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    Mountain Bike Ride Packing List

    Just a thought but...

    Has anybody thought about making a thread and having it be a sticky of the
    most common things to pack on a ride?
    I've only been looking on mtbr for a couple of weeks now and I have noticed that
    many ppl in the newb section ask what to carry on rides? While the information
    is extremely helpful (it helped me make out my pack for sure) I'm sure some
    of the people are getting tired of always posting the same information over
    and over again. Like I said just a thought

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    Good idea.

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    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...

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    thats a great post chris. i really think that a sticky like this would be helpful to all newbs (myself included)

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    And when it comes to your multi-tool, make sure you have an allen key for EVERY allen bolt on the bike. Its always the one you dont have that you really need.

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    Good idea! Stuck.

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    A couple of safety pins, for temp repairs of torn Camelbak straps, broken zippers, etc.

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    is that not a lot of stuff to carry? thats like practically carrying a bike store with you
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    Quote Originally Posted by macmac
    is that not a lot of stuff to carry? thats like practically carrying a bike store with you
    I have two sets of packing lists. One is the local ride ( ie, bearable hike bike out to car) and the other is the all day ride in the boonies kit. The list above is pretty extensive - you can divide bits of it between people if there is a group of you.

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    It's depends on the ride but this things will always be in my CB -
    1. Spare tubes
    2. Tire levers
    3. Pump (Topeak)
    4. Mini Tool (Topeak or Park-Tool)
    5. Chain Tool + Power Links (Park-Tool - Sram)
    6. Phone
    7. Water
    This my MUST take for any ride from 1 - 4 hours.

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    I carry the Topeak Alien II multitool, glueless patch kit, and FibreFix reusable foldable kevlar spoke in my small saddle bag; a mini-pump next to the watter bottle cage; and have some duck tape wrapped around the seatpost (just in case steel frame breaks I can fix it with tape ). (Actually, I really do have some versatile duck tape around the seatpost.)

    Luckily, since I use tire liners, I haven't had any flats.

    This may be useful to some people: From my experience, I've noticed that mountain bike tires (26 inches) are easier to remove on one side than the other. One side usually takes at least 2 tire levers to remove, while the other side can be removed with just my hands (by pressing the tire down and outwards) or just one lever. Again this is from my experience with the tires I've owned, so you may want to verify this on your own with your tires.

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    Great list...except I have a misunderstanding on the chain stuff. I have a SRAM PC 971 chain w/ Powerlink. Do I need to carry spare chain links AND powerlinks? Do I still need a chain tool even though I have powerlink?

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    I use SRAM chains too and carry a spare powerlink & chain tool. I've used both on rides numerous times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chewie_52
    Great list...except I have a misunderstanding on the chain stuff. I have a SRAM PC 971 chain w/ Powerlink. Do I need to carry spare chain links AND powerlinks? Do I still need a chain tool even though I have powerlink?

    yes because normally you chain will break some where other than the power link so you have to removed the damage link and then replace it with a power link. Only way to remove a damage link is with a chain break.

    You can skip the the extra chain links for a ride and just ride with you chain shorten by a link. Generally it not going to be a big deal just you have to make sure you do not use big big gear combos (and if you where you are screwing up any how) I road out with a chain missing a link before and it really did not effect me at all since the gears I couldnt use I never should in my right mind any how.

    spare power link just makes putting your chain back on easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH
    I use SRAM chains too and carry a spare powerlink & chain tool. I've used both on rides numerous times.
    So, I would need would be spare powerlinks?...and not regular spare links?

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    I carry a short piece of chain too, but I've never had to use it. Usually when I've had to use the spare powerlink & chain break is when I've snapped a chain or twisted it.

    You use the chain break to remove the damaged section and then the powerlink to put it back together to get out. If you have to do this it is time to replace your chain for the next ride.

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    I ride with Craig H

    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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    Concerning the spare chain links, I just throw in whatever I cut off from the original chain when I first put it on - usually about 4 or 5 links. If absolutely necessary, then I could replace a damaged section of chain with that & 2 PowerLinks and hopefully not "lose" any chain length. Of couse, as was mentioned earlier, another option is to simply cut out the trashed section of chain and use one PowerLink to reconnect the remaining chain - it will be shorter (so you would need to be very careful using your gears), but it should be good enough to get you home without walking!

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    Hmmm sounds like I need to get a neub pack going. I have one of the old Camel backs before they had pockets. Well my other one is a 3 day Patrol Pack, Camel Back Mother load. Slightly to large for biking. hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH
    I carry a short piece of chain too, but I've never had to use it. Usually when I've had to use the spare powerlink & chain break is when I've snapped a chain or twisted it.

    You use the chain break to remove the damaged section and then the powerlink to put it back together to get out. If you have to do this it is time to replace your chain for the next ride.
    So, master bike fixer, what would you do with this real life on the trail situation? We decided there was no real on-trail fix, but the guys were ready to dismantle the brakes on someone's second bike when we got back to the campground. I voted to go home.


