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We See You Adventurer: This is The Mountain Bike Backpack For You

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We See You Adventurer: This is The Mountain Bike Backpack For You

When selecting a mountain bike backpack, it can sometimes be hard to decide which one to get, especially with so many styles and sizes to choose from. You want one that’s optimized to carry gear, snacks, tools, and water as comfortably and efficiently as possible. Good news! At Two Wheel Gear, we have some of the best styles of mountain bike backpacks on the market. 

The Adventurer Checklist: What To Wear Mountain Biking and More

When it comes to what to wear while mountain biking, comfort, weather conditions, where you ride, what season you ride in, and personal style all factor in the decision. For example, trail riders and downhill riders tend to wear baggier clothes (loose-fitting shorts, padded Lycra shorts, loose-fitting jerseys), whereas cross-country riders will wear full Lycra. 

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When figuring out what to wear mountain biking, here are some must-have items:

  • A helmet designed specifically for mountain biking: These helmets usually have an integrated peak to keep sun and rain out of your eyes, deflect low hanging branches, and sit lower around the back and sides of the head to provide better coverage. 
  • A pair of glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from the sun’s glare and any debris thrown up by your front wheel (i.e. mud, dust). We recommend wearing glasses with an interchangeable lens and multiple lens options (i.e. a clear lens is suitable for riding in dark conditions). 
  • A jersey: A short-sleeve jersey is best for keeping cool in the summer, but a long-sleeve jersey offers more protection for your arms (from the sun, nettles, thorns, and branches). 
  • Shorts, liner shorts and baggy shorts: Padded shorts made of lightweight material or mesh offer protection from rough terrain while repeatedly getting in and out of the saddle. Road cycling bib shorts with a chamois pad are ideal on their own or as liner shorts. Baggy shorts are usually knee-length and made of stretchy material or a robust tear-resistant fabric with stretch panels around the back to allow for a range of motion. 
  • Waterproof/water-resistant trousers: Hugely helpful in muddy conditions, riding trousers will keep you dry, warm and stop you from getting caked in mud. Trousers made from hardshell fabrics will be waterproof but not very breathable, whereas water-resistant trousers, made from softshell fabric, offer an improved fit and durability. 
  • Knee pads and other protection, including body armour, such as elbow pads and back protectors.
  • Gloves: Full-fingered gloves are a favourite as they provide more comprehensive protection from crashes and undergrowth than mitts. Gloves also help with grip as the palm is designed to provide extra traction on the handlebars.
  • Socks: Long socks protect the shins and calves from scratches and cuts from the undergrowth or the pedals themselves. Waterproof socks are a must-have for riding in wet conditions, and lightweight, breathable socks help keep the feet cool in the summer. 
  • Shoes: The proper mountain biking shoes help you feel secure when riding over rough ground and allow you to pedal efficiently up challenging, technical climbs. There are two options available: flat pedals (come with a mechanism that connects a cleat on the sole of the shoe to the pedal) and clipless pedals (have a recessed cleat and a chunky tread to allow you to walk a little more typically). Flat pedal shoes look similar to skate shoes or trainers and have lace-up fastening. 
  • Jacket: A lightweight shell is made of water-resistant material designed to offer wind and rain protection while still retaining breathability through mesh panels or perforations in the fabric. A hybrid jacket combines water repellency, warmth, and breathability and is made from a softshell or padded material. It is less packable than a lightweight shell A fully waterproof jacket has a looser fit than a waterproof road cycling jacket to accommodate layers and allow greater freedom of movement.

11 Tools & Gear You Need for Your Camping/Mountain Trip

When deciding which mountain bike backpack to take on your trip, an important consideration is whether it will hold the tools and gear you need for your camping/mountain trip. We always say you can’t go wrong by following this list of 11 Tools & Gear:

  1. Navigation: map, compass, altimeter, GPS device, personal locator beacon (PLB) or satellite messenger
  2. Headlamp plus extra batteries, flashlight, or lantern
  3. Sun protection: sunglasses, sun-protective clothes and sunscreen
  4. First aid including foot care and insect repellent 
  5. Knife plus a gear repair kit
  6. Fire matches, lighter, fuel or stove
  7. Shelter carried at all times (can be a lightweight emergency bivy)
  8. Extra food, water, and weather-appropriate clothes
  9. Tent and necessary accessories: rope, tent poles, stakes and a rain fly, plus a sleeping bag
  10. Toilet paper 
  11. A Commute Backpack bike bag to store it all

Staying Safe On Your Hike and How Can A Commute Backpack Help

At Two Wheel Gear, we’ve heard our fair share of stories about bike rides going south, whether that’s due to a flat tire, or worse, unresponsive brakes. That’s why it’s important always to give your bike a thorough maintenance check to enjoy a safe, smooth, and stress-free cycling trip. Click HERE for a handy maintenance checklist. In addition to ensuring your bike is the top working condition before heading out, you also want to make sure you’ve got somewhere to store your tools and gear on your trip safely. A commute backpack can help. 

What is A Commute Backpack Bike Bag?

A bike Commute Backpack bag is a trapezoid-shaped single compartment mountain bike backpack with 26L worth of roomy, increased comfort and air ventilation, and protection from the weather. Cycling bags are ideal for hauling heavier items, especially for rides over 15 minutes. A commute backpack bag can hold your commute top tube bag or commute seat bag  using our Modular Attachment System. 

How Does The Two Wheel Gear Commute Backpack  Support The Mountain Biker?

Our Commute Backpack (26L) is an ideal mountain bike backpack when enjoying the best mountain biking in Canada. Loaded with organization pockets and featuring a Modular Attachment system, you’ll have ample room to store all your tools and gear, helmets, extra gear, and bags. If your laptop is also making the trek, you can rest assured it will be kept safe and sound in a 15” padded laptop pouch, even when riding on rough terrain. Speaking of safety, a reflective design with a loop for a light and a fluorescent rain cover will ensure you are visible at all times, mountainside or otherwise. 

Additional features include:

  • Sternum and removable waist strap
  • Bottle and U-Lock pockets with security strap
  • Reflective design with loop for light
  • The M.A.S. top hooks double as a helmet attachment or for hooking extra gear

Bonus: Best Mountain Biking In Canada – All The Locations to Add to Your Bucket List

Rossland, BC. Mont St Anne, Quebec. Hardwood Hills, ON. Burns Lake, BC. Le P’tit Train du Nord, QC. Bromont, QC. Jasper National Park, AB. Whistler, BC. If you’ve biked in any of these locations, you’ve already experienced some of the Best Mountain Biking in Canada. If you haven’t, all of these locations are ones to add to your bucket list

If you’re a fan of international travelling, we’ve rounded up five overseas cycling trips that also deserve a spot on your bucket list. Click HERE to view the list. 

We’d love to hear what other locations are on your mountain biking bucket list. Tell us in the comments below. 

Shop our entire line of Bike Backpacks HERE. Questions? Give us a call anytime at 1-604-559-1210.

 

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