Video: What To Pack On Long & Short Rides

Apr 14, 2021
by Pinkbike Originals  


Whether you're going out on a quick rip with friends, or into the high alpine you should always pack the essentials! Christina Chappetta explores the many ways you can prep for the long and short game of any mountain bike ride. What did we miss? Let us know in the comments!








162 Comments

  • 118 16
 A list. I have time to read through really quickly but not the time to watch a video...
  • 21 19
 Why does any serious rider even need a list? Like this is some basic stuff.
  • 45 6
 TL;DW (too long ; didnt watch)
  • 23 0
 A list wouldn't include a slowmo shot of pulling spare zip ties from a pump... that shot will probably get this nominated for an Oscar!
  • 6 1
 @Nmullen55: the first 2 - 3 mins covers most of the stuff you need for most rides. Unless you're into bikepacking.
  • 15 8
 This is the kind of article where it makes absolutely no sense to make a video, it is just not logical nor practical!
  • 19 16
 @jmhills 14 minutes of watching Christina...I'll find time for that!
  • 23 2
 @Caiokv: The sense of this video is also to show you a new TLD helmet, TLD jersey and pants, Trek bike, Marzocchi suspension and Schwalbe tyres. And Oneup Edc tool.
BTW, I am sick of this TLD helmet, I am afraid to open my fridge and I am quite sure that one day my wife will come to bed wearing it. It's f*Ing everywhere!
  • 3 0
 @lkubica: you sure you don’t have the helmet in bed?
  • 14 2
 nah, people complain about everything these days, if it was a list with all that Christina mentioned a lot of people wouldnt read and jump to complain at the comment section just as quick.

So dont watch the video and stop with the whining.