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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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    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.)

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    By the way all that stuff you've all listed though a really good idea to have, may be alot to carry on the trail. I don't even take that much stuff on patrols in combat. My idea is to distribute the stuff among your buds if your group stays close. Oh and two way radios come in handy if one of the guys way in front of you has the new tube and you have a flat

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    Other than the "things I've learned the hard way..." stuff, I carry all the other gear, plus four other items (all in my CamelBak): a small first-aid kit (day-hike level, with added poison ivy soap), a snake-bite kit (might work, might not, but I feel better having it on board, and it's tiny), a cell phone, and a GPS unit. I don't normally use the GPS on a trail, but if I got really, really lost, it'd be nice, or if (God forbid) I needed to call in emergency help or came across someone else who needed it, I could give a lat-long coordinate of my position.

    The whole package is pretty light, really. The GPS unit (Garmin eTrex) is the heaviest part -- maybe 300 grams?

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    I've got an etrex aswell, its a great little asset to have. Mine has literally saved my @ss.
    It got me out of some bad neighborhoods. I recommend saving a waypoint at the start of the trail and letting it track for the whole ride. That will enable you to find the fast or shortest way out or go back exactly the way you came. And as a bonus if you find a section of trail you like you can set a waypoint and get back to it easily.

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    Key essential: Toilet paper. When the roll in your bathroom has a day or two left on it, steal it. toss it in a plastic sandwich bag, press flat. Yup, its an essential. If you are in a place where TP paper litter is a problem, bring matches to burn the paper when you are through.


    Other things on my list not previously mentioned.
    --15mm wrench for SS axles (mine is cut down box wrench purchased from local pawn shop for $1.00) Ghetto Jetro Tule.
    --Map of trail area. (In case you really have mechanical breakdowns, and you need to find the best way to walk back home / to your car.)

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    Like others I have a local loadout and a deep wilderness load.

    Local is:
    Helmet
    Small Camel Bak
    Cell Phone
    Cash
    Drivers Lincense
    Blue Cross Medical Insurance card!

    Wilderness load is:
    Large Camel Bak-pack
    Helmet
    Gloves
    1 spare tube
    1 patch kit
    2 CO2 bottles
    2 tire spoons
    Multi Bike tool
    Small Swiss Army knife (smallest basic one with blade, tweezers, and scissors)
    Small First Aid kit with advil, tylenol, disinfectant wipes, guaze, band aids etc..
    Granola bars, 1 per estimated day of possible "being lost" not for trail consumption
    1 extra full bladder for camel-bak if this is going to be an all day thing.
    1 keychain size LED flashlight
    Light jacket if WX is expected
    1 small tube of Loc-Tite-- most *****en way to quick fix loose hardware--- Consider crazy glue in the first aid kit to use in leiu of stiches, loc-tite is hardware only.
    Cell phone
    Drivers License
    Medical Insurance card
    Cash


    Now for the arguement of "Oh my gosh thats so much weight"--- My bike is over 35lbs, a back pack isn't going to make a difference, and if you do it enough you don't even feel it.

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    One more VERY important thing... PLAN AHEAD PEOPLE!

    In my cell phone I have the phone numbers stored for the local forrest ranger district. Handy in case you find a down rider, large wildlife, or other very important trail matter like a hillbilly shooting a gun at Bikers!

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    quick.. somebody help.... what's the number for 911? (I couldn't resist.)

    Okay you're right. Having the ranger's phone number is a really good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zipzit
    Key essential: Toilet paper. When the roll in your bathroom has a day or two left on it, steal it. toss it in a plastic sandwich bag, press flat. Yup, its an essential. If you are in a place where TP paper litter is a problem, bring matches to burn the paper when you are through.
    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.

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    on my first trail ride i carried water, a sweater, a spare tube, a pump and a utility knife

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    How about one of those small size dirty magazines in case you wreck and are stranded with nothing to do for hours?

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    You never know who is watching...

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    Water Pack :
    contents

    pumps - tire and shock
    multi tool w/ chain tool + Power link
    Duct tape - doubles as field expedient bandage.
    old Toe strap
    12 ft. para cord - splinting, survival accessory.
    Toilet Paper / paper towels - Mountain money
    a shell jacket
    Lighter - for the nugz yo.
    folding lock blade - pig sticker for defence.
    Cell Phone, ID + I.C.E info in case you are found unconcious.

    Always have a gear bag in the car:
    with a fresh change of clothes for after ride.
    Antibacterial wet wipes are great to have = perfect for GI showers and first aid wound cleaning.
    a "road rash" First aid kit - nice to have after a blood letting ride, which for begginers, Scrapes and abrasion and bruising seems common.
    Arnica salve - reduces bruising
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark71
    You never know who is watching...
    Hey, exhibitionism isn't all that bad. Besides, for every exhibitionist out there, there is at least one voyeur...

