In this article I will show you 9 useful mountainbike tools and parts you should bring when riding your mountainbike on the trail.
You need a good well built pump. Buying too cheap will not pay of in the end. This pump is compatible with both Presta (French Valve) and Schrader (Car Valve). You screw the little hose onto the valve stem and you can pump up your tire easily. The only little critic that I have is that sometimes unscrewing the hose from the valve stem can lead to unscrewing the valve core a bit. That shouldn’t be happening in my opinion. When you watch out and unscrew carefully everything is fine.
2. Multi Tool
Your multitool will be used the most. Changing the angel of your saddle, tightening a stem bolt or unscrewing a bolt axel to remove your front wheel. A good multitool needs to have Allenkeys, Torx Wrenches, Flat and Phillips screwdriver and If possible a chain tool. In addition to that some kind of pliers can help you in specific situations.
3. First Aid Kit
Accidents happen. Thats why it is important to carry a first aid kit. Throw It in your riding bag and don’t think about it again. Easy.
4. Spare Tube
Simple. Have a spare tube in your bag and you are fine. Bonus Tip: When riding with riders with different wheel sizes. You can fit 27,5inch tube in both 26 and 29 inch wheels. Not optimal but i works.
Modern chains are more prone to snapping then old ones are. Instead of having a cassette with 8, 9 or 10 gears in the back, many new bikes come equipped with 11 or 12 speed setups. That means less space for individual cogs and a smaller chain. I can promise you will snap one at some point in your riding career. A master link is a cheap spare part that sits inside your riding bag. When snapping your chain you simply take out the broken link and replace it with the master link. Ready to roll again.
6. Spare Derailleur Hanger
The derailleur hanger is the part of your bike combining the frame and your rear derailleur. Its main use is to safe the frame of beeing bent in case of a crash. When you crash and there is a lot of force pushing against your rear derailleur the weaker material of the derailleur hanger will bent and safe your expensive frame and derailleur. I suggest having a spare hanger in your bag. Those hangers cost you around 15-25€ and can be purchased online and in very specific bike-shops. Keep in mind nearly every bike uses a different size and shape so snapping it on your bike trip or holiday can lead to a nonfunctioning bike. Finding a local replacement is kind of IMPOSSIBLE. So as before. Be prepared and have your spare part ready when you need it. 🙂
7. Tire Levers
This topic is not that difficult. Better Tire Levers have a built in metal core to provide stiffness for those hard to push on tires. Cheap ones can also do the job but are more prone to snapping. Some companies sell tire levers full out of metal. You will scratch and damage your rims with one like this.
The ones I am currently using are from a company called zero. They feature a additional clip, which helps to secure the first tire lever to a spoke, while working your way up with the second one. It’s like a additional hand.
8. Cable Ties
Cable Ties always come in handy. Snapped your saddle from its rails? Cable Ties. Lost your Brake Pad Screw? Cable Ties? Your Brake lever broke off? Cable Ties. They are cheap, light and there is absolutely no reason not to have a few handy in you bag.
Yeah Sure. I know what you are thinking. Tubeless is the best thing that happened to modern Mountainbikes for a long time. Since about two years I personally haven’t had a puncture that forced me to stop. But despite all of this safety I will always carry both a tube and some patches. You never know…
Bonus Tipp: Tire Gauge
In a recent article I showed you some must have shop tools for everyone. I included a well build floor pump by Topeak. This one features a large gauge to estimate your tire pressure. But that’s the point. Only after getting a proper tire gauge by Blackburn I realized that my pretty much new floor pump isn’t as precise as I thought. So for me it is a nice feature to ride the exact pressure that I want. Do you use a tire gauge and do you think I missed something that everybody should carry out on the trail? Let me know down in the comments. 🙂