Top 10 Mountain Bike Accessories

Top 10 Mountain Bike Accessories


Here’s our top ten mountain bike
accessories. They may not be essentials, but it’s ten things that might improve
your riding experience or make your life easier on the trail. Hydration pack. A lot
of people call these camelbacks because they were the original makers. They come
in all sorts of shapes and sizes nowadays. This is an Evoc six-liter team
pack, so it’s relatively small. That’s something that I’d use for short
rides and for racing. Multi-tool, that’s something that I take on all
rides with me. This is quite a small one, so it will get me out of some emergencies,
but I do have a large one as well with a chain tool on there, so it should help you
if you do get into any problems and mechanical issues. CO2 canister. It’s a
good little gadget. Nice and light, good for putting air back in that tire if
you get a puncture. On a mountain bike tire, because they’re quite big, you
might need two of these canisters to take with you, or you might want to take a
backup pump, just in case. But a good little gadget. Also helps with
sealing a tubeless tire. Some riding glasses. I don’t always use them, but they’re good obviously if it’s
sunny. Got some nice dark lenses in there. I’ve also got clear lenses for if it’s
muddy, to keep stuff out of my eyes and also some pink ones. They help in low
light conditions. So I tend to use them when it’s sunny or if it’s really wet. Cycle computer. This is
the Garmin Edge 1000, top of the range, does pretty much
everything. This does mapping as well as keeping record of what you’re riding.
Mapping’s really good if you’re doing big rides or you don’t know where you are. I
actually use the Edge 510, so it’s a lot smaller, just for keeping
track of where I go. Also really good for Strava, if you’re into doing a bit of
racing on the trail. A set of lights. A nice little lightweight set is good for
getting you home, should you get caught out in the dark. But night riding is
something that every mountain biker should try. This is a USC Exposure, it’s got 1200
lumens, it’s going to last you for a couple of hours, so it’s a really powerful
light. It’s just a different experience riding at night and it’s a lot of fun. A
mud guard. Nowadays, you can get these really small, quite stylish mud guards.
They used to be horrible-looking things I would never want to run on my bike. These
little ones go under your fork crane and actually, I run one of these quite a lot
of the time now. They’re really effective, considering how small they are, and just
keep a lot of that spray from coming up and into your eyes. A bottle cage. These
went out of fashion for a while with everyone using packs, but it seems
nowadays a lot of people are going back to using a bottle cage so that they’re not
carrying a pack on their back. For a shorter ride, that sounds like a
good idea to me. Less sweaty back, and you can move around a bit better. But
obviously on a longer ride, you might think about chucking more tools
and a bit more water and food in a pack. If not, trying using a bottle in a bottle
cage. Knee pads, always a good idea. It’s the first thing that hits the floor,
quite often, and it’s really painful. It’s definitely something that’s improved
loads in the last few years. You can get really nice, lightweight knee
pads that you can pedal in all day long. And some knee pads offer a lot of
protection and they’re still really comfortable, so it’s worth buying a knee
pad to suit the type of riding you do, but I don’t often ride without them
nowadays. Action cams. Go Pros are everywhere nowadays. Really good for
sticking on your helmet, on your chest and following your mates, but also it’s a
really good idea to video yourself whilst you’re riding. Compare yourself to our
how-to videos if you want and see if you’re doing it right or wrong. So,
there’s our top ten mountain bike accessories. If you like this video, give
it a like down below and also leave a comment and let us know what you like to
use when you’re riding. For more videos from GMBN, click up here
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100 comments

  1. @Global Mountain Bike Network spare tube(s), mech hanger, repair kit, power links, first aid items, cash…all small but essential.

  2. I always take my camera with me, however I broke my go pro, one of my friends told me about the vivitar action camera, it's cost me around £30, it performed just as good as my go pro did I would highly recommend buying one if you want to save a lot of money.

  3. good stuff, I've got a LOUD air horn, it communicates to people that don't speak my language, or have ear buds in. Many bipeds actually thank me.

  4. i like to carry fuel of some sort, weather it's shot bloks or a fig bar. Just something for a longer ride.

