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Old 03-17-14, 02:32 PM
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Things I hadn't thought of...

My friend, who got a mountain bike a few months ago, recommended a pouch for phone and wallet, a tire patch kit, a Camel Hydration Pack, and padded shorts. I have some questions I thought I might get some help with here.

1) The pouch: I have seen them attached to the rear seat and the handle bars. Which one would be preferable?

2) I have seen tire patch kits and tire sealant: Which one would be preferable?

3) Camel Hydration Pack: They seem kind of expensive. Is there a preferred model, style, or brand?

4) Padded shorts: Highly recommended when I first start out. Do the casual fitting padded shorts work well?

Thanks!
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Old 03-17-14, 04:00 PM
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1) None of them, see 3).

2) Park tool makes a decent small kit with self adhesive patches, better still to carry a spare tube. Don't forget a means of reinflation. Don't mess with "after the flat" sealants.

3) Whichever fits you most comfortably while meeting your needs for liquid capacity and storage of items from 1) and 2)

4) when you say "casual fitting" do you mean the padded liner itself or the overshort? The former should always be snug fitting. I buy padded liners separate and wear whatever I like over the top.

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Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
1) None of them, see 3).

2) Park tool makes a decent small kit with self adhesive patches, better still to carry a spare tube. Don't forget a means of reinflation. Don't mess with "after the flat" sealants.

3) Whichever fits you most comfortably while meeting your needs for liquid capacity and storage of items from 1) and 2)

4) when you say "casual fitting" do you mean the padded liner itself or the overshort? The former should always be snug fitting. I buy padded liners separate and wear whatever I like over the top.
Great information. Thank you very much cryptid01!
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Old 03-17-14, 06:06 PM
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I basically agree with what crypt said, but will comment on the following:
  1. I have a saddle pouch on my MTB just so it's always attached to the bike. If I go for a shorter ride and don't bother with the Camelbak, the tools are still there
  2. Yes on the spare tube. Make sure you also have plastic tire levers (plastic simply because they're lighter and won't damage the rim)
  3. What he said, although I will say the Blowfish is a pretty handy size

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Old 03-17-14, 07:11 PM
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I have a saddle bag because I like to keep a tube and patch kit in there all the time for the same reason as Zero7. I also don't like to put a lot of stuff in the Camelbak.

I like mountain biking with a padded liner and baggy hiking kind of shorts.
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Old 03-18-14, 12:32 PM
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I have 3 seasons on my Camelback M.U.L.E. Tons of room. I always carry a couple of tubes and sometimes a tire if I am going way out somewhere. I have some Park tools that Crypt mentions and first aid stuff as well. 4" square gauze patches and athletic tape, eye rinse. I want to be ready for real crap if I am an hour or two out.
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