Ten Things To Take On A Mountain Bike Ride

Ten Things To Take On A Mountain Bike Ride


– Here at GMBN, we love
a good trail centre but, as with any mountain biking, being prepared is the name of the game. – So these are the top
10 things we take with us when going to a trail centre. (solo drum music) – Number one, a car boot kit that always stays in the back of my car. That includes a track pump. It’s obviously much quicker
than using a mini pump but also really handy for
solving any tubeless problems. And then, I’ve got this bag
that has inside it a toolkit. So that’s just this bum bag. I’ve got tools that you
probably wouldn’t want to carry out on the trail so a shock pump, one of these Topeak kits with a slightly bigger
range of tools in there, some chain lube, and
there’s also a mini pump. Any sort of bits and
bobs that you might need like spare cleats. Then, I’ve got a tube. I actually take a 27.5 Presta ’cause that’ll fit in,
basically, anything. Some spare clothes,
t-shirts, in case I get wet. Then I’ve got a towel
just to wipe myself down, just a small one there. The essentials, a mat to get changed on. This is actually a surfing mat so you can stick this on the floor, stop your feet getting wet, stick all your muddy clothes in there, and then it ties up to keep them all from getting everything else
in the back of the car wet. Spare socks, take them everywhere I go. – Whether it’s a fast blast or a longer ride at a trail centre, you definitely wanna go
with some spare parts. We tend to put these
inside our hydration packs and just leave them in there. Always carry a quality little mini pump. Some riders like to carry CO2 cartridges but they’re a bit wasteful
unless you’re racing. Definitely carry a
spare inner tube or two. We recommend carrying a Presta valve ’cause that’ll fit any rim drilling and make it a 27 1/2
inch because it’ll fit 29 and 26 inch wheels too. Couple of tyre levers,
always a great idea. Decent multi tool, make
sure that your multi tool has a chain splitter on it because that’s gonna happen time to time. Always a good idea to take some cable ties because you can fix most
sorts of things with those. We also like to keep some
gear inner cables with us. They’re good for seatpost controls and also, if you snap
your rear mech cable, good idea to fix that out on the trail. We also like to carry a chain master link, whether that’s eight, nine,
10, 11, or even 12 speed. It’s a good idea for
repairing a chain quick out on the trail, nice and safe as well. Finally, carry a little
bag of bolts and spares. Inside this, I tend to
keep chainring bolts, brake boss bolts, and
cleat bolts for your shoes which can also double
up as disc brake bolts. – Number three, water. Now, some people prefer
to carry a hydration pack with a bladder inside. I actually, generally
prefer to use a water bottle and a bottle cage on my bike. But that’s only 600 ml so if
I’m going for a bigger ride, I will resort to using a riding pack. – Number four, pile of loose change. Perfect for the car park and getting the cheeky
coffee on the way out. Number five, riding kit. Definitely need some good
quality padded shorts, faithful GMBN jersey,
and, riding in the UK or anywhere else in Europe, probably a decent waterproof jacket just to stash in that pack. – Food.
Now, it’s always quite nice to have something on you
just in case you need it. But, especially for those bigger rides, you’re going to need
to fuel them properly. Fruit and nuts are a great idea. Also, you could use sport
specific things like gels, you’ve got tabs that can go in your drink, and also a recovery drink for
after is a pretty good idea. – Protection.
So, of course at the very least, you’re gonna need a good mountain bike helmet. Obviously, the better quality, the better it is for your head. And also pick a helmet that’s suitable for the type of riding you do. So this is a trail helmet and it comes down lower
at the back of your head to give you that bit more protection. Pads, so you can think about
knee pads and elbow pads. Again, appropriate for
the type of riding you do. And also eyewear, especially important if you’re riding in wet conditions. Stop anything getting in your eyes and potentially damaging your eyeballs. – Always take your phone with you as well. Obviously for safety reasons
if you need to ring anyone. Good for taking videos,
taking a picture of your bike for Bike Vault on the Dirt Shed Show. And of course, keep it nice
and safe and waterproof in one of our little pocpacs. – Number 10, take a riding buddy with you. Of course, riding by yourself is fun but it can be more fun using
your limits with someone else and, of course, it’s much safer. – Click here to subscribe
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