:P
  • 2 0
 I was a little confused just for about a second at 5:42....
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: that's just her personal bike.
  • 2 2
 @Narro2: Thank you hahah someone had to say it
  • 74 1
 Nice vid! That bear spray could come in handy against a "stabby" hiker too haha. Cheers
  • 18 1
 More likely to be used on the local 'Karens'
  • 27 0
 Stabby Karens are the worst!
  • 9 0
 Especially when you're 68 year old and approach another man from your age who so turns out to love stabbing out of blue!
  • 14 21
flag p-m-z (Apr 14, 2021 at 10:18) (Below Threshold)
 Yep. Or get a concealed carry permit. Wink
  • 18 5
 @p-m-z: frick off with yur gunz.
  • 1 0
 @theoskar57: hahaha excellent!! Couldn’t have been more unexpected from 60 odd yr old blokes either!! Absolute madness
  • 5 8
 @ridingofthebikes: i like my gunzz tho
  • 1 0
 @p-m-z: i know... i know....
  • 3 2
 @p-m-z: Yeah.... your part of the problem.....stupid american.
  • 1 0
 @ridingofthebikes: got me there
  • 1 1
 @ridingofthebikes: why are you so scared of guns? I’m genuinely curious.
  • 3 0
 @ryankxf: Buddy, I own a browning .243 and have had many others over the years. I'm not ScArEd of guns. I'm logical about them and understand they have absolutely no place in mountain bike culture or everyday life. Try to wrap your head around that.
  • 2 6
flag ryankxf (Apr 15, 2021 at 12:20) (Below Threshold)
 @ridingofthebikes: first off, I don’t care what you have, that was not my question. Second, not sure if I struck a nerve or what, but take your shitty attitude elsewhere. Third, firearms involved in the “mtb culture” is an irrelevant statement. They are used for self defense and hunting/sport and if someone felt the need to carry on an Mtb ride, I would have zero issues with that. And if you truly were logical, which I don’t believe because your aggression over a simple question, then you would understand that they are very useful tools and a means to everyday life.
  • 2 1
 @ryankxf: When the hell have you ever or would you ever feel the need to carry a gun on a bike ride?
  • 2 0
 @McArdle: All I was sayin was if yer gonna have bear spray, might as well bring something that could defend you. I certainly don't bring a gun when I ride.
  • 1 4
 @ryankxf: I'm not reading that plus I can't hear you with that mask over your face retard. Quit spewing absolute horseshit all over this site. Judging by your longwinded mouthbreathing response I'm happy to be living rent free in your head. I like a nice empty place to reside. thx love.
  • 2 1
 @McArdle: When his insecurity reaches peak levels of autist. which is now I believe.
  • 2 0
 @p-m-z: good on ya man Wink
  • 2 3
 @ridingofthebikes: what ever makes you happy bud, also you’re wrong, I’m an “anti masker”. Kept it short for ya since it hurts your head to read Wink
  • 1 1
 @ryankxf: RENT FREE! keep talking.
  • 1 2
 @McArdle: I never said I did, what I asked was why he has a hatred for the idea of it. I wouldn’t judge anyone for wanting that extra layer of security, even though I personally don’t ride with them. There is some pretty wild people in the world who wouldn’t think twice about assaulting you or worse. I would absolutely encourage my Girlfriend or any other person to carry if that was their last means of self defense.
  • 1 0
 @ryankxf: OK fair enough, I get your point. Just coming from a country with such a different idea on gun laws is mad to hear that you ‘could’ carry if you wanted to.
  • 2 1
 @McArdle: Yea, I’m sure it’s a surprise to a lot of people. When we do carry, we understand that it’s a huge responsibility in safety as well and you have to be mentally strong and have smart, emotion free decision making skills under high pressure situations. It’s definitely not for everyone.
  • 50 0
 Note about the spare derailure hanger. I keep mine zip tied under the saddle of each bike I own. As they are bike specific you don't have to worry about bringing the correct one for the bike you are using at the moment. If you only have one bike it's still a good idea as you will never forget to pack it. And remember n+1.
  • 2 0
 Great tip, thanks!
  • 1 0
 I have several bikes, and was thinking about doing the same thing, but I’d need a knife or end cutter to cut the zip tie. Any other way to attach the hanger securely to a bike?
  • 1 0
 @bde1024: sometimes unused cable routing screw holes (or even doubling up on the routing guides) you can use to bolt a hanger to. I have one on my Stumpjumper that is the same thread as a b-tension screw.... so I bolt it with a spare too
  • 5 0
 @bde1024: also electrical tape
  • 2 0
 @bde1024: a zip tie will snap if twisted enough, get an Allen key in the loop and start turning.
  • 1 0
 Super good tip! Just need something to cut the ties with...
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: I never go without a small pocket tool like the leatherman squirt ps4 in my Wolftooth B-rad mini bag, strapped to the frame.
  • 38 0
 Short = 1 beer

Long = 4 beers

Done.
  • 2 0
 Glass bottles or cans tho?
  • 5 1
 @Code98: Cans, except in very rare emergencies.
  • 3 0
 I work on the 1 beer to 3 km ratio.
  • 25 5
 I just make sure my riding buddies are well prepared and then I don't need to carry anything.
  • 3 1
 ^^^ this! Both the guys I ride with regularly carry everything! I have a tool and food caddie and a weed concierge always by my side.
  • 2 0
 @garrisond5: Divide and Conquer
  • 14 0
 Great video! Only things I’d add/ change is: 1. hollow crank arms store zip ties also, frees up that space in the pump for something that needs water protection or a CO2 cartridge. 2. Medical gloves: mostly for quick warmth under regular riding gloves if you get caught in a storm and they take up very little space, shower caps are also good for emergency warmth.
  • 2 0
 Just thought the same about the Zipties storage.
  • 5 0
 Yeah I keep my zip ties in my handlebars folded in half with a wide elastic band around them to keep them from rattling around. I keep the EDC tool. tire boot, ML Pliers, extra bacon (tire plug not actual bacon), 20$ and a couple extra chain links in the bottom storage of my EDC pump. Med gloves under the bar on the other side... sounds like we are on the same page!
  • 3 0
 @snl1200: and presumably sauce to add to the bacon once cooked?
  • 2 0
 @McArdle: Why would one put sauce on the bacon? It is already bacon.
  • 2 0
 @snl1200: you put The Sauce on everything, bruh.
  • 4 0
 The gloves when you have to put a tube in your tubeless or chain work. I have used them 3 or 4 times and was so happy to have them.
  • 2 0
 Love it! I did have some gloves and PPE in the medical kit. Good idea about the cranks though, how do you keep them in there??
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: when folded once they create enough spring tension that I’ve never had them come out. You could always throw some tape over the openings if you were worried about it. I carry the med gloves on most rides even without a first aid kit, just for backup warmth. (I’ve had too many rides that start off at 80 degrees turn into 40 degrees with rain showers, maybe not needed for everyone.) I keep mine in my Ibis Porckchop bag, but they’d hide in the bottom of that Trek’s stash compartment easy enough without taking up noticeable room. Heck, balled up they probably would stash in the cranks, also.
  • 11 0
 1. Your Bike

