So you have the bike, the gear and a route to go test your skills on. Great, but have you thought what if?
Whilst out in the middle of nowhere the mechanical gremlins strike, you suffer a puncture or a fall breaks a lever. Do these issues call an end to your day or have you had the foresight to pack a few well chosen tools and spares to get you out of trouble.
The following list will provide some idea as to what the well equipped trail rider may carry:
21” Front inner tube (Can be used for rear also)
Short tyre levers x 3
Puncture repair kit
Front / Rear double ended spindle nut spanner
Towing strap / van strap
Radweld or Ce-lit (For water leaks)
Chemical Metal (Repairs damaged engine cases etc)
Screwdriver / torque bits
Spark plug spanner
6 / 8 / 10 / 12 / 13mm spanners
Adjustable (small) wrench
The above list may look like a tall order, but with a little effort you will find that you can secure some of these items to your bike, providing it is safe to do so and in no way affects or interferes with the safe operation and handling of your machine. Otherwise dividing the items up and storing them in your pockets / backpack or fender / bum bag is the way to go.
Note: If in doubt, put it in your bum bag / fender bag or backpack!
You may be able to carry less if you know that you’re riding buddies are taking. You can decide who’s taking what so you don’t carry duplicate items.
PS. Don’t forget to save room for your chocolate and snack bars!