Being properly ready to set out on a mountain bike trail is downright an absolute must and no thought can be spared in planning, the absolute must is to all times pack more mountain biking equipment to compensate for the distance you may find your self away from help.
Here are some crucial life saving considerations you must also make regardless of the skill level of mountain biking that you desire to partake in.
- The first item, for anyone wanting to become active outdoors on terrain that is unknown, mountain biking or otherwise, should be to invest in a well-stocked first aid kit. Should you purchase biker specific first aid kits, ensure that they are purposefully designed to fit into a small pack, under your seat or even in your saddlebags. Ensure any well-stocked first aid kit will contain antiseptics, pain relievers, bandages, band-aids, moleskin, and tweezers.
- The second necessity is to have your mountain bike specific tool kits on hand and that there many options available as to the type of bike you have and the matching tools you want it to contain. The very basic tool kit should have the required tools needed to repair flat tires and will fit nicely under your seat or in any saddlebag. Be mindful of other tools to store such as Allan keys or small wrenches, a chain breaker, tire gauges, and sharp army knives, and some robustly strong tape.
- Never leave your base without including a spare mountain bike chain. Every experienced biker knows all too well how easy it is to snap a chain on the trail and the confusion it can entail. I agree broken chains can be repaired but should you take the risk of being left stranded without one?
Never let it be said that you forgot to take with you a portable air pump. These portable air pumps come in numerous shapes and sizes and can be purchased specifically to fit a slew of bikes. They mostly fit under the seat or in saddlebags, and often the all repair kits includes one.
Each and every one of these pieces of equipment are designed to be light weight and easily stored on your bike. Please do not risk traveling far from assistance without them, because being prepared with the right mountain biking equipment can save you many hours of delays and huge frustration.