tire lever, multi tool, first aid, asthma inhaler and some candy bars inside the frame which is all I need for casual rides. So nice not having stuffed pockets.

  3. I mainly ride uplifted places since I got my dh-rig – enjoy these tips on stashing stuff on the bike, since I've been enjoying no having a backpack/hipbag

  4. A like yuor bike the canyóm is ryalment especially of acomodr thes erramients guy NILS yeeaaa the more ergonomic posibl into bike yeeeaaaa Cya of the Santig of Chile 🇨🇱 nice day saluds tods the guy's of the canal GMBN sig sey yeeeaaa in yuor program. ♥️🚴🚵🚲📹🍀🚲🚵🚴💯💯♥️

  5. Pay $500 extra to make the bike 200g lighter. Carry the same amount of snacks with you "just in case".
    Pay $2000 extra for a 1.5kg lighter road bike. Carry a 1.5kg lock to secure it.

  6. Similar to my back country loadout. I strive to carry little on body and get dense items like water as low as possible (definitely not on my back).

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  8. I have two water bottle holders. One for drinks and the other i use to carry most of my tools, in an empty water bottle. Works fine on long rides.

  9. I want to do this for everyday riding but I don’t think my bike will take two bottles and one ain’t enough

  10. Can anyone explain to me why 2 spare inner tubes (why only 1 is "a risk")? Got a new bike and they gave me also 2 tubes. But I drive my car with 1 spare tire, not 4. So why then 2 tubes?

  11. Lol, on keto I don't have to eat, I won't get lactic acid build up and I'll simply… Beat you. Lol. Do keto!

  12. Callback for water with a small pouch with basic individual first aid kit. Storage in downtube bottle carrier for spare tube, c02 and tool.

    Also when is GMBN touring Australia

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