If you’re a new mountain biking enthusiast, or you’re looking to up your game, you should consider investing into some of the essentials. If you’re planning to go farther than the local supermarket, and into the mountains anytime soon, you’re going to want to take some of the following items into account.
Just like you wouldn’t drive a broken car, you don’t want to ride a broken bike either- it could lead to serious injuries! Start off by dusting off your mountain bike and double-checking that everything is in place.
With that said, you wont like it if your bike broke down in the midst of your ride either, therefore it is of utmost importance that you bring your own repair kit.
This would include:
Pump – A pump is what you’d use to repair your deflated wheels. You can purchase small, compact and high powered pumps at most biking/sports shops – or on the internet.
Spare’s – Remember to pack an extra wheel (make sure its the same size) and possibly an extra chain. There are kits that pack both in extra small containers that mount on your bike, look for those.
Tools – Whilst tools are bulky and hard to carry, it is important that you put them down on your list, otherwise you could be stuck with nothing but sticks and rocks on your arsenal. Try to pack as many as you can, otherwise invest in a high-grade Swiss army knife that comes with everything packaged.
Now that you’ve got yourself covered in terms of repairs, lets take a look at some of the clothing you might consider for mountain biking. The following items are things you could obviously live without – but will most certainly enhance, and secure your experience. Trust us, you don’t want to be leaving without some level of protection!
The items are as follows:
Helmet – Pack a strong and sturdy biking helmet. Remember to look for something with cozy padding and great ventilation/cooling to keep your safe, comfortable and focused.
Sunglasses – If the time and place that you’re visiting is expecting sun, purchase a good pair of sports sunglasses to shelter your eyes. We recommend Oakley or something of that sort.
Bib shorts – These are professional shorts accommodated with straps to keep you in place. They’ll ward off any unwanted sweat and keep your legs moving comfortably.
Food and water – Bring your own food and water – and pack plenty. You don’t want to find
yourself dehydrating or loosing energy in any part of your trip.
Bonus: If you’re looking to increase safety, joint-guards (ankle-guards, knee-pads, etc.) should do the trick. They’ll cushion your body from scratches and impact, in case you fall off.
Last but not least, remember your everyday-carry items. These could include wallet, keys, etc. As for biking specific items, purchase a good GPS watch to prevent you from getting lost (take a look at some Casio’s for instance) and a bike lock to guard your bike in case you decide to take a break at a public place. Other than that, stay safe, and have as much fun as possible in your trip!