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    Be prepared: What trail spares do you carry?

    The Boyscout motto is "Be Prepared"

    So I ask, how prepared are you? What trail repair stuff or spares do you carry? What medical supplies? Fluids, food, etc..

    As an Eagle scout I am always prepared....... So I tend to go over the top.


    Yesterday I decided to bring a "full-sized" spare...




















    Obviously I'm being a little facetious, but yesterday a riding buddy got injured on the trail, 3 of us are medical professionals but felt somewhat helpless without any medical equipment. I'm riding down with his bike on my shoulder so I could get the car and bring it close and I left him in the (somewhat) capable hands of another medical professional and our 4th rider who is untrained but helpful and strong. I rode down, dropped of the bike, got the car close and rode back up the trail to help the injured rider down. All-in-in all fun day, could've been much worse.

    So that leads me to wonder, what spares and/or first aid kits and medical supplies do you carry?

    BTW, the injured rider will be fine. Nothing critical nothing major. Broken jaw, separated shoulder, bone bruising on his femur.
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    Well first off Congrats on achieving Eagle Scout Our son is a Webelo and he really enjoy scouting.

    I general adhere to the Boy Scouts Motto "Be Prepared" by keeping stuff like food, water, first aide kit, flash lights, and high-lift jack in my truck. Now I need to start considering a similar approach to my mtb riding seeing that I'm ridding longer distances and for extended periods of time.

    My first step so far has been buying a large top tube mounted bike bag and fitting it with a small pump and flat kit. I still have plenty of room left and thinking about tossing in a spare tube. Then buying a saddle pack and using it for a first aide kit.

    Edited: forgot to mention I keep a multitool in my new bike bag. I also wear cargo shorts and carry the following: Gloves, face mask, multitool, Karshaw knife, power bar.

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    Tube, quicklink, brake and der cables.

    Oh, yeah, and as of last week an extra cleat screw.
    I don't rattle.

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    We ended up making a shoulder sling out of a spare tube (many thanks to the riders who suggested it). Kinda comical that we didn't think about it since we do this every work day when we go on mountain rescues we always have a full rescue set up.. We were rigging up all sorts of crap till someone rode by and said a spare tube might work. HA.


    I carry the obvious things, pump, tubes, multi tool (with knife blade, and chain tool) water, energy gel, protein and carb trail mix, band aids, quick clot, butterfly sutures, Neosporin, and now to include kerlix and a triangle bandage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50calray View Post
    Well first off Congrats on achieving Eagle Scout Our son is a Webelo and he really enjoy scouting.
    Thanks man, pretty much set the pace for my adventurous life... Eagle Scout, then military, now firefighter, it's good fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollyw00d View Post
    Thanks man, pretty much set the pace for my adventurous life... Eagle Scout, then military, now firefighter, it's good fun.
    I'm hopping our son sticks with it and earns his Eagle Scout :fingers crossed: I'm a country boy but our son is a city boy. So I figured the scouts will expose him to nature and help educate him on things I take for-granted.

    Anyhow, Thanks for your service as well!

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    Tubes make great slings - plus you can charge the user of the tube 2 cases of beer for the sling afterwards.

    I also like duct tape (have a bunch wrapped around my pump) it works great for holding on flaps of skin that need to be sewn back on later (obviously use gauze between wound and duct tape)

    space blanket - good to keep injured person warm

    As for bike spares, quick link for chain is always good. Shock pump. Zip ties and duct tape - amazing what you can fix with that. Also a spare (used) set of brake pads for whatever brand of discs I am currently using. I have bartered those to someone on the trail before for a few cases of beer as well.

    Mini mag flashlight during night rides.

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    I tend to carry what ever I can fit into my Camel back. Tire repair kit, couple of cliff bars,a small first aid kit for toughs cuts and scrapes, and a packable .45 acp for the occasional back country thief.