* I've hear stories of guys going to events who forgot to pack their entire bike, e.g. leaving a wheel at home.
  • 2 0
 I forgot my thru-axle on a road trip and ended up having to rent a bike when we got to our destination. Dang 20x100 standard that stuck around for like 6 months.
  • 4 0
 @kfccoleslaw: ha, I drove for nearly 2 hours to meet some riding buddies but it was only when I pulled my bike out of the car I realised my rear axle was still at home on the front driveway.
  • 16 6
 And a ziplock bag to pack out your orange peels and banana peels. Bugs the hell out of me to see them on the ground at the trailhead.
  • 10 2
 They come from earth brah.
  • 2 1
 @garrisond5: banana peel takes over two years to decompose. It just looks like a dry shriveled mess for most of that.... Fun rubbish facts :-P
  • 10 1
 Where should I store all of my equipment when I'm doing long nude rides with Kaz and Levy?
  • 6 0
 The list is missing zip ties, electrical tape, and a bit of toilet paper in a ziplock. Cause you never know when nature may call. And leaves work, but sometimes you can’t find big enough leaves.
  • 13 0
 I’ve bailed many a friend out with toilet paper. Supremely underrated. I learned my lesson after starting my ride in a tee shirt. Ended up with a belly shirt and no sleeves. Shit happens... ( had to )
  • 9 0
 ALWAYS CARRY SOME MOUNTAIN MONEY (aka T.P.)
  • 3 1
 You can always count on poison ivy!
  • 7 0
 @TerrapinBen: Returning home with 1 sock is no fun.
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: Rambo wipes aka paper towel/TP
  • 1 0
 haha for sure! I did have some spare in the safety blanket bag but we ran out of time to show every single little thing unfortunately
  • 5 0
 I never take the mentality of trying to "save the ride". only save myself.
and just appreciate nature limping out on a shitty day. But always find it interesting the weird piles of stuff people justify carrying to save the ride.

My kit consists only of stuff that answers the following questions.
Will it get me outta here?.....(keep my bike rolling and pedalling as a singlespeed If i must)
Will it help me stay alive if for some reason i can't get outta there?


Only thing Christina didn't have that I carry is quick clot.
Any bleeding that is gunna bother me is gunna be of the stuck pig variety.
  • 2 0
 My first aid kit is a little tape and gauze, a few bandaids and quick clot. My kit is about half the size of a wallet and never left me wanting.
  • 1 0
 Agreed, chances are I'll just let the blood dry up and carry on. I did pack gauze in the medical kit but I've heard "blood clot" a few times now and will be looking for some asap! Thanks!
  • 5 0
 what the ... I don’t take that much stuff for a week long bike holiday lol

