what to carry when out biking for a day.

alhabet
alhabet Posts: 5
edited August 2011 in MTB general
hi, iam after some advice about what peoplr carry when they go out biking for a few hours. iam after as much advise has i can get. on what to carry, what you think is the best multi tool to carry and does anybody use saddle packs or do you carry everything in your rucksack. iam quite new to mountain biking and find it really good fun. but i get loads of different advice of varies bikeshops and just wanted to hear from people that ride regularlly. thanks :)
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  • t0pc4t
    t0pc4t Posts: 947
    I carry a rucksack with a hydropack and take the following:

    2 x innertubes
    1 x multitool (topeak alien)
    1 set tyre levers
    1 x mini pump
    phone
    fags
    lighter
    waterproof jacket

    I'm generally out for 2 -3 hours but live right next to the woods I ride in.
    Whether you're a king or a little street sweeper, sooner or later you'll dance with the reaper.

    Cube Curve 2009
    Giant Anthem X4

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  • weeksy59
    weeksy59 Posts: 2,606
    t0pc4t wrote:
    I carry a rucksack with a hydropack and take the following:

    2 x innertubes
    1 x multitool (topeak alien)
    1 set tyre levers
    1 x mini pump
    phone
    fags
    lighter
    waterproof jacket

    I'm generally out for 2 -3 hours but live right next to the woods I ride in.

    Simillar but 1 tube and a Slime patch kit.
    I don't worry about a jacket...the ammount i sweat, i'm soaked whether it's raining or not...
  • cooldad
    cooldad Posts: 32,599
    Pretty much as above, with a few spare powerlinks
    I don't do smileys.

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  • ilovedirt
    ilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    Cable ties
    Production Privee Shan

    B'Twin Triban 5
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    food
    spare tube
    puncture repair kit
    pump
    park multitool.
    Spoke tool.
    Chain tool.
    Waterproof jacket if the weather's hit-and-miss.

    Sometimes a camera.
  • .blitz
    .blitz Posts: 6,197
    Inner tube
    Lezyne pump
    Lezyne multitool
    Gerber pliers/knife/saw thing
    Lezyne patch kit
    Chain link thing
    Gaffa tape
    Assortment of cable ties
    Phone (obv)

    Have never failed to get back to base and have fixed a few other people's bikes as well.
  • i always carry all of my bits and bobs in my rucksack as this allows you to lower your seat fully when doing steep drops and gets rid of the annoying rattle from items in the saddle pack bashing around on the tracks. don't put your mobile in your saddle pack either - my mate sent me 480 texts he'd sent to his previous evening's conquest as it kept hitting repeat as he rode around his course.
    I carry: Hydrapack
    Energy / cereal bars - they don't melt.
    2 x inner tube
    puncture repair kit
    mini pump
    topeak mini tool kit
    allen keys
    compressed air pump - this lets you get the solidity in the tyres you can't get with a mini pump and saves loads of energy also.
    mobile - in case of emergency
    & a St. Christopher on the advice of my mates every time they see my riding style.
    hope this helps, best of luck
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    ooh, just realised that bit.
    I avoid saddle packs like the plague. The trouble with them is they seem intent on committing suicude, and since they're below and behind you, you'll never know they've done it, until you stop to fix a puncture, then just go to the bag for your pum.... oh :(

    I've had it happen far too many times, as has my father, and several mates. So, Camelbak all the way for me, for about 15 years now.
  • alhabet
    alhabet Posts: 5
    thanks for the advice, so far...
  • wobbem
    wobbem Posts: 283
    multi tool- does bl**dy everything
    pump
    spare tube
    spare patches, glue
    chain quick link
    energy bar
    phone+cash
    spare brake pads (latest addition after lesson learnt a few weeks back)
    Don't think, BE:
  • benpinnick
    benpinnick Posts: 4,148
    +1 for spare disc pads!
    A Flock of Birds
    + some other bikes.
  • benpinnick
    benpinnick Posts: 4,148
    +1 for spare disc pads!
    A Flock of Birds
    + some other bikes.
  • cooldad
    cooldad Posts: 32,599
    .blitz wrote:
    Inner tube
    Lezyne pump
    Lezyne multitool
    Gerber pliers/knife/saw thing
    Lezyne patch kit
    Chain link thing
    Gaffa tape
    Assortment of cable ties
    Phone (obv)

    Have never failed to get back to base and have fixed a few other people's bikes as well.
    Obviously a brand whore.

