How To Be Prepared For Any Adventure With Your Mountain Bike


– A lot of us, such as myself, use my mountain bike as
predominately my everyday vehicle. But can we ramp up the fun factor if we had some storage available? You wouldn’t expect to use a single seated Formula 1 or racing car
as your everyday vehicle, so why do we expect the
same of our mountain bikes? So today we’re going to
look at some of the ways we can have fun and explore
on our mountain bikes with the advent of more and
more options for our frame bags. (upbeat music)
(logo slamming) As we all know, there is
a huge amount of variety of things available to us in
terms of storage solutions and on bike tools that might fit in various locations around the bike. Here at GMBN we are lucky enough
to be supported by Topeak. One of the great things about
having bags on your bike is those minimalist tools
are suddenly not so required. And unshackled by the constraints of space you can actually take some proper sized, real thorough toolage. So it should mean no matter
the problem on the trail you can always go home. Sometimes you get struck by
there’s mid-ride hunger pangs, and it’s nice to be able to pack something nice and substantial. Just the bare essentials
covered here today, naturally, but you probably could take
it to quite an extreme place with the amount of storage available. (upbeat music) You could say we have the
situation on lock down. (laughs) So some countries work in inches, others work in the metric system. It’s a little-known fact
that in Continental Europe a lot of places still rely on the baguette unit of measurement, and as you can see Topeak designed this handlebar bag with that in mind. It comes in at one baguette in its length, perfect for the demands of our
carb-loading mountain biking. Right, let’s take some measurements. So that’s how tall I am. (speaks in foreign
language), three and a 1/3. So that’s how tall I am. Now let’s go measure some jumps. (electric buzzer buzzing) (laughs) I’ve turned into Sean Connery! Let’s go measure some jumps.
(bell dings) One, two, three, four. Four baguettes. In another system that’s used, so metric, I’m a 183 centimeters. Some of you might be familiar with that. So 183 is three and 1/3 baguettes, that’s your conversion rate. So you can kind of work it out. Now if I was going bike
packing for overnight or multi-day trips then I
would realistically be reaching for a three bag set up just like this one. You might have sent Neil and
Blake when something similar. I think for my everyday riding the piece that really
captures my imagination is a frame bag. As long as it clears your linkage on your full suspension
bike, you’re away to go, and you’ve suddenly got so much storage it clears both your legs are pedaling and it just gives you more
options and versatility. What’s not to love? (upbeat music) Bloody hell. Oh my God, that is greasy. Bloody hell’s teeth. So when we’re choosing
how to carry our equipment a lot of people are thinking, “Well I already have a backpack.” And backpacks definitely
do have their place. And whether you go for a
backpack or a frame bag, well, that’s a really personal choice. I think the advantages of
having kit carried upon the bike is there’s no weight up high, it’s not going to get that kind
of sweat patches of err of doom. And, yeah, kind of just set and forget, and you’d have to worry about it. So if all the advantages of having a frame bag are so clear, why aren’t they more common? Well I think the elephant in the room is the slightly unconventional looks. But if you get one that
fits your frame well, so think of size and how it’s mounted, I think actually it looks all right. And, like I said, everything
is stored on there good to go and you don’t have to worry
about any weight on your person and it reduces the risk
of falling on something, such as a big old pump, in your backpack. So you’re in the market
for some frame bags, what kind of things you look for? As we mentioned previously,
compatibility and size are definitely a factor, but also it’s worth looking at things like if they’re waterproof or not. If you’ve got a nice jacket
stored in the frame bag, but then it’s soaking wet
the time you get to it it might not be that much used to you. But also it’s worth noting how much rear wheel travel you have and how low you run your saddle. Maybe, if you’re riding
steep technical terrain then a saddle bag isn’t one to go for and you should stick to
your frame or handlebar bag. (gentle upbeat music) Oh my God. So I’ve got my sleeping equipment. I’ve got a nice big warm jacket. And I’m ready to turn in for the evening. I also have quite the feast planned. Now how do you think
Loic Bruni got so strong? Well, it was the staple French diet of baguette and Merlot, of course. And, rumor has it, the
Mathieu van der Poel wouldn’t dream of hitting the start line without a few home brew Heinekens to give him some of that
famous Dutch courage. And for dessert, of
course, the fan favorite, well, at least my favorite, some Oreos. Now, realistically talking,
this might not be the food that you would normally expect
to eat on our bike rides, but here’s an interesting
topic to explore. A lot of the food we do
eat is space conscious, it’s made to be small and compact, such as your energy gels or energy bars. With the frame bag you’re not
held by those same limitations so it kind of opens up possibilities to be self-sufficient on bigger rides. Now, obviously, this has been
quite a light-hearted video, but I do hope I’ve been
reasonably informative about some of the choices we have to make when choosing our frame bags. Now if you want to
stick with bike packing, click down here to see Blake and Neil on a multi-day adventure. And click down here to see the best ways to store equipment and tools on your bike. As always, don’t forget
to like and subscribe and we’ll see you next time. Hope the bed bugs don’t bite.

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