essentials kit for any time i leave the house on my bike: water, phone, multitool, keys, maybe a little snack
anything more than 3 hours: add water, snacks, (medical) ID, bit of cash
more than 5 hour ride or racing: add chain link, pump, bacon strips, 60ml sealant (optional), tube, tire levers, cable ties, derailleur hanger, depending on weather maybe a jacket
  • 4 0
 As for the spare tubeless valve, not sure how much it helps if you dont have a reliable way to properly inflate and seat you tire. In the case of the valve snapping the tire could unseat, you can loose a bunch of your sealant, damage the rim (especially at the hole the valve comes out and loose air there), it would probably be easier just to pop in the spare tube and have extra tube patches ready. Also regarding the tube patches, no need for the glue as there are really great self-adhesive patches available. Also maybe use a tire boot for the tires, not the small ones for the tubes as they probably wont hold up for long.
  • 2 0
 Tyre boots work really well and are simple to make from the plastic the tyre came attached too
  • 2 0
 Agree with this.. trying to reseat a tubeless tyre with a minipump or C02 is probably not worth the effort. And as you say, the self adhesive patches now are brilliant and far better than the old glue ones for quick repairs- watching this video reminded me to buy some more- Park tools GP2 kit is tiny and they are like magic.
  • 2 0
 I've only had the valve issue once personally, at a race so I did have the right pump to get it seated. You can also pull the inner core out and use that so it's worth having around for some.
  • 1 0
 @Jmac888: I use the same kit from parktools and, as you said, they work great and take no space so there is really no excuse to not have them, even if it is just to help someone who doesnt run tubeless.
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: there is no harm in carrying the extra valve as it might save the day in the right situation, but extra inner core is a great idea and should be carried by everyone.
  • 6 0
 Sunday was my first backcountry ride with a water filter. I can now drink like a fish on rides without the weight of a pack.
  • 2 0
 That's always in my pack for long hikes/rides especially in the backcountry if I know there's a reliable and clean water source. Usually tastes better too.
  • 3 0
 Loctite Blue 242 all bolts and axles. wont need to worry about spare bolts screws, reapply when reassembling components. I have witnessed someone losing a spd bolt. +1 on zip ties, spare derailleur hanger, spare link, all have been used and saved from walking out or ruining a race.
  • 7 0
 I keep spd bolts on my rotors. I can ride with 4-5 bolts on a rotor back to the car.
  • 5 0
 @Jvisscher: I do this and I ride flats, im just a thoughtful guy like that.
  • 6 0
 I have got more stuff in my SWAT downtube then in my car.
  • 4 0
 A little toilet paper as others have said and some money, as in a couple $10s or a 20 to be used for sidewall tears and also if i need to offer $ for a ride or something.
  • 2 0
 I still keep a $5 in most of my tool kits for this reason. Will boot a tire if necessary, or buy a gas station coke
  • 2 0
 @PAmtbiker: $5? Thats just a keybump.
  • 2 0
 As with any first aid kit, or "Go to bag" Make it sensible for the geographical area you live in. The water filter in the desert will be useless in most cases, but a bigger hydration pack can save your life. Good video, making some changes on mine before I ride my 30 mile adventure this weekend.
  • 3 0
 Agreed, I'll add that in the having a few of those water purification tablets in case of emergency is a good idea. They are tiny and weigh practically nothing. Even if you have a filter, it can break. Best to have a backup. That reminds me, the tablets I have have been in my pack for several years... I should probably check if they're still good.
  • 1 0
 @kcy4130: not a bad thing to keep in the pack!
  • 6 0
 short: water
long: more water
  • 3 0
 Dammit! Where was this this morning? I left on my bike this morning at 8:30 and rode out 5k, built trail, rode back by 5:30 and only brought 1L of water. And no tp. And no lunch.
  • 7 1
 These videos are turning into GMBN
  • 5 1
 dangerously close." CaN a HaRdTaIL dO tHiS!!!!!!!!!!!! "
  • 3 0
 @ridingofthebikes: or how to fix a flat/mount tubeless.....again.
  • 3 1
 @christinachappetta: Christina, very nice and complete topic, thanks, but one detail: do you always ride with rings on your fingers? Even gloveless, these are potentially dangerous if you grab a plant, a branch... Don't hurt yourself!!!
Cheers!
  • 2 0
 I do, usually. I've heard horror stories about people losing fingers this way so sometimes if I remember I will pull them off. Thanks for caring xx
  • 2 0
 This is my multiday big mountain (5000+ mt) adventure pack. 65+ liter backpack that includes:
- 3-4lt of water
- sleeping bag
- crampons
- cooking set
- poop kit
- several meals
- GPS
- and more!

