What to put in a trail pack?
Interested to know what others carry in a trail pack, when heading out for longer rides.
Currently I pack this lot into my hydration pack;
Puncture kit inc patches and tyre boots
Small hand pump
Small firt aid kit – plasters etc
Anyone recommened packing anything else?Posted 6 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
Great thread here:Posted 6 years ago
Great thread here:
Gteat thread that one! Def a couple of powerlinks is the way to go… need to get some!Posted 6 years ago
Crikey, take a look at the thread link… you’re in for a shock 🙂
I like to be able to keep going or at least limp back if the tube/tyre/chain goes. Could go too far, I agree with keeping it minimal, but I do think about things like if it rained, or if I or a mate came off the bike. Hate being caught out!Posted 6 years agoPiefaceMember
IME chains only break when they need replacing
However that doesn’t stop me taking a chain tool and powerlink anyway, you never know!
What I carry and what I need are often totally separate, that is 90% of the time i leave and arrive home wearing / using exactly what I left the house in, apart from a sip of water / bight of food.
I’ve NEVER used a cable tiePosted 6 years agochrispalmrSubscriber
One good one that sits in my tool kit and has proved very useful on one occasion (at virtually nil weight) is a tyre patch. If you slash the sidewall a new tube may not be enough (will bulge through). You can buy one from Park for £5. Or, as I did, cut open an old toothpaste tube…
Also, replacement mech hanger. For the first time ever I had my mech removed without permission in the Peaks a couple of weeks ago; conveniently with a spare mech hanger I was underway again in 10mins. Certainly not a life and death situation in this case, but would have royally cr*pped on my day without it!Posted 6 years agocolournoiseSubscriber
Always the same kit (lives in my Camelbak).
Topeak Alien 2.
Park glueless patches.
Stuff that also gets taken each ride.
GPS (cheap PAYG android phone).
Water (either bottle or bladder depending on length of ride).
slainte 🙂 robPosted 6 years agoandylMember
why all the arguing over powerlink AND chain tool? I just take a Hexus 2 and a powerlink.
Multitool (with chain breaker, spoke key and tyre levers)
Small puncture kit (swap tube on trail then fix any punctures on a rest break if on a long ride)
£10 note + card
Couple of small cable ties
if the dog is with me then a handful of gravy bones for her.
And of course water for both of us.Posted 6 years agoTandemJeremyMember
As with cricky I am astonished how much shit people carry
Multitool ( includes chain tool)
3 sram links, 3 links of chain ( only cos the tandem chain druns fixed centres)
2 cable ties
m6 and M5 nut and blt
Patches and glue
Pump on the frame – everything else in a small seat pouch.
That is a very comprehensive setup – I have never needed more, all get you home repairs possible, why carry morePosted 6 years agorob jacksonMember
depends if you are wanting to limp home or continue on your ride as planned (i am in the ride as planned camp). If option B i take what ever i would need to keep going AND enjoy my ride, even down to spare gear cable, spare bit of chain, jockey wheel (needed this twice in 3 rides!!), chain ring bolt, mech hanger, plus pump, tube, tubeless repair push thru strings, spare socks/gloves/base layer in a dry bag, 2l of water/drink, couple of ceral bars, phone and money.Posted 6 years agovan cough coughMember
I agree with pieface, a chain is only likely to break if it’s at or near 0.1mm ‘stretch’. Having said that, a powerlink or equivalent (I like Connex) is light.
Some of you carry loads? I use a tiny saddle bag and carry:
Lezyne pump on the frame
allen keys (individual ones in the sizes I use)Posted 6 years ago
glueless patches/tiny sq of sandpaper
3 tyre levers (plastic covered metal)
a tiny bottle of oil
all wrapped up in an old sock to give the chain a wipe periodically and apply a drop of oil
I don’t want to labour the point, but this does tie in nicely with the old folk nails idea. It’s just riding a bicycle in one of the most developed and densely populated countries in the world. I’ve been riding from before the time of multitools, camelbaks, mobile phones, quick links, and so on, and have as many broken down miles from anywhere stories as anyone else.Posted 6 years ago
Busted freewheels, destroyed rims, broken frames; if its that bad you walk, or get a bus, or hitch a lift, or sit in the nearest farmyard until your dad gets home from work to pick you up.
Whatever, carry what makes you feel safe, but don’t pretend its extreme adventure; people have been riding there for 60 odd years..chakapingSubscriber
Travelling a bit light there yunki, this is how I roll…
1 or 2 spare tubes dependent on length of ride
Spare layer if weather requires one
If doing some epic wilderness big mountain shredding (I’m just trying to wind crikey up here), I might take a mini first aid kit, a space blanket, a buff and a gilet too.
Have also learned the hard way to pack a sandwich bag with some bog roll.Posted 6 years ago
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