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    I keep one spare tube and a patch kit, space blanket and lighter, multi tool, a leatherman multi tool, air pump, trail mix, TP, bandana, personal ID, knife, small aluminum bottle, and some 550 paracord. Plus he usual gel packs and additional clif bars in my top tube bag.

    I'm looking to add a small amount of first aid supplies. But I like to hunk my pack is fairly comprehensive.

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    Just stuff to fix the bike.
    Multi tool, tube, powerlink and a pump.

    No first aid stuff; if I die, I die, but if the bike breaks and I can't finish the ride then that would really suck!

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    Went OTB and it resulted in a posterior locked dislocation of my shoulder...major ouch.

    I was by myself and hung my thumb through my Camelbak chest strap after loosening it completely. It worked well for the next mile hike out of the ravine I was in, not to mention the several mile pedal back to the truck...

    You can do alot with the straps of a Camelbak if needed...

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    Two 29 tubes, sometimes a 26

    Tools and air

    2 power links

    First aid kit

    Rd hanger

    Zip ties

    Snack/energy bars

    Tubes make fine slings for shoulder separation or broken bones
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    Cool-blue Rhythm Spares

    I carry, tubes, CO2 inflater, 3 cartridges, a mini pump, mini chain breaker, quick link and pins, shifter cable, rear derailer hanger, cell phone, park allen key tool.

    Now that I have read through this thread, and recall (some of it) bashing my head into a log last fall and subsequent e-ward visit for stitches....I'm going to pack some gauze, tape

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    In my pack I tend to carry the following:
    - Tube
    - Patch kit
    - Multi Tool
    - Duct tape
    - Super glue
    - zip ties
    - Tire and shock pump
    - Extra top layer if weather is cold
    - Tire levers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollyw00d View Post

    So that leads me to wonder, what spares and/or first aid kits and medical supplies do you carry?
    I don't carry much in the way of first aid other than a few cloth type band aids, some crazy glue for gluing wounds shut, and a few small gauze pads. The trails around my neck of the woods don't get you more than 10 or so miles from your vehicle on a out and back.

    in my camel back mule these items are always in there

    kershaw starkey ridge lockblade
    multi tool w/chain break
    key chain size micro tool converts to small pliers / scissors / knife blade / wire cutters
    air pump
    tire levers
    26" tube b/c it will work in a pinch situation if my 29er 2-bless belches and fails or another rider w/26 or 29" needs a tube.
    Patch kit
    Duct Tape rolled onto itself
    zip ties several lengths
    spare rear derailleur hanger
    heavy duty twist ties
    power link
    whistle w/compass
    couple of zip lock bags for gel paks / cliff bars and for cell phone etc if it rains... hard rain

    Insect head net in the summer months rolls up as small as a golf ball.. only used it once but it was worth a thousand bucks that day.

    depending on where I'm riding, or if solo sometimes I'll pack my Springfield 1911 micro compact

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    Multi tool, spare tube (26" presta, works on 29ers in a pinch), patch kit, tire boot/duct tape (or a buck if I have nothing else), steel tire levers. Of course, I have my mini pump and shock pump with me, as well as a small first aid kit, with bandages/wipes/gauze/pads, etc. At 8oz, it doesn't add much weight, and has definitely gotten use.

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    Gaffa tape
    A stocking
    zip ties
    rope
    wig
    bowie knife
    ball gag
    spare set of clothes
    small torch
    lighter fluid
    lighter
    compact video camera
    gimp mask....

    never leave home without em....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Gaffa tape
    A stocking
    zip ties
    rope
    wig
    bowie knife
    ball gag
    spare set of clothes
    small torch
    lighter fluid
    lighter
    compact video camera
    gimp mask....

    never leave home without em....
    I'm gonna need a bigger pack.
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    Lots of good ideas already listed - I won't repeat all of the bike tools.

