- Parent Category: MTB in Hong Kong
- Created on 22 May 2008
- Published on 22 May 2008
- Written by Julien Lallemand
What you need to carry for that epic days riding
Your bike bag is your guarantee for a safer ride. It contains all the items you’ll need for fixing your bike and fixing yourself. Your bag will help you to make it back home if the riding conditions turn bad. That’s the typical content of mountain biker’s bag:
1 Water bladderWhatever bag you have, fit a large one with at least 2 liters capacity, you don’t have to fill it in full for a ride but the day you’re going for a long ride you’ll be glad to have a large capacity.
2 Bag with straps and enough pocketsYour bike bag must fit comfortably. You don’t want it to flap on your back every time you hit a bump. So get a bag with a solid and ergonomic waist strap and chest straps. Casual trail riding requests you to bring a range of items ranging from tools to spare clothes that must fit in your bag. The picture shows a relatively small bag good for rides lasting up to 3 to 4 hours by good weather. A larger bag would be necessary if a spare jacket or a change of cloth was needed.
3 FoodAlways bring food with you. Food is energy.
4 Spare inner tubeHaving a spare inner tube is the quickest way to fix a flat. Make sure the tube you have is the right size and have a valve suitable with your rim and pump valve.
5 PumpAlways bring a pump, or make sure someone in your group as one. Choose a pump with universal valve that can pump any kind of inner tube valve without touching at the pump’s valve.
6 TapeTape helps you making quick fix when something breaks. Stretchy electric tape can be used for first aid and to hold in place a ripped helmet’s visor, a knee pad which Velcro are inefficient, etc… Duct Tape is strong enough to hold in place a broken bike and make it back home (we’ve seen it!), and temporarily mend about anything on you and your bike.
7 Spoke toolsThis tool allows you to true your wheel during the ride. It’s particularly useful when a spoke brakes and your tire is rubbing against the frame, you’ll need it to make your wheel roll freely again and make it back home.
8 Zip tiesZip ties are incredibly strong and can be used to fix a lot of things during a ride.
10 Chain toolA bike without a chain is almost useless.
The chain tool is your only way to fix your chain when it brakes.