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    Brake Lever

    I was looking at the broken brake lever (apparently from spanking a tree) and it brought back memories of when I did exactly the same thing. A buddy told me to not tighten down the brake lever clamps onto the bar so much. GREAT IDEA

    I'm not talking about having them loose enough that they flop all over the place, but instead leave them loose enough so that when a tree gets in you way they simply rotate around your bars instead of snapping off. I have never had a lever move under normal use, but they do move when you hit things. This has saved me a few times after arguing with large immovables objects.

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    Great Sticky Post
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    This is what I carry with me:



    Camelbak (4 Litres capacity including bottle)
    Helmet
    Shoes
    Wallet
    Phone
    Keys
    Multi Tool
    Leatherman Tool
    Chain Tool
    9 Spd Chain
    Tube
    Patch Kit
    Derailleur Hanger
    Spoke Wrench
    Tire Levers (big ones)
    Shock Pump
    Tire Pump
    Folding Knife (worn on waist)
    Simple First Aid Kit / Whistle/Compass/Thermometer Combo
    Gloves

    I have a frame pack I put my food & camera in. I usually also have a microfiber cloth which is handy for wiping glasses, sweat or whatever.

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    Oh snap Mtn Biker Dan I thought I a was all alone in this forum as far as nugz go.....you made me laugh.....oh yeah and good idea too.....
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    I think these've probably been mentioned, but just in case here's a few ideas that I think aren't as common:

    zip ties
    first aid kit
    duct tape
    lighter (in case I'm stuck out overnight -- never used it so far!)

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    I see alot of people recommending cell phones (which I agree with), but due to the fact they are so freaking delicate, any recommendations on a padded case? And thanks for this sticky, really helpful good info!

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    My hubby has a great list with a good explanations of why you need each item. We each have an under-seat bag that holds it all (including a cellphone) and keeps it all pretty well protected and it's packed tight enough not to rattle around. Another option would be to put it in your hydration bag (if you wear one with a big enough pocket).

    http://one9.us/blog/archives/11

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    Thanks. I just realized that I have bubble wrap here at work and can wrap my cell in that, and it will fit nicely in my under-seat bag. I'm looking at that Alien II as well..

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    I just put mine in a zip lock bag, and then carry it in one of the top pocket of the pack. (My flip style cell already has a leather case belt clip thing to protect it.)
    I haven't killed a cell yet and I've been riding with them for about 7 years now.

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    Thanks for all the info from everyone. I am a newb, but a very excited newb. I was just wondering this the other day. All I purchased the first day was a bike and a helmet. but those were pretty good buys.
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    These are all good lists, but I would like to add, When selecting the Items for your kit, try to get them in fluorescent colors. This makes them easy to find/see when it gets dark, or when dropped into leaves and bushes, or when your packing things up after the mishap. Due to odd days off I ride solo alot, on rugged, remote trails. space blanket, knife With 5"+ blade oh yea and a rescue whistle.(you can hear a whistle farther than a voice!)

    REMEMBER: The person you should rely on most for your rescue is YOU!

    (edit add-on) Self-reliance is a key element in any outdoor endevor, and as someone stated," a well maintained bike can lessen or eliminate the need for you to carry alot of stuff." For the most part this is true, but accidents do happen, and you may not be the person who benefits from your bag of tricks. I've always enjoyed the fact that we (mountain bikers) look out for each other.
    next time you see someone off the side of the trail, and you say, "You got everything you need?" you'll get something back, something money can't buy, "trail-cred".
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    Quote Originally Posted by zipzit
    If you are in a place where TP paper litter is a problem, bring matches to burn the paper when you are through.
    I wouldn't toast my marsh mellows over that camp fire!!!!!!!!!!!!


    TP literally saved my ass once!!!! I just roll it around itself and put it in a small ziploc bag sans the cardboard roll. Added weight is not a worry. I burry my donations once done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH

    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.)

    Yes! I carry one brake cable and one shifter cable when I go on the trails. Everyone makes fun of my for doing so because it is rare to brake one but I am waiting for the day when one of them do! I work at a bike shop and have had 3 people last summer say they ripped a line with their hydros.

    As for the extra hanger and chain breaker, that is a very good idea! My friend broke ripped her rear der. clean off. We did not have an extra hanger but I did have a chain breaker! Just shortened the chain and made it a single speed!

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    Tons of gear

    Man, I use to take all kinds of stuff on the trail with me back when I was 24 years old and had just started riding... I was a rolling bike shop and first aid kit. I did this for about 2 years.

    Here I am 42 years old and you know what I found out... a good dialed in bike, good technic, and good riding skills will eliminated the need for me to carry most everything except the following.

    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.

    On Longer Mountain Epics, I carry a spare tube, a pump, compass, whistle, bee sting kit, food bars and gel, plenty of water and chain tool, zip ties, a spoke wrench and a park tool multi allen wrench tool. Rarely do I ever find I need to use any of them either.

    You could prepare for the worst... but I would recommend inspecting your bike before and after every ride... then adjust it, dial it in as need so that when you're back on the trail it's hooked up and no issues exist. Continue to carry your list of goods and see what you don't use anymore and leave them in the vehicle at the trail head....

