• 02-28-2013
    Tgunner08
    I'm going to have to get a camelback and start packing. Great info! Good stuff for someone new to mtbiking!!
  • 03-01-2013
    pzawadzki
    Good info!!! Tks
  • 03-10-2013
    Hank13
    Good post. Great for newbies that need some help
  • 03-26-2013
    Jonezed7
    I like the lists, thanks guys!
  • 03-31-2013
    Blackmagic247
    thanks for the info...exactly what i was looking for...
  • 04-23-2013
    namsek
    Looking forward to going out on my first trail ride soon and finally got all my essential gear together thanks to this thread. Great info here, thanks!
  • 04-28-2013
    Bruce in SoCal
    Among the usual things, I carry a DIY cable lock just in case I must leave my bike. It is 10 feet of the lightest rigging wire West Marine sells, with swedged loops (from West) on either end. I have a tiny lock. The whole thing ways 4 ounces. It won't stop anyone who wants my bike and has a wire cutter, but may stop a crime of opportunity. I can go into a convenience store for a minute or tow with a degree of safety.
  • 04-30-2013
    Natedogz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bruce in SoCal View Post
    Among the usual things, I carry a DIY cable lock just in case I must leave my bike. It is 10 feet of the lightest rigging wire West Marine sells, with swedged loops (from West) on either end. I have a tiny lock. The whole thing ways 4 ounces. It won't stop anyone who wants my bike and has a wire cutter, but may stop a crime of opportunity. I can go into a convenience store for a minute or tow with a degree of safety.

    That's a great idea!
  • 04-30-2013
    RandomGuyOnABike
    This is a work in progress, subject to change:

    Handlebar Bag
    Sleeping bag
    Tent + Ground cover
    Sleeping Pad
    Gortex Jacket

    Panniers
    Pull-overs
    Rain Gear
    Food
    Gloves
    Helmet liner
    Under-armor gear
    Ditty bag w/ misc stuff
    Camp Equipment
    Food
    Camera Tripod
    GoPro Guerillapod

    Frame Bag
    Repair kit (tools / parts)
    First Aid kit
    Spare batteries
    Tire pump
    Luggage lock

    On Body / In Camelbak
    Hydration bladder
    Water Sanitation stuff
    Maps
    Bandannas
    Shemagh
    Leatherman
    Credit Card / Cash
    TP / wet wipes
    Hat
    Helmet

    Gas Tank
    Camera
    Cell Phone
    Ipod
    Recharger

    Feed Bag 1
    Food snacks / Garbage

    Mounted On Handlebars
    Cue sheet
    Map
    Headlight
    GoPro Mount
    GPS mount
  • 04-30-2013
    79ford
    Wouldn't it be easier to pull a small trailer instead? haha
  • 04-30-2013
    Bruce in SoCal
    I also carry latex gloves. They can be used in first aid or when touching the chain.
  • 04-30-2013
    Bruce in SoCal
    After today's ride in the desert, I'm going to add a collapsible umbrella to make instant shade. I'll probably cut some or all of the handle off to save weight.
  • 05-01-2013
    RandomGuyOnABike
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 79ford View Post
    Wouldn't it be easier to pull a small trailer instead? haha

    Na, almost all of the stuff that I have on my list is fairly small. The bulky stuff (which is fairly light) is either on the handlebars or on the rack. The heavier things (tools, maintenance parts) are centered on the bike and are fairly small.

    Its not a minimalist build, nor is it a maximalist / comfort build; but somewhere in between.

    Added a Key-Bak Retractable Reel Keychain to the list as well to secure the camelbak bite-valve / tube to the pack.
  • 05-01-2013
    Natedogz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bruce in SoCal View Post
    I also carry latex gloves. They can be used in first aid or when touching the chain.

