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Carrying Spares And Tools On A Mountain Bike | GMBN How To

Carrying Spares And Tools On A Mountain Bike | GMBN How To


– I hate being under prepared for a ride. Sometimes you show up to the spot, get your bike out of the van, and realize you need
to do something to it. Just a bit of a tweak
you forgot to last time, or maybe you’re out in the wilderness and something goes wrong. So here’s a few tips on how to carry the stuff you need for a ride. (electronic music) So we’ll start by going down the minimalist end of the scale and taking not a lot of stuff, to the other end of the scale where, for me it’s all about
you going on bigger rides and going further away from my vehicle, into the wilderness,
further away from help. I need to be more self sufficient. (electronic music) So when it comes to more
aggressive rides, or longer rides, it’s time to think about
taking some spares. And really for that, let’s think about the most common things that can go wrong. Maybe a snapped chain,
definitely punctures. So it’s time to take
tube and a multi-tool, and actually a bum bag is great. I’ve been using this quite a lot recently. I used that on that E-Mountain Bike challenge I did recently in Lake Garda. We were out five hours. You’ve got a bladder that goes in here, I think it’s a liter and
a half worth of water. You can get a refill of course,
and then I’ve got a spare. So a spare tube, got my
multi-tool, and a mini-pump. So you have loads of
stashed pockets on this bag. You’ve got some around your hips you can get to real
easy when you’re riding. You’ve got a nice safety clip to put something on like your car key, and also a tool roll in there. So you can carry loads
of stuff in this bum bag, and the best thing about this is you just don’t get a sweaty back and they’re surprisingly stable. I don’t know if you’ve ridden
with one for mountain biking, and I’ve gone with the old 80’s bum bags. This is actually really comfortable. You can get them really
secure around your hips and they don’t move at all. So actually, I really like using that. It’s official, I like bum bags. (electronic music) So when it comes to those bigger rides, of course you’ve gotta be
much more self-sufficient. You really don’t wanna be getting stuck in the middle of nowhere
relying on your phones, trying to ring people to help you out. So definitely need to
be carrying more stuff. So it might be a case of
carrying a couple of tubes, more water, so the bladder
in this is much bigger. I’ve got space for a water
bottle again if I need that, and bigger tool kits, so I’ve
now got a ratchet set in here so just gotta fix more
problems if I get them. Tire levers in there, you
can fit a bigger pump, I’ve still got the same pump in here. Also spare clothes. Maybe gloves, maybe a base
layer and a thin jacket. Or if you get too hot,
you can take them off and stash them in here. I also quite often take
a spare gear cable. It just don’t weigh anything and why not? If your gear cable snaps,
it’s surprisingly bad. You know, getting up in your highest gear and find it really hard to
get out of where you’re at. Also, I find if I’m taking more stuff, I want all those retention
systems that backpacks offer, so I’ve got a waist strap around here. Actually takes a surprising amount of the weight of the backpack. So it’s not all high up. Then I’ve got a couple of chest straps, and an added advantage of many of these modern mountain bike packs is that they have a back
protector build into them. So you know you’re safe as well. Another feature of these backpacks that many enduro riders like is the fact that you’ve got a bit of
a stash on the outside. So if you wanna take your
full face helmet off, on the days where it’s too hot, you’re peddling up a big hill, often you can just strap them
to the outside of these packs and ride up without it on. (electronic music) Something that’s also
getting really popular is people trying to mount
things to their bike. So this is another one,
it’s coming from Enduro. People do tend to strap
their tubes to their bikes rather than carrying a backpack or sticking them in those stash pockets. Actually just using a
bit of electrical tape to wrap it around your frame, or even now you can buy these
dedicated straps to do that. Also, the pump and maybe
a basic tool to your bike, and also taking advantage
of these bottle cages that a lot of trailing and
enduro bikes now offer. Actually, people are going old school running those water bottles again. We’re also seeing tool manufacturers trying to integrate them into the bike. So here we’ve got a
multi-tool on the bottle cage and a chain tool up in the steering tube. (electronic music) The other alternative, of course, is to actually not take
your stuff with you and leave it in your car at the car park or at the trail head, it’s
probably just something I do probably 50 percent of the time. If I’m doing an enduro ride, or I’m navigating too far away
from the car I’ll do that. But I’ll also keep a stash
of bigger, heavier stuff that I wouldn’t wanna
take on a ride anyway. So my essentials I keep in the
car pretty much all the time is a can of lube, some tubular sealant. You might need that in an emergency. A bigger pump, I normally
actually keep a track pump, but this is sort of a medium sized pump. One you can carry with you, but maybe it’s a little
bigger that I’d like. Big stash of tubes, always
keep them in the car. A shock pump, it’s something you shouldn’t really need on a trail. It should set your suspension, and then while you might
wanna tweak it a little bit, but again, if I really need to do that I’ll ride back to the car to do it. And some spares, so spare gear cables, some spare break pads. A bigger tool kit for more
heavy duty fixes and repairs, and a first aid kit that
stays in my car at all times. So this is a few tips on how
to carry your stuff with you on the bike for those
different types of rides. If you wanna see a video talking about the essentials that you need to take, click over there for that one. Give us a thumbs up if
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85 comments on “Carrying Spares And Tools On A Mountain Bike | GMBN How To

  1. No tubeless repair kit?

    Was kind of wondering where people leave this, since there might be sharp tools involved?

  2. I actually carry my first aid kit with me all the time… There are some smaller one's, which still contian all the necessary essentials, and who are pretty handy in case of an injury…

  3. Is there a way I can attach a hydration bladder to my frame? No space for a bottle, and don't want it collecting all the dirt from my front wheel. #askGMBN

  4. Can be useful to carry stuff like plasters with you too. They can help keep you stay comfy with smaller cuts and grazes by preventing rubbing. They can also be used to help hold slightly larger slashes together if required in a pinch.

