Mechanical failure on the trail can leave you stranded or cause a crash. Inspect your bike at home to catch problems before you hit the trail.
A trail repair kit will get your bike rolling after a crash or flat tire. A simple kit will include a spare tube, tire levers, pump, patch kit, multitool and chain tool.
A trail emergency kit should include first aid supplies to attend to wounds after a crash, a cellphone to call for help, an extra energy bar in case you have to wait for rescue and an emergency blanket should you have to spend the night on the trail.
A helmet can help you avoid the emergency room after a crash and full-finger gloves protect your hands from branches and brush while you ride.
Riding with a partner lets one person seek help in case of injury.
Article Written By Kathrine Cole
Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.