    @yeehaa I used a saddle bag for ages until I got sick of the guys mocking me about my knitting needles rattling around. A camelbak type thing is the sensible option.
    I don't do smileys.

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  • 1mancity2
    1mancity2 Posts: 2,355
    Same as most above with the addition of a small first aid kit.
    Finished, Check out my custom Giant Reign 2010
    Dirt Jumper Dmr Sidekick2
  • Lewis A
    Lewis A Posts: 767
    mostly as above in my camelbak, but i do use a fox mini saddle pack in which i have a:

    1. buff
    2. one of my two first aid kits (with different things in each)
    3. puncture repair kit (pointless as i don't take a pump with me as i only have one with wrong valve)

    its ok but i have found the plastic zip ends rattle against crud guard, so i tied them together. i don't keep anything damageable in the saddle pack as every ride it seems to get wet even with mudguard beneath it!
    Cube Analog 2012 with various upgrades.
  • Kaise
    Kaise Posts: 2,498
    [quote-"yeeha"]I avoid saddle packs like the plague. The trouble with them is they seem intent on committing suicude, [/quote]

    with you on this, but i have started using a lucozade drinks bottle as a tool holder LUC101_bottle.jpg

    containing
    1 Tube
    2 tyre levers
    2 tywraps
    1 multitool (Topeak Mini 20)
    2 ish Patches w/Glue/Chalk
    Pump is attached to the frame with a clip thing.
    £10 emergency cash

    This is ok if I am out for 2 hours locally but if heading out for longer or further i stuff it all in my hydrapak and add in another tube, coat, peanut butter and jam sarnie, two knog lights incase i get stuck and the light disappears on me.
  • Lewis A
    Lewis A Posts: 767
    mostly as above in my camelbak, but i do use a fox mini saddle pack in which i have a:

    1. buff
    2. one of my two first aid kits (with different things in each)
    3. puncture repair kit (pointless as i don't take a pump with me as i only have one with wrong valve)

    its ok but i have found the plastic zip ends rattle against crud guard, so i tied them together. i don't keep anything damageable in the saddle pack as every ride it seems to get wet even with mudguard beneath it!
    Cube Analog 2012 with various upgrades.
  • Tim.s
    Tim.s Posts: 515
    For less than a couple of hours, a backpack with a tube, pump, patches, tyre levers, multitool (Park tools one not sure which model), powerlnks, water, phone. I always have a couple of odd bolts and a cabletie too. Sometimes a powerbar or a flapjack too.

    Ive also got one of those U-Tag things so if im found with my face completely smashed off the hospital can give the missus the good news.

    Try and get a multi tool with a decent chain tool and carry some sram powerlinks, that way you can always fix a snapped chain quickly and easily.
    "Didn't hurt"
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    1 or 2 tubes
    multi tool
    chain tool
    powerlinks - lots of them
    brake pads
    tyre levers
    basic first aid stuff to patch people up
    phone to call the ambulance, GPS essential
    combined tyre & shock pump
    change of lenses for shades
    paracetamol in case I've been on the beers the night before
    snack
    water
    wallet
    car keys

    and sometimes my SLR camera!

