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What Kit To Carry

Know your equipment, your ability, what you are likely to encounter by way of trails, and prepare accordingly.

General Pointers

  • Be self-sufficient
  • Keep your equipment in good repair, and know how to use it!
  • Carry necessary supplies for changes in weather/terrain
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Get padded cycling shorts - if you think they look rare, wear your baggies over them, but they will change your life if you are used to riding in a pair of sweaty kaks!
  • Have some kind of first aid kit, JUST in case

Kit Lists for Different Rides

The following kit lists are just suggestions - different folks have their own preferences in terms of what they are happy to bring or do without, and sometimes even the best laid plans are scuppered by circumstance.

Quick blast close to home

  • Food and drink for the occasion
  • Dress for the occasion!
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Pump - make sure your pump will fit your tubes
  • Spare tube and/or puncture repair kit
  • Tyre levers
  • Tyre wall repair patch (old toothpaste tube cut up)
  • Multitool / small wrenches that fit YOUR bike
  • Chain tool
  • First aid kit - Space blanket, crepe bandage, triangle bandage, 2 safety pins, wound dressing & 4 big adhesive dressings as a minimum

Out for the day / epic

As above plus:

  • Another spare tube
  • Pliers
  • Cable ties
  • Pen knife
  • Spare insulation layer that will pack tight
  • Water/wind-proof top that will pack tight
  • Spare folding tyre
  • Some spare chain links
  • Spare brake pads
  • Loo roll - it ain't no fun with a handful of heather!
  • Small first aid kit
  • Money - keep a £20 note just in case
  • Mobile phone
  • Map & compass?
  • Lights?
  • Suncream?
  • Ibuprofen & Paracetamol - if you are old!

NOTE: The trails on this site have been ridden before, but you should not interpret their inclusion as an indication that mountain-biking is officially sanctioned on them. Seeking permission from landowners is your own responsibility, as is conducting yourself in a manner that is courteous, respectful to the environment, and conscious of the safety of others.