    Good idea, me too buy the good ones, don't skimp on gloves.
  • 05-14-2013
    Gregon2wheels
    One website's opinion: Trail Tech: What To Pack For Long Mountain Bike Rides - BikeRadar

    Mechanical stuff only. Good for an all or multi-day ride. Maybe a little overkill for most of even my longer rides around here. No mention of food and water.
  • 05-14-2013
    1moremile
    I ride by myself a lot. I purchased a "Spot" device for back country snowmobiling and now carry it biking. This device has a 911 button that when activated will allow emergency personnel to locate you via gps. Also a button to alert friends that you are o.k. but need assistance. May not be necessary for most riders, but is incredible peace of mind.
  • 05-15-2013
    Natedogz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gregon2wheels View Post
    One website's opinion: Trail Tech: What To Pack For Long Mountain Bike Rides - BikeRadar

    Mechanical stuff only. Good for an all or multi-day ride. Maybe a little overkill for most of even my longer rides around here. No mention of food and water.

    Third paragraph, "In addition to nutrition, hydration and identification, here are 20 items to bring on your next backcountry mountain bike ride." but they don't go into any detail on food which would be good. Great ideas for hardware, I hadn't thought about a chainring bolt. :)

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 1moremile View Post
    I ride by myself a lot. I purchased a "Spot" device for back country snowmobiling and now carry it biking. This device has a 911 button that when activated will allow emergency personnel to locate you via gps. Also a button to alert friends that you are o.k. but need assistance. May not be necessary for most riders, but is incredible peace of mind.

    That's good idea too!
  • 05-19-2013
    angelika
    In my opinion, one or two spare cellphone batteries(full charged), waterproof clothing, headlight, enough water for drink are essential.
  • 05-20-2013
    Ride-Aid
    Personally on shorter rides, I keep my gear to a minimum.
    Water, tire levers, tube, pump, and a multi tool with a chain breaker. Maybe food depending on the length. Longer rides, I generally pack on a case by case basis.

    Here is a video with some pretty in depth commentary (link starts at how to pack for a mountain ride section) How to Pack for a Ride - YouTube
  • 05-21-2013
    Bruce in SoCal
    After Saturday's crash, I'll add something to my packing list: spare shorts. It makes getting home after the EMTs cut yours off much easier.
  • 05-21-2013
    Gregon2wheels
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bruce in SoCal View Post
    After Saturday's crash, I'll add something to my packing list: spare shorts. It makes getting home after the EMTs cut yours off much easier.

    Oh crap. What happened?
  • 05-21-2013
    Bruce in SoCal
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gregon2wheels View Post
    Oh crap. What happened?

    You can see my ride profile on Strava at Bike Ride Profile | Morning Ride near California, USA | Times and Records | Strava may notice that for a bit, I'm doing better than 140 mph. That reflects being aboard a helicopter after leaving the single track at a very inopportune moment. The ER staff removed everything I was wearing with the help of a surgical scissors. The hospital called my wife, who rushed over but did not bring anything for me to wear. Once I'm heeled, I'll carry at least extra clothes.
  • 05-21-2013
    Gregon2wheels
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bruce in SoCal View Post
    You can see my ride profile on Strava at Bike Ride Profile | Morning Ride near California, USA | Times and Records | Strava may notice that for a bit, I'm doing better than 140 mph.

    Damn EMTs and their scissors (my favorites are Clauss titanium bonded shears).



    Looks like you made it most of the way. That's what you get for bushwhacking off trail. Seriously, I hope you didn't get too hurt.
  • 05-22-2013
    SonOfLiberty
    Thanks for this. Glad I'm not the only one that carries a gun.
  • 05-24-2013
    Parsons21
    Thanks! It seems like you thought of everything. I would also recommend an Osprey hydration pack- it's just like a Camelbak, but less expensive and the water tube mouthpiece is magnetized! It is great for on-the-go drinking.

    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

  • 06-09-2013
    gr4474
    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.
  • 06-10-2013
    Natedogz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gr4474 View Post
    Gross just bury it.

