1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    Awesome post for someone just starting out like me. This will probably save me a lot in the future!

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    How you do you carry your stuff?

    I'm starting to get a bit more serious about mountain biking and I'm evaluating my ride setup since I'm switching from a 26er FS to a 29er HT that will be run tubeless. I carry a camelbak with a tube, pump, and a few tools, but it seems like all the hard-core (fast) guys out on the trail do not (not talking about racing either). Many have a tube somehow fastened to their seatpost. Is it taped on and how?

    Do you carry tools in your jersey pockets? If so, how do you keep them from bouncing around and falling out?

    As a road rider getting into mountain biking, I'm surprised I don't see any under seat bags out there, why not?

    Any other light and fast options please share... Thanks

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    It depends on the length of the trip, but generally i'm carrying all this:
    water (usually 2 bottles, sometimes an additional hydration pack)
    tube and patch kit
    old cellphone
    Garmin Edge
    small pump
    some cash
    a couple of cereal bars
    some hex keys, a cassette remover and other useful tools
    rain jacket

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    I usually don't bring anything except water. If I need a tube or a tool I'll just freeload off of someone I'm riding with.

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    Body gear; helmet, gloves.. so on
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    tip, check the weather and dress for it

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    when i go on rides all realy bring is my camel back and an extra tube and tools didnt know there was so much stuff

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    except for safty helmit, gloves, ect

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Boz View Post

    As a road rider getting into mountain biking, I'm surprised I don't see any under seat bags out there, why not?

    Any other light and fast options please share... Thanks


    I make it all fit into my camelback.

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    Gu gu and more Gu!

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    thanks alot

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    Quote Originally Posted by krott5333 View Post
    I usually don't bring anything except water. If I need a tube or a tool I'll just freeload off of someone I'm riding with.

    shakes his head

    hate people like this too cheap to buy there own stuff

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    Thanks for the post, helps.

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    in the bag

    Great tips!

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    Thanks!

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    for me i keep standard things in a under seat bag (tube/multi tool/levers/patch kit/small first aid kit), for longer andventures, i add another tube, hydro pak, granola bars, trail mix and zip ties

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Boz View Post
    Many have a tube somehow fastened to their seatpost. Is it taped on and how?
    The Awesome Strap by Backcountry Research is the first that came to my mind. It's a double velcro strap that creates a sort of compartment for tube, CO2 cartridge and a pocket tool. They have several configurations. Backcountry Research - Makers of the AWESOME STRAPS
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    Good ideas here! i carry all of them except a shock pump.. Why would one need a shock pump out on the trail? I have set my psi and haven't done anything with it except check it once in awhile.. Am i missing out on something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hooverGiant View Post
    Good ideas here! i carry all of them except a shock pump.. Why would one need a shock pump out on the trail? I have set my psi and haven't done anything with it except check it once in awhile.. Am i missing out on something?
    That's what I though until I was at the trailhead last week and realized my shocks needed adjustment. They either had leaked a bit (it had been a long time since I last rode) or the colder temperatures affected the air inside and the ride was too plushy. I put air in the fork at the beginning of the ride and some more on the rear shock midway trough.

    I'd rather carry it than ride uncomfortable, which pisses me off.
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    Just posted this in a multi-tool thread, but it really belongs here:



    Alien2 with chain breaker and pedal wrench etc.
    Pump, presta/schrader compatible.
    2 tubes.
    Zip ties
    Tire levers
    Patch kit - unopened glue.
    Fiber spoke. Will repair even rear drive side without tools.
    Derailleur cable
    Derailleur hanger
    Brake pads
    Chain links
    Quick link
    Small flashlight
    Matches
    Duct tape
    Electrolyte tablets
    Pain killers
    Small Leatherman with pliers

    Might seem like a lot, but where do you ride? Around here there's thousands of acres of empty space, with no cell reception. In the off-season I see no one all day. The walk out could be really long.

    It's also good to be able to assist others.

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    great thread, lots of good info here. thx

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    thanx for the tips guys, I just started mountain biking, though in florida its more like hill biking, regardless im having a blast. Never thought of some of these things to bring along, but these are all great ideas.

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    Some great info and advice here. Thanks.

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    lol always carry a mini first-aid kit....god knows how many times i've needed it!!

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    Great thread! Got a lot of good ideas. Thanks.

    Currently, I ride with an under-seat bag that has: spare tube, Crank Bros. mini pump, chain tool, spare chain link w/power link, small multi-tool (can't remember what brand), and a mini Leatherman type tool.

    I also ride with an old hydration-pack (the bladder was tossed long ago) that I use for a back-pack. In it I carry: a couple of bottles of water, a shock pump, my wallet (w/ID and cash), my cell phone, and truck keys.

    Another essential for me on all rides is my MP3 player.

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    This is a solid thread! As suggested before, I got a topeak mini bike pump and it's so lightweight and out of the way that I forget its there. I think its the pocket rocket bike pump. Works great!
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