What’s In a Mountain Biker’s Survival Kit?

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Going outdoors is fun, exciting, exhilarating, and gives your adrenaline push because of the experience you will have.

It is even better if you are on a mountain bike training your way to the next big race, but before you get too excited about the journey you will have, it is important that you have a survival kit in case something happens to you or to your companion.

If you do not know yet what you must have in your survival kit, this post will tell you everything you need to bring because we want you to be safe and ready.

It will also depend on the distance you are planning to cover for the day. We will first give you a list of what you need to bring if you are going to do a long distance ride. Also check out our list for the best mountain bikes under 1000 here.

The Things You Will Need

  • To avoid getting lost, make sure you have a map of the trail you will take.
  • Of course you will need to have a cellular phone and a satellite with you as well.
  • Don’t forget your compass.
  • Small flares in case you end up in the middle of nowhere.
  • Your bike should have lights at both ends.
  • Matches in case you will need them.
  • A compact set that contains tools.
  • Your repair kit and a small pump for the tires.
  • Wrenches in case you need to tighten something up.
  • A windbreaker if the weather is cold.
  • Horn, whistle, or something small that can make sound.
  • Extra money for emergency.
  • A chain breaker.
  • Your ID that contains medical information in case you get injured.
  • Food and drink to avoid losing energy and getting dehydrated.
  • A first aid kit for treating wounds.

If It Is Your First Time Mountain Biking..

Here's The Additional Stuff You Will Need

mountain biker survival kit
  • Velcro strap and zip ties for binding something that might break.
  • Tire levers so that removing them will be much easier.
  • A knife that also has other things in it like saw, pliers, file, knives, and wire cutter.
  • A good shock pump because most of the bikes are equipped with shocks and air forks.
  • Places that have high traffic where you will find horses and hikers will appreciate if you use a bear bell to signal that you are coming.
  • When it gets hot, sodium tablets will come in handy.
  • Patch kit so that you will be able to replenish what you have used.
  • It is also good to have tubes regardless if you have them on your bike or not.
  • Before leaving the house, make it a habit to put sunscreen on if riding on a hot day.
  • You will also need wipes to keep yourself clean during and after the ride.
  • Toilet wipes in case you are on the trail and need to clean up.
  • Having an extra seat post just in case the one on your bike breaks.
  • Binoculars to check out the whole trail you are going to take.
  • A sealant to patch something up.
  • Scissors.
  • Bring with you used master links because this will help you a lot if your chain decides to break.
  • Bring a head lamp because it will be useful when riding on the trail at night.
  • You will also need a chain checker so that you will be able to check on the lifespan of your chain before setting out to ride.
  • A cable cutter.
  • Vise-whip and cassette lockring tool that has guide pins and handle because this will come in handy when you need to replace your cogset. An old-fashioned tool can be used, but this one will make it easier for you.

Let’s Talk About The Protective Gear You Need To Have On

  • Do not forget to wear a helmet because your head needs the most protection.
  • Your body armor so that your body will be protected when you fall.
  • Neck braces if you fall down and hit your neck on a rock.
  • Knee pads.
  • Gloves to get a better grip of the handle bars.
  • Padded shorts because sitting on a bike can be painful on your butt and the shorts will also protect your butt when you fall sitting down.
  • Elbow pads.
  • Shin guards because they can get wounded too.
  • Wrist protection to avoid breaking your wrists in case you would have to use your arms to save yourself from a fall.
  • Accessories like a mouth guard, helmet mirror, and a rear fender.

Here’s What You Need For Short Distance Riding

  • A cellular phone.
  • A repair kit and a pump.
  • A multi-tool that is compact.
  • Energy bars to keep you going.
  • Money for emergency.
  • An ID containing your medical information.

Keep in mind that you have to extra careful whenever you are riding on a trail because you do not know what can happen. Getting yourself into sports has a lot of benefits especially when it comes to keeping you fit and maintaining your health.

Biking can benefit both young and old because of the low-impact exercise it gives to the joints. Whether you have been doing it for a long time or you are new at this, the first concern you should always have is your safety.

Pick a trail that is recommended by fellow riders who have been doing it for a quite a while because you assured that it is a safe one and in case you get lost, your friend will know where to find you in case you are riding alone.

The excitement that mountain bike riding will give you is irreplaceable so make sure to always be aware of your surroundings and think about every move you make. It is also wise to know when wild animals are most active because you will be able to avoid going down that trail for the time being and keep yourself safe.

Once you have trained for a while and have gained the confidence to go further, you will be able to join activities that will challenge you even further, but do not forget to take a complete survival kit with you.

About the author


Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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