Triathlon Travel Checklist: Items That Save Me Huge Headaches

Triathlon Travel Checklist: Items That Save Me Huge Headaches


(door slamming) – Morning trainiacs, morning trainiacs. I gotta get going for a nice little ride. A hilly ride. The Gibraltar ride, if you know what that
means in Santa Barbara. It’s a nice one. (zipper buzzing) Now, over the last two years, there are a lot of little
hacks that I’ve found to make travel easier. What bike bag do you end up getting? What bike do you actually end up getting? What are the accessories that you get? How do you pack things? This isn’t gonna be just a checklist of a bunch of things that you need to buy. These are gonna be sort
of the optimal things that I’ve figured out that have actually made traveling quite pleasant. Very much less hassle
than it was two years ago when I first started. So after I get myself
together, go for the ride, we will come back and we’ll
go through the favorite things that I’ve incorporated to
make travel a lot easier. And my bike guy’s coming later today, and he’s got a very special
travel hack with him. (light upbeat music) (groaning) (laughing) Wow, I get what y’all are saying when you comment on Strava,
about how I’m so fast at such low average power
with rides back in Winnipeg. No hills there, lots of hills here. Three hours, 15 minutes. I don’t even think that I cracked 60 kilometers, like 36 miles. Wow, travel is great! Some tips! (footsteps tapping) (door slamming) Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa! New fancy camera almost dying on me. Okay, so, here’s what’s
gonna be the biggest thing that is going to stress you out, whether you are traveling to a race, or you’re traveling just to come here. It’s gonna be getting your bike there. If you’re new to traveling with a bike, it can be intimidating. Now, the one thing that I would recommend that I’ve gone to is go to a
Scicon bag or a Scicon bag, that’s actually the proper
pronunciation for it. That’s the bag that has a soft-sided case that allows you to keep
your handle bars on. And that’s key! When you start taking
apart everything here, and you start taking
apart everything here. That’s where it gets really difficult to start traveling. Because then you’ve gotta
be a little bit more savvy with bike maintenance, which not a lot of tri-athletes are,
especially if you’re new to it. But with the Scicon
bag, all you have to do is take off the wheels, you can even leave the peddles on. The seat stays on, the front stays on, and you are able to travel
really, really quickly. You can pack a bag in about 15 minutes. Now the downside to this,
that you need to be aware of, is Scicon bags are known
for breaking bikes. I knew that going in. But taking apart a bike and
putting it back together over, and over, and over, no
matter what your background in bike maintenance is, is
going to be hard on the bike. So it was actually recommended to me by the Ventom bike mechanic. He said, “You know what? “Get a Scicon bag and if you can, “travel with a spare set of handlebars.” Or what some people have suggested is take a two-by-four that
is just slightly longer than the width of the bars, and zip-tie it in so that
it can’t get crushed. So, a Scicon bag is going to alleviate. (sighing) Like 90% of the difficulties
of traveling with a bike. Okay, so what about all
the gear, all the gadgets, all the things that you need
to actually do the race, or to take the bike apart. How do you make sure that
you don’t forget anything? Well, here’s a trick that I would use. First, get yourself a dry bag. There will be an affiliate link in the description below
to the dry bag that I like. Why I like a dry bag is because all of your transition bags that they’re gonna give you will leak. If it’s raining, if anyone squirts water or Gatorade in your transition area, all your stuff is going to get really wet. So after the race, if you
want to put on dry clothes, there’s a lot of stuff
that’s gonna be wet. With this dry bag, you can
put all your stuff in there, put that in the transition bag, and then everything’s fresh as a daisy. Now, here’s the trick. As you are taking apart your bike, as you are preparing
in the week leading up to actually leaving for travel, do some simulations of what you need to actually execute the race. Or go through actually
taking apart your bike. And everything that you use, put off on one table off to the side. So, whether it’s a certain Allen key, or a certain torque wrench, or a certain specialized proprietary thing to take apart the bike. Or there’s a certain heart rate monitor that you know you want to have, or a certain pouch for flat repair, or a pump for in the back of your jersey. Any of these things that you need, put off to the side on its own table, then when you’re actually packing up for the race or the travel,
you take out your dry bag, put everything in there. This means shoes, this means
helmet, this means sunglasses. This means Allen keys,
this means everything. So that is how you make sure