    Keep weeding out the gear your taking until your carrying only what you really need. I think you'll find you don't need most of that stuff on the trail except on rare occasions, but not carrying is going to make the ride more pleasurable, because you won't be carrying a load pack each ride.

    That's my 2 cents worth.
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    good thread! I use a cammel back, and cary my crank bros multi tool ( bought that because it has all of the hex key wrenches I'd need for just about anything on my bike, plus chain breaker, tire spoons and such). I also carry my Cell phone, one or 2 Energy bars, and spare tube. I never used to cary a spare tube, untill i got a flat on a trail in Tahoe and had to walk the bike for 2 miles back to my friends truck to change it. there is not really one kit for everyone, but theese are some great ideas on which we should all base our packs off of.

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    Awesome thread guys...all great ideas. What's the best for dehydration? Something with electrolites obviously, but what's good?

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    Hey, in response to previous post, Camelbak do something called Elixir which are water soluble tablets containing essential electrolytes etc. Only available in the USA at the moment but in the UK I use Nuun Hydration Tablets which do the same thing and are very effective. Would also recommend some kind of Carb/Protein drink depending on how long you intend being out on the trail. The following link provides sone basic advice:

    http://www.susport.org.uk/assets/goo...ce%20sheet.pdf it's aimed at runners but the info is still relevant.

    My own pack contains multi-tool, spare tube, patches, tyre levers, pump and a couple of CO2 cartridges, small set of lights and batteries, a whistle, small folding pocket knife, small first-aid kit, mobile phone and a light waterproof jacket. For longer trips I use a Camelbak with more capacity and throw in additional clothing layers in case the weather changes, evergy bars/gels and a map of where I'm going. Being in the UK I don't feel the need to carry a snake bite kit of something to fight off bears with.

    I appreciate what previous posts have said about not needing much stuff if your bike is well sorted (which both mine are) but there is always room for the basics in case you meet someone who is well well prepared. I still see people on the trails I ride most often on a bike they picked up from a department store for the change in their pocket and think they can throw on a track suit and an old pair of trainers and go mountain biking.

    Also, one of the most important things you can take with you is knowledge of the area you are going to. If it's not somewhere you are familiar with, do a bit of research, look at the map of the area before you go and find out where there are facilities to get to should the need arise.

    Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back, especially if you are going on your own.

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    Hey thanks so much for that information. I'm definitely going to look into the tablets.


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    Great post guys. Thanks for opening my eyes to a couple of things I hadn't thought of. I have been only riding for a month now and I purposely ride in the city with a backpack with my heavy U-lock in it and other stuff. This basically has helped increase the time in building strength in my legs and prepare me for longer wilderness rides.

    Now I didn't see any mention of personal protection. I definitely take a can of pepper spray on my rides just in case.

    Oh, and I didn't see mention of eyewear. I like to wear sunglasses or normal clear lenses during a ride. Between the bugs that fly in your face, the mud that whips off your tires, and the branches that can run across your face, I like to have eye protection.
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    On the frame - a water bottle and a pump.
    In the seat bag: 2 spare tubes, levers, tube repair kit complete with a small bottle of acetone and a piece of cloth, multitool, a small Leatherman-like tool, locking pliers, a few chain links, separate chain tool, spare derailleur hanger, miscellaneous bolts and nuts, a Schraeder-Presta adjuster.
    In the waist bag - first aid kit, including plasters, bandage, glucose pills, a small bottle of alcohol. A head light. Spare batteries. A few cable fasteners. In the summer - 3 half of a litre bottles of frozen water. In the winter, depending on the weather expected, 2 bottles of water and a light coat or 1 bottle and a rain suit.
    On the belt of waist bag - cell phone in the holster of multitool.
    Edit: in both my other languages "plaster" stands for bandaid.......really carrying plaster on me would be a bit uncomfortable............LOL
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    Just wanted to add that it is helpful to carry a small pack of baby wipes. Good for cleaning but more important for when nature calls.

    The one time I forgot to pack these was the one time I REALLY needed them. I got back to the trail head without my t-shirt.

    My buddies were wondering where it was and that is when I explained that it had to be sacrificed for the greater good.

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    On the subject of space blankets and five inch blades, I recommend a book called "98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping your @$$ Alive!" by Cody Lundin.

    I used to buy lots of Clif bars, but I don't anymore. If I'm on a ride long enough to need more than just a couple of gels, I like to bring a baked potato. I coat them in olive oil and salt and bake them. Try it.

    I used to bring a multitool and a leatherman and a swiss army knife, but I eventually got sick of the convenience and miniaturization. Now I carry regular shop tools in a zippered transparent vinyl bank deposit envelope. Once you edit your kit down to what you need, it doesn't weigh much more than three multitools. Wrapping each tool in obnoxious day-glo tape is a good idea.

    I also have a small bottle of synthetic chain lube in my tool bag. Crossing a few creeks can clean your bike up pretty well, for better or worse. I like to shut my chain up as soon as it starts talking.