photos.app.goo.gl/TtoLzZzyAtKS25tV8
  • 3 0
 Pretty close to what I keep in my pack for my lunch ride.
  • 2 0
 Thank you - this was an awesome video with genuine knowledge, some of it probably hard earned, lol. Pinkbike should keep a link to it in their banner as it will no doubt save many a ride. Not everyone knows this stuff.

My contribution: a chain pin (of the correct speed) for the chain tool.
  • 2 0
 Obviously this climate appropriate- but on a longer day in the back country, in a colder climate (and myself being originally from a much warmer one!) I always consider what happens if the weather changes dramatically- i.e. a cold front or rain downpour-suddenly my clothing I set out in is no longer appropriate and if it gets wet I could be at risk of exposure.

Usually this means a spare pair of gloves a minimum but for a longer day out, a spare light-weight jersey or some other substitute upper layer can be a lifesaver- a thin dry layer may be better than spending hours in a cold wet one in a cold, windy environment. Obviously, I would have already have waterproof layer on over the top but even this can get cold if it becomes too saturated or water finds its way inside- which it can in windy conditions or when water splashes up from the wheels of the bike.

Also find the Buff or similar style neck-warmer takes up minimal weight and can really warm me up if a strong wind comes through and I have recently found that the skull-cap style beanie hat to go under my helmet also takes up very little space in my pack and is great for if we need to stop for a break, to maintain body heat- often riding in mountainous country means there is no shelter when we break for snacks etc
  • 2 0
 Also nobody seems to have mentioned that you should never go on any ride anywhere without ID on you, in case you are incapacitated and the services need to know who you are. An ICE contact should be saved in your phone or kept somewhere on you if possible.

Also a small bit of cash can be handy too, I keep a £20 note in my short's hidden pocket- plastic money can go through the wash without any bother and you probably forget it is there eventually.
  • 3 0
 Slap your jean shorts on, put your two water bottles in there cage, put your dirtbike helmet on and your ready to go for the longest ride of your life!
  • 3 0
 I found that I could get away with a water bottle on even long rides (no backpack water bag), when I started adding electrolyte tablets to the water.
  • 2 0
 me too. Makes a world of difference.
  • 1 0
 Since Pinkbike seems like a water bottle oriented community, can some of you guys give me tips on brands and models? All of my water bottles leave a plastic smell/taste and the water boils after 30min riding in the sun. Thank you in advance
  • 8 0
 Specilized is the best bottle
  • 1 0
 I like Zefal, mostly because they were the largest squeeze bottle I could find (at the time at least) at 800mL and still fit in a bottle cage. No noticeable plastic taste but you'll still probably 'boil' your water. I throw the bottle or bladder in the freezer and get the water partially frozen if I'm riding in really hot weather.
  • 4 0
 @MikeyMT: Yep, Specialized Purist is great
  • 3 0
 Insulated Camelbak, add Ice.
  • 5 0
 sunscreen!!! especially in summer
  • 4 0
 What about uour weed and rollies and a lighter in case you need to build a fire
  • 3 0
 Let me simplify it for you? Short ride? Pack too much stuff. Long ride, pack not enough stuff. Then go ride, you'll cope! :-)
  • 3 0
 Love these vids. Reminds me of the old MBUK editorial back in the day. And that IMHO is a huge compliment.
  • 4 0
 Strong ring game, @christinachappetta
  • 2 0
 For big ride I will add 2 or 3 disc bolts. Very small, light and I already needed some after loosing some disc bolt on the trail.
  • 1 0
 Threadlock is your friend
  • 2 0
 my bro broke his neck on the trail. We had nothing with us. It was cold. Another biker had a safety blanket and it was literally a lifesaver for him.
  • 2 0
 @christinachappetta can we get an update with text itemized lists by ride length? Fantastic video.
  • 1 0
 Can we get this type of content as an article instead? Would be curious what the engagement numbers are article vs embedded video.
  • 3 0
 A massive foldable paper map! That's what I have been forgetting.
  • 1 0
 preferably "weather resistant"
  • 2 0
 2021, Covid, no more content to publish, nothing to say, no more ideas etc - hey, let's talk about lists...
  • 1 0
 13 minutes to mention medical besides an Epi-pen. Always carry some basic first aid equipment, even for those short 1 hr rides.
  • 3 0
 Short ride glass bong. Long ride papers.
  • 2 0
 @christinachappetta What bib shorts are you wearing with the stash pockets?
  • 2 0
 Good stuff .well considered.
  • 1 0
 Great idea ! Use a good small pack and stop loading yourself and bike up with a load of shit.
  • 3 0
 Especially don't put hard things directly onto your back. Nothing worse than directing all the force from an impact through one point into your spine
  • 2 0
 I prefer tp keep the shoulders free and light if possible. I can move around on the bike much better and as I eat my snacks, the pockets get lighter! I try to never put anything too hard on the back side incase I do fall...don't want to bruise or break anything
  • 3 2
 Guess this is for all those that still have their wardrobes chosen & supplied by their parents?
  • 2 2
 @christinachappetta: Pretty self explanatory in my mind. If someone needs to be told what to bring with them when they leave the house, maybe they aren't ready to leave the house yet?

