How to Pack for Your Next Mountain Biking Trip

Posted: January 30, 2018 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 1 minutes

Mountain BikerMountain biking allows for farther and faster journeys into backcountry compared to traveling on foot. This also means that if something goes wrong, like a mechanical issue, it is up to you to address the problem. Check out this mountain biking checklist before you go on your next ride.
  • Padded shorts
  • Rain jacket
  • Wind jacket
  • Comfortable riding shoes - clip-in shoes are helpful, but not a requirement


  • Helmet
  • Padded gloves
  • Hydration pack
  • Spare tubes - at least two (one for each tire)
  • Patch Kit
  • Hand pump - you can find small packable pumps that you can carry with you while you ride.
  • Multitool
  • Tire Lever - Some multitools have a tire lever built into them, but if not, definitely bring one.
  • Chain lube - You don’t always need to carry chain lube with you, but if you know you will cross multiple streams or there is a chance of rain, I would suggest carrying a small bottle of chain lube and a piece of cloth to clean the chain.
  • Water
  • First Aid Kit
  • Snack (Gels, bars, etc.)
  • Zip-ties - You never know when zip-ties will come in handy, but they can be used to fix many small repairs.
  • Headlamp - If there is even the slightest chance that you will still be riding after the sun goes down, it is always safe to carry a light to help you get home.


  • Derailleur Hanger - breaking or bending a derailleur hanger is one of the most common mechanical problems that occur on a ride. If this happens, and you don’t have a derailleur hanger, you will be walking your bike back. It might be worth carrying, but not essential.
  • Master link - If your chain link breaks, you can use these to replace them until you finish the ride.
  • Sunglasses
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