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What's In the Bag?

When mountain biking, it's important to make sure you've got the correct gear with you out on the trail. There's nothing worse than being stuck with a flat tire or a broken chain and not being able to do anything about it.

Over my years riding, I've put together a kit that I take with me on every ride. It's definitely helped me out, hopefully it's helpful for you too!

What's in my MTB bag?

  1. My hydration backpack with a 2 litre bladder and real mud effects!

  2. Shock pump. One person from the group should carry a shock pump, just in case fine tuning on the trail is necessary. Good idea when setting up a new bike.

  3. Mini pump. Although this one is not so mini. A larger barrel is good for big-bagged mountain bike tyres and if you've got a backpack anyway...

  4. CO2 inflator and spare cartridge. A 16g (5/9 oz) cartridge will put enough in your tyre to keep you roll- ing. Small, lightweight and fast.

  5. Puncture repair kit. Always handy if you run tubes. Small and light enough to barely notice. Can also be used to patch up small tyre holes.

  6. Spare tube. Even when I run a tubeless setup I take a tube. Just in case.

  7. Tyre levers. I like these Michelin levers. Never leave home without.

  8. Mobile phone. Obviously good in emergencies, but also to run GPS apps like Strava, especially as I don’t use a computer.

  9. Mini tool. A necessity for mountain biking. This Topeak Alien tool has every allen key, chain tool and lots more.

  10. Zip ties. Just in case.

  11. Band aids. I should probably carry more medical supplies. These are good for small patch up jobs.

  12. Snakes. I also carry bananas and muesli bars depending how far we are riding. Pure glucose is great for a kick start, but be prepared for the highs and lows!

Anything else that you take in your kit? Please share in the comments below.

ProfileAuthor: Christian Woodcock
Christian loves riding bikes. He has many years experience working in bike shops and has raced mountain bikes at a high level with success. These days expect to see him climbing and suffering on a road bike, or talking it up on the trails with mates.

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