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    Quote Originally Posted by p2rider426 View Post
    You do bulk of your braking with the front? I grew up racing BMX so maybe that's why I'd rather have a working rear brake over front any day. Just do a little footjam if you need to front brake in a hurry anyways
    Front does 70% of braking but yeah sometimes you just want to scrub a little speed off so you use the rear. Regardless the same thing applies with the levers.

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    its good

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    very helpful, thanks a lot

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    Thanks i learned my lesson,,, Pinch flat from hell. had to walk a mile home sucks for me lesson learned.

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    Thanks

    helpful thanks

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    helpful thanks

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    My to bring list

    Here is my list:
    - multi tools
    - tube
    - plastic lever
    - bottle of water
    - mini pump
    - zip ties
    - GU

    and the most usefull of all: I bring my riding partner that bring all the stuff above.
    I just bring my cell, wallet and car key.

    Happy trails.

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    I always try to be sure and bring one of these...


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    good stuff

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    As a dirt bike rider i have been trained on always riding with items to get you out of a pinch. First week out on my first MTB ride, I had a flat, and then a broken chain. Had everything to get me back up and running both times. Great post, great job.

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    Great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris130 View Post
    That is a great idea.

    Here's my $0.02.

    Things to absolutely buy before riding:
    -- Good, quality helmet (non-negotiable)
    -- Some way to carry water (bottle or camelbak).

    Things that are definitely recommended before riding:
    -- Bike shorts
    -- A CamelBak-type product to carry both water and gear
    -- Spare tubes
    -- Tire levers (2)
    -- A quality mini-pump (don't skimp with a cheap one, trust me)
    -- Tube patch kit
    -- Good, quality minitool (Topeak Alien II, Crank Bros, or Park Tool offer nice ones)
    -- Gloves

    Other things that I've learned the hard way to keep in my hydro pack:
    -- Energy gel or some other form of anti-bonk
    -- Handi wipes and/or a little bottle of purell - makes cleaning hands easy for repairs or first aid
    -- Those small alcohol pads that you get with other stuff - good to clean tubes for patches and are nice for first aid
    -- Some form of basic ID w/ pertinent medical info
    -- Cell phone (reception capabilities permitting)
    -- Spare chain links, PowerLinks (2), & a good chain-breaker tool (if not on minitool)
    -- A spare rear derailleur hanger
    -- A comprehensive first aid kit (such as a hiker kit from REI, etc)
    -- Zip-ties in assorted sizes
    -- A coupla feet of duct tape (just fold it around itself for a nice compact package)
    -- Bug juice
    -- Shock pump (optional)
    -- Small but powerful flashlight (you never know!)
    -- Pliers - I keep a small, cheapie Leatherman knockoff in my pack. It works for the few occassions I need it.
    -- Spoke wrench (if not on minitool)
    -- Some cash
    -- Some form of a sharp blade.

    I'm sure others will have great ideas; I'm undoubtedly forgetting something...

    Cheers, Chris

    Thanks for the info!

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    cool pics

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    this is very useful, do you carry these in a back pack or camel pack?

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    Very good info...I am leaning towards carrying gear in a CamelBak.

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    Very useful

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    Very helpful post - I feel more prepared now!

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    How about a minimalist packing list?

    This is a great thread for people who are bike-camping or way out in the wilderness. But, we spend big bucks on weight savings, so there is reason to be selective in what you bring along.

    So how about making a list of the few but most important things to bring?

    Where I ride, the longest push I would have to get to a road where someone could pick me up is about 2 miles, and in most cases, well less than a mile.

    For now I am carrying a short 4mm & 5mm Allen wrench (used once in a year of riding to tighten my cleats), the key to my car, some energy gel, and water. I don't skimp on water but am getting better at knowing how much to bring for a given ride and given weather conditions. I needed to tweak a limit screw once, so am thinking about filing a screwdriver bit onto my key or just getting a little screwdriver. A few zip ties make sense too -- they weigh nothing.

    I am tubeless, so don't worry about the unlikely flat.

    I usually carry my cell phone because of work, but often don't if I want to be left alone. I always tell Wife what park I am going to if I will be riding alone.

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    Very helpful thanks!

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    A solid multitool with pliers is a great way to cover off a lot the the things mentioned in the above lists.

    Something I did not see mentioned is a spare pair of socks. Preferably thin wool or silk, which are great at wicking away moisture and prevent blisters. I'd switch out pairs at lunch or halfway through a ride, especially when it's hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak-88 View Post
    Be sure your first aid kid has iodine or some other form of sterilization, infections are nasty bits of work
    This is good advice. I have a friend who died from blood poisoning from a suspected thorn prick just 3 weeks after the event. Left a wife and year old twins behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AREK28 View Post
    Anybody can recommend a good multitool with chain breaker?
    Crank Brothers Tool 19

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    Great information.

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    Got some good ideas on here. Thanks

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    Thank you. All of the beginners info on this forum are really helpful and I very much appreciate all the effort that has gone into it.

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    thanks for the ideas. sub'd

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    Just scanning - along with the first aid kit, you need the knowledge to use it. A Wilderness First Aid or First Responder class goes a long way to taking care of people and yourself. Google SOLO schools or Outward Bound.

    To most people's first aid kits, I would make a few additions/changes.

