SAFETY GEAR – Helmet, Shady Eye Protection, Bandana
Helmet is a must. Many deaths have been avoided because of the good-ol helmet.
Shades or Eye Protection Glasses can be a life-saver in cases when the sun is up and in full power. It also feels shady even though the sun is a killer.
Shades can protect you from sore eyes and tree leaves that you might encounter on the trail.
Bandanas can work as protection from road pollution and mud from your front tire and can even work as head gear and sweat catcher.
BE HEARD. BE SEEN.
Having a bell on your bike can be UNCOOL. But you really want to know what is uncool?
Running over a dog or a chicken is really UNCOOL so you better be heard and seen by everyone as you come by.
Be seen at night by attaching a simple light on your handle bar. You will need it when you leave the house very early and when you arrive very late at night because you got lost or something.
NOURISHMENT. FOOD & WATER.
You may have money but nowhere to use it. Expect the unexpected.
Bring some candies to immediately combat the lack of sugar in your blood stream due to too much perspiration and activity. Salty nuts, biscuits and chocolates can be a big help and a life-saver.
Water can be ohh soo good out in the trails. Personally, I bring 3 liters with me all the time. 1 liter on the bike and 2 liters at my back. It is all worth it. You can even give some to a friend in need.
Water is very important. You may have no food but not water.
What’s the worse thing that you can expect on the trail that can stop you on your tracks aside from crashing?
YES! A Flat tire. So what we do is we bring an extra rubber tube. You cannot put this tube without tools. I recommend this all-in-one MTB tool from Merida. You can get other brands as long as they have the same features.
The MERIDA MTB TOOL separates into 2 tube extractors. You cannot do it in one so this 2-piece design is very nice.
The tool also has a chain cutter, flat and Philips screw driver and Allen wrenches needed for any MTB. As you may notice, to use the chain cutter, you will need the other part with the Allen Wrench to drive the chain cutter.
Most MTB tires have quick-release mechanisms so removing the tires will be easy. If you have the one with a nut, you have to bring a small adjustable wrench. And of course, the air pump. All is lost without the pump.
KNOW EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE.
I use this FREE PHONE APP called MAPS WITH ME. IT IS TOTALLY AN OFFLINE MAP.
No internet needed.
No load needed.
Can work even with invalid sim cards.
You can download your maps when you have internet, then view them offline. Any map around the world can be downloaded to your phone.
It uses the free GPS feature of any phone.
OPTIONAL THINGS that I BRING:
I bring this in case a dog or any other wild beast in the mountain chases me.
POCKET MULTI TOOL
This is very handy when you need to cut rope, tighten stuff and many things.
This is PINOY ADVENTURE RIDER. Thanks for reading.