2 Aug 2016
MTB TIPS: WHAT’S IN YOUR PACK?
It’s so easy to overstuff your pack, but do you really need a workshop’s worth of tools and a spare wardrobe? You don’t, of course – but on the other hand, some things really are vital. Minimalism easily tips into being unprepared.
We’ll assume you’ve already got food and water, and your phone, for navigation/Strava/snapshots/emergencies. We also assume you don’t rely on it! Batteries die and coverage fades, so think of phones as an extra.
Here’s FSA’s guide to Backpack Vitals – what every mountain biker should carry…
Bare minimum loadout, unless you’re happy to risk walking home, is:
Short and fat pumps pack/work best, and go for a switchable presta/schrader head to fit any tube.
• Tire levers
Cost and weigh little, make life easier. Look for well-tapered ends rather than thick blunt things, and cutouts for hooking onto spokes. Roadside flat fix advice here.
A pack of self-adhesive patches weighs grams.
• A multitool
Most fixes only need hex keys, but many bikes hide a few awkward Torx bolts too – make sure your tool includes the necessary sizes. Cross/straight head screwdriver bits cover gear adjustments and mech hanger replacement.
The benefits of Level 1
Pumps mount easily on the frame, while the rest can be taped to it/under the saddle/put in a saddle bag, letting you ditch the pack itself.