    Meds - not for any ride less than a few hours. No Tylenol, no Advil, and absolutely no aspirin (slows clotting). Those are for long term use not on the trail. Up to a point, pain is good - it lets you localize the injury.

    Add a triangle bandage and some Kerlix or ACE bandage (but don't wrap too tight) for slings, swathes, and tying splints (use branches to make the splint).

    Add nitrile gloves! You may be using your first aid kit on a buddy and not yourself. No need to share blood and germs.

    Survival blanket. Folded up they are maybe 4" x 3" x 1". Good for someone stranded for hours due to a mishap.

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    Be sure your first aid kid has iodine or some other form of sterilization, infections are nasty bits of work
    This is good advice. I have a friend who died from blood poisoning from a suspected thorn prick just 3 weeks after the event. Left a wife and year old twins behind.
    I'm so sorry that happened. Wounds should always be cleaned as part of definitive care, but not necessarily on the trail. Really, sterilization is almost impossible outside a hospital surgery room. Ambulances are not sterile, but they are supposed to be clean. Concern about infection is very low in the first hour or so - it's more important to deal with life threats, stop bleeding, and get out. If it will take a few hours to get you or a buddy out, rinsing the wound is very good. Iodine and antibiotic cream should be used if you can get the wound truly clean and properly bandaged (as you learn in a WFA/WFR course). A thick antibiotic cream might only be putting a water resistant layer over the bacteria, keeping it moist and warm and happy.

    I have zero experience or training with Quick Clot or military dressings with clotting chemicals on them. I personally wouldn't use them if bleeding can be controlled with direct pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlickWilly8019 View Post
    Some form of a handgun for snakes and dangerous animals 2 & 4 legged kinds(CCW)
    I have to agree with this one. It's rare that I am away from the house without at least a subcompact 9mm and spare mag. In the woods even more so.

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    This thread isn't just useful for beginners. It's also good for those of us who are returning after a long hiatus and can't remember what we use to carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregon2wheels View Post


    I'm so sorry that happened. Wounds should always be cleaned as part of definitive care, but not necessarily on the trail. Really, sterilization is almost impossible outside a hospital surgery room. Ambulances are not sterile, but they are supposed to be clean. Concern about infection is very low in the first hour or so - it's more important to deal with life threats, stop bleeding, and get out. If it will take a few hours to get you or a buddy out, rinsing the wound is very good. Iodine and antibiotic cream should be used if you can get the wound truly clean and properly bandaged (as you learn in a WFA/WFR course). A thick antibiotic cream might only be putting a water resistant layer over the bacteria, keeping it moist and warm and happy.

    I have zero experience or training with Quick Clot or military dressings with clotting chemicals on them. I personally wouldn't use them if bleeding can be controlled with direct pressure.
    high-percentage zinc ointment.
    Amazon.com: Bacitracin Zinc Ointment 1 Oz / 28 G (Pack of 4): Health & Personal Care

    Or hydrogen peroxide in a small squeeze bottle. The foaming action helps draw out dirt, and is also a sterilization fluid. Then apply the ointment, and bandage if wanted/needed to keep blood from getting on stuff. Repeat and let it air out once at home (no bandage).

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    I'm always going to be a new at this sport.

    I don't keep a ton on me, but an emergency blanket definitely helps.

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    at least i can prepare some stuff before off to the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC View Post
    high-percentage zinc ointment.
    Amazon.com: Bacitracin Zinc Ointment 1 Oz / 28 G (Pack of 4): Health & Personal Care

    Or hydrogen peroxide in a small squeeze bottle. The foaming action helps draw out dirt, and is also a sterilization fluid. Then apply the ointment, and bandage if wanted/needed to keep blood from getting on stuff. Repeat and let it air out once at home (no bandage).
    I'll look into the Zinc Bacitracin. Thanks.

    Be aware that hydrogen peroxide can scar - it kills some of your cells along with the bacteria. It also hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregon2wheels View Post

    Be aware that hydrogen peroxide can scar - it kills some of your cells along with the bacteria.
    Track cred with your buddies

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    Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever. Mountain bike rides get more epic with each re-telling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregon2wheels View Post
    Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever. Mountain bike rides get more epic with each re-telling.
    I have a scar on my chin that I used to try to hide, but I've grown used to it and I actually kind of like it now. It's slowly going away though. And my story isn't very epic. I was just being stupid and riding over my head.

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    this is awesome good thing i bought most of this stuff

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    This is a great thread! Gives good insight to ideas of items to bring on the trail. I always have gear on me from a small first aid kit, to a BOB in my car, and to a GOOD tote at home. Some really good ideas about items to keep on a person off in the woods riding.

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    I am just posting this because I need to make 5 posts before I am allowed to create a new thread on the forum.

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    Great thread. Thanks for sharing.

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    thanks for the ideas. great stuff.

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    Great suggestions, just getting back into riding and will definitely be putting together a 'must take list'!

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    Good Stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC View Post
    The foaming action helps draw out dirt, and is also a sterilization fluid.
    Something I learned in home brewing "you can't sterilise a turd". Meaning something has to be clean before it can be sterilised.

    For what it's worth. Great thread, thanks everyone.

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    awesome! answers to questions I've had.

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    Thanks for the info.

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    Good Stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spifficus View Post
    A couple of safety pins, for temp repairs of torn Camelbak straps, broken zippers, etc.
    thumbs up for the safety pins. very nice to have when your hydration pack or seat bag is falling apart

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