    Some items I didn't see listed that I always have with me -
    1) Sh-t kit (folded paper towels in sealed plastic bag)
    2) compass - small Brunton compass I can pin to my hydration pack to navigate on the fly
    3) wash cloth - you wouldn't believe the number of times this was used. I wrap my tools so there's no noise. A bandana is probably a reasonable substitute though it doesn't hold water as well.
    4) money - use it to buy snacks, sidewall boot, pay user fees (the surprise ones)

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    Tube, tire patch, CO2, chain tool, multi-tool, quick link, zip tie. If we are riding longer/further away, I have a small first aid kit and TP that I carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steiny View Post
    4) money - use it to buy snacks, sidewall boot, pay user fees (the surprise ones)
    I forgot to mention that. I always carry my wallet. Never know when I may need it.
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    condoms? never know who your gonna meet on the trail......
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    In my bike pack AND in my "survival" pack.
    Fishing line and hooks.
    Can be used for fishing or sewing (clothes, gashes, etc.)

    I also use it for hanging skulls in weird places. Not really a necessity though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Gaffa tape
    A stocking
    zip ties
    rope
    wig
    bowie knife
    ball gag
    spare set of clothes
    small torch
    lighter fluid
    lighter
    compact video camera
    gimp mask....

    never leave home without em....
    hahaha apparently, riding w/Tone's could be quite interesting. I'll have to add a camera to my list of crap to pack (c:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    condoms? never know who your gonna meet on the trail......
    LMAO - my riding buddies would never ride with me again!

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    I carry some things listed above along with:

    spare derailleur cable (broken rear cable multiple times at the wrong time deep in a ride)
    butterfly sutures
    t.p.
    i.d, insurance card and a $20 (for bribes or beer or beer bribes...)
    phone
    lube
    stans fluid
    a text to my wife or brother letting them know where I am riding and then another text when I am done.

    I generally like to carry as little as possible when on my bike but the necessary items always come along. I will usually carry more water than needed so I can "train" with more weight and more importantly if I have an issue where I have to hike out I have proper amounts of fluids.

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    Yes, I always carry a spare trail in case I get bored with the one I am on...
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    Geez, some of you pack for the Zombie Apocalypse. I understand and utilize a bug-out-bag, but not on my bike.

    What I pack depends on the ride. I only wear a CamelBak on rides that I'm going to load up and drive to and I know it's going to be a long ride. Otherwise, it's:

    1. One water bottle
    2. Tire levers
    3. Multitool
    4. Tube
    5. C02
    6. $5
    7. 1-2 Gels or a ClifBar

    My daily trails are 3 miles away, short (1 hour - 1:45), fast, and then I have to get back to the office. I loath carrying a bunch of crap, I hate wearing a CamelBak, and if at all possible, I try to stuff everything into the smallest seat bag I can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollyw00d View Post
    Thanks man, pretty much set the pace for my adventurous life... Eagle Scout, then military, now firefighter, it's good fun.
    Thanks for both your military and fire services buddy!

    I keep one of the small Adventure Medical Kits in my pack, specifically because it comes with 25g of Quickclot. I've seen that stuff save lives as I'm sure you have. I think they are like 22 bucks on Amazon.

    Other than that..

    Phone
    1 or 2 tubes, depending on the ride.
    Links
    Tool/Knife/Levers
    Wallet with info and cash
    Duct tape
    Zip Ties
    Cliff Bar and a couple Gels
    Extra pair of socks in a ziploc

    I also keep an old toothbrush in my bag, just for when I need to get mud out of my beaters or derailleurs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Geez, some of you pack for the Zombie Apocalypse. I understand and utilize a bug-out-bag, but not on my bike..
    Haha

    I'm not a racer and don't really worry about weight (boy am I gonna enjoy the day I ride "light")

    When I ride with my dog I bring two (2) 48oz nalgene bottles just for him I keep them strapped to the side of my 100oz 30L Osprey pack.

