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    Quote Originally Posted by Specialized Kid
    One question I did have that I did not see mentioned. Is there a quick fix for those with hydralic brakes? Perhaps a few feet of line and a small bottle of fluid? Or should I not even worry about it?

    Good question....anybody?
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    Oh, and on your way to work, don't forget the spare car..

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    From my experience most of these lists are way too extensive for most of my rides. I do usually 1-3 hour rides. For those I carry my multi tool that has all the allen wrenches, aka hex keys, for my bike, it includes a chain tool, tire levers and other things I've never used. I also carry a spare tube or two depending on the ride, my co2 pump, and co2 cartridges. Sometimes if I'm doing a hammer fest with the fellas I'll take a gu or two. I always take water as well.

    My going into the middle of no where list is a little more extensive. I take all of the above in a hydro pack, map, more water of course, apple, cliff bar, peanuts possibly, first aid kit, and sometimes my cell phone. Oh and I usually carry some cash. I pack light, but this is what I believe I would need. I usually only eat the food, look at the map, and drink water thus far.
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    WOW.... I'm new to the sport but I must say... I'm shocked at how long some of these list are. It seems we spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars to get light... only to get weighed down in "supplies". Maybe I'll be sorry but I plan on packing light and keeping my fingers crossed.

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    Get a backpack and after a few rides you wont even know its there...most of us keep water in it as well...It was a bit heavy at first but now I woudnt leave home without it ...
    Good luck with packing light...depends on how far your going to ride. the further you go the more supplies you need.
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    -knife (crkt ryan seven - really comfortable handle)
    -flashlight (coast 80 lumen-- i had a surefire which also mounted on my m4 carbine , but i lost it and didn't feel like spending another $100 bucks on a light. the coast is very well made, and Very bright; enough to use as a defensive light, and runs on AAA which are cheaper)
    ---i always carry these pretty much everywhere i go anyways, knife and light.


    -phone
    -money (i forget where i stole this idea, but i put a $10 bill in the bottom of my seat tube and corked the bottom.
    -photon light -clipped to bag
    -whistle/compass - clipped to bag
    -paracord bracelet - clipped to bag (depending on the bracelet, you can carry 8-10 ft)
    -bandana - wrapped around forearm or wrist
    -hideaway knife and another photon light - on neck -- these things are pretty awesome
    http://www.hideawayknife.com/main.php
    -lighter
    -phone
    -watch
    -contact case, and a little contact rewetting drop bottle
    -tube
    -cheap pump that has a piece broken off and held on w/ duct tape until i get a better one
    -patch kit
    -zip ties -- actually i'm out. i took em out my bike bag for something else. need to replce.
    -multitool - like leatherman
    -fold out allen key tool (has like 7 sizes & screwdriver)
    -WATER, 1 one bike, one in bag
    -xtra tshirt ) in shoulderbag
    -snacks - usually a melted snickers bar and bag of skittles stick of beef jerky. sometimes starbursts.



    ---- most of it clips onto my bag or waistband (knife,whistle,paracord, etc,, and the rest minus spare waterbottle, snacks and pump can fit into the wedge under my seat.
    --- and ALL thes put together dont really weigh much. most of the weight really are the 2 water bottles.

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    To get list

    -levers - have never had them, always just used my fingers, but would make thngs ezr.
    -wanna save up and get a nice camelbak, one w/ xtra pocket or room for stuff.

    ---gonna put together a couple altoid kits. thanks,i really like that idea.
    -could put patch kit and levers and zipties into one.
    -1st aid stuff and lighter into another
    -and contact case and rewet drops into another
    ----- then throw those in a zipsandwhich bag
    -space blanket
    -chain tool, or maybe a better bike tool that has it included
    -chain stuff like link/pin stuff


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    Not sure if this has been mentioned but it is a must on longer rides.

    Baby Wipes. Work waay better than TP and they have multiple uses besides the obvious.

    Of course the one day I forgot them was the day I really NEEDED them. Basically I returned to trail head after the ride with no shirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaizerSozay
    Not sure if this has been mentioned but it is a must on longer rides.

    Baby Wipes. Work waay better than TP and they have multiple uses besides the obvious.

    Of course the one day I forgot them was the day I really NEEDED them. Basically I returned to trail head after the ride with no shirt.
    yeah, i think it was mentioned earlier, but def a good idea... and anyways i totally forgot and seeing your post just reminded me, i also need to add some tp, and wipes to my bag.

    lotsa good info in this thread btw.

    cheers.

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    i think everybody (and i mean everybody) should have current first aid/cpr cards.

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    Good quality tweezers. Thorns and splinters!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH
    At the Jasper gathering way back when I cracked the linkage plates on my old Sunn in the middle of a 20 mile loop.



