Sounds like Craig is the guy to have along... Good job Craig
Originally Posted by JimC.
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 try to bring my small digi cam + extra batteries
somethin to smoke... hehehe....... 'nough said. oh, a lighter, too.
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.
Originally Posted by mtobikes
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.
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.
Originally Posted by Trail Ninja
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.
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
SRAM power link
small folding knife
energy gel, Cliff bar, something to munch on mid ride
little headlamp just in case
extra layer if it chilly
wallet with ID
Gorilla tape - great for everything
2013 Transition TransAM 29er
2012 Banshee Spitfire 26er
2005 Trek Bruiser urban single speed
Platforms For Life
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.
2008 GT Force 3.0
2009 Bianchi Pista fixie
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.
Great Ideas thanks for posting!
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!
[SIZE="3"]A good full bike pre-ride inspection! [/SIZE]
(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!
This is awesome. Thank you to everyone who has contributed!
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
This has been very helpful! Thank you to everyone who posted.
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
-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)
-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.
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....
women and bikes are my heaven
Masters' class Clydesdale
Wow, this thread is nothing short of amazing, some very good ideas here!!
Tighten it 'til it strips - then back it off a quarter turn
= The Executioner
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.
... and ticks.
Originally Posted by Halfrican
I may have overlooked these from above, but:
Pen and paper
water, munchies, first aid kit
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
Have Cake and beat it 2
camel back hawg
puncture repair kit and a couple of spare tubes
couple of spare co2 cartridges.
first aid kit when out bush
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.
In my camelbak i keep a lot of things....
Crank bros multitool (with chain tool)
Map of the area i'll be riding
small amount of duct tape
a rag of some kind
If it's cold i also have arm/leg warmers and a balaclava
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.
Looks like I can't delete? Still learning. Moderator will stumble on here eventually.
Last edited by jimbowho; 01-16-2010 at 03:08 PM.
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.