How much gear should I carry?
When you choose to ride away from support services you need to be self reliant and independent when managing yourself and your bike. All the gear you take should have been tested out on practice rides before you go. Don’t take anything you don’t know how to use or won’t need, space and weight is really critical for you to enjoy your adventure. All potential weather conditions need to be covered. You need to know you can stay well hydrated and carry enough food to keep you well fuelled for the complete length of the ride.
What to carry?
Total Amount of Gear Depends On:
- number of days to complete your ride
- how isolated it is
- accomodation options/facilities along the way
- number of people in your group
How to carry?
You will need quick and easy access to some things like water, a jacket, your tools and first aid, food for that section of the ride. Coordinate with the group so you don’t double up on things – for example will one pump, one first aid kit be enough for the whole group? You will also need the ability to keep all your gear dry. So where you can choose waterproof bags or put the gear that needs to remain dry inside waterproof dry bags then into your bag. We have written Gear Lists for specific types of riding to help with what and how much you should take.
Carrying Gear on Your Bike
What you can choose in this section may be limited by the type of mountain bike you are riding and the size or shape of the frame.
There are different sizes to match to your frame shape so you can get one that fills all the space. You should also choose waterproof if you can, the closer to ground position tends to get a bit dirty in anything but perfect dry weather. They are a good option for quick access to the stuff on the top so think about this when packing.
Why we like Frame Bags… the position is great for loading gear, it is low and will keep you balanced.
Handlebar Dry Bags:
Some larger dry bag options can be more difficult to access once done up and strapped into place. So we recommend using one that has a side opening. Good for clothing and great sleeping bag option – things that you want to keep dry but are lightweight, you don’t want weight here as it will effect your ability to steer.
Why we like Handlebar Dry Bags… they keep your stuff dry! Perfect size for a sleeping bag or any other lightweight gear. Good place for your lunch or snacks as the side opening makes access easy.