Suggested Gear List
… a minimal list for beginning mountain bikers.
Mountain Bike: multi-speed or single speed. Bike designed for backcountry travel over rough terrain. This bike should be in good running order with lubed chain, working brakes, etc.
Bike tires: in good shape, designed for traveling in rough terrain, suggested minimum tire diameter of 1.95”.
Sealant for your tires/tubes comes so highly recommended that we might call it a requirement. Common brand name brands would be Slime or Stan’s, or Orange Seal, too!
Spare tubes with sealant. Carry at least 1 with you for shorter rides, 2 or more on longer excursions.
Pump for your tubes; carry with you on all rides.
Tire levers: to remove and install your tire after you have a flat tire.
Patch kit for your tubes, in case you run out of spare tubes on the ride.
Wrench: if you need one to take off your wheels.
Allen wrench/key set, with sizes to fit bolts on your bike, for tightening up those bolts that are bound to rattle loose.
Helmet; required on all group rides.
Sturdy shoes: suitable for cycling as well as hiking.
Gloves: suitable for hand protection as well as grip on your handlebar.
Eye Protection: shades or clear lenses.
Hydration Pack: recommend a pack with at least a 70 oz. capacity, 100 oz. for folks doing longer rides.
Water bottle(s) on bike: Some folks like to have electrolyte in a bottle for hydration supplement. Bring more water than you think you’ll need.
Snacks/food: enough to get you through the ride you have planned plus a bit more to share with friends that did not bring enough.
First Aid Kit is a great idea; bring a small kit with enough stuff to deal with small wounds, thorns, etc.