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Old 01-24-10, 11:13 AM   #1
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Are back packs standard MTB attire these days.

I finally made it to Bootleg Canyon, a $2mil. MTB playground. What a rush!

I noticed that all the riders had back packs all the time. You never get more than ten miles from the campground. What do you carry in a backpack that you can't put in a seat bag and pockets in my baggy shorts?

If you ever get through Boulder City, NV. Bring your bike, tent and sleeping bag. The parking area was like a college Football Game tailgater. BBQs grillin, ice chests open, repairs going on. It was part of why MTBers are my crowd.

There 9 different MTB trails, 11 downhill tracks rated from Woosy to Expert Only. There also three cable slide, jumps, teeter totters and shuttle service to the top, for the real woosy pretenders.
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Old 01-24-10, 11:21 AM   #2
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I wouldn't say standard, but I notice a lot have them, because they are hydration packs.
A lot of people don't like water bottles on their frames, more stuff to break, crap (literately) gets all over your bottle, bottles fall out, etc. I like not having to deter my attention much to get a drink also, meaning I dont have to bend down, takes hands off bars, open bottle, etc. I've been lately carrying a bike specific multi tool that has everything I need from a chain hook and tool, to tire levers and hex keys and such, to a leatherman tool that has 2 knives and a saw on it, along with assorted tools and bits (has a screwdriver with changeable bits) and the pliers. Then I have a patch kit and a pump. Food as well, and my Vinyl biking jacket. sometimes I also carry a reflective belt for the night rides.
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im a fan of backpcks...water/food/camera/phone/keys/tools...if close to civilization...not so necessary aside from the tools...which i don't enjoy carrrying in pockets anyways 8)
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oh yea I carry my wallet/phone and when my camera wasnt broken, it too.
I lock my keys in my truck (key less entry is awesome)
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^^Same here. I also like to carry food and camera, since in the summer a lot of my rides are decent climbs
that get me up into alpine areas. The only rides I'll take without one are those from which I can walk
back from in a reasonable time if I get a flat or a mechanical problem. Is there a seat bag large
enough to carry an air pump?
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Alot of bikes do not have water bottle locations. camel baks are very comfortable to wear and do not hinder you really in any way and like everyone said you can bring all things you might need including an assload of water.
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I carry my ***, a change of underwear, my breathalyzer, a jar of peanutbutter, some fishing hooks, and a CPAP in mine.

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I don't like to be cold, so I tend to go out overdressed. I need a place to put my layers as I shed them.
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Rides under 1.5 hours = Zefal Magnum Bottle
Rides over 1.5 hours = Camelback
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Camel backs are the norm on Mountain bikes nowadays. Mainly for the hydration but I still have a wedge under the saddle that carrys tyre repair gear and a multitool. All the camelback is for is for water.
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I've been known to carry extra tires, tubes, a full first aid kit, fold-able tents and enough ration to survive three peeps for a couple days, just in case of getting turned around in the middle of no where.
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Camelbacks are the way to go, you don't have to reach down for a drink & you can carry your stuff. I have gotten into the habit of using my camelback when I ride my MTB & road bike. I just leave it packed & ready to go for a ride. I do get some strange looks from other riders when I am on my road bike.

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Thanks for the feedback and ideas. I have been wondering about first aid supplies. How much do you carry for 2+ hour trips. @10miles from the car? CPAP is a great idea, start there.

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Yeah, it seems that Camelbacks are the favored way to carry drinks and gear. Although I prefer bottles over getting my back all sweaty, a Camelback carries tons of water and more gear than any seat bag can.
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Yeah, it seems that Camelbacks are the favored way to carry drinks and gear. Although I prefer bottles over getting my back all sweaty, a Camelback carries tons of water and more gear than any seat bag can.
Yeah , we don't use camelbacks for the water. it's the storage, not all mountain bikers are raceing loops around a parking lot. Some MTB'er travel where there is no cell phone service, and to get turned around would be a bad thing at the least
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Yeah , we don't use camelbacks for the water. it's the storage, not all mountain bikers are raceing loops around a parking lot. Some MTB'er travel where there is no cell phone service, and to get turned around would be a bad thing at the least
I plan on exploring some terrain where I would neet a Camelback AND 2 large bottles... if I get around to it in time.
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Although I prefer bottles over getting my back all sweaty

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I got a pump, spare tube, multi-tool, two tire levers, sometimes a cell, water, food for longer rides, a couple of zip-ties, and a small flashlight for evening rides if I plan to be out at dusk.
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What is the point of a tire lever? I'm not saying they're are worthless, I just have never understood what purpose they serve. I have never had a problem changing a tube/tire with my hands only.
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^^ So you have wrestled a 2.5 wire-beaded Michelin Wildgripper DH off a rim with your bare hands? Whoa, those are some hands.
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Hahahha no I guess not lol I guess I have never seen anything other than my various kona trail tires and stuff.

doh I meant Kenda, not Kona

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What is the point of a tire lever? I'm not saying they're are worthless, I just have never understood what purpose they serve. I have never had a problem changing a tube/tire with my hands only.
They were made for roadies with no upper bodt strength, like me.
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