20 Things Each Mountain Biker Should Carry to a Trail
Whenever you go bike riding, you need to know that you’ve got everything covered, and that you shouldn’t really worry about anything, no matter what happens to you. Well, you can do that if you carry these 20 things with you on a trail – these are the necessities you need in order to be safe and to make your ride easier and better.
1 – Back Pack
Of course, the most important thing (other than a bike) is a back pack. A back pack will allow you to carry the tools with you which will allow you to repair any problem on the trail without having to go home. Make sure you get the one with a waterproof one with an extra carrying capacity, so you can put whatever you need in it.
2 – Water Bottle
If you’re going on a short ride, you don’t really have to carry this with you, but when it comes to the longer ones, you really ought to. Also, you never know what’s going to happen to you, and that is why it’s important to carry. And it won’t even bother you – just put it in your backpack.
3 – Wind Breaker or a Rain Jacket
There is a good chance that the weather is going to chance once you start riding your bike, and especially in the mountains. So, take whatever you can to stay dry and warm, and that includes these jackets. They can be packed up and really don’t take that much space, meaning that you can carry them in your back pack. They don’t weigh much and don’t get in the way, but could be a real life saver.
4 – First Aid Kit
This is something everyone should carry with them, and especially the mountain bikers. Who knows what kind of an accident could happen, and it’s always good to be prepared for it in advance. The kit does not have to be extensive; just some bandage tape, scissors, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes and steri-strips. Also, carry some band-aids with you; they’re perfect for small cuts
5 – Mini Pump
This is pretty obvious, but not many people actually carry their pumps with them. You should always bring a mini pump to a trail, because the mountains can be pretty rugged, and who knows what could happen to your tires. It is always smart to have something that’s going to pump them back up, and the mini ones are great because they don’t take much room.
6 – Shock Pump
You don’t have to carry a shock pump all the time, but take it with you whenever you can. You might need to change some settings on the go while out on the trail, and this thing will make it possible for you. Also, it’s good to know that it’s there in your back pack, just in case.
7 – Spare Inner Tube
This inner tube does not have to be anything special, but just enough to help you come back home. You never know what the terrain is going to be like, and when you blow out a tire, it is good to know that you have a spare. Also, because you have your mini pump and tools with you, you’ll be able to replace it and carry your ride.
8 – Tire Levers
You don’t need these things all the time, but sometimes you do, and that’s why its good to carry them with you. Make sure they’re made of quality material, because they do break rather easy.
9 – Patch Kit
We’ve already mentioned that you could blow out a tire anytime, and that is why it’s always smart to carry a patch kit with you. This doesn’t really have to be anything special; just something to help you continue your ride. Sometimes, you puncture your tire several times during one ride, and that is why a spare tube won’t save you – even it can be punctured, and that is why it’s important to carry a patch kit.
10 – Derailleur Hanger
These things are known to break rather easily, and that is why you really ought to carry a spare in your back pack. Make sure you get a spare that is the same model as the one you currently have, because they can be really different. Some people even say that the rider ought to carry two spares if they’re going on a longer ride.
11 – Multi-Tool With Pliers
This is something you definitely need, because it allows you to carry pliers that offer many other features, like a file, a bottle opener, a knife, a screwdriver, etc. It can be really useful on your ride.
12 – Pocket Knife
During your ride, there may come a time when you need to cut something or find yourself in a terrible survival situation. That is why you need to carry a pocket knife with you. This knife has to be strong and durable, and of course, sharp. You can use it to hunt for dinner, make a shelter, cut fire wood, etc.
13 – Bicycle Multi-Tool
You need to know that you’ve got everything that can help you fix your bike in case it gets broken in any way. That is why you need a chain breaker and a good set of Hex wrenches, or even better – to have them combined into one awesome multi-tool! Try to look for the one that is going to cover as much bicycle tools as possible, and also, the one that has the best quality.
14 – Chain Pins and Quick Links
Quick links can easily fix a link break in your chain, and the chain pins can help you work something out in order to make it back home. So, make sure you bring these things with you on your trail, because they can offer a lot, and don’t really take much space, weigh a lot or get in the way while in your back pack.
15 – Zip Ties
These things are some of the most useful things on this planet, and there are more than a hundred ways you can use them while on your trail. So, carry them with you, just in case.
16 – Toilet paper or Tissues
You never know when the nature is going to call, and that’s why you ought to carry some toilet paper and a portable toilet, or at least some paper tissues. These things are also great from starting a fire, but just make sure you keep them in a waterproof bag.
17 – Waterproof Matches
As we have already mentioned, you might need to start a fire, and you can do that the best with some matches. So, carry some with you, but make sure you keep them in a waterproof bag.
18 – Duct Tape
This is also something that ought to be kept in a waterproof bag, and you can use it for pretty much anything. We all know how useful a duct tape can be, and not having it on a trail would really be a shame.
19 – Headlamp
Headlamps are great because they allow you to keep both your hands on the handlebars, which does not endanger you in any way. It gives you light during the night rides, and therefore should be in your back pack no matter what!
20 – Folding Saw
This is something that you are definitely going to use, mostly for maintaining your bike, but also for cutting the thicker