BNS Expert Advice: Gear to Bring on Epic Mountain Bike Rides

The snow is melting, the trails are drying out, and we’re looking forward to long days of mountain biking ahead. Some of our favorite rides are off the beaten path, which means it’s essential to be prepared with the right gear should a mechanical arise.

Chris Flecknoe, the Service Manager at Boulder Cycle Sport, put together a list of the essentials he recommends to pack for extended rides.

Here’s what you need:

Food and Water: Staying fueled and hydrated is essential for a long ride. What you bring is subjective, so pack what works for you.

Tubes: The most common problem cyclists face is a flat tire. Even if you ride tubeless, if you get a flat, a tube will still get you out of the woods.

Plugs: When you flat on tubeless tires you have a couple of options: Insert a tube or reach for the plugs.

Pump or CO2: If you get a flat tire while you’re out on the road, you’ll need a way to inflate the tire after patching or replacing your tube. Always carry a small hand pump or CO2 inflator that fits in your backpack or mounts to your frame.

Derailleur hanger: A spare derailleur hanger (specific to your bike) can keep you from walking it in or converting to single speed.  

Tire lever: A staple for any ride, tire levers help you pry your tire off the rim of your wheel when you’re fixing a flat.

Mini chain tool: This small tool goes anywhere, plus it’s super strong making chain removal and installation a breeze.

Chain Lube: For longer rides that include lot of dirt roads or trails, it’s a good idea to clean and lubricate certain bike components. Bring along a small container of chain lubricant and a few clean rags to keep your bike running smoothly.

Do you have any questions about mountain biking or want to learn more? Attend one of our free how to clinics or join us for a group ride. You can also give us a call during business hours or send us an email any time to

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