  5. I have a few spots. My hydration pack, seat pack and top tube pack. They're all sturdy and hold anything and everything I need 😁

  6. I use an altoids tin. You can actually fit quite a bit in there if you mod it a little bit by like bending the corners and lid and stuff. But I’ve got everything I need in there. I don’t carry a tube, I know I should, but meh, I’m tubeless and I’ve got a tubeless repair kit

  7. i dont even drive to th trails because its like 15 minutes from my home so…i have to take a lot of stuff with me

  8. You guys shall see that brand new Fully suspended bike, I think its amazing O.O https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N39uwTykTQk

  9. I've personally been using a camel back bum bag for the last 2 years and haven't thought about using a backpack since so much easier on your shoulders and is perfect for upto a 4 hour ride

  10. Back pack – the integrated protection is the reason why I always use it.
    …and most important: It offers plenty of space for cabel ties! Never go without them!

  11. Just wanna share a story real quick:so today i said i wanted to upgrade my 'drunk bike'(slang for that shit bike you use to go to the shops and don't mind if it gets stolen).So i had parts laying around and i put gears and 2 proper brakes on.Now,i wanted to meet up with some buddies after taking something from the post office,but i didn't have much time.I started pedalling harder and along with the annoying front wind i start hearing a 'ting' sound like something hitting my frame.It was a 2 inch screw,so i take it out,take the wheel out,check both the tire and rim and put a new inner tube in.After about 120 bumps with my mini pump :'PSSSSSSSSS' air getting out,flat tire again.I take it out,find the hole,take a patch(the vulcanising kind,not the auto adhesive ones)fix the tube,check for leaks and put it back in.I manage to inflate it to around 1.7 bar and call it good enough to get me home and after giving directions to some tourists:''psssssssssss' it lost air again.So i put the flat wheel in the bike and walked home.

  12. How often do people get flats? I've been riding for 4 months now, still haven't had one. I'm obviously not riding has hard as everyone else, but are flats so common?

  13. I always carry a Topeak saddle pack on my bikes.

    Every bike has one permanently fitted containing a spare tube relevant for the wheel size of the bike , tubeless tyre plugs, a spare valve core, a KMC power link, tyre levers, a multi tool and latex gloves.

    It’s a good habit to be in as I never have to remember to carry anything as it’s always on the bike. My pump is fixed to the bottle cage mounts along with the bottle cage.

    Depending on the length of the ride I either take water bottles or a Camelbak with food/gels.

  14. Always in my back pack: first aid kit, multi tool incl. tyre levers; a good headlight; cable ties, puncture repair kit (a small pump is on my bike all the time); gear hanger, missing link; some power bar or corn sugar; electrical tape; windcheater. (Adding wallet, phone, knee and elbow protection, helmet, gloves and a shirt before every ride.)

  15. who still carries a tube around when riding tubeless. i havent had a flat since i changed to it but i still carry a tube for unknown reasons

  16. What Iv'e found is that, yes bum bags and back packs have a lot of pockets zips etc, you are very limited in what you can actually put in them. Unless it is the thickness of a sheet of paper you can't actually close up outer zips because there is no stretch in the fabric to preserver it's waterproof integrity or designer appeal lines.

  17. Neil ' I always have a can of lube in the car '… Neil was last seen in a carpark, at night, close to a notorious dogging hotspot. 😁😁😁

  18. this is a message to Blake , please get your channel up and running again the most recent video was a year! I love all the vids please start it up again

  19. excellent video.. i'd like to ask though, if a carbon hardtail frame has a weight limit (95kg) and my weight is JUUUUUST below it, would it be better strapping everything on the downtube rather than in a packpack on my back or in a saddle bag? would going a bit (2-3kg) over the recommended weight (rider+gear) be bad for the frame?
    or is the weght limit including ALL weight attached anywhere on the frame? cheers

  20. I one time forgot a most valuable piece of equipment……. my bicycle!!!! Got to the trail head, put on my gear, stretched out, opened my truck, nothing there! It was leaning up against a tree in my front yard.☹️

  21. Neil, What watch and band do you have? It looks like a fenix 5. I have one as well and really like the look of your band. Thanks!

  22. First aid kit or emergency bandage should be with you allways, I'd rather carry the bike than bleed out in woods.

  23. Amateurs 😉

    I don't have a car and live in Nottingham, I set out at around 7/8 am to get to places. Depends on where I am going. I am to be at places before 12, spend about 6 hours there, then head back.

    Journey usually consist of a few hour train and an hour cycle from the train station to the trail center, bike park or dig site. So I pack pretty much everything.

    – Derailluer Hanger
    – Shock Pump
    – Pump
    – Multi Tool Topeak Alien
    – Two chain links and speed link tool
    – Two inner tubes
    – Puncture repair kit
    – Two liters of water
    – Pack of protein bars
    – First aid kit
    – 20,000 mah Powerbank
    – GoPro
    – Waterproofs
    – Coal Hand warmers
    – Spare Gloves and socks
    – Hiplok Gold
    – Rag / Towel

    I only carry it there, I hide the bag in a bush or ask a trail center to look after it. Never thought about gear cable, one has snapped before but I got away with using the limiters and pushed it 2 gears in.

  24. Do a video on how to bring only the essentials on a short ride with just saddle bags and stashing your things on your bike

  25. #GMBN, I’d love to see a video on how to pack for a ride with kids. Different sized tubes, potentially more first aid supplies, snacks, etc

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