Monday, September 17, 2012

Camelbak, Tube, Tools, BNB Bike Carrier etc

If you were a boyscout, cadet or similar discipline personnel, you probably be taught of some survival skills when stranded in sparse population area. Likewise, mountain biking is (offroad) not as simple as road biking (on road), one needs to be equipped with some basic tools in order to have a pleasant ride experience in the natural. 

What is the most important stuff for survival? No doubt it's water...


The Camelbak 2012 Lobo 3L (100 oz) hydration pack. It features a removable reservoir but also designed for quick refill without taking out the reservoir...


I like this over the other similar or smaller packs because:
  • BPA free reservoir. I "nose-tested" it to ensure no "plastic smell" before I buy. Hehe...
  • It comes with additional compartments for storage of personal belongings, bike tools, spare tube and pump as well as a strap (the Lobo brand) for safety light clipon.
  • Its compact design compare to other 3L pack (such as M.U.L.E model). Travel light is essential.

 

Check out the videos for its unique features...




Mud and dust are inevitable when going offroad, it would be heart ache to see the RM300+  hydration pack gets stained. I applied water proofer to improve its water/mud/dust resistance...


The water proofer can be easily obtained from sport/outdoor outlets i.e. Royal Sporting House. Of course good to spray on the shoes as well.

Now one can survive, how about the bike? The most vulnerable part on the bike should be the chain...


And the tire...


I should say the tube. Burst or deflated tyre happens quite often when offroad, therefore carry a spare tube with necessary tools is a must. Chain repair is also quite often in mountain biking, a "Swiss Army" (aka multitools) specifically for basic bike repair is required in such repair.

If you are a spoilt urban concrete guy like me, these patches probably let you enjoy the ride better...


The anti mosquitoes patch. Hehe...

Not to forget the bike carrier. I prefer rear than roof...


The BNB BC-6301-3E universal rear bike carrier. It can be mounted to most sedans and also SUV...



I find this carrier is easy to install and very solid built that can hold the bikes firmly. BNB is a mid range rear bike carrier priced at RM300+, there are RM180+ carriers and of course the well known Thule products that start from RM500+. Roof carrier might be my preference if I change car. My FD is 5 years old, still undecided whether to change or to maintain. This is also the reason I bought the rear bike carrier for now.

Look like I am fully prepared and equipped now. I hope I will have airtime to share my offroad experiences in future.

Let's bike, go eco and live healthy! :)