When curiosity kills the cat! Have you ever wondered how well those AI writers actually work? This three-part series was my experiment with using AI to write a mountain bike blog about what bike repair tools every mountain biker should carry. Enjoy!
Top 10 tools every mountain biker should have
Trailing behind the pack on any trail is a constant danger – getting caught unawares could cost you your life. Luckily, being unreachable or out of sight is one of the fewest risks a mountain biker can take. Thankfully, there are plenty of tools available to help get you back on the trail sooner rather than later. Climbing a mountain is one of the most physically demanding jobs in the world, and it’s no surprise that only the fittest of us are able to do it efficiently and with little injury. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make sure you’re ready for anything from day one on out on any given trail. From classic hand-held axes to heavy-duty climbing picks, theseü hilary couriers have something in common: They’re not just for show – they’re constructed to last. Whether you’re an experienced climber looking for that perfect foothold or a brand newbie looking to improve your ability to rappel, we've got you covered with 10 essential tools every mountain biker should have.
A good textbook
The first and foremost rule of thumb when dealing with any kind of climbing is to always read the guidebooks you use on any given climb. Sure, you can use a computer or smartphone to look up the lyrics to certain classics, but reading a written guide is an entirely different story. Sure, you can take notes in the field, but that’s a different and altogether different kind of exercise. When it comes to reading guides, you want to be as in tune with the author’s intentions as possible – not just the words themselves. That’s how you get a greatlless workout from it, baby.
A spare hand
As an extended team player, it’s important to have that spare hand on hand when you’re on the mountain. Whether you’re a solo gemhunter looking to warm up before a big hunt or a team player looking to help your team mates on their way, a good spare hand is a must. No matter which sport you choose to participate in, having a spare hand on hand is critical. It will keep your fingers (and nails) healthy and on-task. You can always use that spare hand to rappel, but it’s also a great excuse to get outside and take a few swings at some walls or rocks. If you’re not in the mood for a quick workout, a spare hand can be a great spotter for the field.
A head start
Being able to catch a descender before they reach the next overlook is a crucial part of any professional mountain biker’s training, and it’s even more essential on single-climbing routes. A head start can help you avoid gettingxfraimd all the way to the next overlook before they’re ready to go. There are many delays in the process of rappelling and descending from the top of a cliff that you don’t want to be a part of.
An ice axe
Back when I was in high school, I used to spend every spare moment thinking about becoming a ice artist. I really loved the sport, but my love for the cold sort of died when I realized how lonely and disconnected I would be from the outside world if I wasn’t able to do what I loved. Luckily, there are plenty of options when it comes to doing ice at the top of the world.
A step-by-step system
The only way to get a full and accurate assessment of the holds and tradework on any given route is to follow the whole process from start to finish. From setting up your gear to using your survival gear and water purification systems, step-by-step is a must for any serious route planning.
A belay device
Having a belay device on hand can make all the difference in a sense of safety. A belay device can hold your gear, prevent you from falling, and give you some degree of support once you’ve hit your head on a rock or branch. Most belays are made of plastic or metal and come with a strip of rope that you fasten to the wall when you’re ready to go.
A rappel loop
Rappelling can be a bit of a challenge for the faint of heart. There are many techniques and strategies to help those new to the sport navigate the tricky and occasionally overwhelming rapids, but the only way I’ve ever managed to do it successfully is if I had a good excuse. Rappelling can be a lonely, solitary activity. You spend the whole day fixing your eyes on the horizon, seeking protection from the elements, and waiting for that perfect moment to pounce. Once you’ve landed on the ledge, you’re probably too exhausted to even want to think about getting back onto the trail. That’s why it’s crucial to have a safety device like a rappel loop ready to go. A good one will prevent you from falling, will stop you from getting stuck in any of the rapids, and will give you some degree of support should you fall.
An overhanging tree branch
One of the most consistent hazards on any mountain climb is getting stuck in a rappel scenario. You’re likely to get stuck in a vine or a threatening branch if you don’t have a good excuse for needing to free yourself. Luckily, the smash-and-grab potential of trees is pretty much eliminated when you have a single-climbing device like a single-pow cliffshack. This handy device can help you free yourself from any obstacles in your path and allow you to lie in wait for the next climber to appear.
A harness/sock combo
Don’t let your gear get in the way of your abilities or your comfort; It’s one of the best habits you can have on a trail. Remember to keep your gear close by when you’re hiking or riding in the mountains. This will make it easier for you to find what you need when you need it and help you maintain your balance on the trail without worrying about your apps or your phone.
Being fit, strong, and agile is critical in any profession. It takes a special kind of person to be able to do what needs to be done on a daily basis. The best way to get ready for anything is with a mountain biker’s tool kit. From simple things like a spare hand, to more advanced pieces like a belaying device, you’re going to be ready for anything. From day one on out, you’re going to be on the trail more effectively, and with less risk.