    I was able to ride out from trail to the highway (~5 miles) and ride back to the trail head (~5 miles) by jaming a correctly sized stick between the seat statys and seat tube held in place by a couple of straps. I had to jam the front derailleur with a small wedge rock to keep it in gear as I had to remove the front derailleur cable.



    For a broken brake lever I think I would have removed the broken lever blade and looked around to see if I could find a stick that could be wittled (sp?) away to substitute to at least get some front braking.

    On the bike I've used for off road touring I installed Avid mechanical brakes specifically because if I brake a lever or damage a cable finding parts for a mechanical lever or v-brake at a small town bike shop should be a lot easier than finding specific parts for hydraulic disk brakes. (My 2 other main bikes have hydraulic brakes though.)
    dude. does that bike have hydraulic v-brakes? thats sick. never seen that before.

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    This may have already been mentioned, but I hike also and I always have in my daypack that kind of differ from previous list:
    lighter
    solar blanket
    weather shell/softshell depending on season
    knife
    magnesium fire starter
    granola bar/snack


    I know these aren't typical mountain biking items, but I like to have them just in case I was lost or the worst case scenario happens. Plus the stuff is pretty light too so it isn't a big deal. Hope this helps, especially if you are going deep in the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselAndDust
    When I ride local trails (15 to 20 miles a loop) I carry water and the keys to my jeep and a whistle... that's it. Rarely do I ever have bike failure and in the last 10 years I've only had to push the bike out once.
    Crazy! I always have an extra set of tubes, tire tools and pump. Why would you ever be without those? All the technique/tune/experience in the world cannot account for all the things that can flatten a tire. Forget it. If it's farther than spitting distance from the house/car I'll always take tubes.

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    i also like to carry a chain saw and a sawed off double barrel shot gun. never know when you might run into a few zombies

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    Where I ussually ride is still in the city but I usually carry:
    -Water
    -Some Cash
    -Debit Card
    -Mobile phone
    -iPod
    -Hoodie(usually wearing this)
    -More water

    I don't carry around tools really on most rides because like I said earlier, most of my riding is done on city trails. If I break something, I call up my mom or dad to pick me up. They both have dodge pick ups so yeah. Being a kid is awesome.
    At the end of the day, my bike is a bike, whether its made for XC singletrack or DH, I can make it do what I want.

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    This has probably been mentioned but I always carry one or two quick connect chain links in case my chain breaks. I think they are made by SRAM.

    Sure you still have to go through the trouble of removing the damaged links but it saves a lot of time putting it back together and also prevents you from having to shorten your chain too much.

    Unfortunately, these little suckers are pretty small and get lost in a CamelBack easily. I took a ring of a keychain and placed it on my multi tool that includes a chain breaker tool. I then placed the pieces of the quick link on the key ring. Now when I grab my multi tool that has the chain tool on it my quick link pieces are right there and easy to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfsburg916
    i also like to carry a chain saw and a sawed off double barrel shot gun. never know when you might run into a few zombies
    used to carry my custom .45 springfield 1911 in my bag for nite rides and bcuz there's a bunch of bums, usually drunk bums, but after learning the trail a bit better, have decided to leave it at home. carry my knives, uber light, and mace instead though. and for the occasional zombie, they're pretty slow, so catching them is pretty easy. we've always used piano wire to finish them off, saves a bullet too, and avoids the mess of chainsaws. they're really good eating if you're lucky enough to find one. pretty much all been hunted out in my area. i know the restaurant up the street has to order theirs in from canada. overpriced but delicious.

    cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaizerSozay
    ...Unfortunately, these little suckers are pretty small and get lost in a CamelBack easily. I took a ring of a keychain and placed it on my multi tool that includes a chain breaker tool. I then placed the pieces of the quick link on the key ring. Now when I grab my multi tool that has the chain tool on it my quick link pieces are right there and easy to find.
    Good idea, I used a piece of Duct Tape folded in half with the links in the middle. Keeps em in one place and large enough to find when you need em.
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    I don't know if anyone's mentioned it yet, but if you live in an area with a lot of poison oak a couple of packs of Technu wipes in your bag is a virtually weightless way to save you weeks of misery.
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    My #1:

    Current Technician Class HAM Radio certification, and 5 watt 2-meter radio tuned into local repeaters. Overkill? Maybe. But 1/2 pound of weight for the ability to call in a medivac or 911 at 100 mile range in the backcountry isn't bad. Ever been to death valley? No cell phone coverage for 50 mile radius. There, like everywhere else, you can get to EMS on the local repeater without even sending 5 watts. I don't know of anywhere in America you can't call EMS with a 2m handheld. Ditch your cell on a ride and the weight is almost cancelled. $99, waterproof, shockproof, nearly invincible, and a damn good alternative to patching up your buddy's chest wound with duct tape and a space blanket. Did I mention you can get local police, EMS, taxi dispatch, national weather service, it's a fully functional scanner, and the stock 1400 Mah battery lasts literally for days?


