I LOVE mountain biking. I hit the trails as often as possible and have never found a better way to explore the great outdoors. When I hit the trails, I like to be prepared. I always bring plenty of water, a spare tube, and a few snacks. But there are a few other things I always bring along as well. Here is my ultimate list of mountain bike accessories:
1. Good backpack
Source: Chain Reaction
I like to bring a backpack with plenty of space for water, snacks, and any other gear I might need. I prefer a bag with a built-in hydration system. That way, I can drink water without stopping and taking off my backpack. A good pack will also have a place to store your helmet when you’re not wearing it.
2. Mountain bike-specific multi-tool
Source: Park Tool
This is essential for making quick repairs on the trail. A good multi-tool will have all the tools you need to fix a flat tire or adjust your brakes. I have a couple, but my favorite has to be the Park Tool MT-30 Multi-Tool. It has everything I need and fits easily in my backpack.
3. First-aid kit
A good first-aid kit should have bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers. Mine also includes an ice pack for injuries that need to be cooled down. You never know when you might need it.
A good sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Even on cloudy days, the sun can be intense at high altitudes. I use an SPF50 sunscreen and reapply it every few hours.
5. Bug repellent
Nothing ruins a ride like being chased by a swarm of mosquitoes. A good bug repellent will keep them at bay so you can enjoy your ride. Choose a deep woods formula for the best protection.
6. Mountain bike lights
Source: Bike Lights by Outbound Lighting
If you’re planning on riding after dark, you’ll need a good set of lights. A headlight will help you see the trail ahead, and tail light will make you more visible to other riders. Mine is easy to attach to my bike and has different settings for different conditions.
7. Bike lock
If you’re going to be riding in an area where you’ll need to lock up your bike, a good bike lock is essential. I like to use a U-lock for extra security. I also have a cable lock that I use besides the U-lock when I’m leaving my bike in a public place.
8. Water bottle
I like to have at least two water bottles with me when I ride. That way, I can stay hydrated even if one of them leaks or I run out of water. I prefer bottles with a wide mouth so I can easily add ice on hot days.
9. Microfiber towel
Source: IDS Car Care
I always pack a microfiber towel to wipe down my bike after a ride. These are small enough to fit in your backpack but super absorbent. It’s also handy for wiping sweat off your face and body.
10. Mountain bike shoes
Source: Jenson USA
I always wear mountain bike-specific shoes when I ride. They have a stiff sole that helps transfer power to the pedals. They also have good traction for walking on slippery trails.
11. Bike pump
A good bike pump is a must-have for any rider. You never know when you’ll get a flat tire or need to adjust your bike’s tire pressure. I like a portable pump that I can carry on the trail.
12. Spare tube
Source: Brompton Bikes
A spare tube is essential for fixing a flat tire. You can patch a hole in your tube, but it’s always good to have a light, just in case. These are small enough when deflated to slide into your backpack.
13. Tire sealant
A tire sealant is a good option for fixing a flat tire. It’s easy to use and doesn’t require removing your tire. Make sure you have a spare tube if the sealant doesn’t work.
14. Repair kit
A good repair kit will have everything you need to fix a flat tire or adjust your brakes. I like to have a portable repair kit that I can take with me on the trail. It’s saved me more than once.
15. Torque wrench
This is an excellent tool to have if you need to make adjustments to your bike. A torque wrench will help you tighten bolts to the correct specification. This is especially important on suspension forks and shocks.
16. Suspension pump
Source: Fox HP Shock Pump
You’ll need a good suspension pump if you have a suspension fork or shock. This will help you adjust the pressure to match your weight and riding style. I use a Fox Shox pump.
17. Bike stand
Source: Park Tool
A bike stand is essential if you’re doing any repairs on your bike. It gives you a stable platform to work on and makes it easier to access your bike’s components. I have a portable bike stand I can take with me to the trailhead.
A work stand is an excellent tool for doing repairs on your bike. It gives you a stable platform to work on and makes it easier to access your bike’s components. I have mine in my shed to efficiently work on my bike.
19. Bike chain lube
A good bike chain lube will keep your chain from rusting and help it last longer. I like to use a dry lube that doesn’t attract dirt and grime. My go-to is the WD-40 Bike Chain Lube.
20. Ride log
I like to keep a ride log to track my progress and document where I’ve been. This is especially useful if you’re training for a race or improving your fitness. A simple notebook will do, or you can use an app on your phone.
21. GPS device
A GPS device can be handy for keeping track of your location and mapping out new trails. I like to use my phone, but dedicated GPS devices are also available for cyclists. My favorite is the Garmin Edge 1000.
