Weight is everything when you’re getting ready to go mountain biking. You should pack the essentials and nothing but. Everyone has a preferred set of items, but these five are the ones you simply can’t live without, brought to you by the mountain sports experts from ASO Mammoth, your top choice for mountain bike, snowboard, and ski rental in Mammoth.
If you’re an experienced sportsperson, you know hydration is essential. Still, too many new mountain bikers forget to bring enough water for their trips. Sports drinks don’t count. Since you shouldn’t weigh yourself down with a heavy backpack, look for a water bottle holder that attaches directly to your bike. If your trip will last longer than a day, bring a water filtration system that lets you refill as you go. While we’re on the subject, food is also important. Pack an energy bar for yourself and one for a friend. You don’t want to stall out halfway through your trip.
2. Patch Kit
Flat tires happen. Two flat tires happen. Bring a few spare tubes and a patch kit with you, even if you just replaced those tires yesterday. Don’t forget an air pump and any other tools you might need. A small multi-tool can help you remove tires without weighing you down.
3. First Aid Kit
Just like flat tires, accidents happen. The size of your first aid kit should change based on the length of your trip. At the very least, a few bandages and some ibuprofen will get you through most day trip situations. If you know what you’re doing, a spare tube can actually be used as a tourniquet. Zip ties are another multi-use essential that can be used on both bikes and people. Decide how long you’re going to be gone and plan accordingly. A first aid kit is only helpful if you know how to use it. If you plan on treating mountain biking as a serious hobby, attend a first aid class. You’ll find those skills useful for the rest of your life.
Nothing ruins a two-day biking trip like a sunburn from the first day. Pack a bottle of high-SPF sunscreen and share it with your friends. If the climate is particularly dry, bringing a tube of lip balm is also a great idea.
5. Means of Communication
A charged cell phone is your bail-out button for any serious situation. Make sure everyone’s batteries are fully charged before the ride. If you have room in your pack, a portable charger isn’t a bad idea. You might also want to purchase a burner phone and keep it turned off unless there’s an emergency. If you’re biking well out of cell range, consider investing in a personal locator beacon, radio, or similar emergency communication device. In the best of worlds, you’ll never even turn it on.
Whether you need last-minute mountain bike gear, top-notch ski repair, or high-quality Mammoth snowboard rental, ASO Mammoth is your one-stop shop for everything you need to have a great time on the mountain. Stop by on your way to the slopes or give us a call at 760-965-3444.