Minimum mountain bike trekking
Consider a one week trip in nature, with bikes. Daily routes are to be about 60km with 2000m total eleva rolex watches for sale tion change per day (climb, then descend). The group is of 2 5 people. Weather is summer (maybe down to 5 centigrade at night, not sure about rain).
My question is how can we pack smart, so that we can sleep on the trail.
Now, the real question is about sleeping gear. Sleeping bags are bulky and heavy. Here probably the smart move is to get a summer down bag. But what about the sleeping mat? Those are light but very bulky. I am afraid that tying one of the standard foam ones to the backpack will not only create air drag on the descents, but will also catch on vegetation adjacent to the trail. Unfortunately, they are also quite essential. thermarest) though when I looked at them they were expensive and heavier than my alternative: A foam mat only needs to reach from you shoulders to your hips if it’s not too cold.
You might then be able to wrap it round your top tube, because there would be a lot less to fit in there and it would makes shouldering the bike more pleasant. You can also lash a sleeping mat vertically to the backpack reducing drag.
You need to plan your water more than anything though, especially if you’re relying on dehydrated food.
You should also spread tools etc. across riders you don’t need n pumps and 2n tyre levers for n riders. However you have to balance this with the possibility of tools being broken or lost if they’re essential and can’t be improvised you need more than one in the group.
As another pointed out, you will want at least two pumps, multi tools, etc.
My wife and I do pretty challenging mtb tours with BOB trailers. We generally bring the following (subject to modification depending on how present bike shops might be). my wife as avid, i have deore xt, so we bring one pair each). When riding with extra weight, it’s shocking how fast brakes can wear away.
two spare spokes for each size used. These can be taped to your bicycle frames, so they won’t affect your packing at all. Breaking a spoke can end a trip if you don’t have a spare. At least learn the theory of how to do a field re rolex watches for sale pair. It doesn’t have to be perfectly true, but you want to be able to at least roll into a repair.
at least one spare tube of each size in use (you want patches too, but you may need the spare for a big rolex watches for sale cut).
duct tape. You’d be amazed how this can help you. I’ve fixed paniers, packs, rain gear, sleeping bags, and patched a ripped tire. This can save a trip. Make a small roll for yourself, you don’t have to take a gigantic one.
Consider your water needs. Water purification can be a life saver. My wife and I use a steri pen, which we love. What you need depends on where you are going. When we rode across Albania, my wife and I brought a ten litre sack of water with us, which may very well have saved our lives on a couple of occasions. In the alps we just brought 2 litre camel backs and filled them up at the many opportunties.
bike lights are a good tip and will be useful at camp time.
Unless you are sleeping indoors, you must bring bed rolls. Depending on the weather you might be able to do without a sleeping bag, but an insulating layer between you and the ground is vital. I can’t stress this enough. Therma rest makes small, light and highly packable bedrolls. Cheap foam rolls are an alternative, and are light but bulky. On the plus side however they are virtually indestructable. You can roll them up and strap them to the outside of your backpack. At a bare minimum bring enough for your core (neck to thighs). You’ll sleep for crap if you don’t bring something to put between you and the ground.
A first aid kit. REI sells nice, small, packable, reasonably well fitted kits for a reasonable price. At the very least, bring some bandaids (for blisters), some sunscreen, some painkillers, and some antiseptic.
I highly recommend bringing some kind of emergency contact gear. If you are somewhere with cell reception, a cell phone is enough. If not you should consider bringing flares or some such.
Saddle cream. Unless you are routinely doing that kind of mileage now, you’ll be really happy to have this. Assuming tents are too heavy, some form of bivouac (“bivvy”) is probably the way to go rolex watches for sale . I slept out in freezing temperatures with a sleeping bag and survival bag warm enough but very damp from condensation. There are breathable bivvy bags available but they not cheap.