FANNY PACK BASICS (borrowed from Dick Burleson, the most fantastic guy on the planet)
A fanny pack prepared for a hare scrambles race will have the minimum tools and spares, because riders have access to major tools at the pit area. When it comes time for dual-sport riding and enduro racing, however, you must be prepared better. The most important addition to the basic race pack is flat-tire-fixing equipment.
I use different compartments of my fanny pack for different types of spares. The little zippered pouch inside is great for spare nuts, bolts, and chain pieces. The big outside pouch is for gloves, flat-tire-fixing stuff, handkerchief, flashlight and snacks. I use the zippered belt pockets for my compass and Leatherman multipurpose tool on one side, license and money on the other. For water, I use a camelback.
It really is amazing how much can be fixed on the trail with very few tools or spares. I sometimes rob nuts or bolts from somewhere else on the machine to jury-rig (we call it "MacGyver") things back together to get home. Like a sturdy pair of boots and a good helmet, a well prepared fanny pack can make the difference between an epic adventure and a nightmare.
1. Universal wrench. Fits front and rear axle nuts, spark plug socket and a few other nut sizes.
2. Spark plug socket wrench.
3. Assortment of combination wrenches: 8,10,12,14mm.
4. 5 and 6mm Allen wrenches.
5. Small needle-nose Vise Grip.
6. 10 nylon zip ties.
7. Spare chain link and master link(s)
8. 5, 6, and 8mm nuts and bolt combinations.
9. Clean handkerchief.
10. Power Bar
12. Emergency contact information, insurance card
13. Two Tire Irons
14. Tire pump or CO2 system and pressure gauge
15. Tire patches, glue and scraper
16. Spare 3.00 x 21 tube (can be used in both front and rear tires in emergency)
18. Screwdrivers, (both phillips and standard)
19. Blistex or other lip protector
20. Spare spark Plugs
21. Safety Wire
22. Detailed map of area
23. 3 feet of 3/8 inch tubing (for moving gas from one bike to another, connect the two
EXTRAS AND OPTIONS
- Sturdy Rope or Tow Strap
- Compact First Aid Kit
- Small container of Dish Soap (for seating tires and washing hands)
- Sturdy Paper Towels (for clean up, and TP)
- Length of Electrical Tape
- Glove Liners
- Rain Jacket (for unexpected showers and cold)
- Spare levers, clutch perch, compression release, etc.
- "Quicksteel" (for patching holes in cases(MS Racing))
Be certain, for example, that your axle nut wrench actually fits your axle nut. Same with plug wrench. Have EXACT spare master links for your chain. Any goofy special tools required for trailside repairs on your particular bike? Replace tired cable, chain, tires, or missing hardware prior to the ride or suffer later. Learn how to fix a flat in the comfort of your garage, not a mosquito-laden trail. Stay to the right on all trails and fireroads to avoid an ugly head-on. Learn to be resourceful, self-reliant, and knowledgeable about basic bike repairs and trailside fixes.