Top 10 Mountain Bike Accessories

Top 10 Mountain Bike Accessories


Here’s our top ten mountain bike
accessories. They may not be essentials, but it’s ten things that might improve
your riding experience or make your life easier on the trail. Hydration pack. A lot
of people call these camelbacks because they were the original makers. They come
in all sorts of shapes and sizes nowadays. This is an Evoc six-liter team
pack, so it’s relatively small. That’s something that I’d use for short
rides and for racing. Multi-tool, that’s something that I take on all
rides with me. This is quite a small one, so it will get me out of some emergencies,
but I do have a large one as well with a chain tool on there, so it should help you
if you do get into any problems and mechanical issues. CO2 canister. It’s a
good little gadget. Nice and light, good for putting air back in that tire if
you get a puncture. On a mountain bike tire, because they’re quite big, you
might need two of these canisters to take with you, or you might want to take a
backup pump, just in case. But a good little gadget. Also helps with
sealing a tubeless tire. Some riding glasses. I don’t always use them, but they’re good obviously if it’s
sunny. Got some nice dark lenses in there. I’ve also got clear lenses for if it’s
muddy, to keep stuff out of my eyes and also some pink ones. They help in low
light conditions. So I tend to use them when it’s sunny or if it’s really wet. Cycle computer. This is
the Garmin Edge 1000, top of the range, does pretty much
everything. This does mapping as well as keeping record of what you’re riding.
Mapping’s really good if you’re doing big rides or you don’t know where you are. I
actually use the Edge 510, so it’s a lot smaller, just for keeping
track of where I go. Also really good for Strava, if you’re into doing a bit of
racing on the trail. A set of lights. A nice little lightweight set is good for
getting you home, should you get caught out in the dark. But night riding is
something that every mountain biker should try. This is a USC Exposure, it’s got 1200
lumens, it’s going to last you for a couple of hours, so it’s a really powerful
light. It’s just a different experience riding at night and it’s a lot of fun. A
mud guard. Nowadays, you can get these really small, quite stylish mud guards.
They used to be horrible-looking things I would never want to run on my bike. These
little ones go under your fork crane and actually, I run one of these quite a lot
of the time now. They’re really effective, considering how small they are, and just
keep a lot of that spray from coming up and into your eyes. A bottle cage. These
went out of fashion for a while with everyone using packs, but it seems
nowadays a lot of people are going back to using a bottle cage so that they’re not
carrying a pack on their back. For a shorter ride, that sounds like a
good idea to me. Less sweaty back, and you can move around a bit better. But
obviously on a longer ride, you might think about chucking more tools
and a bit more water and food in a pack. If not, trying using a bottle in a bottle
cage. Knee pads, always a good idea. It’s the first thing that hits the floor,
quite often, and it’s really painful. It’s definitely something that’s improved
loads in the last few years. You can get really nice, lightweight knee
pads that you can pedal in all day long. And some knee pads offer a lot of
protection and they’re still really comfortable, so it’s worth buying a knee
pad to suit the type of riding you do, but I don’t often ride without them
nowadays. Action cams. Go Pros are everywhere nowadays. Really good for
sticking on your helmet, on your chest and following your mates, but also it’s a
really good idea to video yourself whilst you’re riding. Compare yourself to our
how-to videos if you want and see if you’re doing it right or wrong. So,
there’s our top ten mountain bike accessories. If you like this video, give
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