One of the nice things about a supported ride is SAG. Even if no ride is around, there’s likely to be another rider who can help. And if that fails, eventually event support will show up.
Still it is a good iea to have the basics with you. The flat is probably the most common problem. I ride the valley and the Palouse regularly and have always carried two tubes with me as well as a patch kit and a pump.
Until recently . . . I’m running tubeless tires and have been for a year. The ride is mellow and flats almost never happen–almost. When they do, a quick fill up with CO2 does the job quicker than putting in a new tube. The magic? It’s the latex in the tire that fills the hole and let’s you keep rolling.
Really. I had my first flat of the year today.
The downside? Well, if the latex cant fill the hole, then you’ve got quite a chore inserting a tube into the tire which is exceptionally tight. Tools? Well, let’s just say I didn’t have what I needed and I hadn’t actually practiced the worst case scenario. The good news. I managed to inflate the tire and ride home finishing the 50 miler route we call Lapwai Loop.
Beautiful day and quite cool for late August. But I wasn’t ready for that flat. Make sure you are. We’ll have pumps and a few tubes at the rest stops but be sure you can change your flat.