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    These are all great ideas, but really i think were forgetting the quick clot, and tourniquets. Cant leave home with out those

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaizerSozay
    This has probably been mentioned but I always carry one or two quick connect chain links in case my chain breaks. I think they are made by SRAM.

    Sure you still have to go through the trouble of removing the damaged links but it saves a lot of time putting it back together and also prevents you from having to shorten your chain too much.

    Unfortunately, these little suckers are pretty small and get lost in a CamelBack easily. I took a ring of a keychain and placed it on my multi tool that includes a chain breaker tool. I then placed the pieces of the quick link on the key ring. Now when I grab my multi tool that has the chain tool on it my quick link pieces are right there and easy to find.
    nice....

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    Who here carry's around a parktool Mutli-tool? How are they? I just upgraded a bit more on my bike and most of the parts use allen bolts (5, 6, and 3 I think). And I need a multi tool instead of carry around separate allen wrenches.

    So what are the multi's from park like?
    At the end of the day, my bike is a bike, whether its made for XC singletrack or DH, I can make it do what I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zadey1234
    Who here carry's around a parktool Mutli-tool? How are they? I just upgraded a bit more on my bike and most of the parts use allen bolts (5, 6, and 3 I think). And I need a multi tool instead of carry around separate allen wrenches.

    So what are the multi's from park like?
    Multi-tools are great to have in your bag and you'll find you use much more than the allen wrenches. I own both a Park and a Topeak multi-tool and both are good products. I prefer the the Topeak over the Park, however, because it's a bit more compact.
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    Down on a local trail the other day, I saw a dude on a massive downhill bike, with a pretty big bag with spare parts(derailleurs, gear and brake cables, chains) but also on his 3'x7' trailer he was hauling, he had an actual spare bike. I just had the dumbest look on my face when I saw it.
    At the end of the day, my bike is a bike, whether its made for XC singletrack or DH, I can make it do what I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC.
    that way no matter what breaks, Craig has at least 1/2 bike in spare parts from which to beg a replacement.

    j/k, but I couldn't resist. Even when I do have the tools (like last Friday) Craig whips his repair tools out faster than the proverbial speeding bullet.

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    Sounds like Craig is the guy to have along... Good job Craig

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    Wow, this is quite a bit of stuff to bring along... Ive never been on a full day ride, though, and especially not in the middle of nowhere / mountains / hills, so I appreciate this thread for the info, big time.

    I'll add..

    I try to bring my small digi cam + extra batteries

    somethin to smoke... hehehe....... 'nough said. oh, a lighter, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtobikes
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    SAM Splints
    i have been reading this topic top to bottom and making my own list as i go. i picked up my bike from the shop yesterday and have not ridden it yet. i will be doing so verry soon though as the roads near my house are a good blend of flat and hilly and there is an area of foothills and trails about half a mile from the house.

    matt's list is pretty good but when i got to the second to last item i had to lauugh. he is the only person to mention sam splints and i had it on my list before i started pulling from here.

    i just want to contribute a little to this mandatory reading.

    a SAM splint is a rectangular piece of flexible aluminum with foam padding on one side. you roll it op tight an d small. it takes little space and weighs even less. now when you have a broken bone, the samsplint is unrolled and then, padded side to the injured limb, the long wise edges are curled up to cradled said injured limb. make it kind of tight as this is now a temporary cast and i good one at that. they make them in a few sizes from finger size to large enough to splint you femur. i recommend a finger splint and an arm splint. if you need to splint a femur just break some medium stick unless you are in the desert.

    this may have been touche don already, i have not finished page one yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja
    I had to add this. I read through the whole post and didn't see it. I know this is a beginner forum but now is a good time to start nagging. No, not nagging, educating.

    Pack a small GOOD QUALITY folding saw. It can be used as a survival tool (defense against dogs, bears and cougars and cutting firewood and shelter wood) but that's not why I want you to carry one.

    Sure, all you want to do is hike your bike over that downed tree and keep on going but take a minute and cut it out of the way. If you don't, who will? A 6 inch blade will cut through an 12 inch tree.

    There, I feel much better now.
    if you come across a cougar, bear wolf etc, and you have time to get out and unfold your saw, you won't need it cuz you is bad. but they will pwn you with that. if you want something to take on a tree and a bear with anything close to half a chance, i would recommend http://www.rmjforge.com/eagle_talon.htm.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOZ5gLSefhY
    i know, call me rambo. no, i do not carry this. i don't own one yet but it is on my list as i hike with my young children and there are mtn lions in the area. it has an under shoulder scabbard that is suited for anything as the tomahawk was specifically designed for specopps soldiers on request. the price tage is over 300 bones, but my bike was 2100 sticker price, and it is the first real bike i have ever owned. so i do not think that is a lot of money for what it is and what went into making it. not sure if i will ever ride with it though. maybe.

