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10 Pieces Of Essential Mountain Bike Gear to Bring on a Ride

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Best Essential Mountain Bike Gear

So you’ve bought a new mountain bike and you’re ready to shred. That’s awesome! But before you hop on your bike and head out, you should prepare yourself (a little at least). You’ll be faced with Mother Nature and the worst she’ll have to throw at you.. probably at the worst possible time. This can be the difference between a comfortable and enjoyable ride (in spite of any ‘circumstances’), or in some cases far more serious. The knowledge that you’ve got everything  you need inspires confidence to explore new places and push harder lines. With that said, here are the most essential items to take with you to the trails.

Osprey Viper 3 Hydration Pack

As all mountain bikers will know, riding (especially in summer) will be synonymous with sweating buckets, things can get a little intense at times but thanks to this backpack, you can push yourself to the limits without having to worry about it. If you’re looking to go on a quick ride after a long day, the Osprey Viper 3 Hydration Pack will not only carry your water and protect your back (to some degree at least), but is also big enough to fit all the tools you might need without going overboard.

It offers the suspension that is designed to help you be fast and light as you roll through the trails. Furthermore, its weight is spread across a ventilated mesh back panel, with a foam frame sheet, ensuring you have comfort and stability. It also has purpose built mtb features like the innovative LidLock helmet attachment system and the LT 2.5-litre reservoir, among others. It’s the best pack we’ve found for the money and our confident choice that will last you for years.

Topeak Mountain Morph Pump

 You will need a pump at some point for certain, whether you’re tubed or tubless or have ‘puncture proof’ tyres (we’ve heard that one before), there will come a time when you’re in desperate need of one. Probably at your furthest possible point from home – just as it’s started raining. Our first choice would have to be the Topeak Mountain Morph Pump. It’s large volume and reliable valves make it like having a small, unconventional track pump in your bag. The high-volume barrel will fill your fat tires incredibly fast while inflation is a snap, thanks to the fold-out foot pad and the flexible hose. This also can make all the difference when trying to snap  tubeless tyres back onto the rim with the sudden increase of pressure required. For such an essential piece of kit that you probably won’t ever be replacing (unless you leave it somewhere) – getting the Topeak or an equivalent should be a primary consideration.

Park Tool PFP8 – Floor Pump

 For lifelong workshop tools, Park Tool is the standard choice for the vast majority of bike shops and serious riders. This company sets the industry standard and the PFP8 Floor Pump definitely maintains it. You can smoothly fit Dunlop, Presta and Schrader valves, without even thinking about switching any internal parts. A simple composite head makes sure of that. Also, with an incredibly stable steel base and huge foot pads, you can pump your tires in absolute comfort.

Additional Items to Bring Along

Other bits we’d recommend

  • Inner tubes / tubeless fluid (£2 is a small price for not having to walk home)

  • Allen keys (for when your bars get bent at the wrong angle after a crash)

  • Tyre Levers (to take the tyres off when you need to stick a new inner in there)

  • Pedro’s Bench in a Box tools  – Pedro’s worked a miracle and stuffed every tool of a home workshop into a single box. You have a hangable T-handled set of hex keys with more goodies than you could think of. This includes a T25 Torx key along with long 6,8 and 10mm ones, assorted Y tools and so much more. Keeping this small box in the car (with a few bits from it in your bag) would be optimal.

  • (Ideally Fox) Gloves – Almost as important as a helmet, in any crash your hands will usually be the first point of contact with the ground and often the worst affected in a crash. Gloves such as those made by fox also include ‘sticky’ grips that will give you a better grip on your brake levers and interwoven metallic fibres in the fingers to allow you to use your phone with them on.

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  • Pads (knee) and (elbow) for the inevitable moment where you push a little too far, it’s important that you can bounce straight back up and carry on.

Essential Gear to Bring with you on every Mountain Bike Ride

Thoughts From Our Contributers

The most important things to take mountain biking with me are:
Water – depending on the length of the ride I will take water bottles (preferred) or on longer rides I wear my camel back.
Tool kit – I had a really good idea to put my tools in an old water bottle and carry it in the 2nd water bottle cage! I figured that someone else had that idea, and a product to go with it, so I searched amazon and sure enough, here is the little gem I bought! Keeps my tools off my back.

KRAVE Jerky Variety Pack, 10 Count, Beef & Pork

Food – I keep it simple and throw beef jerky and almonds in my riding shorts pocket.
Spare tube and air – It only takes one ride getting a flat to prompt you to take these two items! both are in my tool bottle because I carry C02 cartridges for inflating the spare tube.

CyclingDeal 20X Bike Bicycle Air Pump Inflator 16G Co2 Threaded Cartridges

Comfortable gear – everyone is different, so find the gear that you love. My favorite shorts to date are Troy Lee Designs. I wear a cross country jersey because I like the pockets in the back for misc things. Full finger gloves are essential!

Contributor: Nick Glassett

Organization: Origin Leadership Group

Website: Originleadership.com

Less is more when riding. The more you ride the less you will take with
you.