    Yes, just bury it and be done.
  • 06-27-2013
    thorstenson203
    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.
  • 06-27-2013
    thorstenson203
    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!
  • 07-07-2013
    JoeDougieDouglas
    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.
  • 07-08-2013
    GelatiCruiser
    Re: Mountain Bike Ride Packing List
    After a recent (disastrous) ride, I have added 2 cravats and an ace bandage to my camelbak.
  • 07-18-2013
    Island20v
    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
  • 07-23-2013
    JerB
    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
  • 07-23-2013
    Bruce in SoCal
    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.
  • 08-09-2013
    mtb_beginner
    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. :)
  • 08-16-2013
    JerB
    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
  • 08-16-2013
    Verbl Kint
    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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  • 08-20-2013
    sagitt77
    up to 50 km: tools, water, phone, cash; above 50 km: tire repaire kit, food, dressing, map
  • 08-29-2013
    chelly
    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
  • 09-30-2013
    rvrrunner
    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.
  • 10-02-2013
    TheSuperV
    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.
  • 10-07-2013
    Jams_805
    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
  • 10-07-2013
    Koni13
    This is a fantastic list, thanks for sharing!
  • 10-08-2013
    TheSuperV
    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.
  • 10-08-2013
    formica
    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?
  • 10-09-2013
    justine
    Awesome suggestions. Very helpful for a newbie like me. Thanks Chris!
  • 10-18-2013
    Jasonstiller
    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.
  • 02-07-2014
    PBNinja
    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 :D

    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.
  • 02-24-2014
    mantrain
    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.
  • 04-07-2014
    jspansel
    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...
  • 04-11-2014
    Brockwan
    Mountain Bike Ride Packing List
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jspansel View Post
    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...

    When I broke my nose I had a tampon up each nostril.


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  • 06-09-2014
    cameden
    my .02:

    seatbag for shorter trips: spare tube, co2 cartridge and pump attachment, topeak hexus II multi tool, couple bandaids and quaze pads of different size, couple saftey pins, paper clip, 2 extra chain links and pins, powerlink, and a lighter wrapped in duct tape. bottle of water in the cage.

    Platypus pack for longer rides: Black Diamond Spot headlamp, Blackburn Evo 13 Airstick pump, topeak hexus II multi tool, Gerber suspension multi tool (conviently attachted to the outside for easy access), spare tube, co2 cartridge and pump attachment, steel core tire lever, couple bandaids and quaze pads of different size, couple saftey pins, paper clip, little bit of TP, ace bandage, couple granola bars, 2 extra chain links and pins, powerlink, and a lighter wrapped in duct tape. as much water as i need in the ol pack (up to 100oz.).

    might seam like a lot but it really isnt, i like to have basic first aide supplies because when they come in handy, they really come in handy. obviously based on the specific conditions and the trail at hand things change.
  • 07-04-2014
    Bruce in SoCal
    At the recommendation of an old biker who rides the deserts of the Southwest USA, I added a hair comb to my kit. Not only does it combat "helmet hair," he says it is the best thing for removing stickers from cholla cactus. He says that if you so much as brush against one, you will pick up a cluster of stickers. (He says they will jump at you from a foot away.) In any event, you can't grab them and pull them off because if you try, they'll stick to your fingers and hands, too. So, you can get under it with a comb and pry it off. I hope to avoid chollas, but decided to be prepared since I ride the desert a lot.
  • 07-25-2014
    elliott436
    The list I made was just general after seeing what some of you guys have said gave me more things that I had overlooked, thanks.
  • 07-31-2014
    elliott436
    Re: Mountain Bike Ride Packing List
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Williambopy View Post
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    Wtf? Are you serious dude lol...
  • 09-15-2014
    sleepyguy1001
    I've only been riding since early May and have already used half of the stuff listed on this thread.
  • 10-17-2014
    smartwinner
    great idea,just do it
  • 12-10-2014
    45CALifornia
    when it comes to the camelbak, remember that water is heavy. 2 liters of water is great, but a 1.5 will get you through most rides and shed some weight.
  • 12-10-2014
    formica
    Mountain Bike Ride Packing List
    Well, that really depends on the climate, temperature and how long your ride is.
  • 12-14-2014
    Gregon2wheels
    And how much you sweat and how hard you ride and...
  • 01-17-2015
    MTB Living
    Great thread! I always go by the motto less is more when on a bike however there are some things which are a necessity.

