Mountain biking in the wilderness: essential kit

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What to pack for mountain biking in the wilderness

There’s nothing better than escaping the busy local trails and heading for the backcountry and a big day of mountain biking in the wilderness.

The remote and hard to reach areas might reward you with amazing trails, but there’s no getting away from the fact you need to be prepared for whatever challenge might be tossed up whether that be weather, a mechanical, or an injury.

As guides it’s just part of our job to be prepared for any eventuality when mountain biking in the wilderness. We’ve drawn on lead guide Chris Gibb’s extensive knowledge and experience in our latest MTBminute on essential kit to pack for your wilderness ride:

Essential kit for mountain biking in the wilderness

  1. Tyre plugs, levers, inner tubes, and pump
  2. Spare derailleur hanger for your bike
  3. Multi-tool
  4. Fully charged phone
  5. Map and compass
  6. Easily accessible food
  7. Spare base layer, warm layer, and waterproof
  8. Knee pads
  9. Sun cream, lip balm, and buff

Tick, tick, tick, tick…

What can you learn in a minute? Well, quite a lot as it turns out…

From changing a gear cable to mastering the attack position, in the #MTBminute we take on some of the most pressing questions around your mountain bike life and attempt to show you the key stages in just 60 seconds!

Using decades of collective guiding, riding and mechanical experience we’ve carefully created each minute-long video to give easy-to-follow, practical tips that will instantly demystify skills and techniques. They might still take a lifetime to master but with the #MTBminute at least you’ll be off to a solid start.

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