[SIZE="4"]Some pretty cool mini Altoid Tin Survival Kits...[/SIZE]
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Last edited by 2ndgen; 08-17-2008 at 10:41 AM.
That's two or three extra bottles of water around here in the summer.
Originally Posted by xnothingpoetic
Get off the couch and ride!
It occurs to me that you could pack as much as will fit into a wide-neck water bottle if you need some way to keep it dry and securely attached. Jim.
Wow! This info is so great!
Thanks to all!
there are wide-mouthed nalgene bottle survival kits just like you described.
Originally Posted by youngjim
plenty of room for tools and a tube in there too.
I've been wanting to do some more remote riding, such as at Henry Coe, where you can't realistically carry enough water for the whole day. What is the water filter of choice for rides like this? I checked out REI today but nothing stood out as the right filter for MTB riding.
Great info all thanks so much..it really is a lot of help to a newb. I have not done any serious long distance trail rides yet but I think I will be ready now..
Thanks again All!!!!!!!!
Things mounted to my bike 24/7:
- Air pump
- Bike lock
- Front and rear lights
Things I wear in a backpack:
- Inner tube
- Bike tool
- 100 oz water in a Blackhawk Hydrastorm pack, with two additional pockets attached.
- Cell phone, wallet
- Sometimes I'll bring along a book to read
- 100' of 550 cord
Things I wear on me:
- Old shoes I care nothing about
Things that I bring if law permits it, and something no one else has said:
- H&K USP with 16+1 rounds of 40 s&w
- Light/Laser combination attached to pistol
- 2 spare magazines
someone should sell a necessities pack for mountain biking.
Alien Surf Team
Some non-bike things I bring
- Knife or multi-tool
- Sun Block
- Light (I leave my little one on my bike all the time)
- Extra battery for light
- A little cash
Chris103 has a really comprehensive list, but I'd also add EXTRA WATER. AND LOTS OF IT. In the case of an accident where evacuation is necessary you will need enough water to stay hydrated long enough to get the crash victim out.
Going the Distance…The Tools and Gear to Bring With You on Your Next Long Distance Jo
This is my checklist of everything in my daypack. I carry even more than this plus I have room to spare for extra food and water. I can get you some pics of how my pack is organized if you would like. I usually hike with bigger groups so I carry equipment for everyone. Hope that helps!
Matt’s Hiking Checklist
Before You Go
Check Road Conditions/Restrictions
Info to a friend
Familiar with the terrain and local area
Cell Phone Fully Charged
Metal Pot or Cup
Water Filtration Bottle
Flint Steel Firestarter
Needle and Thread
Minor Cuts (Antiseptic, Bandages)
Major Cuts (Gauze, Medical Tape, Butterflies)
Drugs (Tylenol, Aspirin, Benadryl
, Tums, Pepto)
Snake Bite Kit
Saline Eye Wash
Source: Going the Distance...The Tools and Gear to Bring With You on Your Next Long Distance Journey
Am i missing something here? why is almost everybody bringing a spare tube & a patch kit? especially if the idea is to bring only what you need? if anything, i think i would just bring 2 tubes, for the WORST of circumstances....
You've never seen a tube explode into peices or getting several flats? Dry patch kit is size of postage stamp and weighs almost nothing....handly but won't patch any big holes.
Originally Posted by purit4your11
Get off the couch and ride!
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:
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:
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)
extra eyeglasses (I have really bad eyes)
map of the area
more food, even a sandwich
For all day and/or really remote rides I add:
sometimes iodine tablets
first aid kit
Things I should add to the kit, especially for remote rides:
i keep superglue. the liquid stuff. it seals tubes for a while. but it only for small punctures.
One more thing
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.
i can see needing a saw in a survival situation,but please,please don't cut out kool trail features just cause you personally can't clean em (not directed at the above post,just generally speaking ).it's just down-rite rude/disrespectfull to those who enjoy ridin over it...only clear out downed trees if it's impassable (use good judgement please...one man's trash...).
in my seat pack:
1 tube (a 29er tube on the 29er,26er tube on the 26er...hey,some might not think... )
1 patch kit
1 multi tool (a pedros folding allen key set on the SS,alien II on the gearie 29er)
a few links of chain (diffrent sized betweenst the SS and 29er)
in my camelback:
a good mini pump
basic 1st aid kit
6" adjustable wrench
1" diameter of duct tape rolled around a broken-to-size pencil
small "channelock" pliers
cig lighter in ziplock baggie
empty ziplock baggie (to pack out used of next)
ziplock baggie full of wet/baby wipes
snack (anything from pb&j,candy bar,poptart stix,etc)
sturdy,sharp locking folder knife (enuff to help build a shelter,and defend myself)
mini maglite/spare batts
map if available/compass
spare bolts various sizes (most of the time,i forget these)
i also wear a good sharp one hand opening 3-4" bladed folder on my waste band
and a camera stashed somewhere
'11 Origin 8 700CX
'14 Surly Troll
I should have clarified that. I meant trees blocking the trail. It happens a lot here.
Almost all the trails I ride are trails I've built. They are carefully designed for flow and skill level so in some cases even a small tree on the ground has to be removed. I have 6 year old new riders on some of my trails.
If I were riding someone else's trail and found a tree in my face, I'd be inclined to remove it.
found this at rei- http://www.rei.com/product/745498
looks decent if you want some basics in an all-in-one whistle, compass, etc.
"I've been wanting to do some more remote riding, such as at Henry Coe, where you can't realistically carry enough water for the whole day. What is the water filter of choice for rides like this? I checked out REI today but nothing stood out as the right filter for MTB riding."
4 months late, but still. An important part.
MSR makes a very awesome water filter. Weighs maybe a pound? Roughly the size of two soda cans. Can filter a few thousand gallons of water. Will kill everything except rare water virus... and those you can kill off with little iodine pills then filter it. Water tastes great, its small, light, and is cleanable. Its about 100$(kind of costly).
First time I used it, I still brought enough water with me while backpacking.. but after my third backpacking trip with it, I was only carrying my camelbak.
*PLEASE* be prudent enough to be double or triple sure there is still water somewhere for you to filter from. Its an awesome filter, but it can't turn sand into water.
2008 Specialized Rockhopper -- STOLEN! *cry*
09 Stout SE(Its like your sister, cheap and fun)
Originally Posted by Chris130
Great List Chris , Thanks a heap
Just wanted to give a big thanks to y'all. Many items on here I never would have thought of, and I kinda feel like an idiot lol.
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?
"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride"
- John F. Kennedy
VERY IMPORTANT MTB RIDERS!!!
i was riding with a group with a leader
guy on a MTB snapped the deralleur pulley cog straight out, came flying off, couldnt find it - it was from the stress of climbing a hill. lucky the leader had a spare. it was the top cog that feeds the chain onto the cassette.
so make sure u take spare derailleur pulley cogs and cage just incase
I am a little under prepaired compaired to most but I carry:
2 gu gels
A very important part of trail repair that has not been mentionend yet, is to learn how to use all of your emergency repair kit in the comfort of your own home. I can not count the number of people I have stopped to help that had a broke chain but did not know how to use their chain tool or did not know tht they had to switch the little rubber bushing in their pump to go between presta and shrader. All the tools in the world are useless if you don't know how to use them.
Another important trail repair tip is to take your time. there are many small screws and whatnots that can be lost if you are in a hurry. And I'm sure almost all of us have stopped for a flat tire, swapped tubes, only to pinch flat a mile down the trail because we were in a hurry to continue the ride and did not put enough air in the tire.