    As a minimum I carry..

    Plenty of water
    Spare Tubes
    Hand Pump
    Tire Levers
    Multi Tool
    Allen Key Set
    Chain Tool
    Cell Phone
  • 04-12-2015
    SlideFox
    This is something I invested in just this morning. One of those pocket battery packs to recharge your phone should it die on you. My wife was using a tracking app on her phone and playing music, and her phone died on the trail. Thankfully her sisters phone still had juice.

    I picked up a charge pack and shorty charge cable (about 6" long) from walmart for roughly $30-$40.
  • 04-14-2015
    hartleyd75
    Hi All

    I have set up a Facebook group, for routes and general stuff about mtb if anyone is interested you can find it here, love to here from you guys :)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/364901913697502/
  • 04-16-2015
    kanewtz
    Just got into MTB.

    So far I've Bought:
    - Mini Pump
    - Tyre Lever Kit


    To Buy:
    - Either Alien 2 or CB M19 (which one is better?)
    - Osprey Raptor 14
    - Spare Tubes
    - Chain Links
    - Y-tool with 8/9/10mm sockets
    - Leather man

    Anything I am missing?
  • 04-16-2015
    sXeXBMXer
    was scanning through some of the pages, and came across people mentioning bringing chain links etc for busted up chains. Is it not a good idea to just bring a whole extra chain? Is it overkill?
  • 04-16-2015
    markec123
    Whole chain is way more heavier and takes more space in backpack then few links.
  • 07-06-2015
    cyclingpassion
    Very helpful! Thanks! Chris
  • 01-13-2016
    Natedogz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by markec123 View Post
    Whole chain is way more heavier and takes more space in backpack then few links.

    Yes, couple links and spare masterlink. Whole chain is heavy and takes lots of space.

    Those who carry a lighter, I do same and had the flint go bad, it would not spark, just kinda disintegrated so be sure to test it and replace every few years. :)
  • 03-09-2016
    WASHOFSKYC
    Good idea for a thread
  • 06-27-2016
    chantal7
    Holy - I guess I'm the type that will learn the hard way. I guess if I was going on a very long ride I would consider more stuff. I usually just bring some bug spray, water, my phone, kleenex (them allergies in the summer sometimes get to me) and I carry this all in my little pouch that's beneath the seat of my bike (it also acts as a slight mud-flap lol!). I have no extra tubes or tools for my bike (I do have an allan key set though) but I don't carry that stuff with me. I just bought a new bike this year, so it'll take some getting used to all the new gadgets and stuff it has on it. The other day I just realized bikes have tubeless tires... and I don't have a clue if mine is or not Haha!

    Thanks for the list - definitely is something to look back on.
  • 07-07-2016
    Kharmore
    I like some of the ideas I've seen, thanks!
  • 07-21-2016
    jproaster
    Lots of great lists. Needing to create my first kit. Do most LBS carry the essential gear? Amazon or cycle specific websites?

    John
  • 07-29-2016
    jproaster
    Grabbed a great pump; cant remember the name but it started with an L. Cant believe how efficient it is for it's small size.
  • 08-05-2016
    khagan
    helpful.
  • 08-25-2016
    gckless
    Jeez, some of you carry so much gear I wonder how you have any fun riding! But tons of great info, made me re-evaluate my pack. I honestly don't think I need to add anything after 14 pages lol. Good stuff!
  • 08-25-2016
    Usman22152
    Great thread, just got into mountain biking and went out for the first time yesterday and can see how some of these items can come in handy.
  • 09-14-2016
    trail_cat13
    nice comprehensive list!
  • 12-23-2016
    grimacetimus
    Between being an ex-rider (and just getting back into now), a hunter, and general survivalist, I prefer overkill vs. minimalist. Granted, my local rides, it's definitely overkill; however, for the foreseeable future (until I've shed about 40-50#), I'm taking more water than I need ...and a full load to increase my endurance objectives.