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    I figured I'd toss in info on what I carry in my Camelback on every ride:

    water, 70-100 oz, of course
    2 tubes - cause that day's gonna come where you flat twice
    metal tire levers - plastic ones break, then you're screwed
    Crank Bros mini pump
    Park Tool glueless patch kit - tiny little patch kit that will save your butt when you pinch flat that last tube.
    2 different sizespoke wrenches
    folding allen keys
    bunch of zip ties
    chain tool
    SRAM power link
    small pliers
    small folding knife
    energy gel, Cliff bar, something to munch on mid ride
    little headlamp just in case
    extra layer if it chilly
    cell phone
    wallet with ID
    Gorilla tape - great for everything
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    I would like to add that a tick removal tool helps a ton. But some good pointed tweezers serve other purposes and will also work for removing ticks.

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    Im new to mountain biking, but not to planning for the wilderness. Garbage bags are a huge priority for me, because they can do so many things, but I like to bring orange instead of black, because they can help you be seen.Also, I use orange or reflective duct tape, to add another possible use for it.

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    Great Ideas thanks for posting!

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    Good job! WOW a lot of extra weight.

    A few people have talked about riding in isolated areas, well I ride in Alaska and you can't get more isolated than this. Some of the trails I've ridden up here can take 7 to 8 hours to walk out of and I've found there is 1 thing that you should never ride without!

    A good full bike pre-ride inspection!
    (Go to your local bike shop, ask the mechanic what he looks at on his own bike before a ride, long and short) Half the parts listed above can be avoided if you learn the mechanics of your bike and what to look for as in signs of wear and stress before you hit the trail.

    On short rides of 10 miles or less I bring:

    1. Signal Whistle.
    2. A very Small Bell attached to my bike frame. (Wild life will avoid you if they hear you coming)

    on 11 mile plus rides I bring the above and:

    1. Water ( A CamelBak to hold the few things I bring)
    2. 2 Power bars
    3. Bear spray (if you live in bear country you know what I'm talking about)
    4. A small survival/first aid kit containing:
    (a couple alcohol pads, dermal adhesive, 12 feet nylon para cord, 10 feet duct tape, a couple 50 gallon trash bags, small sharp knife, tweezers, LED flash light, Bug juice, fire starter and a needle and a few feet of thread)
    5. Multi-tool (Cannondale Lefty Head Wrench Multi Tool)
    6. Spare chain links, PowerLinks (2)
    7. Compact tire pump.
    8. A spare tube.

    In all, I suggest you play around what you need and what you're willing to carry. One key thing, pack things you can get more then one use out of if possible.

    Enjoy the trails!

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    This is awesome. Thank you to everyone who has contributed!

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    Tyre boot

    Great thread - awesome information.

    I can't believe that no-one has mentioned a tyre boot though. I've had tyres split on me and you need to stick the tyre boot over the split.

    Also, I go tubeless, and on long rides carry the small 2oz bottle of Stans with me and a couple of CO2 cylinders to air up again. A tube would be fine but we have thorns everywhere and need the continued protection against flats.

    Oh, and headache tablets too - especially if you're on the second day of a lads weekend away

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    This has been very helpful! Thank you to everyone who posted.

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    I ride with an Ogio backpack and cram all of the following in, can get kinda heavy but its all stuff I have needed at one time or another on the trail to keep me from having to walk back to the car.

    -Hex head multi tool
    -Pump
    -Shock pump
    -2 spare tubes
    -1 large bottle of water
    -2 power bars
    -Chain tool (and a few spare links)
    -H&K P2000 V3 .40 loaded with Hydrashocks + 2 spare loaded magazines (because I'd rather be caught with it than without it)
    Blackhawk Serpa holster (which I've mounted inside the big pocket in such a way for quick access)
    -Cell phone
    -Wallet
    -Camera (when I remember to pack it)
    -Full tang knife

    Say what you will about packing a gun when you ride, but when you have the pleasure of running into tweekers, prostitutes, & other sorts of unsavory characters willing to rob you of everything you have on you I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. I'd mount the thing on the headtube if I could get away with it.

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    ace bandage

    i can't think anything i'd rather have then an ace bandage in my bag and ive used one for more than just a sore ankle.

    can be used as a splint, blindfold, sweat band, sling, cabel tie, ect. ect....
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    Wow, this thread is nothing short of amazing, some very good ideas here!!
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    It's been mentioned several times in this thread, but not actually formally said. When out in the back 40, it's best to bring a biking buddy along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halfrican
    Good quality tweezers. Thorns and splinters!
    ... and ticks.

