July 26, 2011
There's a new mountain bike course here in Missoula and we're all having fun getting out on it! However, with the large number of scary bumps and crazy pitches, I've been adding something else to my usual carry-along stock of tubes, tire levers, etc. After a nasty little spill awhile ago, I've decided to carry a basic first-aid kit with me as well.
The Ultralight Medical Kit has everything you need for the most common biking injuries, and it comes in a nice, watertight case. When I run out of band-aids or first aid cream, I just replenish them! I know it can seem like extra trouble to carry a first aid kit, but when the need arises, you'll always be glad you have it.
Photo number 1 by Tom Robertson. Photo number 2 by Adventure Medical Kits.
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It only took me 15 years of mountain biking to finally realize that I should carry a first aid kit. I started with the AMK kits, but I wanted something small enough for a jersey pocket and with items such as sunscreen, lip balm, and basic emergency gear. I developed my own kits and they are now available at http://www.palespruce.com/OutThere_Kits/
We seem to always carry bike repair items and ignore the first aid aspect, but both are important to remaining safe on the trails.