How To Pack For A Mountain Bike Ride


(upbeat music) – So before you go out for ride, you obviously need to make
sure that your bike is in tip top condition,
is mechanically sound. But of course, when you
actually hit the trails, you want to make sure you’re
carrying just enough gear with you, like inner
tubes and pumps and stuff, to make sure you can deal with any eventualities out on the trail. Now of course, different bikes, you can put different amounts of kit on. For example, I’ve got
my Nukeproof Mega there. You’re pretty limited with
the frame design of that, what you can actually put on it. Whereas the Scout there,
being a Hardtail frame, there’s a lot more room
to do stuff with it. I’ve just got off the
plane here at Alicante. You might hear the old plane going over. I’m just going to show
you the sorts of kit I’m going to take on either sorts of bike. It might give you some ideas on how to hit the trails and be equipped. (tyre rolling through mud) First up is my full suspension option, so this is a Nukeproof Mega 290. 29-inch wheel bike, focused for enduro, but it’s light enough
that I actually end up riding this most of the time back home. The first thing to note is the fact that it’s got a shock on the frame here, so the shock being in this location means you can’t fit a
water bottle in here. There are water bottle mounts down here by the bottom bracket. In the U.K., that’s pretty much a no no because of the amount
of mud and other stuff you’re gonna fling up
onto your water bottle. Somewhere like this, you could
probably get away with it but it’s not the most convenient place. Of course, there are
other areas in the frame. You can stuff an inner tube in here. You can use the saddle rails as well but if I’m riding this
bike, okay, it’s light, but I don’t really want to
burden it down too much, so I’m gonna pick a
decent size riding pack and take everything I need. Of course, I am free to take a bum bag with just a bare minimum if I want, but if I’m going out on this,
I’m generally out all day. This is a sort of kit that’s a really good
idea to take with you. As I mentioned, if it’s
a bit of a shorter ride, I can quite often be happy to
take just this little bum bag. It’s got enough room to
take a phone, multi tool, inner tube, pump, that sort of stuff, and you can put a bladder in this as well, so it’s possible to carry
a small amount of water. Really good, but obviously
it’s not the biggest pack. As I mentioned, when I ride the Mega, I tend to be out for a day. This is a Camelbak Kudo. It’s the 12 litre size. It’s got the impact
back protector in there. It’s got a really nice, decent size hydration bladder in there. What I’d normally do is tend to fill the hydration bladder up at night, leave it in the fridge before I go riding so it’s already nice
and cold all day long. Then, inside the pack,
I’ll show you what I carry. Quite often, I’ll be pedalling a long way so I won’t always wear knee pads, but I’ll always take some
lightweight pads with me. They weigh nothing, and also if it’s cold, they’re good to just keep you warm
on the way back as well, a nice little extra for you in the bag. Now, inside the main compartment, I keep quite a lot of stuff in there, but it doesn’t really weigh too much. I’m really into my photography. You might have seen now it needs to grim. Always take my little
compact camera with me. Nice and easy to use. Waterproof and stuff so I don’t have to
worry about it too much. Always have a pair of gloves. I personally prefer to ride
without gloves as much as I can, but of course, if it’s
pretty gnarly terrain, you don’t want to fall
off and hurt your hands. Sometimes it might just
be thorny, cold, wet, any number of things, and if you’re riding in really bad conditions, it’s a good idea to take a spare pair of gloves as well. Always have riding glasses. I pretty much can’t ride
very well without glasses because my eyes just water really badly. I know people that just
can’t stand wearing glasses, but I’ll always have a
pair of glasses with me. Next up, a decent pump. Because I’m taking a big bag, I’ve got this mini floor
standing Topeak Turbo Morph pump. It’s so quick to inflate the tyre. I don’t know why you wouldn’t
take it to be honest. I’m fed up with using a
really tiny compact ones. They just take forever to pump a tyre up, so a decent one is worth using. You’re gonna use it. I’ve got this Topeak ratchet tool in here. This is a really nice little thing to use. In particular on the Mega,
you’ve got some cable guides. They’re quite hard to get to, so this is almost exclusively
for me to use on that bike. I’ve also got this cool
little torque for sockets so click in place so you can’t
over tighten stuff on there. Just a nice little
extra, takes up no room. Doesn’t really weigh much either. Bang on. I’m really into my suspension tweaking, and there’s always someone on the ride with a fork or a shock that’s too soft so decent shock pump. Always carry an inner tube as well. I always run tubeless on my bikes, but sometimes you’re
gonna get a leaky valve or slash a tyre, or just
need to help a friend out. In which case, I would always
take a 27 and a half inch tube and take it with a Presta valve because you can squash
these into 26 inch wheels and also into 29 inch wheels. Because of the valve stem,
you can be able to put this into Schrader drillings
and Presta drillings, so suits everyone. Also, Camelbak had these
cool little tool wraps inside the bag, but I actually
use these for different bits. I’ve got some inner cables. I’ve got some steri-strips
and a few plasters, some antiseptic wipes, chain
links, some electrical tape, and finally, I always have these rubber nitrile gloves in here. They’re really good to work
on your bike for stuff. They’re also good as a
backup if it gets cold out, so as you can see, you can put them under your gloves as an actual layer. But most importantly,
if you do have anyone who’s got a medical issue
like cutting their leg and you want to clean it
out, and you’ve been riding, your hands are probably going to be dirty, so it just means you can work on them and not have to risk infection. Good little packet just to carry with you. I know friends who carry
full-size medical kits and it is worthwhile. I’m just carrying the bare
minimum for what I tend to need. Finally, inside the bag,
