Are you planning a long bike tour? Wondering what to pack and what you need to take with you on the ride? Well, below is a list of things to get into the sport properly, feel, look, and ride like a real mountain biker while enjoying yourself. These items are also useful and help you when something goes wrong, such as a mechanical or an injury, it will likely be up to you to address the problem.
When searching for a good helmet, go for the latest design that offers greater protection. Ensure that you get something that fits tightly and won’t wobble around while you’re riding. If you can’t make your helmet fit tightly, then it won’t protect your head. Furthermore, get something that is well-ventilated, so you don’t have rivers of sweat pouring into your eyes.
If you’re planning on doing any rides that are more than two hours long, you should invest in a hydration pack. The best option is a small pack that goes on your back and has a water bladder and hose. A water bladder and hose is helpful when you need to carry a large amount of water, or when you are doing a ride and you don’t want to take the time to stop and grab the bottle out of my pack.
Handheld Pump and Tube
Carry a pump that can easily switch between Schrader and Presta valves, and is small in size to fit in a hydration pack. Get at least one spare tube with you on every ride and make sure you get the right size tube. Both a pump and tire can save you a long walk back to the trailhead.
This is very important, and you should never leave without it. Always opt for a multi-tool with a built-in chain tool with a few various sizes of Allen wrenches along with Philips and flathead screwdrivers. The Crank Brothers multi-tool is even better; a multi-tool that also has a built-in pair of pliers and wire cutters can also come in handy.
A small first aid kit in a waterproof package is mandatory. Accidents do happen, so it’s a good idea to bring some tools and patches for your body too and not just your bike. Bandages, gauze, tweezers and disinfecting wipes are all items to include in your kit. Basic knowledge of CPR and first aid is also essential. Remember, a first-aid kit is only useful if you know how to use it.
Each ride is different, so prepare yourself and your bike accordingly. Most of the time everything goes well, but sometimes it doesn’t. Mistakes are always made, and mountain bikes fail. Being able to cope well with difficulty comes down to knowledge. It is essential to have all the tools necessary to deal with the everyday dramas that unfold out on the trail. This means packing enough water, food, and clothing to get your body through the ride and know-how to keep the bike working.