    He's like a damn camel with how much he drinks.... Except he doesn't appear to store any of it and constantly wants more....
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    Its always handy to carry a full latex head to toe gimp suit in your backpack, never know when your gonna need it, in fact id call it an essential .......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Its always handy to carry a full latex head to toe gimp suit in your backpack, never know when your gonna need it, in fact id call it an essential .......
    I don't like to wear a backpack... So I wear my head to toe gimp suit instead of a racing jersey and spandex shorts.

    I'm faster this way... and more aerodynamic
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    ^^^ well point proven then....
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    I am surprised no one has mentioned 2 easy ones.

    1. Snake bite kit
    2. Bear and Mt Lion kit ( aka gun)

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    Here is my set-up. With this I should be able to fix anything except catastrophic stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinning Lizard View Post
    I am surprised no one has mentioned 2 easy ones.

    1. Snake bite kit
    2. Bear and Mt Lion kit ( aka gun)
    I was warned not to mention gun here as there's a bunch of people who get all up in arms and hypersensitive about it....

    That being said I think you can imagine what item(s) may not be included in my list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinning Lizard View Post
    I am surprised no one has mentioned 2 easy ones.

    1. Snake bite kit
    2. Bear and Mt Lion kit ( aka gun)
    Haven't we debunked the myth of the usefulness of a gun as any kind of defense against big animals?
    I am also not too sure what use a snake bite kit is out there. Everything I have read says the best thing to do is to get back to medical help without delay.

    I would think the more responsible advice to impart to people worried about big game encounters would be to carry easily reachable pepper spray (as advised by the Forest Service), or to not chance it and stay at home... Of course we could just take Tone's advice and slip into the latex gimp suit, then NO animal will come close!
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    One other comment, I carry tools that I can actually fix things with (i.e. real chain tool). So many multi-tools are nearly worthless if you actually have to use them. Make sure you know how to use your stuff before you need it. Another example is a spoke wrench attached to some other tool on a multi-tool....not great if you actually have to true up a wheel on the side of the trail. The stuff in my kit isn't that much heavier.
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    I agree on the multi tool comment above, a lot of what you get is hard to use effectively. I got a Park Multi tool after losing 2 CB 19s out of my tail pack, and the hex wrenches are not easy to get good purchase on in a tight spot. I often used the chain tool on the CB tools, and they were OK. I think multi tools are purely for convenience, and most seem only able to effect emergency repairs in a pinch only. As long as I get home riding tho!
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    in my hydration pack:

    2 extra tubes
    windshell and/or rain jacket
    zip ties
    toilet paper (in a plastic bag)
    patches
    2 SRAM hyper links
    big carboard box staple to hold chain together while repairing
    Co2 and two cartridges
    crank bros multi tool
    two sets of folding allen wrenches
    leatherman
    fiber fix spoke repair kit
    two plastic tire tools
    small LED flashlight
    L&M handlebar mounted light and battery (on long fall/winter rides)

    yes, it's heavy but all useful. my riding buddy had to use the needlenose pliers on the leatherman just the other day and i sometimes find myself out an hour or so after sunset, thus the lighting kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    I am also not too sure what use a snake bite kit is out there. Everything I have read says the best thing to do is to get back to medical help without delay.
    It seems to be six on one, half a dozen on the other. For ages I read that snake bite kits save lives. Now they seem to claim that its a waste of time and can actually make the situation worse in many ways. I'm thinking I would try to get help ASAP over using a snake bite kit..
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    Of course we could just take Tone's advice and slip into the latex gimp suit, then NO animal will come close!
    false. Drop bears love latex gimp suits.

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    I've posted this in other threads over the months/years.

    I'm first responder trained. Here's a listing of what I carry in my pack. I try to have stuff so that I never really have to walk out (fix the bike somehow). Additionally, with the first aid kit, duct tape and tubes (and bandanas), I can tape, tie mobilize things.

    Hope this helps. Great job on your adaption of the problem.

