TRAIL SIDE FIXES
PACK THE ESSENTIALS
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Rather than just make a boring video where we rattle off a bunch of essential mountain bike tools and packs, we thought we’d head out to the trails with and have some fun. Thanks to the folks at Competitivecyclist.com we are able to stock our bags with the all the important pieces of kit to keep to safe, self-reliant and comfortable while out mountain biking. By shopping at Competitive Cyclist and using the links below you help support our channel and let us continue making fun videos and reviewing cool products for our viewers.
Mule LR 15L Backpack
If you’re searching for storage that doesn’t sacrifice stability on long trail rides, grab the CamelBak Mule LR 15L Backpack for a low-profile carry and easy hydration while you ride. This pack is outfitted with CamelBak’s 3-Liter CRUX lumbar reservoir, offering a more stable shape and placement on the pack than a traditional reservoir. The reservoir also compresses automatically as it drains, ensuring that you won’t have that last bit of water sloshing around an empty bladder as you ride. The reservoir is tucked away in a lower pocket that also houses the integrated rain cover and bike-tool organizer, giving you convenient one-stop access to a host of important items.
The “LR” in this pack stands for “Low Rider” which is an accurate title given its low-profile design and low center of gravity. Thanks to the Dual Wing hip belt you’ve got more of the load placed on your hips, giving you greater stability on winding up hills and easier upper body movement for the whole ride.
Zee Cage II + Tool
Specialized is helping us eliminate the need for a bike bag with the Zee Cage II + Tool. There’s nothing better than have your hydration and tools right at your fingertips, especially when they remain light and out of the way.
- Water bottle/tool hybrid for easy access on trail
- Sleek and lightweight design stays out of the way
- Sideloading water cage allows easy grab and release
- Tool with 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm hex, T25 Torx, and flathead screwdriver
RAP II 19 CO2 Multi Tool
Combining style, technology and ultimate value, the Rap II series bike multi tools provide unmatched performance at their price points. Engineered and manufactured in-house, these multi tools feature a number of innovative features including an integrated, machined aluminum CO2 dispenser. The ergonomic side-plates are machined from lightweight aluminum, anodized black and offer a custom magnetic holder for an emergency quick-link. The steel tool bits are now longer and introduce our Black Anti-Corrosion technology, which provides superior corrosion resistance.
- QUICK LINK HOLDER
- HEX 2/2.5/3/4/5/6/8mm
- TORX T10/T25
- CHAIN BREAKER
- 8/10MM WRENCH
- 4 SPOKE WRENCHES
- CO2 INFLATOR
Pro Plugger CO2 Inflator Kit
Blackburn’s approach to trailside repairs makes it convenient and straightforward to get back to riding instead of walking. With the Pro Plugger CO2 Inflator Kit, what you need to fix your flat is right in arm’s reach and not weighing down valuable pocket space. Blackburn’s CO2’FER inflator head ups the efficiency with a combined valve port and Presta valve core removal tool. Mounted to the bottle cage bolts with a piece of molded rubber, on one side, you’ve got your 25-gram threaded canister with the inflator head, and on the other, the Pro Plugger tubeless repair tool. In case your ride takes you over sharp rocks or miles of goat head thorns, the Pro Plugger holds three, double-wrapped, tire plugs to get you out of some serious jams.
- On-bike plug and inflator kit keeps you from walking home
- Pre-loaded with three plugs for days when the tire can’t notch a win
- Presta valve core tool included with inflator head
- Single CO2 cartridge designed to fill higher volume tires
- Bottle cage mount with securing straps
Tubeless tires were supposed to mean the end of flats, but while flats are significantly reduced, they still remain a part of our life with tubeless setups. Stan’s DART Tool aims to make the inevitable tear or large puncture quick to fix by plugging even large tears and holes with its barbed tip that anchors into the tire, and instantly reacts with latex sealant to form an instant, airtight seal. The barbed tip is designed to lock into place while riding, and pairs up with flexible material that conforms to punctures and bonds with sealant, wearing off clean, so you don’t have to ride with scissors, or feel a bump in your tire with every rotation.
- STAN’s solution to tears and punctures on your tubeless setup
- Barbed plastic tip anchors into tire, won’t tear rim tape
- Flexible material conforms to puncture and bonds with sealant
- Excess material wears off clean so you don’t need to trim
- Lightweight and compact for easy storing in your pocket
- Two pre-loaded DARTs included in clear cap to keep clean
Mammoth Flip Mini-Pump
The only thing worse than getting a flat is not being prepared when said flat occurs. With Blackburn’s Mammoth Flip Mini-Pump, you simply fold out the handle and flip-out the footpeg, and you’ve got a portable floor pump to save yours or your riding partner’s day. The ability to stabilize the pump on the ground with your foot and use two hands on the rubberized folding T-handle to start pumping will quickly be appreciated the first time you use it, and you will be back on the road or trail in no time. The aluminum construction is lightweight, so you will barely notice it on its included bike mount, and durable. The cam-lock, leak-free AnyValve head works on Presta, Schrader, and Dunlop valves and resists blowing off. A flexible hose prevents damage to valves and works fantastic on both mountain and road bikes pumping up tires to 90psi. Rebuildable internal parts are available keeping this pump in service for many years.
Sport Drive HP Hand Pump
The Lezyne Sport Drive HP Hand Pump is a sweet little pump and an awesome value. Its fancy trick is its Flex Hose, a short rubber hose that extends from the main body of the pump and attaches to either Schrader or Presta valves, making it much less awkward to pump your tires on the side of the road or trail. The high-grade plastic Composite Matrix and polished alloy construction mean the pump looks good and feels good, and will last a long time. The Sport Drive HP’s Flex Hose doesn’t have the ABS (Air Bleed System) that allows you to precisely deflate without unthreading the hose, as found on the more expensive standard Drive HP pump, but for this price, it’s very hard to beat.
Air Tool Gauge Trigger
Equipped with a handy gauge for checking the pressure as you refill your tires, the Air Tool Gauge Trigger makes mid-ride pumping a breeze instead of an inconvenience.
- A trigger-activated inflator for getting tire pressure just right
- Thumb trigger gives you precise control when adding CO2
- Threads accommodate 16g and 25g cartridges
- Includes one 16g CO2 cartridge
Trail Wind Jacket
The rain won’t go away and neither will our desire to get on the bike. So, we’re compromising and whipping out the Trail Wind Jacket. Its 100% recycled polyester shell features light water resistance and max wind resistance. We can even wear it post-trail at our favorite brewery with our biking buddies.
- A wind shell that offers protection and a warm layer
- Minimal bulk helps it fit into any pocket or pack
- Under helmet integrated hoot with fixed elastic binding for a perfect fit
- Relaxed fit that’s comfortable on and off the bike