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    Space blanket is a very good idea. Two friends got lost dirt biking in the mountains and it started getting cold, windy and rain showers. They built a small fire but the wind and rain was enough to keep them awake. So they tried to use one of those 99 cent cheapo space blankets and it ripped in two pieces that were almost too small to be useful. They spent the night spooning by a tiny fire with a couple pieces of shredded space blanket.

    The next day they figured thier way out and bought a QUALITY space blanket for under $10. The cigarette lighter, whistle, compass, folding knife (w/tweezers is a life saver), parachute cord, snack bars, GPS, cell phone, hydration tablets, super glue in place of stitches, Leatherman, small light (love my Petzel LED headlamp with the red lense, batteries last up to 80 hours on low setting), etc are all great ideas too! Great thread!

    Link to the Petzel Tikka Plus...their site is slooow...got mine at REI along with the colored lense set:
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    Lesson learned the hard way! While on an 8.6 mile ride in boonies, a ride with my 19 yr. old and 15 yr. old 1st timer nephews turned into a 6 hr. nightmare after 19 yr. old went thru water(2 miles into ride,16 oz. bottle) and was complaining of cramps.I gave him my 100 oz. camelbak to get thru ride but he kept stopping to walk, extremely muddy conditions along with unfamiliar trails ( OH! did I mention that I forgot the map in the truck.)led to a high level of anxiety on my part. Had to be extracted to trailhead by Park Rangers.What I learned from the experiance.
    1. Never make an assumption about the conditioning/fitness of someone you've never ridden with before.(Iassumed because he was 19 and I am 43 ,he would be in at least as good a shpe as I.)

    2. Bring more water than you need.(I never thought we'd blow thru 132 ozs. of water,)

    3.****** ALWAYS REMEMBER THE MAP!!!!!! (even if it's a fairly simple trail)

    4. Toilet paper or wipes.( didn't have to go when we left but after so much unexpected time in woods ,surplus of leaves to do the job only reinforces the rule to plan ahead!)

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    Eyewear

    I noticed eyewear was mentioned to keep out bugs and other stuff. i wouldnt use plain sunglasses though, you should find a set thats shatter proof, so if something happens you dont get pieces of plastic in youe eyeballs out in the boonies. i use a set of safety glasses with differant lens for differant light levels, ou can get them at hardware store for less than 20 bucks and they'll take a good bashing.
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    Great thread! My addition: Spare seat bolt (the one that secures seat to post). I broke 2 before I learned my lesson. I've got a few other nuts and bolts as well. I add to the spare parts bag anytime I brake something small. But I refuse to carry spare big stuff.

    I carry a lightweight bike multi-tool, and a heavy leatherman type multi-tool. I hate carrying that leatherman, but it gets used, so I keep it. I also have a dog-bone shaped tool with 5 allen sizes and a flat screwdriver. I think that gets used the most, both on and off trail.

    Here's a good suggestion I don't think I saw yet: paper and writing instrument (a wooden pencil is the most versatile/repairable), to record names and numbers, addresses, etc. This saved me a lot of trouble after 2 different dog-bite incidents. I call this my dog bite kit.

    I carry a couple tire levers, but I try to never use them. It's good to be able to change a tire without tools, and this is a good way to stay proficient. I keep them in my pack in case I need them to help someone with less cooperative equipment.

    On short rides, I leave the water in the car. That saves a lot of weight! On longer rides, I drink a lot of water beforehand, and carry less.

    I wrap all my tools inside an old rag to eliminate rattling, secure it with a big rubber band, and keep it in my fanny pack. The rag is also good to have for other uses. It makes a good tools/parts tray during the repair, and helps with cleanup after.

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    Great info here. The one thing that I wanted to add is.....Get to know your bike. If you are the one maintaining, fixing, or upgrading then you will know the bike from top to bottom. I know so many others who may be good riders, but don't know the ups and downs of wrenching. When you do break down on the trail, you will know exactly how to fix it.

    Just my .02

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    I thought it was crazy...

    when I first started riding a year ago and read these posts, I thought, "that is a ton of stuff to take". Now I have gotten my feet wet, and want to take longer and longer rides, as well as ride in new places farther away from the safety of "home" (i.e. close to my LBS) I realized I needed to get some of the stuff listed. Also what changed my mind; I never took my cellphone with me or ID card/License. It was late and I had no way of letting anyone know I was ok. So, I stocked up:

    -Camelback 3 liter with plenty of pockets
    -Crank brothers muti-tool
    -Spare tube
    -Master link
    -Tire lever
    -cell phone
    -Driver's license
    -Tire Guage

    Once I did this, I also found my riding improved. I didn't have to ride as "scared" as I did before to avoid flats and such. Worse case scenario I could fix it.

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    Tduro...good call on the extra nuts and bolts...I've been there as well. Did anyone mention a locking mechanism (chain, etc.)?

