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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    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    How about NOT burning it and packing it out? Zip locks are good for that. Many areas are under fire restrictions and one stray spark...... Leave No Trace principles, which apply to bikers too, are a great guideline.
    Gross just bury it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr4474 View Post
    Gross just bury it.
    Yes, just bury it and be done.
    Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son...

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    Good job!

    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
    Thank you very much Chris for this list. I have been able to start compiling my pack based off of your list.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Fancy Hat View Post
    If two tubes is all you need for the WORST of circumstances, you've never had three flats on a ride. Here's my kit, which has evolved over 14 years of riding. If there's anything in there that seems a little odd it's because I've needed it and didn't have it, or come close to spending an unplanned night in the woods.

    Aside from whatever clothes work with the day's weather, my minimalist short ride kit:

    In a seatbag I keep:
    1 tube
    Park glue-less patch kit (it's the size of a quarter)
    multitool with allens, chain breaker, etc.
    extra links (especially on the singlespeed)
    2 tire levers
    small leatherman (pliers, knife, file, etc.)

    In jersey pockets:
    1-3 hour of food depending on how long a ride and at least something with a wrapper for a tire boot
    mini-pump (I don't completely trust CO2 only)
    cellphone, wallet, key all in a sandwich bag

    For longer rides I get the camelback and add:
    more food/water
    1 more tube, 2 total
    1-2 extra chainring bolts (especially on the singlespeed)
    extra bite valve
    2 trashbags (impromptu rain jacket, or when filled with leaves a blanket)
    a lighter
    assorted zipties
    extra eyeglasses (I have really bad eyes)
    map of the area
    windbreaker
    more food, even a sandwich

    For all day and/or really remote rides I add:
    more food/water
    sometimes iodine tablets
    space blanket
    first aid kit

    Things I should add to the kit, especially for remote rides:
    mirror
    whistle
    Thanks for the list!

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    I'm shortfalling a bit on this because I have only just started riding MTB, but on each ride I carry a small-ish saddle bag which has...

    Tyre levers, Allen Keys, Wallet with ID, Phone, Keys...

    Looking at a bigger saddle bag so that I can pack more of the essentials such as a new tube, dumbell spanner, zip ties, small pump (maybe frame mounted), maybe a leatherman or similar.
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    Re: Mountain Bike Ride Packing List

    After a recent (disastrous) ride, I have added 2 cravats and an ace bandage to my camelbak.

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    Everyone's first aid kits are usually different but it's always a good idea to carry a little one with you and a larger one in the car. In my camelback, I usually have:

    Various bandages
    Gauze pads
    Alcohol prep pads
    Ibuprofen/Tums
    Laytex gloves
    QuickClot
    Plastic bags
    Tape

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    Hi Guys,

    Going for a 4 ride tomorrow or so. I dont have a camelback but do have a sowmehwta decent pakc with lots of storage. I am taking the following

    - Water bottle on bike

    And items in pack, I organized them the best I could,

    -Water bottles
    -spare tubes
    -glue patch kit and tire levers
    - Mini tire pump
    - Mulit tool ( topeak )
    - One of those leatherman tools
    - Bike maps of immediate are
    - assorted rags in case bike needs a wipe down
    - snacks
    -bandaids just in case
    - Phone
    - zip ( cable ) ties
    - electrical tape.

    I also threw my ball hat in just in case I stop for a bit to eat and want to through it on.

    Anybody see anything Im missing?

    And a towel or two to wipe my face down if its hot

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    There's lots of stuff I wouldn't leave home without that you haven't listed. Read prior posts.

    Most notably, you are missing your wallet and first aid.

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    Re: Mountain Bike Ride Packing List

    Thank you guys for this thread.
    I usually park my car at the mid stretch of the trail I frequently ride to. The farthest point is no more than 3 miles from my car. So I'm very willing to risk having to walk back. I can afford to bring only my helmet and my cellphone. But next time, I will never leave the drinks in my car.
    What works for me may not work for you. What's best for you depends on many factors. We are different from each other.

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    Back with a pack update.

    3L Hydration pack
    Alien multi tool
    Leatherman tool
    Cable ties
    electrical tape
    topeak multi pump
    patch kit
    spare tube
    hammer gels
    Granola bars
    gatroade in bottle on bike
    first aid kit
    ID
    keys
    sunglasses
    phone

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    Re: Mountain Bike Ride Packing List

    Quote Originally Posted by Island20v View Post
    Everyone's first aid kits are usually different but it's always a good idea to carry a little one with you and a larger one in the car. In my camelback, I usually have:

    Various bandages
    Gauze pads
    Alcohol prep pads
    Ibuprofen/Tums
    Laytex gloves
    QuickClot
    Plastic bags
    Tape
    Nice list.

    I also usually bring a bandana which can be used as a sling or tourniquet.


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    up to 50 km: tools, water, phone, cash; above 50 km: tire repaire kit, food, dressing, map

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    Hi

    Quote Originally Posted by sagitt77 View Post
    up to 50 km: tools, water, phone, cash; above 50 km: tire repaire kit, food, dressing, map
    What I missed(I did not read all..) is a spare breaking pads, has been usefull for me specially in the mountains!
    Greetz From Belgium

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    I'm new to MtB but have been white water rafting on wilderness rivers for years. I carry a SPOT locator with me when riding solo. Has emergency locator function but also tracking function so family knows where I am. Has saved several friends on the river and hiking after bad accidents.

