Carrying Spares And Tools On A Mountain Bike | GMBN How To


– I hate being under prepared for a ride. Sometimes you show up to the spot, get your bike out of the van, and realize you need
to do something to it. Just a bit of a tweak
you forgot to last time, or maybe you’re out in the wilderness and something goes wrong. So here’s a few tips on how to carry the stuff you need for a ride. (electronic music) So we’ll start by going down the minimalist end of the scale and taking not a lot of stuff, to the other end of the scale where, for me it’s all about
you going on bigger rides and going further away from my vehicle, into the wilderness,
further away from help. I need to be more self sufficient. (electronic music) So when it comes to more
aggressive rides, or longer rides, it’s time to think about
taking some spares. And really for that, let’s think about the most common things that can go wrong. Maybe a snapped chain,
definitely punctures. So it’s time to take
tube and a multi-tool, and actually a bum bag is great. I’ve been using this quite a lot recently. I used that on that E-Mountain Bike challenge I did recently in Lake Garda. We were out five hours. You’ve got a bladder that goes in here, I think it’s a liter and
a half worth of water. You can get a refill of course,
and then I’ve got a spare. So a spare tube, got my
multi-tool, and a mini-pump. So you have loads of
stashed pockets on this bag. You’ve got some around your hips you can get to real
easy when you’re riding. You’ve got a nice safety clip to put something on like your car key, and also a tool roll in there. So you can carry loads
of stuff in this bum bag, and the best thing about this is you just don’t get a sweaty back and they’re surprisingly stable. I don’t know if you’ve ridden
with one for mountain biking, and I’ve gone with the old 80’s bum bags. This is actually really comfortable. You can get them really
secure around your hips and they don’t move at all. So actually, I really like using that. It’s official, I like bum bags. (electronic music) So when it comes to those bigger rides, of course you’ve gotta be
much more self-sufficient. You really don’t wanna be getting stuck in the middle of nowhere
relying on your phones, trying to ring people to help you out. So definitely need to
be carrying more stuff. So it might be a case of
carrying a couple of tubes, more water, so the bladder
in this is much bigger. I’ve got space for a water
bottle again if I need that, and bigger tool kits, so I’ve
now got a ratchet set in here so just gotta fix more
problems if I get them. Tire levers in there, you
can fit a bigger pump, I’ve still got the same pump in here. Also spare clothes. Maybe gloves, maybe a base
layer and a thin jacket. Or if you get too hot,
you can take them off and stash them in here. I also quite often take
a spare gear cable. It just don’t weigh anything and why not? If your gear cable snaps,
it’s surprisingly bad. You know, getting up in your highest gear and find it really hard to
get out of where you’re at. Also, I find if I’m taking more stuff, I want all those retention
systems that backpacks offer, so I’ve got a waist strap around here. Actually takes a surprising amount of the weight of the backpack. So it’s not all high up. Then I’ve got a couple of chest straps, and an added advantage of many of these modern mountain bike packs is that they have a back
protector build into them. So you know you’re safe as well. Another feature of these backpacks that many enduro riders like is the fact that you’ve got a bit of
a stash on the outside. So if you wanna take your
full face helmet off, on the days where it’s too hot, you’re peddling up a big hill, often you can just strap them
to the outside of these packs and ride up without it on. (electronic music) Something that’s also
getting really popular is people trying to mount
things to their bike. So this is another one,
it’s coming from Enduro. People do tend to strap
their tubes to their bikes rather than carrying a backpack or sticking them in those stash pockets. Actually just using a
bit of electrical tape to wrap it around your frame, or even now you can buy these
dedicated straps to do that. Also, the pump and maybe
a basic tool to your bike, and also taking advantage
of these bottle cages that a lot of trailing and
enduro bikes now offer. Actually, people are going old school running those water bottles again. We’re also seeing tool manufacturers trying to integrate them into the bike. So here we’ve got a
multi-tool on the bottle cage and a chain tool up in the steering tube. (electronic music) The other alternative, of course, is to actually not take
your stuff with you and leave it in your car at the car park or at the trail head, it’s
probably just something I do probably 50 percent of the time. If I’m doing an enduro ride, or I’m navigating too far away
from the car I’ll do that. But I’ll also keep a stash
of bigger, heavier stuff that I wouldn’t wanna
take on a ride anyway. So my essentials I keep in the
car pretty much all the time is a can of lube, some tubular sealant. You might need that in an emergency. A bigger pump, I normally
actually keep a track pump, but this is sort of a medium sized pump. One you can carry with you, but maybe it’s a little
bigger that I’d like. Big stash of tubes, always
keep them in the car. A shock pump, it’s something you shouldn’t really need on a trail. It should set your suspension, and then while you might
wanna tweak it a little bit, but again, if I really need to do that I’ll ride back to the car to do it. And some spares, so spare gear cables, some spare break pads. A bigger tool kit for more
heavy duty fixes and repairs, and a first aid kit that
stays in my car at all times. So this is a few tips on how
to carry your stuff with you on the bike for those
different types of rides. If you wanna see a video talking about the essentials that you need to take, click over there for that one. Give us a thumbs up if
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