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What do you have on your bike or with you before you hit the trails?


Frank Angerano

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Hello everyone, back from a crazy few months of riding, hunting and fishing! So I’ve added a storage bag to one of my bikes and loaded it up pretty good before we went out into the woods/trails etc.  My son questioned me and said what do we need all that junk for?  I told him you never know  maybe a flat tire water etc.

Needless to say that junk came in handy.   So my question to everyone that hits the trails is what do you have or recommend to maybe take with you before you go? And what would be the one most important thing that’s a must have? 

And also any recommendations on a  storage bag that’s not so costly and performs the best? I like my bag but not very good .

 

 

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I agree with @mikeexplorer, that's a good list and I always bring snacks, food, and water. I don't have jumper cables, but that's a good idea. Maybe some cigars and phone charger, extra clothes if its going to be muddy. Out of mechanical, most important to me is the plug kit and a compressor because that'll stop you from going anywhere if you have a puncture.

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Plug  kit  and compressor  here  too.  Along with a multi-driver  screw  drive, spark plug  wrench,  pliers, A  home  made  set of ATV  jumper  cables, and  a small  set of  common combination  wrenches.  I  also have  a  tow  strap and 12v to  5v USB  plug and USB   A  to  mini  and  micro USB  cables to  charge  cell  phones and accessories, and finally,  a small  LED  flashlight.  It  sounds like  a  lot  when  listed  but all   those  fit in the  built in  storage  compartment in the rear. I  also  have  a compact  shovel  and  hatchet  strapped to the front  rack. I  have  a  cheap  saddle bag that  fits over  the  gas tank  to  carry  gloves, clear  and  sun  glasses.  I  added  two  accessory  sockets  to  my  quad,  one  front  and one rear  to  power my  GPS and any  other 12v accessory I  might  have  with me  on any outing.

That  is the  basic,  always  on the  quad, set up. Anything else  I carry  depends on the  outing.

 

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So I added a new feature to my bag! I was at an army store today and found this cool little collapsible military shovel that folds up and also is a pick axe ⛏ and saw as well as a compass on the top of the handle. It folds up in this little pouch and fit right in the storage back! Never know when you need to dig a trench! Lol just sayin. 

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I know a lot of people use their phones with apps now for mapping but a decent GPS unit is far better to use. When your running the GPS sensors in the phone all the time, I find the battery is used much faster, plus a phone won't hold up to dust, mud, & water depending on where your riding.

I use a Garmin Oregon 340t which was $450 back in its day (not cheap) but it has features I use. A set of AA batteries will last over 12 hours with continuous use. It resists dust and rain with no problems. Cheaper units can be found for a reasonable price that would have the needed features such as marking waypoints and tracking. 

 

Mike

 

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