There are a few things that you should always take when you go riding. Whether its water, some simple tools or that vital spare pair of socks in your car, these are GMBN’s top ten things to always take on a Mountain Bike Ride.
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A car boot kit that always stays in the back of my car. That includes a track pump. It’s obviously much quicker than using a mini pump. I’ve got tools that you probably wouldn’t want to carry out on the trail so a shock pump, one of these Topeak kits with a slightly bigger range of tools in there, some chain lube, and there’s also a mini pump. Any sort of bits and bobs that you might need like spare cleats. Then, I’ve got a tube. I actually take a 27.5 Presta ’cause that’ll fit in, basically, anything. Some spare clothes, t-shirts, in case I get wet. Then I’ve got a towel just to wipe myself down, just a small one there. Spare socks, take them everywhere I go.
Whether it’s a fast blast or a longer ride at a trail centre, you definitely wanna go with some spare parts. We tend to put these inside our hydration packs and just leave them in there. Always carry a quality little mini pump. Some riders like to carry CO2 cartridges but they’re a bit wasteful unless you’re racing. Definitely carry a spare inner tube or two. We recommend carrying a Presta valve ’cause that’ll fit any rim drilling and make it a 27 1/2 inch because it’ll fit 29 and 26 inch wheels too. Couple of tyre levers, always a great idea. Decent multi tool, make sure that your multi tool has a chain splitter on it because that’s gonna happen time to time. Always a good idea to take some cable ties because you can fix most sorts of things with those. We also like to keep some gear inner cables with us.
Water. Now, some people prefer to carry a hydration pack with a bladder inside. I, actually, generally prefer to use a water bottle and a bottle cage on my bike. But that’s only 600 ml so if I’m going for a bigger ride, I will resort to using a riding pack.
Pile of loose change. Perfect for the car park and getting the cheeky coffee on the way out. Number Five:
Riding kit. Definitely need some good quality padded shorts, faithful GMBN jersey, and, riding in the UK or anywhere else in Europe, probably a decent waterproof jacket just to stash in that pack.
Food. Now, it’s always quite nice to have something on you just in case you need it. But, especially for those bigger rides, you’re going to need to fuel them properly. Fruit and nuts are a great idea. Also, you could use sport specific things like gels, you’ve got tabs that can go in your drink, and also a recovery drink for after is a pretty good idea.
Protection. So, of course at the very least, you’re gonna need a good mountain bike helmet. Obviously, the better quality, the better it is for your head. And also pick a helmet that’s suitable for the type of riding you do. So this is a trail helmet and it comes down lower at the back of your head to give you that bit more protection. Pads, so you can think about knee pads and elbow pads. Again, appropriate for the type of riding you do. And also eyewear, especially important if you’re riding in wet conditions. Stop anything getting in your eyes and potentially damaging your eyeballs.
Always take your phone with you as well. Obviously for safety reasons if you need to ring anyone. Good for taking videos, taking a picture of your bike for Bike Vault on the Dirt Shed Show. And of course, keep it nice and safe and waterproof in one of our little pocpacs.
Take a riding buddy with you. Of course, riding by yourself is fun but it can be more fun using your limits with someone else and, of course, it’s much safer.
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