as you expect with me, cable ties. Loads of ’em. Always need these things out on the trail. I always fix stuff, really good, and I just have a personal
little favourite I carry, just a really ancient leatherman tool. I’ve had this for, I
don’t even know how long, it’s a bit corroded and stuff, but it’s got some pliers on
it, and it’s got a knife, and a few more useful things
like cable cutters on there. So, if I do need to replace
any cable on the bike or fit some zip ties, I can
give it a snip with that. Now, if I flip the bag
around, and in the way straps of the bag, I always keep a multi tool. In this case, it’s a tiny little Topeak, one with 18 tools on this. It’s got a chain tool and
most of the usual things you need for your bike. Again, I never keep this in the bag. It’s always in the waist
strap pocket, easy access. So when you do have something loose, you can just pull it out and use that. Then in the other one,
I keep one of these. This is a little Dyna plug system. You might have seen these before for people to plug the holes in tubeless tyres if you get a tyre slash. This is just a rapid fire one so I can hopefully slash
this straight into the tyre, pull the bung out, and it
leaves a rubber plug in there to hopefully seal the hole
without losing too much pressure. It gives you a second
chance before you have to address putting an inner
tube in there for example. You can pump it up and off you go. Okay, so this is my Nukeproof Scout. It’s a Hardtail obviously
so a little bit different to the full suspension
bike in respect to the fact that I can put a water bottle in here, can fit a full size
one, no problem at all. I can carry a fair few other
bits on the bike if I want, so it’s all up to the sort
of riding I want to do. Typically, there’ll be two sorts of rides I’ll do on the Nukeproof. They’ll be an all day
one where I’ll go out, take quite a few supplies with me, maybe have lunch out on the trails. The other ones are a bit
more like faster missions, so in that case, this is a
sort of southpaw would run. Got me water bottle, it’s full up. Under the saddle here, I’ve
got an inner tube strap. I’ve got Topeak tyre lever
and two CO2 cartridges plus a little device you need just to connect it to the valve. I tend to run all my bikes
tubeless so hopefully the chances of getting a
puncture is quite minimal, but I’ve got that there
to get back on the trail. In my pocket, I have a phone, and I’ll always take a little monkey tool, the smallest one I can. I mean in an ideal world, you don’t be only be carrying things in
your pockets in case you crash, but for a quick blast, this
one’s actually quite good. It’s got rounded edges. There’s nothing really
that’s going to stick out and cause you any sort of damage. Of course, if you want to ride further, there are a couple more
options we can do with this. Your first option is a super minimal pack because obviously you’ve got
the water bottle in there, got me inner tubes and stuff, is using a small sort
of hip pack like this. It can carry the multi tool, carry my phone and stuff
in the side pockets. This can take a brather. You can go out of town
on the amount of stuff you can carry in it, but it’s
quite nice to keep it minimal. Again, I like to take my camera with me. It fits in this quite
nicely along with a beanie and a few other bits and pieces. Nice and minimal. Doesn’t interfere with the riding. I personally really
like using the hip pack because I’m quite tall, and a
lot my local trails have got low branches and stuff that
I do quite often hook up on a full size riding pack, so
these are quite nice to use. But lately, I’ve actually
been experimenting with bike packing style bags. Although me and Blake and
Neil have been talking about going riding for awhile, we haven’t, but I was quite quick to get in one of these Topeak mid-loader bag. If you’re bike packing,
you’d use this in combination with a few other bags and rack
sacks and stuff like that. But I can fit a full size or decent size mini pump in here. I’ve got a multi tool in here. I’ve also keep an old sunglasses bag, and inside there, I’ve got a set of pliers and rubber gloves, and all
sorts of little gubbins, but I pack them deliberately
in this with the rubber gloves so it doesn’t rattle around
because this old pack, when you got it on a bike
and you got it laden, the key to making them work well with the bike is exactly that. Stuff them out so nothing moves around because otherwise it gets pretty annoying. I mean I’ve got an inner
tube stuffed under my saddle at the moment, but to be honest, if I was using this
pack, I wouldn’t bother. I would just have the
water bottle down here and the pack and nothing else. The only reason I’ve been picking this is because I’m really into my photography, so quite often I’ll go mountain biking and I’ll take my camera bag with me. I don’t want to filling up my camera bag with tools and stuff that
I can just put on my bike. Really, the Hardtail has kinda become my best friend recently because I’m so into my photos as you’ll see
in another GMBN video soon. Okay, so that’s my two bike sacks for most of the riding I do. Of course, being prepared
is the name of the game, but it doesn’t end there with
just getting your bike set up. It actually starts the
night before you go riding. So, if you’re driving somewhere,
it’s a really good idea to get your riding shoes,
put them in the car. Get your pack in the car, your helmet, all of the gear you need,
but don’t leave your bike in the car overnight because
that’s prime to get stolen. Save that until you
walk out in the morning. I always use my Camelbak bladder and stick it in the fridge overnight with water in it so it’s nice and cold. Then in the morning, just
get a coffee, get the water, walk out the front door with the bike, chuck it in the car, and off I go. Just make sure you’re prepared. Have a little think about what the weather’s going
to do and stuff like that. It really makes a big difference
to your overall experience when you’re out mountain biking. And for a couple more
really useful videos, down here is my 10 Home Hacks, some really good stuff in there. And up top is What to
Carry in your Car Boot, so that’s three ways,
myself, Blake and Neil just demonstrating the sorts of stuff we carry when we go riding. Of course, click on
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