What do i need for my new mountain bike

Want to know what to bring mountain biking? Use this trail checklist to tick off the basics for a few hours of riding. If youre going for a longer rip, pad your kit with extra item

What do i need for my new mountain bike

Want to know what to bring mountain biking? Use this trail checklist to tick off the basics for a few hours of riding. If youre going for a longer rip, pad your kit with extra items to cover minor fixes farther from the trailhead.

Use common sense  for remote areas (or any trails where hike-a-biking out would be more painful than usual), start with the 10 essentials checklist and build your mountain bike kit from there.

See mountain biking gear checklist pdf

Mountain bike gear essentials

  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Backpack
  • Hydration bladder or water bottle
  • Water or energy drink
  • Energy bars and food
  • Trail app, map or guidebook

Repair kit items for every ride

  • Bike multi-tool with Allen keys. Some also have chain tools, spoke wrenches, Torx drivers, and flatheads and Phillips screwdrivers built in.
  • Spare tube, even if youre tubeless (bring 2 if youre planning to be out for a while)
  • Patch kit
  • Tire levers
  • Mini bike pump or CO2 inflator with cartridges

Additional repair items for longer rides

  • Shock pump
  • Chain tool (if its not on a multi-tool)
  • Master chain link, like a PowerLink or Quick Link
  • Zip ties
  • Duct tape (mini roll)
  • Derailleur hanger and mounting bolts
  • Big backcountry epics are beyond the scope of this checklist, and youll want to be totally self-sufficient for those

Clothing and armour

  • Bike shorts with or without padded liner shorts
  • Riding jersey
  • Bike shoes
  • Bike socks
  • Cycling gloves
  • Lightweight packable shell and extra layers
  • Body armour
  • Eye protection/sunglasses

Personal and safety stuff

  • Phone, plus a portable charger in waterproof case
  • First aid kit
  • Bike light or headlamp in case a mechanical leaves you out after sunset
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Compass or GPS
  • ID and cash (a $5 bill can also be used as a temporary patch for a sidewall slash)
  • GoPro or camera (optional)
  • Change of clothes, a towel and cold drinks stashed in your car for post-rideShop mountain biking gear
  • A first-timers guide to mountain biking
  • How to choose bike lights
  • How to choose a mountain bike

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