After getting my bike (finally!) I've been searching for a good tool bag to carry the spares and the inflator. I thought "well, let's see what the Pros use"..Right? Well, I've looked through lots of pics of Kona and the ultraman, and tool bags, or a spare tire, or an inflator is not to be seen. None of the top people carry anything other than fluids and gels.
I assume that they must be riding glued tires, and that means they couldn't carry a spare wheel. Does this mean that if they get a flat, their race is DONE?
If they're not carrying a spare in a race, should I?
Normann Stadler's 2-flat problem in Kona 2005 - the title says LOL, I don't agree.
Then in 2008 Chrissie Wellington is back for her 2nd win. Her CO2 canister goes off & doesn't inflate the tire. So, she calls out for a CO2 canister & actually gets one from Rebecca Keat. She overcomes her loss of time to win, again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtslGL9Qat8
I carry a spare, but I'm a Cinderella agegrouper. I guess decide if you want to potentially end/DNF because you didn't carry a spare when you needed it. For irondistance events, hubby & I have put so much $ and time into training, that we'd hate to DNF because we didn't bring a tube. But for a race that isn't key in your training plan, that's up to you.
Sara Cox Landolt
my guess is the top guys/gals, are playing the odds that a busted tire won't happen to them. They also probably get outfitted fairly regularly with new tires so the replace the old ones before the race. If the tire breaks, they probably call AAA.
I just got the chance now to watch the videos. Yeah, that would totally suck to have your race ruined for lack of a spare, or CO2.
But, Man, that Chrissie is a Beast! Coming back to the front like that, and smoking past the front runners. Whew!
I ended up getting a Profile Design Dual bottle carrier, and stuffing the tool bag into one of the bottles. It seems to be a good solution, but I'm still fiddling with it.
Good choice. After seeing this thread, I stumbled upon an ad in the Feb 2010 Triathlete Magazine p. 125.
It shows Chrissie Wellington & Craig Alexander associated with XLAB aero systems.
The ad has a picture with a small storage area between the two rear bottles for gear. www.xlab-usa.com
Sounds like a similar setup to yours.
Sara Cox Landolt
I use the X-Lab behind the saddle mount. It work very well and it's minimal. If you feel you need more "stuff" to carry. Just use a old water bottle, and use it on the down tube of your bike. I'll put an extra powerbar or Gu in there as well as some $$$.
! thing i did see here at IMFL last year, a guy had got a 1" or 3/4" PVC pipe and stuffed it with his repair stuff, and zipp tied it under his top tube. If your not a big "aero" person, that might be a super inexpencive way to go.
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