    all fits into a Hawg :)
  • getonyourbike
    getonyourbike Posts: 2,648
    I take this all in my Evoc 16l hydration pack:
    X3 tubes
    Puncture Repair Kit
    Topeak Mini 20 Pro Multitool (very good chain tool and also a spoke tool)
    Lezyne HVG Micro Floor Drive Pump (none of this tiny little mini pump cr@p)
    X3 Tyre Levers
    Quite a few KMC Missing Links
    Gaffa Tape (ripped sidewalls)
    3 or 4 cable ties
    Spare Mech Hanger
    Universal Mech Hanger
    Shock Pump
    Little light set
    Spare Brake Pads
    Gerber Multi Suspension Tool (pliers, knife, scissors, saw, screwdrivers, bottle opener etc)
    Water (3l bladder, as much needed depending on weather and ride length)
    Waterproof Jacket (If weather is a bit iffy)
    Food (crisps, Haribo, flapjack)
    Phone
    Keys
    Bit of money
    Some Hayfever tabets
    Bottle of isotonic drink like High 5 from my free sample collection :lol: (just for long rides)
    Full Face if I'm off to the DH track
  • Pretty much as above but also take some duct tape. Has come in handy on a few occasions and can give a temporary repair to a great number of things.
  • snowden_88
    snowden_88 Posts: 174
    Basic Camelbak classic 2l
    A fiver (for the pub on the way home)
    2 patches
    An innertube which I cram into a waterbottle on the bike
    A shitty pump, Im better off just getting my mouth around the valve "ooo errr"A choccy bar
    A multitool
    tyre levers
    "it's like a gift, you know? It's like I can't control it"
  • giblets
    giblets Posts: 37
    Seems some of you take the kitchen sink out with you!! :)
    In several years of riding I have never needed a chain tool, but guess i depends on the riding you do.
    I have saddle bag, which contains:
    Inner Tube,
    Glueless patches,
    Multi-tool
    Tyre Levers
    Pump (on frame)
    Keys
    Drink (on frame)

    Longer Rides (2hrs +)
    Phone,
    Cash
    Cable Ties
    Jacket (winter only)
    Energy (haribo, energy bar etc)
    Tube (+1 over above!)

    Not done anything 'epic' so reckon a lot of stuff can wait til you get home (pads, spokes etc), if you don't mind taking it easy for the remaining couple of miles, but guess you should always check them before you head out.
    Giant Trance X4 (2010)
  • Daz555
    Daz555 Posts: 3,976
    Tube
    Patches
    Duck tape
    Zip ties
    Powerlink
    Multitool
    Mini pliers
    Mini pump
    Mobile
    Water
    Snacks.
    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.
  • njee20
    njee20 Posts: 9,613
    Never cease to be amazed by the crap some people carry :-)

    - tube if I see one as I walk out the door, or it's a really long ride
    - CO2 Pump and a couple of cannisters
    - Hexus multitool with chain tool
    - £10
    - Phone

    Never had a problem with that lot! If I was riding in the sort of conditions that trashed my brake pads the last thing I'd want to do is stand at the side of the trail changing them, you can still stop, ish, after all!
  • homers_double
    homers_double Posts: 7,932
    Pump
    2 tubes
    spare cable
    tyre levers
    multi tool
    powerlinks
    phone
    random small change
    food if I'm out for a while, usually a breakfast bar or something similar
    Advocate of disc brakes.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    giblets wrote:
    In several years of riding I have never needed a chain tool, but guess i depends on the riding you do.
    Mine's mostly used to fix other people's chains not mine. Same with the tubes!

    Think on group rides it would be better to allocate some mug to carry all the spares so the rest don't have to :D
  • cooldad
    cooldad Posts: 32,599
    Err you are the mug, mug.
    I don't do smileys.

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  • bails87
    bails87 Posts: 12,998
    I've had to fix a few chains, mine at least once, had to bodge mechs to run properly when a cable has snapped. I carry a spare gear inner, so if it goes at the start of the ride I can spend 5 mins repairing it. And then obviously I've had to repair punctures.

    Njee: what's the point of carrying CO2 if you don't always have a tube, and you don't carry a puncture repair kit?

    FWIW, I carry:
    1 or 2 inner tubes
    Puncture repair kit
    A few cable ties
    Pump
    Shock pump at the moment as I'm still playing around with my new forks
    Pair of brake pads
    Lezyne multitool with chainbreaker
    Powerlinks (the chain breaker is pretty useless without these)
    Space blanket
    Small first aid kit
    Phone
    £10 note

    The multitool, pump and repair kit are essential. Anything else is pretty negligible in terms of weight and space compared to the bag itself and the 2 litres of water inside it.
    MTB/CX

    "As I said last time, it won't happen again."
  • getonyourbike
    getonyourbike Posts: 2,648
    I probably carry more than I need but I like being able to get back to base no matter what happens instead of having to call for a pick up.