Mountain biking is a high-intensity sport that requires access to large areas of rugged terrain. Unless you have quality trails nearby, commuting is a necessity. Whatever the distance, you want to be pre-pared.
Aside from purchasing a reliable bike rack, every mountain biker should consider keeping some addi-tional gear in their vehicle. Here’s a list of items designed to keep you nourished and comfortable for those long days on the trail.
Crankbrothers M19 Multi-Tool
The Crankbrothers M19 Multi-Tool features a lineup of hex wrenches ranging from 1 to 8 millimeters, one chainbreaker, two Phillips and two flathead screwdrivers, and four sizes of spoke wrenches. It also includes 8-millimeter and 10-millimeter open wrenches and a Torx T25 for disc brakes.
Weighing just 175 grams (6.17 ounces), it’s portable enough to transport in your vehicle or to stash in a pocket while you ride. The product’s light, durable case ensures the tools are kept in place and won’t get lost among other belongings. Crankbrothers offers a lifetime warranty on the M19 Multi-Tool, making it well worth the $34 investment.
Park Tool Emergency Tire Boot
Every mountain biker knows how common it is to tear a hole in a tire – it’s an inevitable part of the sport. With Park Tool’s Emergency Tire Boot (the TB-2), dealing with a torn tire is as easy as quickly ap-plying a patch, and you’ll be able to get back on the trail.
The TB-2 features a pressure-sensitive durable adhesive that sticks firmly to any tubed tire, regardless of style or pressure. It consists of a rugged, waterproof vinyl membrane with reinforced fiber webbing that allows you to temporarily patch your tire’s sidewall.
Each patch measures 3 inches by 1.75 inches. A set of three Park Tool Emergency Tire Boots costs $3.95.
Co-op Cycles K.E.G. Bike Tool Storage with Tool Wrap
The Co-op Cycles K.E.G. Bike Tool Storage Container is an invaluable essential for storing a variety of gear ranging from extra tubes, patch kits and energy bars to a smartphone. At 16 ounces, it’s also an easy pack-along in your vehicle or on your bike.
This durable, BPA-free container includes an internal tool wrap with pockets and fits into a standard-size bottle cage. The opening measures 63 millimeters, creating easy access to interior items. The K.E.G. Bike >
Smith Optics Flywheel Chromapop Sunglasses
Whether you’re riding in the summer or braving snowy trails on clear winter days, you’re exposing your eyes to potentially damaging sunlight. Every mountain biker should keep an extra pair of sun-glasses on hand for comfort and to reduce exposure to harmful UV rays.
Sunglasses also help protect your eyes from dust spray or kicked-up clouds of dirt. Make sure the sun-glasses fit your face well enough so they’re not slipping down your nose.
One of the best options is the $139 Smith Flywheel Chromapop. This color-correcting option is de-signed to improve the clarity of natural colors, helpful when transitioning between dark forests and open fields. The glasses offer 100 percent UV protection.
Nutrition and Energy Bars
While experienced cyclists know to carry snacks with them, they’re also aware that every ounce makes a difference. You won’t want to run out of snacks before you return to the parking lot. So keep a few energy bars in your vehicle.
Power bars packed with fruits and nuts – even candy bars – are lifesavers in a pinch, especially if your blood sugar gets low. Energy gels are a good substitute for protein bars if you’re looking to lighten your load or minimize expenses.