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Raf's Munga Gear Recommendations


To participate in the Munga bike race, you'll need to be prepared for some tough cycling conditions. Here are some gear recommendations that will help you stay safe and comfortable while cycling through the Karoo.





Shoes

During train and during the event wear cycling shoes that are slightly bigger. A slightly bigger cycling shoe made with breathable materials so that air flows freely so that your feet stay cool, and flexible soles so that you can wear it all day long without feeling uncomfortable or restricted is highly recommended.



Pedals

Wider platform pedals are not essential, but a wider platform pedal increases foot support and lessens foot discomfort.



Aero Bars

Adjustable aero bars are not for speed but for the extra comfort they offer.


  • Height - getting the appropriate setting will allow you to maintain a good hip angle and decrease the overall reach, resulting in a more comfortable riding position. If supplied, use the riser kit that came with aero bars, or rotate the stem or add headset spacers (if the steerer tube is long enough) to raise the handlebar. You might need to bring your aero bars closer to your saddle using armrest adjustment to optimize comfort.

  • Extension bars - the more angled ones are most comfortable.

  • Arm pad thickness should be 20mm or more.



Bike Lights

Bike lights with a wide beam are essential for night riding. They help you see the road ahead and make you visible to other road users. A wide beam can illuminate a larger area.


  • Dynamo hub and light are ideal but more costly.

  • Or a rechargeable light (my personal choice) with a 1600mAh battery and a compact-sized 20000-30000mAh power bank.



Hydration

It's no secret that staying hydrated is essential for both your physical and mental health. Not getting enough water can lead to a variety of health problems, including fatigue, headaches, muscle cramps, and even dehydration- which can lead to hypoglycemia, kidney problems, and even death.


  • You can easily fit the minimum requirement of 2.5 litres on the bike, using 500/750ml and two 1000ml bottles. Or use a minimalist hydration backpack if you need more. You will need to train with hydration backpack to get accustomed to the "feel" of carrying additional weight on your upper body.



Bike Packing Bags

A bike packing bag is a bag that attaches to your bike frame, providing extra storage space for your gear. Frame bags come in different sizes and shapes, depending on your bike model and your packing needs. Big or small, your bags will always be full. If you prefer not to carry a lot, then get smaller bags.


  • The top tube and handlebar barrel bag for nutrition and anything you need quickly - toolkit, medication and phone, power banks, cables, emergency blanket, and lightweight clothing.

  • Medium-sized seat bag for warmer clothing and other Munga essentials.



Clothing

Warm clothes are essential for keeping you warm when temperatures drop during the ride. Select clothes that are moisture-wicking and breathable to keep you comfortable and dry.


Cycling gloves are a must if you want to avoid getting blisters on your hands. They will also protect your hands from dirt, rocks and branches that may hit them while cycling.



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Start with the lights, then hydration and then look at the bags. Your equipment doesn't have to be the highest-end equipment, something less fancy or complicated is often better.



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That is it. Thank you for reading. I hope you found it to be a useful resource. Questions, comments and high fives! Drop them here.



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