Yea, the little breaks every hour will help keep your mind from going numb. Early last Spring I went 2 hrs without stopping in cool but not cold air on a sunny morning. When I stopped I couldn't get my helmet off, My fingers were so stiff and numb from the cool air (was wearing medium weight gloves) that they were useless. I realized that if I had needed to make a panic stop I'm not sure I could have done it safely.
I always carry:
rain pants, my riding jacket has a rain liner
bungee cords, basic tools, fuses, and a few feet of really good duct tape rewound into a tight roll around a stick to keep it small, tire plug kit with CO2 inflator, a few zip ties. In my tank bag I carry a tiny bottle with Advil and a roll of Tums along with a small but good flashlight along with a leatherman tool. Also a 12v USB plug with phone/IPOD cable. All of this (except the rain pants) makes a very small package.
A smart thing to carry may be a spare pair of heavy socks and a spare bike key. Even with the rain pants I get water inside my shoes and I rarely bother to put on the rain pants. A bottle of Gatorade is always handy if you choose to take a 5 minute break or God forbid break down. Also unless you are confident in how comfy your seat is take a medium sized towel. Your butt may get screaming with pain on a ride that long and a folded towel on the seat really can help. I use a AirHawk cushion and while not perfect I'm good for over 400/mi a day with it. Change your riding position occasionally to help rest your tail.
I take about eight 350+ mile trips a year and have never broken down far from home or even had a flat but my little kit has been helpful more than once helping others.
[/SIGPIC][/SIGPIC] The mini-skirt is a very functional article of clothing. With it a woman can run much faster; and because of it she may have too.
Last edited by Spencer1; 06-04-2014 at 05:29 PM.