    Oh, and here's a small little blurb on the chain tool I have found and use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollyw00d View Post
    The Boyscout motto is "Be Prepared"

    So I ask, how prepared are you? What trail repair stuff or spares do you carry? What medical supplies? Fluids, food, etc..

    As an Eagle scout I am always prepared....... So I tend to go over the top.


    Yesterday I decided to bring a "full-sized" spare...


















    Obviously I'm being a little facetious, but yesterday a riding buddy got injured on the trail, 3 of us are medical professionals but felt somewhat helpless without any medical equipment. I'm riding down with his bike on my shoulder so I could get the car and bring it close and I left him in the (somewhat) capable hands of another medical professional and our 4th rider who is untrained but helpful and strong. I rode down, dropped of the bike, got the car close and rode back up the trail to help the injured rider down. All-in-in all fun day, could've been much worse.

    So that leads me to wonder, what spares and/or first aid kits and medical supplies do you carry?

    BTW, the injured rider will be fine. Nothing critical nothing major. Broken jaw, separated shoulder, bone bruising on his femur.
    As a medical professional you should have realized the Bike was of no importance and time however was, good job packing the bike and leaving your friend in misery for a longer time
    The bike should have been left and your ass should have gotten to an area to find help in the quickest and safest manner possible.
    After real professionals showed up to care for your friend the Bike Issue could have been dealt with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blurr View Post
    As a medical professional you should have realized the Bike was of no importance and time however was, good job packing the bike and leaving your friend in misery for a longer time
    The bike should have been left and your ass should have gotten to an area to find help in the quickest and safest manner possible.
    After real professionals showed up to care for your friend the Bike Issue could have been dealt with.
    Throttle back turbo. Unless you were on scene and performing an assessment of your own you have no idea exactly what we were facing.

    After a rapid trauma assessment and a determination that we had nothing time critical or immediately life threatening we decided not to call for a a flight or mountain rescue, I proceeded to do a detailed assessment and realize he was safe to walk down (particularly since he was in the presence of another medic).

    I took the bike down at the down riders request. He and I were both acutely aware of the findings of my assessment and we were doing on going assessments as we traveled.
    After 20 minutes of hiking down and his condition steadily improving he requested that I leave him with the other medic to get his bike down and bring the car closer. I was available by cell phone the entire time.

    Additionally there's not one single thing I could've done differently to expedite his removal from the trail. He was walking under his own power, and on rocky single track there is only enough room for a few bodies and having yet another person walking in the group would've just been yet another person in the way. Since I was the most advanced rider, I took the bike down, and the injured guy was left with another equally certified medic, and an assistant.

    But I agree with you, and if the circumstances were different then I would absolutely would have left the bike and attended to him. But in the situation that we had, yet another medic on scene for a BLS non critical patient was unnecessary.

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    I run thick DH tubes on all my bikes, so I rarely flat, but normally I carry

    -DH Tube
    - Levers
    -POSSIBLY a small pump, but if someone else is coming with, I use theirs
    -Glock 23
    -Cliff Bar

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    The usual stuff mentioned above, plus a couple of spare spokes, and a flask of single malt scotch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    Oh, yeah, and as of last week an extra cleat screw.
    This just happened to me today... Always check the bike over, never look at the bottom of my shoes
    I hope you have a big trunk... cause I'm gonna put my bike in it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    One other comment, I carry tools that I can actually fix things ...
    Yeah, I got caught by the "smaller" stuff 2 or 3 times. That hasn't happened for at least 6+ years now. I've also saved the day countless times for other people who either had a "smaller" tool that couldn't do the job or no tool at all. How many people can actually install/remove a Shimano pedal without a full-size 8mm wrench? I know one guy who was lucky I had that along or our 5 hour ride would have been about 30 minutes.

    I could probably use some more first aid stuff after reading this thread.

    Here's the stuff I carry in my pack all the time.
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