you don’t forget anything. Because I could give you a checklist that is like 50 items long, and it’s still not personalized to you. That trick is how you
get your setup dialed in. Next. Now, the next thing you need to know is do you need to bring a pump? Typically, I have actually
avoided bringing a pump to races, because I always thought, well, you know, I’ll just go and get a pump
from somebody else at the race. But the reason that I
actually didn’t bring a pump is because pumps are really
cumbersome in the bag. This pump, however, allows
me to pack a bag really flat, because it doesn’t have two feet. It still has everything
you’d want in a pump. It has the gauge down there to see what you’re pumping it up to. It has full max power. It even screws the nozzle
up here into the pump so you don’t have the
hose just dangling around. And this here is a specialized
pump that I had to look far and wide before I decided to do this. And this is the Lezyne, I
believe, CNC travel floor pump. I’ll actually put a link in the description below
to where to find this, ’cause it’s not super easy to find this. That will be an affiliate link, so, if you end up buying
through that link, it does help the channel out. We get a couple of cents from it. But this pump, by far, the
biggest good investment I’ve made to make travel a little bit easier. Now, this isn’t necessarily for racing, but let’s say that you
are a frequent traveler, and you want to know
where the good riding is. Well, this was just sent out to me. This is the Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM. So, this is much, much bigger
than the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT. And this has been specifically designed for frequent travelers, for
people that are going off road. Why this is really nice is
because you can load up maps, and it has a color screen that those maps end up appearing in real, real clarity. I rode with it today, and basically I just followed the maps. So, find a route with
whatever GPX file you want, and it’s way better than any
of the other bike computers that I’ve used, as far
as guiding you around, turn-by-turn navigation. If you get off course,
it’ll give you alerts. If you end up getting lost, and you’re actually off the route, you can just press a button on here that says, “Take me back to the start,” and you can get your way home. So, for frequent travelers that are going into areas that they don’t really know, and you want to make sure that you’re able to bike around on routes
as if you’re a local, and as comfortably as a local, I would recommend the Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM. I like it. Now, if you’re looking for
another advanced travel hack, what you end up actually
putting on your bike here, this setup, this Group O setup, this is the SRAM AXS eTap. Now why I like this, and I switch from the Shimano Ultegra Di2
to this electronic shifter, is because this here is wireless, and all of the wires that
I was using in the Di2 were constantly coming unclipped. It was like half the time that I travel, I’d have to go back into the bike shop because the front derailleur, or the rear derailleur had come undone. And it’s not always super easy to get up into all of
the junction box up here, or into all of the shifters. Basically, getting all of that connected all the time was really hard. Now, with this, it’s all wireless. So, way easier to travel with. There are quite a lot fewer issues that I find with this
getting disconnected. So if you really want to step it up, and get a heck of a nice
Groupset, SRAM red AXS eTap. Now, Trainiacs, my buddy,
James from the bike shop. You remember James from the
bike shop, from Alter Ego, he’s actually coming here tonight to ride for like eight days. He has a very special travel bike tip. (engine roaring) – Hey, buddy. – You got a traveling bike in there? – That’s the bike. – That’s it? – That’s the bike. – I like it. – It’s crazy, hey? Let’s go! – It’s tight! All right, explain what
you’re holding here. – This is a front end
of a Ritchey Breakaway, this is the back end
of a Ritchey Breakaway. The seats go together. The seat locks it in place. And then this little coupler at the bottom holds the bottom together. (dog barking)
– How does it ride? – It rides awesome! – Like a normal road bike? – Like a normal road bike. Might be a little heavier than some of the super bikes we ride, but it’s pretty awesome. – And it travels in that thing. – Just a bit bigger than
the wheels themselves. (laughing) – How much does one of these cost? – I think suggested retail on the frame is about $2,500 US, $4,200 Canadian. – It’s not the worst for
being able to travel easily. Do you have to pay extra? – No.
– For it on the plane? – No extra baggage fees. – That is big.
– That pays for itself. You travel like 10 times? You travel, depending on
if you’re flying United, you travel four times. – Yep.
– Okay. All right, that’s it,
those are our travel tips. All the way from mandatory
to super fancy travel tips. Later Trainiacs, subscribe below.