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5 Favourite Items I Carry In My Mountain Bike Bag

I watched a lot of YouTube videos before I bought my bag and it was all very helpful to see what everyone else was carrying. I try not to carry too much stuff as I don’t like the extra weight but here’s a short list of some of my favourite items.

Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack

+ 10 L
+ 1.41 LBS
+ PERSIAN BLUE

I bought this pack after watching BKXC’s review of his Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack and so far I’ve been very happy with the pack, especially all the storage options that it has. I went with the smaller Raptor 10 and I’ve found it to be more than adequate for what I carry and the 3L water bladder is enough for even the hottest days.

The one thing I don’t like and that is the wire mesh doesn’t sit far enough away from the back panel of the pack. This means when you wear it there is very little airflow between your back and the back panel of the pack, making it very hot in the summer. I’ve seen other packs with more separation between the mesh and the back of the pack and I wish mine had this design.

Things I Like:

  • Lots of storage pockets
  • Magnetic bite valve is handy
  • Tool belt is useful
  • Helmet carrying thingy

Things I Don’t Like:

  • Back panel gets hot
  • No bite valve cover

Halo II Headband

I am one of those people who never gets cold and am very comfortable during the Great Canadian Winters. The flip side to this is that I don’t do well in hot climates and can overheat very easily. One side affect of this is that when biking in the summer I tend to get a lot of sweat running down my face and into my eyes.

To combat this I’ve tried a number of different options such as wearing a headband or a bandana under the helmet but the problem with both these options were that they made my head even hotter and thus I ended up sweating more!

There was nothing I could do about the sweat but what I wanted was a solution that kept it out of my eyes. Enter the Halo II Headband. This little gem has been a lifesaver for cycling in the summer.

The unique properties of this headband is the silicone SweatBlock seal that channels the sweat towards the side of the head, away from the eyes and face. I was a little sceptical at first but it really does work well and being so small and light it fits nicely snugly under my helmet. I can’t say enough good things about this headband and highly recommend it to anyone who can’t stand sweat getting in your eyes when you’re riding.

CLIF BAR – Energy Bars

I always carry a few energy bars with me to eat on the trail. I’ve tried many different health bars but I usually come back to the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clif Bar! It’s probably crammed with sugar and not very good for me but it’s damn good!

If anyone has a suggestion for other bars to try let me know!

Tools To Keep Me Rolling

I try to carry an assortment of tools to fix common repair repair issues that come up on the trail. This includes, extra tubes, tire levers, pump, derailleur hanger, etc. It’s amazing how much stuff I have to carry around with me on my rides and I can understand the trend towards hip packs or on bike storage. I’m not stuck in the 80’s so I won’t be buying a fanny pack but the on bike storage options that are being developed now are very interesting.

Topeak D2 Smart Digital Pressure Gauge

I’m such a nerd that I love this little digital tire gauge that tells me exactly how much PSI I have in my tires. Hmm, do I want 28.2 or 29.4 psi?

Genuine Innovations Tubeless Tackle Kit

Despite the exorbitant shipping costs to Canada this is a pretty handy item. Their ‘bacon strip’ tire plugs work well and are easy to carry in this tube.

Planet Bike Shockmate 2.0 Shock Pump

The reviews on this pump are mixed but I haven’t had any issues with it and I’ve found that carrying a shock pump to be very useful.

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