    Tubes + Pump
    Gloves & Helmet (wearing)
    Clamp-on bike light setup
    Two tire levers
    Patch Kit
    Chain tool + spare links

    Matches, Cig. lighter & survival lighter
    Solar Blanket
    Signal mirror
    Compact first aid kit w/Analgesics and blood-clot pack
    Survival Knife
    Gerber multi-tool
    Bug spray (bugs don't usually bite me though ...my blood must be toxic :) )
  • 12-28-2016
    iliketexmex
    Zip ties, straps and/or duct tape. Improvise adapt and overcome!
  • 01-22-2017
    Tblood
    Thanks for the tips
  • 03-16-2017
    Shotgun Jeremy
    This is a great idea. I've wondered about a lot of this. Growing up on bikes, I never worried about anything - just went out in jeans and a t shirt and then made it home each night.

    Now, I carry my camel-bak with my concealed carry pistol in it (more for wild life/ parking lot thieves) some energy snack bars, a basic first aid kit, Ka Bar, and of course my cell so I can map my rides.


    I'm gonna toss in a spare multi-tool, and get some tire change items after reading this. I've also got an external power pack with usb port I can toss in there.
  • 03-17-2017
    Bruce in SoCal
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Shotgun Jeremy View Post
    Now, I carry my camel-bak with my concealed carry pistol in it (more for wild life/ parking lot thieves) some energy snack bars, a basic first aid kit, Ka Bar, and of course my cell so I can map my rides.

    i don't mean to be critical, but what use is a pistol in a backpack? In the event of an animal encounter, you'll be dinner before you can get to it. In the event you get robbed, the robber will get your backpack and bike before you can get to it.
  • 03-17-2017
    Shotgun Jeremy
    Better than leaving it in the truck.
  • 04-07-2017
    richj8990
    I'm surprised no one mentioned clothing in a backpack for a mountain bike ride, and only a few mentioned flashlights. What happens when it cools off and the sun goes down? Don't you guys bring sweatpants, a jacket, and a flashlight with handlebar mount? I'm in the Southwest "sun belt" and it still can get under 60 degrees when the sun goes down, so northern latitude bikers need heavier clothing at the end of the ride, correct?
  • 04-07-2017
    kybikeman
    I'm new to mountain biking, this really helps thanks!
  • 04-21-2017
    richj8990
    I just cracked my smartphone screen last evening while biking (it still works but nevertheless a bummer). Just ordered a nylon protector. The gel protector on the sides and back didn't cut it for some reason.

    Also I ordered a rear tire bike rack for placing either a backpack or duffel bag, so I don't have to wear a backpack. I sweat like crazy and need to give my back a break from the moisture and abrasion of having the backpack constantly bouncing against my skin.

    One other thing: I have had a flat tire pretty far in the trail once and it really sucked getting back. I scraped up my back rim riding back because it would have taken forever to walk back. I have a cheap $10 hand pump and it actually works pretty good, even with Presta valves. So you could put an extra tire tube in a backpack, but the Slime self-sealing tubes usually work fine without having to do that. Ironically that one time with the flat deep on the trail was with a Slime tube, but I think it had more to do with a motorcycle being on the trail earlier and cracking rocks that made them sharp. That was the only time a Slime tube went flat; the other time was in the garage but when I pumped it back up it never went flat again. They are great tubes and you can get them on Amazon for around $8-14 each.
  • 04-22-2017
    Tank29
    New to the MTB scene and getting my CB loaded and ready for a couple rides this coming week...Lots of great info in here...Thanks
  • 04-28-2017
    dplevy81
    I like to travel as light as possible:

    - Camelbak Rogue

    Everything below I keep in a light weight pouch I got at REI. Total weight is less than 1lb:

    - 1 light weight tube
    - Inflator head with 2x 20g cartriges (29er. **** inflating with a hand pump!)
    - 1 tire lever
    - Tire plug kit (running tubless)
    - Tire patch kit (incase spare tube gets a flat)
    - Lyzene light weight multi/chain tool
    - 1 derailleur hanger
    - 2x quick links
    - mini first aid kit (band aids, alcohol wipes, sting wipes, iodine, gauze)
    - mini swiss army knife
    - a couple zip ties and a length of coiled duct tape
    - latex gloves
    - $20 bill