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    I may have overlooked these from above, but:

    Pen and paper
    Digital camera

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    water, munchies, first aid kit

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    On trips where I may travel more than a couple hours from home, I also bring a spare wheel. I kept my old wheel set when I upgraded, and it has come in handy since I have taco-ed my wheels before on a trip that was a few hundred miles away from home. just something to consider as well if you have an extra wheel

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    hmm
    camel back hawg
    multi tool
    puncture repair kit and a couple of spare tubes
    couple of spare co2 cartridges.
    lube
    first aid kit when out bush
    mobile phone
    I live in aus and some of the places I ride re define remote. also I ride in 30 degree plus heat so water is essential.
    as my rides usually run to two hours gu gel is good to have as well as a bottle filled with sports drink and 3 litres water. all of which is usually consumed on the ride.
    the event managers that run the MTB orienteering events usually put up bush toilets to take care of those needs. but TP or wipes aren't a bad idea.
    This sounds a lot, but im a clydesdale so its only a little extra weight and camelbaks can be suprisingly good at avoiding injury as well as the water also protects your back in an off.
    ie hittting a pocket of sand at 30km an hour. went sideways off the firetrack and rolled, few grazes, got up and back at it.

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    In my camelbak i keep a lot of things....

    Crank bros multitool (with chain tool)
    Water
    Granola bars
    Tire levers
    2 tubes
    Map of the area i'll be riding
    Lube
    Small pump
    Tire boot
    small amount of duct tape
    electrical tape
    a rag of some kind
    If it's cold i also have arm/leg warmers and a balaclava

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    Floss

    Dental floss. I know it's good for what it's intended for. A Cliff bar can wreak havic if stuck in the tooth.

    But!!! A one inch 1000 ft! spool is good for many other options. Like stringing a bush to bush space blanket hanger. The stuff is beyond strong and weighs nothing. Never needed it but some Desert racing Gal suggested it so I carry it.

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    An idea from my hunting buddy. Take a fine point sharpie and wrap duct tape around it and wrap electrical tap around the cap. Kills 3 birds, with 1 stone.

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    wow, you guys pack a bike bag like i pack a purse. i like it. hawt. a few things i've learned to carry from snowboarding and other life situations where a gas station isn't handy:

    Immodium AD (I like mine with Gas Relief) - this has quite literally saved my and many of my friends' butts. no one wants the runs on the trail.
    Ibuprofen/other painkillers - I never leave home without them, and I carry my migraine meds, too.
    Asthma inhaler - this is a no-brainer to you asthmatics.
    Agree 110% on the baby wipes. I get mini-packs at Target.
    Tampons - yes, even guys. I've bandaged a dude's finger with a tampon and a zip tie before. good for nosebleeds, too.
    Benadryl - if you have hayfever or other allergies, an antihistamine is a really good bet. makes things a lot more comfy.
    Contact wearers - spare lenses & maybe glasses. There were times when my eyes got irritated and I couldn't get contacts back in.
    Lip Balm! Something that won't melt.

    And I always have a spare wallet (just a little bifold card case) that has a secondary debit card (so it's not such a hassle if I lose it) and a state ID (so I still have my driver's license in my main wallet). I keep extra insurance cards in there, too. My phone is programmed with emergency contact numbers and current meds/drug allergies.

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    Anyone have the Problem of Crashing going UP HILL?!?!

    YES! you read it right I have a tendency to crash (loose my balance) when going up hill...I can go down hill, around the corners etc super fast and not crash and every now and then I will crash going up hill. I usually do shift down but something always throws my balance! UGH really frustrating....I always bang the same knee too and it makes me mad. My boyfriend on the other hand thinks its rather comical. And I have to admit I find it funny too...except when it hurts..LMAO!

    Any Advise?
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    I just wanted to thank everyone for all their advice, this will make my riding experience more enjoyable
    I feel like going for a ride. Who wants to join me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up-HillCrasher
    YES! you read it right I have a tendency to crash (loose my balance) when going up hill...I can go down hill, around the corners etc super fast and not crash and every now and then I will crash going up hill. I usually do shift down but something always throws my balance! UGH really frustrating....I always bang the same knee too and it makes me mad. My boyfriend on the other hand thinks its rather comical. And I have to admit I find it funny too...except when it hurts..LMAO!

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    Just what I was looking for... thanks for all the advice people

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    Is there a best place online to get most of this stuff in one checkout?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashby
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    Here's what I've got in my pack (Besides water).

    For extremely long rides, I carry a water filter and spare food.