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    I always carry at least one ace bandage with me and I have a bandana looped through a key ring on my packs strap. Make an easy to grab sweat rag as well.
    Alcohol prep pads or whipes. Medicines also.
    The Super V

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    So Far:
    Camelbak HAWG
    -first aid kit- assorted bandaids, alcohol wipes, ace bandage, instant cold pack, quick clot
    -2 Tubes
    -a few Gu Gels and a clif bar
    -Meds-Ibuprofen, heart burn meds, and IMMODIUM! the runs on a trail sucks!
    -a lil Toilet paper
    -duct tape
    -zip ties
    -wallet with ID and ins. card
    -Cell Phone
    EDIT: 4 pack of SRAM powerlinks
    Saddle bag-
    -Co2
    -Patch kit
    -Tire levers
    -multitool
    -pump on frame

    im going to give this a try and see if I see the need to add more stuff.. I like to be prepared
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    This is a fantastic list, thanks for sharing!

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    Fix a flat. Trust me. Its more valuable then anyone realizes. Potassium permanganate (helps with the runs very fast) and contact cement won't hurt when the valve stem gets a cut.
    The Super V

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvrrunner View Post
    I'm new to MtB but have been white water rafting on wilderness rivers for years. I carry a SPOT locator with me when riding solo. Has emergency locator function but also tracking function so family knows where I am. Has saved several friends on the river and hiking after bad accidents.
    Just curious, when you say "saved", do you mean, had EMS waiting at trailhead/take-out, were able to arrange for a heli evac, or what?

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    Awesome suggestions. Very helpful for a newbie like me. Thanks Chris!

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    Holy crap, where was this post a week ago?! Ive got pretty much everything ACCEPT first aid in my kit. My front tire sank in unseen deep sand on a medium downhill and I landed in rocks. Gouged my knee pretty bad and rode 5 miles back with blood all over the front of my leg. On the add list is Gauze, medical tape bandaids and alcohal wipes.

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    For an afternoon or day out,

    On or about personal clothing which will be weather appropriate.

    Phone
    Wallet
    Keys with mini flashlight
    Snack bars and energy gels.

    In Saddlebag

    Puncture repair kit with tyre levers
    Spare Tube
    Space Blanket
    Working glove (small thin and rubber palmed)
    A few plasters and cleansing wipes

    On bike frame

    Bike light with fresh charged batteries, just in case of a hold up or afternoon start where there's the possibility of returning in the dark.
    Water bottle 750ml

    In bag/Rucksack

    Another spare tube
    Shock pump
    Tyre pump
    First aid kit - various bandages, plasters, steriwipes, latex gloves, trauma scissors, triangular sling, x 2 space blankets and hand sanitiser.
    Fire kit - lighter and tinder (very small amount as a just in case)
    Tarp Shelter 3x3 meters with pegs and paracord ties
    More water
    Food plus a wee bit extra
    More gels for riding partners
    Possibly a flask if it's cold outside
    "Comfort" bag which consists of sachets of coffee and hot chocolate etc, a few boiled sweets and glucose/dextrose/lucozade tablets
    "Medical" bag with painkillers, anti inflammatorys, nasal sprays, small vaseline tin, antihistamine tabs, cold and flu tablets and lemsip sachets. Spare small hand sanitiser too.
    Wind up radio/flashlight
    Spare battery charging pack with assortment of connectors (strava runs down the battery on the phone something shocking)
    Leatherman multitool
    Flashight AAA batteries
    Headlight AAA batteries
    Spare AAA batteries
    Pen, notebook
    Handwarmers (4 x twin packs)
    large black bin bag
    Sit mat (small, light, packs flat and saves a wet cold backside)
    Hobo stove with fuel and cooking pot/cup combo with soup sachets and eating utensils inside.
    Wet wipes travel pack.

    In car

    Change of clothes and shoes, spare coat, very important clean socks and talcum powder

    I guess when it's all listed out like that it looks like a lot, it's not really and most of the stuff is very small or light or packs inside itself or something else. I am the organised one and tend to ride or hike with three or four others.

    Having been in a couple of tight spots before over the years I've learned you never know what is going to happen or when and the one time you need it is the one time you never have it!! I would tend to think in the case of a severe injury to someone in the group that the best option is to stabilise, keep warm and dry and be able to sit waiting for help in a little bit of relative comfort.

    Of course if i'm going out by myself for an hour or whatever it's the saddlebag and what's on the bike and in my pockets.

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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

    I have given this post some thought and, I am not sure I would be that interested to have so many things. I am not backpacking the Sierra Nevadas and I am no survivalist. It will add lots of weight to my pack that will need to push uphill, etc. I certainly would like to have just a few essentials. bottom line is I will survive if my bike becomes disabled. I could walk the many miles -- Hell, the Germans invaded and almost conquered Russia in '41/'42 and 90% of the troops marched on foot to the gates of Moscow. SO if I had to walk back I could. I just want to cover like to or three of most likely contingencies. But having to prep for anything that could or might happen, then I would have to stock that long list of supplies, plus learn how to use em all.

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    Didnt notice it in this thread... (didnt read all 26 pages) but a Feminine Pad (yes, that kind), I have read makes for a great first aid addition. Makes sense...

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