Having the right equipment is absolutely crucial when you’re pushing your personal limits of endurance. There’s enough to think about on the ride itself, that the bike and every component has to simply work.
Here are some of the other products I use, and why:
Clif Bar: Long before they supported my endurance rides, I was a Clif customer and user. I find the variety of energy foods both effective and perhaps even more important- palatable, even after long hours in the saddle.
Ride with GPS: all routes are mapped via the Ridewithgps.com site. See them all at: https://ridewithgps.com/users/33143
Lezyne lights: I’ve tried many different options, but could be happier than what I use from Lezyne, who have graciously donated products to support Why I Ride. See the main Endurance Ride Gear page for details and photos of my setup.
Hammer Nutrition: I’m now using Hammer for hydration and am glad I switched from Gatorade; https://www.hammernutrition.com/
Garmin: my main cycling computer is an Edge 1000 for mapping and data, and when riding in traffic, I now use a Varia radar to provide warning of overtaking vehicles.
Speedplay pedals: another product I’ve used for years: Syzr’s for most endurance rides to allow for walking when off the bike, and Zeros for pure road cycling; http://www.speedplay.com/
For details on bags, lights, and other accessories- see the Endurance Ride Gear page.