What Should I Carry in My Mountain Bike Backpack?

Mountain biking is an adventurous sport. You go to different places, and most of the time, you don’t know where your destination exactly is, or how long and well the journey will be.

This is why it’s important to bring with you a backpack that carries all the essential things crucial to your riding comfort, safety, and convenience.

This article will provide all the necessary things you should carry with you when you’re out riding your bike. Not only will this keep you safe, but you’ll also have more fun on two wheels!

Tire pump

Your spare tire and patch kit will be useless if you don’t have a tire pump. Tire pumps inflate flat tires. It’s best that you bring a mini pump with you because these are portable.

Mini pumps are slim and lightweight, making them ideal for a long epic mountain bike ride across the mountains.

You can also bring a CO2 cartridge if you have the budget. You simply plug these on your tires and it automatically inflates them without you lifting a muscle. Just take note that the tires deflate back a few hours after inflating them.

Spare tube

A spare tube is a very important thing to bring with you because flats can happen. You surely don’t want to call for help and hitch a ride on the way home just because you just ripped off or punctured your tires.

Rough trails, high-speed downhill descents, and jumps and drops are most likely to pinch the tubes and lead to a flat tire. And don’t be too overconfident even if you already have tubeless tires because these can still malfunction if you ride your bike hard enough.

Allen multi tool

An Allen multi-tool is another necessary thing to bring with you whenever you ride your bike.

These are also called hex tools which usually come with a T25 Torx, Philips screwdriver, chain tool, and a flat head, aside from the 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 mm Allen keys.

Crankbrothers M5 is one of the best choices out there.

It would also be smart if you bring extra brake pads along with a multi tool. Brake pads can easily wear off if you brake hard on descents. You can also bring a spare derailleur hanger if in case it breaks off.

Patch kit

Patch kits are another essential tool to bring because these seal the hole on your tires. These are patches that can easily be applied to cover holes or rips from your tires.

It’s just like a portable vulcanizing machine. These usually come in circular shapes and includes glue that you apply on its back when sticking it to the damaged area of the tire.

Tire lever

You should bring with you a tire lever so you can easily change tires if in case it gets damaged or punctured. Tire levers are usually made of hard plastic which can flex. It’s what you need to get the tires off your rims without hurting your fingers and hands as a whole.

Shock pump

A shock pump isn’t that needed if you’re not going on high-altitude rides on a hardtail bike. However, it will surely be ideal if you bring one especially if you’ve got a full-suspension bike.

Air suspension systems can change in PSI if it reaches a high altitude place. This is why you need to readjust its PSI using a shock pump.

Bringing one is all about fine-tuning your mountain bike rides and making sure it is in sync with your riding style and weight. It’s a must-have for all mountain bikers.

Chain lube

There are times when your chain dries out especially if the terrain you’re riding in is sandy or too dry. There are also times when it rains so hard and the lube is just removed from the chain.

Dust and dirt can easily accumulate on your chains and get rid of the oil that makes them running smooth. Bring chain lube if you still have space on your backpack and apply it if you feel that it’s becoming harder to pedal and you hear weird sounds every time you crank up.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an essential part of mountain biking if you’re the kind of rider who is particular about your skin and appearance.

We’re not saying that it’s just about aesthetics, but it’s also about taking care of yourself. You don’t want to be a very competitive cyclist, but look overly haggard and stressed out with sunburn.

A small bottle or stick of sunscreen with SPF 30 rating will do if you’re really into mountain bikes even at noon.

Phone

Of course, you need to bring with you your smartphone at all times. Not only will this help you take photos or videos of the places you have been to on your mountain bike ride. But this also serves as a communication device which you can use if you need some help from your friends.

It functions as a beacon that allows you to seek help in case of emergencies.

Windbreaker

Although these might be a bit too bulky on your mountain bike backpack, these can still help you a lot if the place you’ll be riding in is prone to rain.

You never know the weather, so it’s best to prepare for it.

Not only will you feel warmer, but you are also less likely to be sick afterward because you are protected from the elements, even if it is as minimal as wearing a waterproof windbreaker jacket.

First-aid kit

Accidents can happen, which is why you need to be prepared for it all the time. Bring with you a small first aid kit that contains gauze, bandages, tweezers, and disinfecting wipes. You should also know how to use these things to make them effective.

Conclusion

Mountain biking is full of surprises. This is why as a mountain biker, you must always be ready for anything to happen. You can prepare for anything by bringing with you all the essential things inside your backpack on the next mountain bike ride.

Also, make sure to organize them properly inside your bag so they won’t get mixed up. It’s better to be prepared and expect the unexpected, especially that you’re outdoors.

Related: Best Mountain Bike Backpacks

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Jomar Teves
A writer by day, a tech enthusiast by night, and a mountain biker at the weekends. After four years in business school and working for multinational clients, Jomar believes he can improve the world through his writings. Jomar has six years of experience as a writer and has a degree in entrepreneurial marketing. Some of his works have been published on Blokt, Clutch Points, and iTech.