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    One thing I doubt Manu people carry is a wistle one reason is of I fall off the trail and brake both my legs I can get someones attention if they are close and also where I ride there is a lot of bear and I can scare them off by blowing on it. And it is easily stowed hanging from sternum strap on my CB
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDougherty07
    One thing I doubt Manu people carry is a wistle one reason is of I fall off the trail and brake both my legs I can get someones attention if they are close and also where I ride there is a lot of bear and I can scare them off by blowing on it. And it is easily stowed hanging from sternum strap on my CB
    Yea this is a must if you ask me. I carry a whistle on every ride, hooked to my camel back's shoulder strap. I also use a "safeTband" this is a red band with a first-aid cross on it. Inside it contains my blood type, info about what I'm allergic to... in my case Bees and people to contact if I'm injured.
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    I'm a relative newbie to cycling far from civilization, maybe not in years, but in actual experience.
    But I'm an Eagle Scout and learned to be prepared.
    I've spent a lot of time in the outdoors, hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, etc. I've had ample opportunities to say "I should have brought a . . . " (The Boy Scouts don't just tell you to "be prepared," they give you plenty of chances to learn the hard way )

    Looking over your lists, there are a lot of good ideas that I need to add to my gear. Some of it I never would have thought of until I needed it, some that I should have thought of long ago because it's basic stuff I'd carry on a day hike, so it should go on a bike trip too.

    I usually ride solo. That's not necessarily by choice, just no one around here to ride with except a doctor who rides long-distance road trips and would smoke me in about ten minutes. I wouldn't even ask to go with him until I'm in much better shape and/or have a faster bike for highway riding. (Then again, having a doctor along could be handy when things go wrong. )


    Helmet, Oakley sunglasses, and at least half a liter of water are things I ALWAYS take.
    I usually, but not always, have riding gloves too.


    My junk bag goes everywhere the bike goes. It has a shoulder strap so that I can pull it off and carry it in with me if I have to leave the bike locked up outside somewhere.


    The cable lock is absolutely wasted weight on most trips out in the boonies. But it comes in handy when leaving the bike outside the store/mall/gym and expecting to find it when you come back. Might be left at home when not needed. (But might be needed when left at home.)


    Ancient air pump still works great and weighs practically nothing. Has built in pressure gauge. Doesn't work on the newfangled valvestems my current bike has without an adapter that could be easily lost. I've been meaning to get a new one that I won't need the adapter for.



    Little tool kit. I have fixed a few flats on the trail. If there's a thorn in the area, I'll find it.
    I usually carry a spare tube too. But I seem to have used mine and not replaced it. (Put that on my "to get" list.)


    More toilet paper than anyone could reasonably expect to need. But some people say I'm full of sh!t.

    I also usually carry a Swiss Army Knife and/or Leatherman Tool and/or a good size lockblade knife.

    Drivers License, if not the whole wallet also goes in there along with a key to my truck.
    Lately, as much as I hate to be on a leash, I've been packing a cell phone too. (It can be turned off until needed.)

    The back pouch is supposedly a water bottle holder. But in my experience, water bottles don't stay in there very long on anything but paved roads. I can also carry another bottle inside the bag. I usually chug a half liter before setting out and carry one or two water bottles on the bike, and maybe another in the bag depending on how long I intend to be out.

    There's room left over for a light jacket or a trail lunch, possibly both.

    After reading this thread I need to add:
    Basic first aid gear.
    Lighter and/or matches.
    Duct tape. (Seems like I had duct tape in there once-upon-a-time.)
    Bandanas. (Useful for many things including bandages or emergency toilet paper.)
    Baby wipes. (How many times have I had to mess with the chain and then had no way to get the grease off my hands?)
    Space blanket is a good idea. (For longer rides anyway. And doesn't weigh enough to justify leaving it home on short rides.)
    Pencil and paper.

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    For those of us who wear contact lenses...

    A spare contact case with extra lenses waiting in solution...or at the very least, a small bottle of eye drops or something comparable. I've had two incidents of contacts falling out while biking, both in the past month! Not fun, especially for people with horrendous vision like me. On my last major trip, a buddy loaned me her water bottle cap for cleaning the offending lens. I owe her one, that saved my trip.

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    here is wut i would do

    pack water and gloves and go

    u dont need a helmet

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    >u dont need a helmet

    Make sure you pack your Donor Card instead so others can benefit from your choice.

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    I have yet to ride (venturing out today) but I don't think anyone mentioned garbage bags. Either use them as a poncho, or make a tent by cutting holes in the corners and using rope.

    Or even buy a good colored poncho just incase.

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    The Ten Essentials

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Essentials

    The Ten Essentials is a list of essential items hiking authorities promote as recommended for safe travel in the backcountry.

    The Ten Essentials were first described in the 1930s by The Mountaineers, a hiking and mountain climbing club. Many regional organizations and authors recommend that hikers, backpackers, and climbers rigorously ensure they have the ten essentials with them.[1] However, many expert hikers do not always carry all the items.