I went back to school (college) recently (I'm in my early 40s) and came to find out that a lot of "kids" don't even dress themselves yet - meaning their parents still pick out/buy their clothes. That's not sad, it's pathetic. By the time I was 20 I was already 3 years out of the house, in my 3rd year of auto apprenticeship, owned my own business, and on my 4th car (each one paid for by myself).

I really enjoy your videos, but please don't tell people what to do. It comes across as demeaning/condescending to me. A suggestion or tip video would be better... IMHO anyways. That all said, PLEASE continue making vids!!
  • 1 0
 @m1dg3t: I agree, this vid seemed to be ‘something to do’ rather than needed. I’d love to see something truly useful one day.
  • 1 0
 @crazy9: Easy now! Christina has put out some great vids. Maybe I'm just an a*shole trying to articulate.
  • 1 0
 @m1dg3t: No problem my friend. We all have our opinions.
  • 1 0
 Does the in reach work well? Or different approach, does anyone have positive experiences with any crash detection tech?
  • 3 0
 I have a inreach mini. Never had to use it in an emergency. Have used it many times to touch base with the wife when backcountry skiing. Always works great.
  • 2 0
 Don't have one, but I do search and rescue and we get a few medical calls a year from people who have them (inreach or spot). So yes, they work.
  • 1 0
 What is that net thing she has under her shirt, I need something like that.
  • 1 0
 @christinachapetta
  • 1 0
 It's the pockets of my bib chamois
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta what water filter is that?
  • 3 0
 That's an MSR TrailShot. I have one and it works pretty well, although I think I'm going to switch to a 1 L Katadyn BeFree.
  • 3 0
 @PAmtbiker: I was going to comment that I have used a number over the years and far prefer the Sawyer or the Katadyn BeFree. The BeFree will be my go to this year for bikepacking. I think it takes up a little less room, the small size of the Katadyn comes with a small compressible bladder that can double as extra water storage also. Using a gravity fed or squeeze filter makes way more sense and saves time compared to a pump filter...
  • 2 0
 @snl1200: @PAmtbiker - thanks gents.
  • 2 0
 Fudge
  • 2 0
 Nothing.
  • 1 0
 Every ride in Manitoba is a one bottle ride.
  • 1 0
 More details on the bear spray set up! Looks interesting!
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