    On short rides here in my local trails, I often have a small, folding brush saw to clear debris, branches etc (my contribution to doing trail work).
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    Tighten it 'til it strips - then back it off a quarter turn

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    Most of my rides are never more than an hour or two walk out, I normally carry;


    Bottle of water (camelbak if on longer rides)
    Some sort of isotonic drink
    Sachet of instant drink.
    Chocolate bar of some sort.
    Multi-tool (includes chain tool, torx wrench, spoke wrench etc).
    Spare chain links.
    Tube
    Patches
    Cell phone
    Wallet/ID
    Accu-check meter + insulin

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    multi tool. pump. shock pump. gels/ banana, camera, a few zip ties, tube (in case tubeless fails), water, knee pads, sram links x 2

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    Not sure if it has been mentioned yet, but I carry a spare set of contacts, poncho and a lighter along with a lot of the other commonly carried items in my pack. A large trash bag could be carried in place of a poncho.

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    Get a big gym bag and throw all of your stuff in it. That way when you go off on a ride, all of your gear is in there. All you need to do is suit up, fill your hydration pack and bring some food.
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    In the last 9 months riding ive only really needed a multi tool with allens keys and chain breaker a patch kit and presta to schrader adaptor. i just walk to the servo only about 1hr walk max where i ride. patch the tire, fill it and then go home.

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    Sorry to bring this thread back, but I just read through it for the first time. I noticed a lot of people mention whistles, but if you are in an area where oak trees are common, you might be able to use an acorn cap instead.
    http://www.sciencetoymaker.org/acorn/assembl.html

    This is a great skill to learn in case you ever get stuck out anywhere without a whistle as long as there are oak trees around (you won't have much luck in northern California). It's fun to find the smallest acorn caps possible because they make a higher more obnoxious sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris130
    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
    I agree that alot of this should be handy in the event of emergency...but how much added weight does all this create on your back...just curious if this causes any additional back ache's or maybe even potentially cause an accident due to shifting or too much weight

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    I commute to class on a bike, and my backpack causes no problems. Yesterday I had it stuffed full with my laptop, 4 books, 2 notebooks, and a lead-acid battery, probably 30lbs total, and although it would have caused some back ache after a while, it didn't interfere with my ability to ride the bike (except making it harder to go up hills). On the trail, I've carried someone else's backpack with a SLR camera, 1L of water, and plenty of other stuff. Again, it didn't get in the way at all. I don't normally use a camelback or any sort of backpack if I'm trail riding, though, because they make my back sweaty. But the stuff we are talking about carrying weighs very little, and the water in a camelback is quite a bit heavier in comparison.
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    i don't know why people talk about back problems. I ride with a Camelback H.A.W.G. Full!! full first aid kit and misc bike extra's. derailleurs, tubes, chains, Q/R's and so on. Also a full 100oz camelback. I've ridden 3 to 5 hour VTT's (bike race) and never had a problem. I'm not a light guy and i'm not a weight wennie. Lighter bike cause more problems. I ride a light bike with quality parts and heavier parts in high wear areas. If you have back problems it more you then what your carrying.

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    Mountain Bike Ride Packing List

    These is my list when i'm going out with my bike in 24 hours....
    I hope these list can help to those new bikers.
    Thanks and enjoy rides.

    GEAR:

    Helmet
    Limited visibility Glasses
    Dark Glasses
    Full gloves
    3/4 gloves
    Saddlebag tool kit
    Pump
    Tubes
    Lip balm
    Water pack (Camel back)
    Sun screen
    Water bottles (1 quart min)
    Light weight fleece
    Bike socks (3pr)
    Outer jacket-rain/wind
    Bike shorts (2pr)
    Thermal bottom (bike tights)
    Thermal top
    Wool/ fleece hat
    Bike helmet light
    Bike light

    FOOD:

    Energy gels
    Re-hydrating mix

    COOKING:

    Biodegradable soap
    Stove Fuel
    Fuel bottle
    Garbage bags
    Measuring cup
    Spatula
    Can opener
    Insulated mugs
    Plates and cups
    Lighter and/or matches
    Ice chest
    Cooking pot set
    Small scrubber
    Stove
    Utensils and big spoon
    Zip lock bags
    Albumin foil

    CAMP:

    Camp pillow
    Ground tarp for tent
    Folding chairs
    Lantern
    Sleeping bag +20 degrees
    Sleeping pad
    Tent 3 season
    Towels

    TOILETRIES:

    Comb
    Toilet paper
    Tooth brush
    Tooth paste
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    A Canadian in the Desert! Yike-A-Doodle!

    Love the thread. I wandered out into the deserts for 5 months, hiking, biking and driving down back roads that make the gravel roads in Canada look like freeways. I should have prepared a little more, but what did I know?