What I Take With Me On My Rides

 1. A backpack with a hydration system and lots of pockets. For long rides
you need a good backpack that allows you bring all the goodies that make
the ride Fun and safe. My fave is POC alone vpd air. It has the extra
benefit of having a built in back protector.

2. You never know when you you’ll get a flat, specially if you are riding
enduro. So never leave home without a Spare tube, a pump or air cartridge
(I carry both) and tire levers.

3. A multitool is also a must. From a loose seat lost to fixing twisted
handle bars after a fall, a good multitool can save your ride. I’ve had
many, but my favorite is the Silka. It’s the Swiss Army knife of tools.

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4. Once you have the mechanical covered you need to have snacks. Having
snacks regularly will replenish your energy and will keep you from bunking.
This is a personal choice: gels, chews, bars, granola, they all work. I
personally prefer chews because they taste good and get digested quickly.
Clif shot blocks are my fave.

CLIF BLOKS - Energy Chews - Black Cherry - With Caffeine (2.1 Ounce Packet, 18 Count)

5. Depending on where you are riding and the time of year, a spare layer
can be clutch. Weather can change fast in the trail, the right layer can
make riding more comfortable. POC resistance enduro is comfy and has great
ventilation.

6. The right sunglasses are key in the trail. They not only help with the
sun, but also protect you eyes from branches and bugs. I found the Oakley
Half jackets with Prizm lenses work best. You can see the trail well and
they dong fog.

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Contributor: Jacob Perez

Organization: Peirmont Bike

Website: https://piermontbike.com

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Best Enduro Mountain Bike Grips Of 2018 – Our Top Picks

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It’s easy to get too caught up in how many carbon parts you have and what tires you bought not so long ago (and probably need replacing). But we tend to forget that we interact with the grip throughout 99% of mountain bike riding. A set of good grips will keep your hands in their place, reduce the effects of vibrations and make your ride all the more comfortable. Here are our top 5 choices of the year, which do just that!

Ergon GA2

 

A solid ergonomic grip without any funky or oddly shaped patterns. The Ergon GA2 allows your hands nestle into just the right spot as soon as you touch it. The grip is soft (and quite smooth) without gloves on. However, this smoothness isn’t as advantageous when your hands are sweaty as it can get a bit slippery when exposed to moisture. With that in mind, it’s still a great ergonomic fit that effectively minimizes hand fatigue on most trails. The compound they have chosen also gives a lot of damping comfort (bearing in mind the thickness), which allows you to feel more in control through less strain on your forearms.

Renthal Traction UltraTacky

The Renthal is slick, simple and coated with the stickiest rubber in the industry. Built with the primary intention of being as grippy as a grip can possibly be it also damps vibrations very well. These grips use stainless steel bolts and end caps and have forward-facing finger ridges, along with back-facing palm ridges. Additionally, these were a top choice for 4x riders who wanted to have a maximum pull grip in gate starts. The Renthal Traction UltraTacky serves this purpose perfectly, with its unbeatable (but fast wearing) rubber compound and bidirectional ridges, which  makes it one of the go to race day grips for many riders.

ODI Elite Flow

The most instantly noticeable (and probably the best) thing about the Elite Flow is the defined waffle pattern with anchors on the underside. This seems to be the best done of all the waffle pattern grips we’ve tried – and certainly adds an extra dose of confidence to your grip, making it feel much more reassuring. Furthermore, the internal strips of sticky rubber create more friction on the bar. This will stop it from twisting and will keep the grips in place in spite of the end cap only being tensioned by a machine screw at one end. At each end, there is a small (but barely noticeable at a glance) flange surrounding durable plastic caps that allow you to lean against it a lot more comfortably than you would against a hard aluminum ring, preventing blisters and creating a more comfortable all round grip. The user of plastic furthermore makes this grip the lightest on here (if small savings make a difference to you).

DMR Brendog Death Grip

The aim of the DeathGrip’s design was to create a grip that goes well with just about any bike. The ‘Kraton’ compound combined with ‘Classic Knurl’ pattern makes it the perfect all-weather grip. Your hands will keep reliably stuck to it no matter how wet they are. This thick waffle is   great to pull back on big gaps and helps offer rest for fatigued hands, suiting a slightly looser grip. The grip fits your thumb in comfortably and the mushroom pattern is soft and malleable. Beyond the (debatably) slightly ugly flanges, we couldn’t find any downsides to this well developed and refined grip.

Chromag Palmskin grips (best with no gloves)

The Chromag Palmskin is easily the best grip for gloveless riders. The soft and ribbed full mushroom surface adds extra comfort by deforming around your hand as you grab the grip. Its ridges channel moisture away, eliminating one of the greatest enemies that all grips face. If you’re looking to use these with a pair of gloves, use the thinnest you can find. Additionally, the ribbing will allow your hand to float above the handlebar a touch better than with any other grips out there. So if you’re looking to go for some pleasant, precise but cushioned gloveless trail riding, look no further than the Chromag Palmskins.

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