20 essentials for epic mountain bike rides

What to pack for long rides

One of the best parts of mountain biking is that it enables you to journey farther and faster into the backcountry than you could on foot. This also means that when something goes wrong, such as an injury or a mechanical, it will likely be up to you to address the problem.


If you enjoy spending all day on the trails you should plan and pack accordingly.

Like most tools, these items are only useful if you know how to use them. It’s always best to ride with a group, but if venturing deep into the woods alone, be sure you have a basic understanding of first aid and also know how to:

In addition to nutrition, hydration and identification, here are 20 items you should consider bringing with you on your next backcountry mountain bike ride.

1. Spare tubes (Two)