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Mountain Biking in the Alps differs from riding cross country routes in the local woods in many ways. Generally if something goes wrong you are much further from civilisation and due to the unforgiving nature of the terrain the chances of something going wrong can be quite high. It pays off to be well prepared before heading out into the Alps with your bike. Having the parts and the tools to to make as many repairs as possible to your bike (and yourself!) is advisable.

On a a day tour in the Alps its handy to have the following in your back pack.

Personal
  • Water or Sports Drink
  • Energy Bars
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof clothing (packable)

Safety
  • First Aid kit
  • Mobile Phone
  • Map
 Bike Repair
  • Tyre levers
  • Spare tubes x2 (even if you are running tubeless tyres)
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Park tool tyre boots
  • Pump
  • Shock Pump
  • Bike Multi-tool
  • Multi-tool with a pliers
  • Spare chain links x2
  • SRAM Golden Link x2
  • Spare brake pads
  • Spare dérailleur hanger



While this may seem like a lot to carry for a day on your bike it can mean the difference between a break down being a minor inconvenience or it turning into a potentially dangerous epic.
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