The adventure of riding off-road and exploring is what makes it so appealing and fulfilling. I find that with the right preparation I am willing to dip further into the unknown to scratch the unsatisfiable itch of making it over the next mountain, around the next corner, or up the next canyon.
I am often riding with clients as well, and it is nice to have the necessary tools to make adjustments if need be.
The tools I carry are enough to get the job done while remaining light and low profile.
I choose a low profile, minimalist tool belt. The bulky, huge ones hinder movements and weigh me down. Plus, the bigger bag I have, the more shit I am automatically compelled to fill it with.
Once that baby is full, it weighs way to much and usually ends up staying at the truck, completely defeating the purpose.
I opt for the tool belt, rather than packing tools in my backpack or on my dirt bikes for several reasons.
I don't want to add any extra weight to my backpack that isn't necessary. The weight is up high and takes extra effort to hold the weight. I like to feel athletic on the bike. The tool belt brings that weight lower, and doesn't seem to bother me.
Different bikes - With different bikes in the stable, I don't like to pack all my tools on the bike.
Different hydration packs - Depending on the ride or race, I carry different hydration packs to accommodate the specific needs for that event.
Here are a few photos with a list of tools I carry...
Motion Pro Titanium Wrench Set - Beauteous little units. Lightweight and sturdy.
Knipex Allligator Pliers - These can handle anything from a 6mm bolt to an axle nut.
Leatherman Crunch - These bad boys can get you out of trouble.
KTM Tool Kit - The T-handle and assorted bits that come with a new KTM are essential to a solid tool kit.
Allens - An old school mountain bike Allen key set has the necessary Allen's to get me through.
Trail Bound Bolt pouch - I carry spare bolts, two master links and some random hardware.
Hose clamp - You never know! These work great to fix a broken master cyclinder perch.
Zip Ties - Obviously.
I have had great luck with this setup. The only thing I might add would be a piece of hose with a fuel connector for a KTM. With this, you can hook it up to the fuel line coming from the gas tank and pump fuel from one bike to another if you need to.
My favorite saying - Chance favors the prepared.
Be the guy with the shit that can get you out of trouble. Be self reliant.
If you have anything you think I should add to my kit, make sure and comment below.
I hope this helps! Have fun and as always...