15 Must Have Mountain Bike Accessories When You Head Out

Spare Inner Tube

This is your first line of defense if you do flat-out. Inner tubes are as cheap as a cup of coffee so why even mess with a patch kit? Grab that tire, rip out the tube, throw in a new one in, and you’re good to go!

Water bottle

After a mini-pump and a spare inner tube, the next most important thing to bring is some water. The weather might be perfect, but as soon as you start pedaling, you’ll start to get thirsty. And the biggest energy drain is getting dehydrated. At a minimum, bring a bottle. Or better yet, get a backpack with water storage such as the Camelbak M.U.L.E. hydration pack. Water is a good idea, but for longer rides, you need to consider replacing electrolytes as well. You’ll work up a sweat which means you’ll lose vital salts and minerals such as sodium, potassium, and magnesium. This can be easily taken care of with an electrolyte drink.

Food

For short quick rides, this isn’t something you need to worry about. It’s once you hit the time marker of being in the saddle for more than 60-90 minutes your body’s battery begins to run-down. Your body’s store of quick burning carbs to fuel your cycling engine is running towards empty. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as eating a giant stack of pancakes in the morning, and you’re good. The only way to restore this is by replacing it with energy chews / bites during the ride.

Backpack

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a theme when it comes to must have mountain bike accessories. Are you going for a just a quick hour ride or something longer? Since we’re on the conservative side, we always bring a backpack. It’s a no brainer. You have everything you need all in one place without having to think. So, when you want to go out for a ride you’re ready to go. No muss. No fuss.

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