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DC Dirt Camp Dirt Bike Rental and Optional New Rider Class x Babes in the Dirt East

Alright ladies! We have a rental option open for you for Babes in the Dirt East and since its limited, you had better act fast! DC Dirt Camp has everything you need to get your boots dirty including bike, gear, and even optional instruction that is included in your rental price! Read the below entirely and if you have ANY questions and / or are ready to rent, please contact DC Dirt Camp directly as they will help you get dialed in and ready for Babes in the Dirt East as all info, contact, etc is found in this blog post :)

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Meet DC Dirt Camp’s Owner and Head Coach BJ Hessler MSF Coach

Owner and head coach BJ Hessler is currently based outside of Washington, DC but has lived all over the US including Rochester NY, Boston MA, and Denver CO. She has been riding road bikes for over 20 years and dirt bikes/ADV bikes for about 6 years. Her 2015 motorcycle tour through Patagonia fanned the flames of her desire to lead tours and teach off-road riding skills. She has been a snowboard instructor, yoga teacher as well as a student of myriad disciplines both academic and athletic. BJ got started teaching the MSF Basic Dirt Bike Curriculum as an assistant coach with Xplor-Int in Nottingham, PA in 2017. She received her Motorcycle Safety Foundation Dirt Bike Coach certification in Mendocino, CA early Spring 2018. She has also had numerous off-road coaches along the way. From the outstanding staff at BMW Academy’s off road school on big bikes, to Danny Walker’s American Super Camp on small dirt bikes, to her extensive training with Pat Jaques of ADV Woman on all sorts of bikes, big and small.

Soooo What Will I Learn if I Opt into Classes with BJ?

DC Dirt Camp aims to help students not only learn to ride, but also to gain confidence and practice resilience; character traits that will prepare students to face life on life’s terms. Mastering the basics on a motorcycle can be empowering, fulfilling and fun! Starting out on a dirt bike is by far less intimidating than learning on a street bike first. The grass, protective gear, and relatively light weight of most dirt bikes make them ideal for new riders. We start with the absolute basics: what all the parts of the bike are and what they do. Then quickly move onto controlling the bikes using the hand controls, especially the clutch. We work through a progressive series of closed range exercises where one skill builds on the prior with lots of practice time on each new drill. Once the clutch us understood, we will work on shifting gears, standing on the pegs, and working toward smaller radius turns, balance, throttle and continuous clutch control as the class progresses. We leave some time at the end for free riding as well with your rental bike. Small class sizes allow for individual coaching and feedback over the 3-4 hours of instruction. Each student will be pushed but also supported and encouraged.

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Alright! This Sounds Rad, Give Me All the Details!

  1. No prior experience required, just a good attitude toward learning and personal growth! What's included: Dirt bike, fuel, helmet, goggles, elbow pads, shin/knee pads, and free t-shirt, tank top or hat of your choice!

  2. What you need to provide yourself: Long sleeve shirt, pants, over-the-ankle-boots, gloves

  3. No prior motorcycle/dirt bike experience required for class. Hopefully student can and has ridden a bicycle successfully prior to coming to class. If renting a bike without taking the optional class, proficiency with a manual motorcycle clutch, balance/traction in dirt and other basic skills of safely riding off-road is expected and required

  4. To register, CLICK HERE and scroll to "Special Events". Select the day/time you'd like to rent a bike/take class and fill in the form. Payment will be collected at time of registration via credit card. No refunds for cancellations, and rental is non-transferable to other people or other time slots. Please be prompt and arrive at least 15 minutes before your rental time/class starts to ensure all forms are signed and to get geared up. Hydrate before class and/or bring a Camel Pak.