    According to the Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, the ten essentials are:
    Map
    Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)
    Sunglasses and sunscreen
    Extra food and water
    Extra clothes
    Headlamp/flashlight
    First aid kit
    Fire starter
    Matches
    Knife

    The textbook recommends supplementing the ten essentials with:
    Water treatment device (water filter or chemicals) and water bottles
    Ice axe for glacier or snowfield travel (if necessary)
    Repair kit, including duct tape and a basic sewing materials.
    Insect repellent (or clothing designed for this purpose)
    Signaling devices, such as a whistle, cell phone, two-way radio, unbreakable signal mirror or flare.
    Plastic tarp and rope for expedient field shelter.

    Not every expedition will require the use of an essential item. Carrying these basic items improves the chances that one is prepared for an unexpected emergency in the outdoors. For instance, if a hiker experiences a sudden snow storm, fresh clothes and fire starter may be used to keep warm, or the map and compass and headlamp will allow them to exit the wilderness quickly; otherwise hypothermia becomes a prominent possibility, perhaps even death.


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    A map and compass prevents one from getting lost in the field. Losing one's bearing in unfamiliar terrain raises the risk of anxiety and panic, and hence, physical injury. Maps that cover the relevant area in sufficient detail and dimension (topography, trails, roads, campsites, towns, etc.) and the skill and knowledge to use them are indispensable when traveling through the outdoors, especially when the place of travel lacks signage, markings or guides. Even a basic compass can help an individual find his way to safety.

    Flashlights and headlamps protect against physical injury when traveling in the dark. A flashlight is also useful for finding things in the pack, observing wildlife in dark crevices and folds, and for distant signaling. Extra batteries and bulbs are highly recommended. Lamps using LEDs have become very popular, due to their robustness and low power consumption.

    Extra food and water can prevent or cure hypothermia and dehydration, common illness that can be serious risks in the backcountry where immediate medical response is not possible. These items also minimize the likelihood of panic. It is not recommended that one eat food when there is no water, as the body requires water to metabolize food.

    Extra clothes protect against hypothermia. Multiple layers of clothes are generally warmer than a single thick garment. By having the ability to simply take off a layer of clothes, one can avoid overheating, which can cause sweat and dampen clothing. Moreover, a change into dry clothes is the fastest way to become warm. Extra clothing is also useful for protection from the elements, including thorns, insects, sun, wind, and often cold. If necessary, they can be cut into bandages, used as a tree climbing aid, made into hotpads, pillows, towels, or makeshift ropes. For overnight trekking, one should keep one set of clothes dry for wear in the evening. One can wear the "day" clothes during the next day's hike when they are drier.

    Sunglasses help prevent snowblindness. Sunlight, especially when reflected in snow, can seriously limit visibility, and jeopardize one's ability to travel safely.

    A first aid kit usually contains items to treat cuts, abrasions (blisters), punctures and burns. Additional items might address broken fingers, limbs, cardiac conditions, hypothermia, frostbite, hyperthermia, hypoxia, insect and snake bites, allergic reactions, burns and other wounds. If applicable, include any personal medications.

    A knife is useful for opening packages, building shelter, shaving wood for tinder, eating, field surgery (after sterilization), cutting rope and clothing, etc. A larger knife (machete) might be essential when one needs or desires to go off trail into thicker growth. A heavier ax or knife is more effective when one has larger needs for construction or for collecting firewood.

    Matches (or a lighter) and fire starter (typically chemical heat tabs, canned heat, or magnesium stick) to light a campfire is useful for preventing hypothermia and to signal for aid. In an emergency, a fire increases one's psychological will to survive.

    A water treatment device (filter or chemical treatment) makes water potable. All water, including that from streams, lakes, or pools, needs to be treated for bacteria and viruses in order to ensure safety. Most backcountry travelers carry a water filter: low end models are inexpensive and provide protection against many pathogens, but not viruses. Some more expensive filters and improved chemical treatments get rid of most health risks, including giardia and other protozoa and viruses. Treating the water reduces the likelihood of gastrointestinal diseases. Since some chemical treatments such as iodine or chlorine may leave a bad taste, many suggest mixing in a flavor to hide the taste. These include powdered lemonade or fruit drinks, Tang, Gatorade, or Crystal Light.

    A whistle is a compact, lightweight, and inexpensive way to signal for help. Although a person cannot shout for a long period, he can whistle for extended amounts of time. Moreover, the sharp sound of a whistle travels over longer distances than the human voice, and provides a much more distinct sound. Although environmental factors such as wind, snow, and heavy rain may drown out a voice, the sound of a whistle is clearly distinguishable in the field.

    Other "ten essentials"
    Other outdoor organizations have variations of the Ten Essentials pertinent to local conditions. For example, Utah's Wasatch Mountain Club lists extra water in place of food, as Utah is mostly desert terrain, and water is more difficult to find.[citation needed]

    The Spokane Mountaineers list "thirteen essentials," which supplement the list with emergency shelter such as a space blanket, signaling device, and toilet paper and trowel (for sanitary disposal of human waste. The toilet paper also doubles as tinder for starting a fire).

