So you’ve got your bike, helmet and shorts, and you’re ready to hit the trails – but what else do you need to take with you?
Having the right accessories with you is a lifesaver when things go wrong (as they inevitably will from time to time) out on the trail. Here’s our list of the 10 must-have items you’ll want to carry with you on every ride.
Before we start with the gear, you’re going to need a bag to carry all your kit with you. We recommend gong for a hydration pack, like a CamelBak or similar, which will save you having to carry a separate water bottle. There are loads of different models available, including those with dedicated storage for your helmet, so shop around until you find something you like.
Check backpacks at topantitheftbackpack.com.
Punctures are inevitable, and having a spare inner tube will ensure you’re not left stranded. Take it from us, it’s no fun getting stuck miles away from your car with a puncture, and having to do the long walk of shame!
A powerful mini pump
The key word here is ‘powerful’ – trying to get to the required pressure with a low power pump can be frustrating and extremely tiring! Thankfully, there are loads of good mini pumps around which will have you fully inflated in a matter of seconds – look for a lightweight unit with a good-sized volume.
Tyre pressure gauge
Unless your pump has one built in, you’ll want to invest in a tyre pressure gauge, so you can be sure that your tyres are correctly inflated. This is especially important after pumping up your tyres following a puncture repair or inner tube replacement.
Tyre levers will make changing out your flat tyres much easier, and cut down the time your friends spend tapping their heels waiting for you on the side of the trail. A decent set shouldn’t cost you more than a fiver, and will be well worth the investment when it comes to changing a tyre.
A dedicated multi-tool is invaluable for a wide range of minor repairs when out on the trail. Most come with a full range of Allen keys, screwdriver attachments and Torx wrench heads needed for a wide range of mechanical fixes. Just make sure you go for one with a built-in chain tool. It’s also worth spending some time working out which tools fit your bike before you hit the trail!
First aid kit
Accidents happen, and although falling off is all part of the fun, it’s good to have a decent lightweight first aid kit on hand to treat any minor cuts, grazes, bumps and bruises.
Chain connectors/smart links
Snapping a chain when riding can be a nightmare – but it’s made much easier if you’ve got a smart connector/spare closing link. These smart single links will enable you to reaffix your chain quickly and easily, without having to mess about pressing in the pins.
Spare Derailleur Hanger
If your rear derailleur hits a foreign object, it’s usually the hanger that ends up breaking first. Carrying a lightweight spare with you wherever you go will save you from being stranded – and they’re really easy to fit, bolting into the rear triangle of your frame.
And of course…Ridersmate!
Whatever you take with you on your next mountain biking adventure, don’t forget your Ridersmate!
If you fall off and suffer a serious accident, Ridersmate is there to help, springing immediately into action and notifying your loved ones– providing you with the security and peace of mind to ride wherever you want to.
Head over to the Ridersmate store and pick up Ridersmate MTB Edition today.