Still need more info? No problem! The quickest way to reach BJ by email info@dcdirtcamp.com

DC Dirt Camp



Thousand Oaks Powersports Talks "Buddy System" & How to Prepare for the Unexpected

So you’re about to head out on the trails with some friends. The weather is perfect, the coffee shop got your order just the way you like it. The store you hit up the night before was having a 2 for 1 deal on your favorite trail snacks. Your new Fox moto kit is looking fresh, and your goggle strap is the envy of everyone in your group. You took the time out to prepare your bike before your ride and it’s running perfect. The universe is smiling down on you!

“For me, when everything goes wrong – that's when adventure starts” - Yvon Chouinard

Photo by Genevieve Davis for Husqvarna

Photo by Genevieve Davis for Husqvarna

Before you set out on your next adventure make sure you’ve packed a few essentials to keep your ride going. Even if you don’t know anything about working on bikes or how to use certain tools and aids properly, bring them. Chances are someone might come along who’s been there and done that. Also, NEVER RIDE ALONE. Develop a plan with your group to make sure nobody gets left behind and nobody gets lost. Trail rides are way more fun when everybody makes it back to base.

Here is a list of things to bring with you on rides. When you’re riding in a group you can divide the gear up so you can distribute the weight evenly between each rider. Also, there are great fender and tail bags that can take the weight off your shoulders.

I have used every single thing on this list at one time or another so I don’t leave without any of this gear.

I once did a solo trip through Utah and Colorado (yes, I know, never ride alone) and used nearly every one of these items on other people’s bikes. It’s a great feeling when you can help someone else get going.

A Plan. Know where you’re riding and who you are riding with. Make sure everybody understands the routes and checkpoints. Also make sure everyone has the proper gear and someone who isn’t going on your adventure knows where you are going. That can be a friend, relative, park ranger, anybody who wants to see you again.

Hydration. Whether you use a hydration style backpack or some other device make sure you bring water. A good hydration pack will also leave room for tools and things you may need on the trail.

Snacks. Because snacks.

Spare Tube. If you only bring one spare tube make it a front tube, It will work for the rear tire as well. Everybody in the group needs to bring their own spare tube.
Tire Repair Kit. The rubber cement that comes in some of these kits can also help in other applications.

Tire Irons. Two tire irons are good but three is better. Again, you can split up the weight between riders. Maybe you've never changed a tube in a tire and you’re nervous about the prospect of trying. Take a few minutes and research how to change a tube on the trail. Trying to use fix a flat may not work so be ready to tackle the challenge.

Tools. Make sure they are specific to your bike. You’ll need to know what size wrenches you’ll need for your wheels, spark plug, levers and anything else that needs repair. Usually you won’t need many tools but you will need the correct sizes. Not all dirt bike wheel nuts are the same size. Buying a tool roll that includes tools is convenient but make sure the tools fit your bike. My tool kit includes allen wrenches, screwdrivers, a small ratchet set, needle nose pliers and a few other tools. I also carry a telescoping magnet. This helps to find little nuts and bolts that disappear into the dirt or hard to reach places on the bike. Motion Pro makes a lot of great tools you can use on the trail or in the garage. Make sure you include a small pocket knife in your kit.

Compact Bicycle Pump/CO2 Cartridges. After you’ve successfully changed your flat tube you’ll need to inflate it. If you bring CO2 make sure you have the correct adapter to fit your valve stem.

Valve Stem Remover. While this one isn’t totally necessary it does speed things up if your tire isn’t totally flat. Plus they're very small and don’t weigh much.

Spare Nuts and Bolts. Dirt bikes rattle and sometimes things fall off. Buy a track pack from your local motorcycle shop and take a few of the nuts and bolts with you.

Blue Loc Tite. A dab of this will keep bolts from backing out on you.

Safety Wire. This is a Macgyver tool. This has saved me on several occasions. Safety wire can help keep a grip from slipping off or keep a lever attached to the handlebars. It’ll keep fuel line from slipping. I’ve seen riders use it as a master link on their chain after a chain break. I’ve used it to repair the strap on my hydration pack that tore off when I went down. You never know when or where you’ll need it but you’ll be glad you have it. Also good for household fixes. Need to hang a picture? Safety wire. Water hose is slipping away from the nozzle and getting everything wet? Safety wire. 3 dimensional art project needs help? Safety wire.

