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Almanzo 100: Packet Pickup and Last Minute Gear

almanzoheader As many of you already know, we're hosting the Pre-Race Sign-in for the Almanzo 100 this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the shop, 3342 Hennepin Avenue South in Minneapolis. Weather permitting, packet pickup will be held outside behind the shop. Riders for the Almanzo 100 & the Royal 162 must exchange a signed release form in order to receive a packet. Ride over on two wheels if you can. A limited amount of parking is available in our lot, and there's ample on-street parking in the surrounding neighborhoo There'll even be a special for Almanzo participants looking to stock up on last-minute supplies. Don't miss it! Speaking of last-minute supplies... here's a list we've put together combining Mr. Skogen's recommendations and a few of our own. See you on the Spring Valley, folks. Almanzo 100 Gear Guide from Calhoun Cycle
  1. A supportive saddle, preferably one you've spent some miles breaking-in before race day
  2. Remember, as Chris Skogen himself has said, "Anything can happen over the course of 100 miles." We might also add: On gravel. In Minnesota. In May. If you're a fan of CO2 cartridges, bring them along.
  3. At least one spare tube.
  4. Don't forget your tire levers.
  5. You'll need somewhere to put it all, especially if you're carrying more than a jersey pocket's worth of items. New for 2013, Banjo Brothers Frame Packs, available in two sizes (medium and small), are the perfect companion on a gravel ride. If you're hunting a bag that is easy to access while riding, Banjo's Top Tube Bag, Phone Pack, and Bar Top Bag are all excellent, compact ways to go as well.
  6. A solid pair of shoes.
  7. At least one of us is bringing along an extra pair of socks. ANYTHING can happen. Keep that in mind.
  8. Hydration. We carry a number of unique solutions for helping you find places for your favorite water bottles. Minoura's dual-cage mount for saddles is a favorite of Almanzo riders. Not just for Brompton owners, the Two Fish Quick Cage is another great, temporary solution for squeezing in an extra bottle.
  9. A patch kit: lighter and smaller than packing multiple spares.
  10. Your multitool of choice. If it doesn't include a chain tool, consider bringing along a separate one just in case.
  11. Tires that play well with gravel. For every Challenge Almanzo tire sold through race day, we're making a $10 donation towards keeping the Almanzo 100 free for everyone.
  12. Sunscreen. Hopefully you figured this out on your training rides.
  13. Carrying a pump — possibly even better flat protection than your tire.
  14. Calories. Try your at co-op for the good stuff.
  15. Roomier than a frame pack but still compact enough for a minimalist rider, Carradice's Zipped Roll and slightly larger Junior are both great options for the items you'll need to access when stopping along the way.
  16. Blinky lights. One red, one white. Bookman has you covered.
  17. A jersey with plenty of pockets, preferably dark in color.
p.s. If you cannot make it to Perennial Cycle on Saturday the 11th to pick up your packet, Chris has asked us to remind you that you'll be fine. You will be able to pick it up the night before the race in Spring Valley, or the morning of the race near the start/finish. p.p.s. It'll be more fun if you pick it up on Saturday, though.