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    What to bring with you on the trail.

    Hey folks,

    I figured that I'd get this out to the audience here. I'm sure a lot of folks could use some sage advice.

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    Re: What to bring with you on the trail.

    Looks like my bag of crap stuffed in my pack. Zip ties, duct tape wrapped around the pump and if you bring disc brake pads and have a cotter pin holding pads in your caliper... a way to remove said pin is important.

    edit: see you have tape and zip ties there. yay! i like the big zip ties my self....

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    What to bring with you on the trail.

    Where's the mountain lion knife?

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    What to bring with you on the trail.

    Nice emergency kit. I typically just bring my legs, since they like to ride or hike, I'm covered - so far I've only had one nice ride turn into a pleasant hike. I'd bring a kit for a long ride however.

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    Mountain money (TP)
    Some first aid gear
    A lighter, in case of a mandatory overnight
    Extra saddle bolt

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    this is a good list. theres a few things I would add to that:

    pain killers: a couple pills of advil or alleve, as well as some benadryl and some endurolytes

    single application sunscreen and insect repellent wipes. if the weather changes or your encounter a swamp full of mosquitoes these will make life a lot better

    water purifying tabs

    emergency flashlight. if you are riding in the afternoon and get delayed past dusk something like a single AAA led light will make a huge difference

    instead of a gel I carry perpetuem solids. if you leave the gels in your pack long enough they can develop leaks which is really no fun to clean up

    fiberfix spoke: this is a lot less necessary now with disc brakes but it takes up very little space FiberFix from Peter White Cycles

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    and for longer or more remote rides I also add compass, signal mirror, and firestarting supplies. if you are going to carry a lighter one of these is perfect: CountyComm - Tiny "Split Pea" Peanut Lighter and Fire Sticks | Mantles, Lighters & Firestarters | Coghlan's for getting something started or make your own with cotton balls and petroleum jelly.

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    Good thread.

    I bring everything you mention except for things like a derailleur hanger. It all depends on the length of ride. A local jaunt, I just bring tube, tools, and pump/co2. A longer ride would include a first aid kit, zip ties, and tape. I almost never carry disc pads unless they are low to start with. I don't have extra hangers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3034 View Post
    Where's the mountain lion knife?
    So they can find you with a metal detector after the kitty buries (what's left of) you?!

    (I do carry a small knife for other purposes)
    Last edited by dirtvert; 03-04-2013 at 04:02 PM.
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    carrying some emergency money is a great idea but dont carry a 20. bring at least a few ones for a vending machines and 5s and 10s you can give to people without needing change. if you use your tube and still need another from a passing rider you can give them a much appreciated 5 without worrying about trying to buy them a beer later. a dollar also makes a great tire reinforcement

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    Quote Originally Posted by rox View Post
    carrying some emergency money is a great idea but dont carry a 20. bring at least a few ones for a vending machines
    Maybe I'm riding on the wrong trails but, I haven't seen any vending machines

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    Negatory PV! That is NOT a USG approved trail kit! THIS is what an official trail pilot carries on the mission:
    Dr. Strangelove: Check List - YouTube

    (good for a weekend in Vegas too . . .)
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    Got caught without a tool I needed this weekend for the first time in a while. Thompson is using T15's on their new stems. Crashed, twisted my bars (of course) no t15 so we cold set it...

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    There are good things to bring. There are great things to bring. And then there are freaking really important things to bring. One such item to always have with you IMHO:

    Headlamp!

    We've all been out, having too much fun, and lost track of time. Sometimes before you know it, darkness descends...and at times that can mean near zero visibility. Crawling out can take all night+ when you can't see anything!

    Petzl makes some tiny headlamps that give enough light for you to at least hike or slowly ride out. The batteries in mine last a few years at a time.

    Petzl Headlamps on Amazon:
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    What to bring with you on the trail.

    Even though I admitted to not carrying much of anything, most people seem to be mainly concerned with bike repairs on the trail; we should all be brining a small first aid kit and space-blanket. Keeping yourself going is more important than the bike - since we can all walkout if needed. I think I'm going to grab one from my backpacking kit and stop being an idiot.

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    agree with first aid items. I think the key first aid items are more important on mtb than road, since you are less likely to be near any services or help. Zip ties are also the amazing wonder tool. Years ago we salvaged a friends ride when he broke a seat stay and we splinted it with zip ties and a pump. It would have been an 8 plus mile walkout otherwise.

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    Yes space blanket is a must, so little weight and many uses. I also carry a small visine style bottle with lube and have used it more than once. A bottle of stans will help if you are running tubeless just don't go otb and land on your camebak and thus exploding the bottle of sealant an extra cleat and bolts is handy, of course tp in a plastic bag, a whistle when you need to be loud. SPF lip balm has also become a must carry, nothing worse than burnt chapped lips when gasping for air on a sunny climb!

    Not sure if this has been mentioned but carrying your id with insurance card can avoid delays when getting approval for admittance to a hospital if you are injured. I was in this situation and had to get a fellow employee to go into my bag at the shop to get my id for them to allow me to go to the hospital. Always have carried it since then.

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    ...wait. No one said beer yet?!?!

    Bring beer.

    In a can in case you take a digger.

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    I'm a minimalist & usually ride at skeggs and only carry a water bottle.

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    I like to bring a good attitude.
    Oil paints, an easel and a canvas.
    A shirt that says, "All creatures under Goddess"
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    An acoustic guitar
    A good book
    Vegan Oat bar made from organic ingredients
    Birkenstocks; well worn
    A walkman with a mega mix cassette tape of death metal.

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    What to bring with you on the trail.

    Quote Originally Posted by SOG View Post
    I'm a minimalist & usually ride at skeggs and only carry a water bottle.
    That's all I ever took when I rode there regularly. I never had a flat there either.

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    I try to never forget my comebacks to rude hikers.....
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    Some ganja and a condom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katana View Post
    I try to never forget my comebacks to rude hikers.....
    That's pretty good...

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