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Packing the essentials

joe1983joe1983 Posts: 440
edited January 2009 in MTB general
Just bought a new hydration pack from Decathlon - bargain at £12! The bag has about 8L space - what should I pack for day rides?
So far i've got innertube, pump, multitool




  • Sir HCSir HC Posts: 20,148
    -Spare chain link
    -Lights if your riding late afternoon
    -Snack bars
    -Tube patches
    -Cable ties
    Intense Socom
  • MilkieMilkie Posts: 377
    If its a full day out... Then I may pack the following in my Mule:

    First Aid Kit
    Thermal Foil Blanket
    Survival Kit (Wire Saw, Firestarter, Waterproof Matches, Sewing/Fishing Kit, Compass/Map, etc)

    Topeak Alien 2 Multitool
    Disposable Gloves
    Antibacterial Hand Cleaner
    Spare Chain Links
    Spare Mech Hanger
    Tyre Levers
    Tyre Patches
    Cable Ties
    Lightweight Innertube

    Mobile Phone
    Mp3 Player

    Sweets (Starburst, Jelly Babies, Choc Cookie, Power Bar)
    Possibly a mini stove for a cuppa tea :wink:

    Wow I never realised it was soo much stuff! It really is a Tardis! :lol:

    I swear I've missed off a few things too.
  • v23v23 Posts: 217
    Milkie wrote:
    Survival Kit (Wire Saw, Firestarter, Waterproof Matches, Sewing/Fishing Kit, Compass/Map, etc)

    Where do you go mountain biking?

    You're never more than a few miles from a road. If you're that censored that you can't crawl to a road and get help, you ain't gonna be going fishing, gathering firewood etc.
  • MilkieMilkie Posts: 377
    Where do you go mountain biking?

    Exmoor, Dartmoor, Quantocks, Snowdonia... Be prepared :wink:
    Sewing/Fishing kits are vey usefull, for things such as torn tyre walls etc.
    Wire saw comes in very handy for over grown trails, fallen branches etc.
  • ianpinderianpinder Posts: 266
    there is a thread about this if you used the search function, it was either in general or beginners
    Cycling the Tour D'Afrique in 2012
  • mellexmellex Posts: 214
    Milkie, are you John Rambo?

    Small first aid kit is a good call. I can think of at least two instances where my rides would have benefited from one.
  • Daz555Daz555 Posts: 3,976
    Here is some good info on stuff to take for emergency repairs: ... airs-18199
    You only need two tools: WD40 and Duck Tape.
    If it doesn't move and should, use the WD40.
    If it shouldn't move and does, use the tape.
  • Surf-MattSurf-Matt Posts: 5,952
    This is the UK, not the Rocky Mountains!!

    For short rides:

    Tyre levers
    Spare tube
    Tyre patches
    Spare batteries for both lights (AAAs and AAs)
    Rolled up length of gaffa tape
    Mobile phone

    For longer rides I add:

    Mini Topeak tool kit with chain link extractor and all allen keys
    Debit card
    OS map
    Snack food items
    Beanie hat (in case it gets cold)

    I can happily run 5 miles with my bike (have done in the past) so am very rarely in danger of being stranded.
  • joe1983joe1983 Posts: 440
    Many thanks boys and girls. Think I may have to get a bigger bag!
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