17 Jul 7 Mountain Bike Gear Essentials to Get You Started
Before you start mountain biking, you’ll need a few mountain bike essentials. The good news though, is you don’t need to spend a lot of money upfront to get started. A moisture-wicking t-shirt, some old sneakers, a helmet, and a bike are all you really need.
But if you know you’ll be spending a lot of time shredding singletrack and working on your skills, you might be looking for a more complete list of essential mountain bike gear. To help you out, below casinoadvice.io have crafted a list of the must-have mountain bike gear items for newer riders.
- Spare tubes (Two)
Carrying two spare tubes is a must for long mountain bike rides. Double flats happen — usually a split second after you call out to your riding buddies “Hey! Watch this!” High-speed descents through rock gardens and jumps with flat run-outs are notorious for pinching tubes and tires.
When riding with a group, I carry one tube for my wheel size and, regardless of what bike I’m riding, also carry a 27.5in tube. Why? Because in a jam a ‘tweener’ tube works well enough for both 26in and 29er tires that I can help out a fellow mountain biker in need.
- Patch kit
Patch kits take up very little room in your pack and are a necessity when you’ve used your last tube. Glueless patches (shown here) are much faster to apply but don’t have the longevity of patches that use a vulcanizing agent.
- Tire pump
The first two items are pretty useless without a pump. A CO2 inflator and cartridges are optional. They will get you up and rolling quicker, but a mini pump will work every time.
Never leave home without a good multi-tool. I always opt for a multi-tool with a built-in chain tool, a T25 torx, flathead and Philips screwdrivers, and at least 2.5 3,4,5,6 and 8mm Allen keys, and the most common spoke tool sizes. The Crankbrothers multi-tool shown here is good; a multi-tool that also has a built in pair of pliers and wire cutters is even better. It is popular amongst users of online gambling platforms, as some of them own mountain bikes.
- Tire lever
Many multi-tools have a tire lever built into them, they’re generally not as useful, nor as well constructed, as standalone levers Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
- Shock pump
While modern air shocks are quite reliable, it’s still a good idea to pack a shock pump in case you develop a slow leak, or (more likely) if you find you need to fine-tune your suspension David Rome / Immediate Media
- Chain lube
If you’re likely to encounter multiple stream crossings, dusty trail conditions, or a chance of showers on your ride then pack a small bottle of chain lube.