    Snakes. Tarantulas. Mountian Lions. In Canada, you're lucky to see a skunk!

    What struck me first, was all the &^%$ing flats you get! I tell people, 'watch those the background scenerie in shows from the southwest and all you see are gas stations that advertise flats fixed. Now I know why... Up in Canada, I got 3 or 4 flats in my whole life. Down in the Chihuahaun Desert, I probably had 2-3 a week. I got so fed up patching tires, until I found the heavy duty tubes! Not to mention filling your tires with that green puncture stuff that they use in cars. And do that to the vehicle too.

    I bought a really nice 12 v air pump, too.

    Picture this: Big Bend State Park Texas. July. Nobody's there. You are 5 miles from the deserted ranger station. Another 20 from the highway on a scrap gravel "road" and another 35 fro the nearest "town". You're awakened by a Long Horn, baying like crazy as it walks through your camp. You get up and make coffee, sit down to read a good book and notice, Oh! My truck tire is going flat! (The truck you had to buy in Del Rio, because the Chevy died on you?) The new truck that has the 1 lug nut that you need the special wrench so they don't take your rims. (It's an American thing! Not so big a problem in Canada that we need those!) Guess who never thought to check this? How could you? No problem. We'll bicycle into the ranger station and call for help. Except this is the first leg of my trip and the flat thing is just happening and as I look to my bike, the tires are both flat!!
    I was looking at a 60 mile walk on the roads in 100F heat. Or 20 miles over the mountains to the paved road.
    This Canuck, for a little while, thought he was a dead. (Luckily the ranger station was open and somebody was there and they had plenty of flat fixing/repair facilities!

    Point? You never can tell what's going to happen and maybe you do want to have a secondary back on things.

    Don't lose your head if **** happens. I looked at the truck and tire and said to myself, "Well Self! It's a good book and the coffee's hot, why don't we just read for a bit!"

    Great mention of the bell on the bike. Road and hiked with a red towel hung of the shoulder of my pack to fling out in case a mountain lion decided try me for a snack. Eerie feeling for a Canuck to watching the ravine tops for big cats.

    Nobody's mentioned a good flare system/signaling device. Blue tarp is the recommendation for air/visual that the rangers suggested. Also good for shelter. 10X10 is cheap and light.

    Magnesium sparker for fires? Fire starting fluid or material?

    By the end of the 1st month, I carried a 25lb pack EVERYWHERE I went down there. Water, food, gps, et cetera. Even for a 3 hour quickie hike. I tried to make sure I could survive quit comfortably for at least one night if things went wrong. And down there, a 3 hour walk will get you to places that one slip and you're dead. There is NO water down there. Up in Canada, you can't get away from the stuff. And it's clean, fresh water, not puddles of run-off filled with who-knows-what.

    I'm a lolly-gagger when it comes to riding trails. Any big hills I had to go down, I walked down. I actually had a milk crate on the back of my bike to carry crap. Use a solid bike rack that mounts securely and 6 hose clamps to secure it. It'll rattle lose so check it.

    Best practise? Dry run the scenerio. It's always a gamble. (Life ain't fair in case you didn't know...) but you can quickly stroke off a few things that will make a little problem stay little, or a big one, not so big.

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    Skip the magnesium fire starter and just carry waterproof matches. They are more reliable at starting fires in dry stuff you can find around in my experience. Maybe I just need to practice with the fire starter, but I haven't been able to light anything but cotton balls with it, and if you have to carry cotton balls, you might as well just carry matches instead.
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    Mag starter

    And you are so right. It's very cool to see the survivor guy start fies with them and all that survivor stuff, but I never go out anywhere without a Bic light. 10 billion lights, Never breaks.Take two, their light!

    It's not like I'm going into the jungle on a special ops mission.

    (I take a queen sized mattress with me when I went south! So you can tell what a pansy I am!)

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    I tend to carry everything else for bike maintance that you all have mentioned so I am not going to mention it again. However, I do carry stuff more survival related. I found myself in a survival sitituation one time being stranded in a bad storm after getting lost after a hunting trip. After that, I dont take any trip without taking:

    Compass
    Cell phone
    First Aid kit
    4" knife
    Headlamp
    flashlight
    Small Survival handbook
    Map of the area if available
    Waterproof matches
    Coffee filters for filtering water

    I know that seems like a lot of weight but you can get a lot of this stuff pretty light from hiking sites and stores. Personally, after my expierence, its worth the extra weight.