  5. I'll go anywhere on anything. Just give me zip pockets and a backpack. I'll be fine lol. Rode 30 miles on a litre and a half of juice and 20 miles to enfield on a can of 330ml KA. As long as i got good storage i'll ride #EconomicVeteran

  6. also bring a pocket knife with you while going to a ride . the knife can help you to cut something and also can be used as a weapon when you got into some trouble .

  7. gloves are a must in cold climates, 15 minutes, out there without them, or as long as you are fit to. ( unless you like pain and rigid hands)

  8. I have always a pair of medical gloves with me. Just to keep my super cool gloves clean, when I have a mechanical…

  9. What small and large multi tool would people recommend getting and also a good pump with both tire valves. And where is lock and helmet in the video and you defiantly need a pair of gloves

  10. Quick comment @ CO2, a fine alternative is an airbone pump; it's actually the smaller than the CO2 model shown and functions like a traditional pump, so it never runs out and doesn't require additional cartridges / space / weight. Huge plus is it easily fits in a small under-saddle bag with an m17 and patch kit 🙂

  11. I'm gonna ride a MTB offroad for the first time this weekend…
    what do I need?
    Jersey, shorts, gloves, helmet, kneepads…

  12. Just watched this Neil – always sunny here in Perth Australia, so you might need to wear those sunnies if you get a ride over here! Have you actually worn them in England? Oops…….haha

  13. First aid kit, cell phone. There's always the possibility something happens. In any emergency a cell phone is essential to warn any help. A first aid kit (brought along by the rider at the rear, for obvious reasons) may help to tackle the smaller problems at hand.

  14. I use Bolle Tracker II goggles with prescription inserts, they are dirt cheap (£12 uk) keep the crap out of your eyes and are well enough vented to not steam up as long as you're moving.
    I got a tinted set and an amber set for low light and transfer the inserts between them.

    I'd say gloves are a higher priority than knee pads, or do they assume gloves are a given?

  15. If you don't carry a full headlamp etc. then at least carry a cheap front and rear LED light – so if / when you get eventually caught out after sunset (or in a storm) you can get home (reasonably) safely.

  16. my Schwinn 26 function wireless computer and cell phone mount for map my ride not a strava fan

  17. I always have a small backpack with two water bottles, and another bottle in the bottle cage. I use a small pump and a cateye velo computer. A 600 lumen axion lazer light and a small red tail light along with a saddle bag filled with lots of tools and a patch kit. I also keep a spare tube in my pack as I don't ride tubeless.

  18. I have a rather precise question: Despite being useful and of course a must have for riding trails and the like, what would be the benefits of riding without gloves? For instance, I play some golf as well and hiting the links without glove helps your grip feel, club control and all around strengthens the hands. Is it the same rationale I should consider for biking? Cheers!

  19. Never buy a Garmin. Useless piece of shit for the price. Got a Garmin 510 and it fails at recording every few rides. Just use strava on your phone.

  20. Life hack! Tape a bottle stuck to a bottle cage and store some multitools or sparetubes and stuff it with paper so that it doesnt make any noise and then you can wear a smaller hydrationpack.

  21. I'm never going without first aid (importantly stick on sutures and large dressings, speaking from experience), knee pads, gloves and a phone, they'll all save your ass in a bad crash some hex keys for readjusting anything that comes loose in a crash is also really important, a spare inner tube or tube repair kit, bike pump and/or CO2 and tyre levers I'd recommend but aren't 100% necessary but would be very useful if riding quite a long distance which you can't walk back to your car, a chain breaker tool and a quick link will serve well for repairing a snapped chain on the trails, everything I've listed, minus everything about tyre puncture is from personal experience or experiences of riding buddies within my last 3 mountain bike rides, stuff happens on the trail and to have the most fun it's best to be prepared

  22. Ditch the back pack get frame strap two bottle cages lower centre of gravity save your back for longer rides

  23. My load out:
    Multi tool with patch kit.
    Small pump with pressure gauge
    Water bottle.
    Protein bar and energy bar
    Wind breaker
    And of course my mobile.

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