    If i'm riding into the wilderness where there aren't too many people around, I bring the following in case of an impromptu camping trip, also packed into an REI pouch. Total weight is also less than one lb:

    - para cord bracelet
    - XL emergency blanket
    - lighter
    - bigger knife
    - lifestraw

    Cell phone, protein bars + snacks, water as needed are a given. Always with me.
  • 05-03-2017
    mrFreelancer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dplevy81 View Post
    I like to travel as light as possible:

    - Camelbak Rogue

    Everything below I keep in a light weight pouch I got at REI. Total weight is less than 1lb:

    - 1 light weight tube
    - Inflator head with 2x 20g cartriges (29er. **** inflating with a hand pump!)
    - 1 tire lever
    - Tire plug kit (running tubless)
    - Tire patch kit (incase spare tube gets a flat)
    - Lyzene light weight multi/chain tool
    - 1 derailleur hanger
    - 2x quick links
    - mini first aid kit (band aids, alcohol wipes, sting wipes, iodine, gauze)
    - mini swiss army knife
    - a couple zip ties and a length of coiled duct tape
    - latex gloves
    - $20 bill

    If i'm riding into the wilderness where there aren't too many people around, I bring the following in case of an impromptu camping trip, also packed into an REI pouch. Total weight is also less than one lb:

    - para cord bracelet
    - XL emergency blanket
    - lighter
    - bigger knife
    - lifestraw

    Cell phone, protein bars + snacks, water as needed are a given. Always with me.

    Geezuz! "zip ties, duct tape and latex gloves"!? Are you planning a heist at some point in your ride?
  • 05-03-2017
    dplevy81
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mrFreelancer View Post
    Geezuz! "zip ties, duct tape and latex gloves"!? Are you planning a heist at some point in your ride?

    Yes.

















    All joking aside, you can fix pretty much anything with duct tape and zip ties. They're also both good for sealing up a wound. The latex gloves, if you ever have to administer first aid to someone, you'll be glad you brought them. :thumbsup:
  • 05-03-2017
    sXeXBMXer
    Man...I love the idea of the zip ties. Duh!! they really can fix just about anything! Why didn't i think of that before
  • 05-12-2017
    mathers
    Great stuff here. Especially for us just getting into the MTB scene.
  • 05-24-2017
    krel
    Mountain Bike Ride Packing List
    I wanted to share the contents of my first aid kit (hiking and biking) and tool kit (biking only) both to provide a starting point for others and to get any feedback on things I'm missing or over carrying.

    For my specific case I am usually with my kids, and everyone's pack has food, water, and a whistle at a minimum. I always have a multitool in my pocket (mini leatherman) so I don't have a knife on the list.

    First aid contents
    -----
    Combo whistle/compass/matches
    Non-latex gloves
    Bacitracin
    Bandaids (variety, I get the tough strips because the adhesive is a lot better)
    Wound wipes
    Wound powder
    Gauze
    Medical tape
    Benadryl
    Ibuprofen
    Tweezers
    Safety pins
    Duct tape
    Rubber bands
    Zip ties
    Sunscreen
    Lip balm
    Cash

    Total weight about 10oz/280g

    My pack has a pocket intended for a rain cover in the bottom, I removed the cover and all first aid stuff fits in that pocket, so it's all organized in one place.

    Other misc stuff that goes on every trip
    -----
    Water
    Food
    Paper towels (toilet paper)
    Empty gallon bag (trash/etc)

    Finally, here's my tools/parts for biking specifically.

    2x tubes (bikes vary from 24" to 29" to 27.5"+ and 26" will work in any)
    Patch kit
    Master links
    Pump
    Bike multitool w chain
    15mm wrench

    So, any thoughts? Anything I'm missing? I'd thin this down if it was just me but I'm covering FA/tool needs for 4-6 people. :)
  • 05-24-2017
    sultan1975
    great idea