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    my list

    For a 3 to 7 hour ride:
    Mini bike tool asst.
    baggie w/advil, alieve, excedrin (has caffiene) bandaids, gauze, cash, tp .
    Tire patch kit w/2 tire levers, sometimes an inner tube. small, good pump.
    Extra shirt. Coastal N. Ca fog means temp gradients equals spare shirt, light riding jacket, wool cap, neck warmer.
    2 to 5 power bars depending on duration.
    2 to 4 bottle w/ fierce grape gatorade depending on weather/duration of ride
    Sunglasses with changeable lenses (for sun to fog)
    Use to do camelback but I found getting the fluids in bottle cages low on bike put carried weight lower which makes better handling riding and is better for my back. I carry a light back pack with the other stuff and a spare water bottle if I have to.
    When I am taking a 1 to 2 hour power ride (I do lots of climbing) I often take just one water or nothing. I feel a huge difference when not carrying all the weight-I think even a couple pounds makes a difference. It is really fun to take a ride like this a couple times a week. I feel like i'm flying!
    Yes I've flatted out a couple times and had a long walk-but I enjoy hiking too!
    I use to carry the chain stuff-but since I've never had a chain break on me in the past 2 years I stopped. I just replace my chain every few months-or 1000 miles or so.
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    forgot 2 more things i pack

    Also a cell phone and bic lighter

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    I get this question a lot from students, here is a list I posted a couple weeks ago. http://betterride.net/blog/2011/10-i...ong-mtb-rides/
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    All good stuff. Something I didn't see yet: A half dozen water treatment tabs and a small whistle can save your life and weigh grams. Add these to your first aid kit. Also: I never set foot in the woods without toilet paper somewhere in my stuff. If you're traveling to ride chances are good you'll need it frequently.

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    I carry a ton of stuff in my hawg, most of wich has already been mentioned, and I have used all of it at one time or another. The one thing I haven't seen is a six inch piece of wire bent on both ends to hold my chain while I am working on it. Great thread, Ive added a few things to my pack.

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    personally, just you, your bike, and some friends. Maybe a backpack with beer or something for the long trip.

    But seriously though, I think some people get too caught up in making sure their pack is full and ready for everything. Packing too much I think gets to be a pain, because most of the time you really don't need much of the stuff. maybe a tire and a pump, but do we really need med kits lol

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    I tend to be a minamilist. Just small towel, some snacks, a pocket knife (never know when a gators gonna try to get ya). and my cell phone I have tubes and pump at the car.

    Probably should carry more but there are enough people out there on the trails that if I really need anything else, I am sure there will be somebody that has what I need.

    Now if I went to some more remote areas, I would certainly cary a whole lot more to be safe
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    Great site for packing light, if that's your fancy. Lot of good information in this thread from some veteran light packers.

    http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...thread_id=2981

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    i always carry some jack links beef jerkey, just incase i ever run into a sasquatch

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    great list. now i can start to put my roadbag together.

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    Gret stuff in this thread. In case I have to mess with anything greasy I keep a couple pairs of latex gloves in my seat bag or camelback...

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    wow, after viewing this thread I feel so unprepared :P

    I usually only bring my cellphone and keys

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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
    Awesome. Thank you!

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    As someone who is looking to get back into biking, I've found the information in here very helpful.

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    Some great info here, thanks all for contributing.

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    good stuff!

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    All great advice. I would add the following tidbits, from more of a survival perspective:

    If there is a potential of getting lost (taking the wrong trail or ???), have some basic survival items, like a good knife and a means to start a fire. These items should be carried on your person, not in a pack or on your bike - you can be separated from a pack or bike, and/or you may lose it on the trail.

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    Always tell someone where you are going and when you should be back - and have them check up on you...

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    Necessary: Helmet, Camelbak
    Exceptionally good idea: Mini-pump
    2 patch kits
    1 Extra tube
    2 Tire Levers
    1 Mini-Pump
    1 Mini-tool with as much stuff on it as possible
    1 First Aid Kit
    1 Length of twine
    Bazillion zip ties
    1 Knife
    Chain links
    Might as well:
    Powerbar(s)
    Cell Phone
    Bike Shorts
    Gloves
    Cleaning Wipes

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    feel like i'd need a suitcase when riding after reading Chris's initial posting

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    new here. just wanted to say thanks for the thread.

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    I don't know if it has been mentioned, because reading this tread all the way through here is a pain in the ass, but I always pack a folding 3" 7/8 outdoor knife or either a telescopic baton...

    You never know who or want you can encounter on the trails and either way, you got to get back at the end of the day. *togetyourbeerandtrollonmtbr.com*

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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    thanks for the great info. I carry water of course, a pack with: levers, c02 air cartridge, spare tube, and a multitool. I also stuff my wallet and cell phone in there because you never know.

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    Alot of great ideas here!

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    Thanks for all this advice and ideas. I think i got a decent amount of things in my pack.

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    Love the advice. Will use it. Thanks

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