    The "Ten Essential Groups"- an alternative approach to essential gear selection. Items from each group should be chosen depending on the season, geographic location, and trip duration.

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    My pack normally contains the following:

    1. Windstopper/waterproof
    2. First aid kit
    3. Multi tool (Topeak 18+)
    4. Oil
    5. Gear and brake cable
    6. Rear mech hanger
    7. Spare chain links
    8. Zip ties
    9. Map and compass
    10. Spare contact lenses
    11. My Epipen injections!
    12. Money
    13. Mobile phone
    14. Lights and batteries
    15. Spare tubes (2) and tyre levers (3)
    16. Mini pump (a decent one)

    With the exception of the phone I leave the items in the camelbak so that there's no need to keep looking for stuff in the last minute before leaving.

    I also add some SiS in the water for those summer rides in the heat. In terms of food I normally have a sandwich, banana and a couple of energy bars.
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    This is what I bring with most of the time.

    100oz of water in hydration pack (or less depending on amount of time planned to ride+temp)
    gloves
    glasses (clear or tinted lenses)
    spare tube
    mini-pump
    pressure gauge
    small 3"-4" folding knife
    tire levers (2)
    multi-tool
    patch kit
    map of trails
    peanuts
    and depending on forecast- a light windbreaker (water proof)
    and for extra hot days- a water bottle on the bike.

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    Some pretty cool mini Altoid Tin Survival Kits...

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Mini.../?comments=all

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    Quote Originally Posted by xnothingpoetic
    This is what I bring with most of the time.

    100oz of water in hydration pack (or less depending on amount of time planned to ride+temp)
    gloves
    glasses (clear or tinted lenses)
    spare tube
    mini-pump
    pressure gauge
    small 3"-4" folding knife
    tire levers (2)
    multi-tool
    patch kit
    map of trails
    peanuts
    and depending on forecast- a light windbreaker (water proof)
    and for extra hot days- a water bottle on the bike.
    That's two or three extra bottles of water around here in the summer.
    Get off the couch and ride!

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    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.

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    Wow! This info is so great!
    Thanks to all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngjim
    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.
    there are wide-mouthed nalgene bottle survival kits just like you described.

    plenty of room for tools and a tube in there too.
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    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.

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    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!!!!!!!!

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    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
    - Flashlight
    - 100' of 550 cord

    Things I wear on me:
    - Knife
    - Sunglasses
    - Gloves
    - 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

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    someone should sell a necessities pack for mountain biking.

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    Some non-bike things I bring
    - Camera
    - Binoculars
    - 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

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    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.

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    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
    Weather Reports
    Vehicle OK
    Info to a friend
    Familiar with the terrain and local area
    Cell Phone Fully Charged

    General
    Cell Phone
    Wallet
    Money
    Keys
    Boots
    Pants
    Extra Socks
    Sunscreen
    Bug Repellant
    Hat
    Water
    Food
    Toilet Paper
    Metal Pot or Cup
    GPS
    Camera
    Light System
    Spare Batteries
    Lighter
    Multitool
    Survival Knife
    Compass
    Map
    Light sticks
    Water Filtration Bottle
    Trash Bags
    Hand Warmer
    Eating Utensils
    Bear Bell
    UV Flashlight

    Survival Kit
    Signal Mirror
    Matches
    Lighter
    Tinder
    Flint Steel Firestarter
    Poncho
    Solar Blanket
    Fishing Line
    Fishing Hooks
    Compass
    Rope
    Candle
    Needle and Thread

    First Aid
    Minor Cuts (Antiseptic, Bandages)
    Major Cuts (Gauze, Medical Tape, Butterflies)
    Drugs (Tylenol, Aspirin, Benadryl
    , Tums, Pepto)
    Snake Bite Kit
    Moleskin
    Ammonia
    CPR Mask
    Bleeding Inhibitor
    Chap Stick
    Tweezers
    Alcohol Swabs
    Hand Sanitizer
    Inhaler
    Cough Drops
    Latex Gloves
    Cotton Balls
    Disposable Razor
    Toothpicks
    Lotion
    Duct Tape
    Scissors
    Hydrocortisone Ointment
    Flexall
    Saline Eye Wash
    SAM Splints
    Triangular Bandages

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    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....

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    Quote Originally Posted by purit4your11
    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.
    Get off the couch and ride!

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    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

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    i keep superglue. the liquid stuff. it seals tubes for a while. but it only for small punctures.

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    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.

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    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
    zip ties
    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
    100oz H2o
    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
    space blanket
    bandana
    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
    helmet
    gloves
    specs
    and a camera stashed somewhere
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    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.

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    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.

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    "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.
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    Good job!

    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


    Great List Chris , Thanks a heap

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    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"

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    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

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    I am a little under prepaired compaired to most but I carry:
    hydro pack
    TP
    2 gu gels
    multi-tool w/chainbreaker
    patch kit
    spare tube
    sunscreen
    zip ties
    pump
    ID
    tire levers


    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.

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