There's a lot of truth here. I've only been riding single track for about 5 years, weekly for the most part since i got into it, but i've ran into maybe a good 15-20 bikers that i've had to help while on the trail. most had no tools at all for trail side fixes, or the know how to fix..... loose stems... loose seat posts... flat tires a plenty.... broken shifter cables.... derailleur adjustments....And, if you buy tools....know how to use them!!!
And, a huge and.... learn how to change a flat tire. I personally use CO2 but if time is not a factor a small tire pump will work. It just takes a lot of time and effort. Always carry a tire repair kit and plan on using it.
Know how to fix a chain. I have broken countless chains and if you don't have the tools or know how to fix one you are screwed.
You can rides on flats (the old leaf method actually works fine) but no chain is no go unless you are riding all downhill.
A small set of Park Allen wrenches.
Over my 20+ year career I have replaced every component on my bikes due to wear and tear, accidents, and generally stupidity. I have broken or wore out everything over time.
If you use tubes know that your spare tube is good. Don't trust that it is unless you know.
Make sure all hardware is tight.
Just like snowmobiling, the goal is to always get back.
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oddly enough i have not broken a chain. maybe i'm not strong enough of a biker? idk but i carry master links with me just in case.
The Ebike thing is kind of ridiculous. If it gets somebody off the couch and back on the trails i'm all for it. I'll never own one as it feels like cheating to me though. I am looking to get one for my wife as one of the reasons she doesn't like to ride with me is that she can't keep up, if an ebike can over come that then it gets her out on the trails as well.
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