Ride planning

Spontaneous rides are really fun, until something goes wrong. Here are some pointers to help you prepare for that 2-hour ride which turns into an all-day epic.

Avoidance is better than cure
Pre-, during and post-ride tips
Be safe when fixing things
Don’t just jump into a repair – check for general safety, check people, then check bikes.
If you can’t ride out…
Sometimes the bike really is trashed, or someone is injured too badly.
Things you should carry
Like a good boy scout, be prepared.

Emergency substitutions
What to use instead of real tools and parts if you don’t have it with you on the trail.