The Mountain Biking is full of challenges and unknowns and that’s how fun it is. You have to be ready for anything you may experience on the trip, may it be an injury or any mechanical problem you face during your journey. However, with careful planning and training you can handle these problems; you should plan for the worst and hope for the best.
The below are some essential items you may pack for your ride depending on the riding nature, distance and the time involved.
MTB backpacks are the requirements for any mountain biker for a number of reason. Depending on the size, they provide you the capacity to store large volume of water, food, tools, spares and other essential items that may be required during journey. They are available in many sizes; you may choose one as per your requirement.
Many riders prefer riding with a hydration pack as it result in more frequent drinking of water and better hydration due to the convenience in drinking the water.
Mountain biking is an intensive activity, so to retain your energy and prevent the dreaded “bonk,” you need to regularly feed your body. A combination of fast energy (sugary snacks) and slower burning, protein-rich foods might keep you going all day long.
Even if you have a bike with tubeless tires, carrying two spare tubes is recommended as double flats my happen.
Proper tire pressure lets your bike roll quickly, ride smoothly, and avoid flats. You need to carry a mini pump to manage your bike tire pressure as well as in fixing a tire issue. A CO2 inflator and cartridges are optional. They will get you up and rolling quicker, but a mini pump will work every time.
It is always a good idea to pack a shock pump in case your bike shocks develop a slow leak or you need to fine-tune your suspension if needed
When you’re out on the road, things happen, and a bike multi-tool will easily become your best friend. A tool is a requirement, from basic changes like the height of your seat to repairing loose parts. A full-on multi-tool with a few Allen keys and flat head screwdriver on it is fine for most of the tweaks.
It is necessary to have a tire lever in your backpack in case you would need to remove/install your tire for any emergency repair.
First Aid Kit
It is a good idea to pack with you a small first aid kit in a waterproof package to deal with cleaning/covering cuts. Bandages, gauze, disinfecting wipes and tweezers are all items to include in your kit. You may also include some painkillers and anti-inflammatories in the kit.
Make sure you drink enough water to be hydrated. Bringing a water bottle or hydration backpack with you is always a great idea. It’s very easy to get dehydrated so you should always bring water with you and drink it on the trail to ensure that your body stays properly hydrated at all times.
In winter, they sun goes does down very early and it is a good idea to keep a headlamp in your backpack. If you got to stay longer on the trail due to somebody gets hurt or it takes longer to fix the bike, you’ll be happy you brought a headlamp with you. It can get difficult to see what you’re doing without it.
An emergency blanket and cell phone would probably make a good addition to your packing list. In case of any emergency your cell phone can be very handy to call for any help and support.