22. Smartphone bar mount
I like to have my phone within easy reach when I’m riding. A smartphone bar mount attaches your phone to your bike’s handlebars. My favorite is a rotating one. I can move around while riding.
A helmet is an essential piece of safety gear for any rider. I always wear a helmet when I’m on my bike. It’s also a good idea to wear one when you’re around other cyclists.
24. Helmet camera
A helmet camera can be a great way to document your rides and share them with others. I like the GoPro Hero 4 because it’s small and lightweight. I have hours of footage of my favorite rides.
25. Mountain bike shorts
Source: Bike Kit Ltd
I always wear mountain bike-specific shorts when I ride. They have a padded liner that helps prevent saddle soreness. They also have pockets for carrying minor items like your phone or a snack.
26. Mountain bike jersey
Source: Primal Wear
A mountain bike jersey is a great way to stay cool and comfortable on a ride. They’re usually made from lightweight, breathable fabric. I have a few in different colors that I use.
27. Bike gloves
Source: The Pro’s Closet
Bike gloves protect your hands from the elements and help you grip the handlebars. I like to have a pair of gloves for each season. In the winter, I use a thicker pair with insulation.
28. Arm warmers
Arm warmers are a great way to stay warm on a cool day. They’re easy to take on and off as the temperature changes. I have a few pairs I use, depending on the weather.
29. Moisture-wicking socks
Moisture-wicking socks help keep your feet dry and comfortable on a ride. They’re made from a unique fabric that pulls moisture away from your skin. I like to have a few pairs of these in my drawer.
I like to wear a headband to keep my hair out of my face. It’s also helpful in keeping sweat out of your eyes. I have a few different headbands that I use to match my outfits.
Sunglasses are essential for protecting your eyes from the sun. They also help you see better on bright days. I like to have a pair of sunglasses for each season. In the winter, I use a pair with clear lenses.
I like to have an excellent set of pedals on my bike. They help me grip the bike and keep my feet from slipping. I have a few different pairs that I use depending on the terrain.
33. Bike shoes
I always wear bike-specific shoes when I ride. I have a few different pairs that I use, depending on the season. They have a stiff sole that helps me pedal and keeps my feet from slipping.
34. Rain jacket
Source: Competitive Cyclist
A rain jacket is a must-have for any cyclist. It’ll keep you dry on wet rides and can be easily packed away when the sun comes out. I like a lightweight jacket that I can pack in my bag.
35. Recovery drink
I like to drink a recovery drink after a long ride. It helps my muscles recover and prevents soreness. I usually make my own with protein powder, banana, and almond milk.
36. Foam roller
I use a foam roller to massage my muscles after a ride. It’s a great way to prevent soreness and keep your muscles healthy. I have a small one that I can take with me on rides.
37. Bike bell
A bike bell is a great way to let other cyclists know you’re coming. It’s also helpful in scaring away animals on the trail. I have a small one that I keep on my handlebars.
38. Bike mirror
A bike mirror is a great way to see what’s behind you while riding. It’s also useful for checking your hair and makeup. I have a small one that I keep on my handlebars.
I like to keep a saddlebag on my bike to carry essential items. I have a small one that I keep under my seat. It’s great for holding your phone, wallet, and snack.
40. Handlebar bag
I enjoy keeping a handlebar bag to help with everything I bring on rides. It’s great for carrying your phone, wallet, keys, and snacks. It also frees up the room in my backpack and saddlebag for more oversized items.
41. Seat bag
I always keep a seat bag on my bike. I keep it strapped to my bike with my first aid and repair kit.
42. Pet basket
Source: Aventon Bikes
If you’re bringing your furry friend with you on a ride, a pet basket is a great way to transport them. I have a small one that I keep on my handlebars.
43. Child seat
If you’re bringing your little one with you on a ride, a child seat is a great way to transport them. I have a miniature seat that sits in front of me to take my youngest on rides.
44. Storage stand
A storage stand is a great way to keep your bike clean and organized. It’s also useful for storing your bike in a small space. I store my bike in a stand in my garage.
45. Bike cover
A bike cover is a great way to protect your bike from the elements. It’s also helpful in keeping your bike clean and dust-free. I have a cover for my bike when it’s not in use.
A trainer is a great way to stay in shape during the off-season. It’s also useful for warming up before a race. I have a small trainer that I use in my living room.
47. Chain cleaner
Source: mountainFLOW eco-wax
A chain cleaner is a great way to keep your drivetrain clean. It’s also helpful in extending the life of your chain. I have a small chain cleaner that I use after every ride.
48. Bike wash
A bike wash is a great way to keep your bike clean. It’s also helpful in removing dirt and grime from your drivetrain. I have a small bike wash that I use after every ride.