What to carry on your mountain bike ride

Mountain Biking
Nov 2013

What to Carry on Your Mountain Bike Ride

Mountain biking builds power, endurance, and agility while at the same time being fun, exhilarating, and adventurous. Whether you mountain bike for the challenge, as part of a fitness routine, or purely for the fun of it, there are a lot of differing opinions about what you need to carry out on your ride. Some people take the minimalist approach and bring nothing more than a water bottle and a small saddlebag while others prefer to load up a backpack and head out for a long day of riding.

the gear you need to bring on a mountain bike ride


Recommended Items

  • Hydration Bladder or water bottle (argument for a hydration bladder? easier to drink while riding, you’re already carrying a backpack, can carry more water) – in one format or another, carrying water with you is absolutely essential.
  • Quick Repair Kit or Spare Tube
  • Snacks or Energy chews/gels
  • Phone

Solo? Sandwiches? Six-pack?

Before deciding which gear to bring on your mountain biking adventure, there are a few factors to consider. First, is this a solo adventure or are you riding with others? If you plan on cruising by yourself, pack more equipment to ensure you are fully self-reliant. If you’re pedaling with a group, some basic planning will allow you to split up the more important equipment like a your first aid kit or a chain tool to lighten your load and make room for other important things, like sandwiches, a GoPro camera, or a six pack.

Additional Suggested Items:

If you’re riding within a moderate distance from your vehicle or a trailhead, you may prefer to leave these things in your car.

  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra water
  • Chain tool and Allen wrench set

Some pieces of equipment can of course be considered essentials like your helmet and ICE card.

Mountain biking offers something for everyone, regardless of whether you’re a novice content with pedaling jeep trails and forest roads or a more adventurous rider tackling rough technical singletrack. No matter what your riding style may be, here we can tailor any of our guided mountain biking tours to match your skill level and ability.

Ride with Us

On our guided mountain biking trips and road biking tours we provide all the gear you need to carry as well bikes and helmets from our fully equipped bike rental shop. We offers more than just Arizona mountain bike rentals though, our staff creates, plans, and guides the best pre-planned multi-day vacations as well as custom outdoor adventures throughout the Southwest. If you are interested in planning an adventure, call us at 866-455-1601 or contact us online.