Great consideration needs to be given to the gear you carry when riding a multi-day mountain biking track.
You need enough gear to keep you safe and comfortable in all potential weather conditions, hydrated and fueled. You are riding in the back country away form support services so you need to self reliant and independent when managing you and your bike. Remember you will be carrying your gear so the Goldilocks concept of ‘just right’ is important here.
This gear list is targeted at a 2-3 day multiday adventure.
SLEEPING AND SHELTER
What you require will be dependent on your shelter that is available or you have chosen (your accommodation and the facilities that is provided)
- sleeping bag & liner (good to get a hold of the smallest one you can find that matches the potential overnight conditions). A great place to carry your sleeping bag is attached to your handlebars in a waterproof bag).
- tents/ bivy bags and inflatable mattress if required.
RIDING EQUIPMENT and CLOTHING
A serviced and checked Mountain Bike
Your gear to ride in. ( This obviously will be affected by the weather conditions)
- Padded bike pants
- Riding top (short) (merino or synthetic)
- Long warm riding top that can be worn under the short top.eg. merino
- Riding Shoes
- Biking gloves
- Bike Helmet.
- a water bottle or hydration pack
- waterproof jacket
- lightweight merino/puffer jacket for hut
- warm/waterproof long riding pants
- warm/ long sleeve top eg merino
- toothbrush/mini tube of paste & any personnel medication
- bike light or torch
- riding top
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COOKING EQUIPMENT and FOOD
- Eating utensils unless provided at accommodation – Collapsible plate, Spork, Sharp knife
- Pot (to share) – small items for cleaning pot
- We suggest planning for 4 meals per day for every full day of riding. Breakfast, lunch one and lunch two, dinner and some snacks.
- Make a list of what meals you will require for each day of riding then allocate what you will eat at each meal. Keep your food lightweight. Consider dehydrated options.
- Compact Mountain biking First Aid Kit– compact (1 person in the group to carry)
- Emergency blanket – every member of the biking group needs to carry
- Personel Locator Beacon (PLB) – It is likely that you will not always have cell phone coverage.
- Mountain biking tool kit.
- Sunscreen, Insect repellent, Lip balm (sun protection)
- Toilet paper – if facilities limited or small amount for emergencies
A SAFE and SECURE WAY TO CARRY YOUR GEAR
You want to keep as much weight off your back as you can. Keep the weight low on your bike, balanced throughout your bike (front weight compared to back weight) and you want to keep it within the dimension of the bike. eg good to avoid panniers which make your bike wider and make balance more challenging.
- Handlebar bags.
- Frame bags,
- Seat bags,
- Carriers with Dry bags.
- Tie downs if needed to secure Handlebar bags and Dry bags.
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