Zip Ties. The possibilities are endless. They’re small and light so take 5 or 6 or six with you.

Duct Tape/ Flex seal. Another Macgyver tool. Take a couple feet of either one of these to help finish repairing almost anything. It’s also a good item to have in certain first aid situations.

RTV/ High Temp Gasket Maker. When you’ve got to put an engine cover back on or make a drain plug. This one isn’t vital but it does come in handy. Having said that I’ve used it on both dirt and road adventures repairing other people’s bikes.

Quiksteel/J-B Weld. For when your engine case springs a leak. I’ve used quiksteel several times on the trail and it’s usually when someones bike falls over while on the kickstand and the engine case finds the only rock in a 10’ radius. Amazing.

Oil. The right kind for your bike’s engine. You may not need a lot but if the hole in your engine case just emptied it all out on the trail you may need to put a little in to keep things from seizing.

Levers. Bring a clutch and brake lever for your bike. Most levers are designed to have the ends snap off in the event of a fall but sometimes the whole lever goes. Have a back up and keep the ride going. If you’re the type that likes to be totally prepared, bring a shifter and rear brake lever as well.

Spark Plug. If you ride a 2-Stroke you'll always have one with you when you ride. It’s a good idea to always have an extra and sometimes it can work as an oil drain plug if it’s the correct thread size.

Master Link. Chains break and having a clip style master link will save your day. I broke a chain while riding solo through Canyonlands in Utah. Absolute lifesaver.  

Extra Fuel. You never know. You might not be out for a long ride but if you suddenly find a hole in your fuel tank you’ll need to refill. Using a fuel safe container is always the best choice but in a pinch Gatorade bottles will hold gas and not melt.

First Aid Kit. Pack it and know how to use it! A little first aid knowledge can save a life. I’ve had to use my first aid knowledge on too many occasions and I’m glad I knew what to do in the moment. Taking a basic first aid class can save the life of a friend or even yourself. Store some waterproof matches in you first aid kit.

GPS Tracker. Check out the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s website https://www.kurtcaselli.com/shop They offer a link to a GPS tracker from Giant Loop.

Nitrile gloves. Things can get messy when fixing things so pack a pair and keep your hands from getting covered in oil and grease that would then go into your riding gloves.

Maps. GPS is cool but sometimes it doesn’t work. Always have a map of the trail you’re riding. Also, make sure someone else back at camp or home has the same map so they know where to find you.    

Flashlight/ Headlamp. You never know when you’re going to get caught repairing or riding after the sun goes down.

Glow Sticks. If you do get stuck out after dark snap open a glow stick or two and hang one off the front and back of your backpack. This will help riders in front and behind you know where you are. If you happen to fall at the back of the pack you’ll be easier to spot.

Thermal/Emergency Blanket. Someone needs to pack this in the group. It can provide heat or shade to a downed rider. Again, pack a first aid kit and know how to use it.

Toilet Paper.

There are a lot of things on this list but again, you can divide up the weight. It’s better to have and not need than to need and not have. You never know how to do anything until you try it and you’ve gotten this far so give it a shot.

Adventure doesn't start until something goes wrong. Those are the days you remember.

Be prepared and get ready for your next adventure!






Join us as we talk through some of our favorite gear from Fox Racing!

We get so many great questions from new riders. One of the biggest ones is about good riding gear. Well… join us as we nerd out on some of our favorite gear from Fox Racing. Taking a spill on your dirt bike is 100% going to happen and its all part of the fun. Make sure you have the right protection on so you can get back on the saddle.

Pre-ride Maintenance Checklist from Thousand Oaks Powersports

Babes In The Dirt is just around the corner so it’s time to make sure your bike and gear are as ready as you are. A  little pre-maintenance goes a long way! Our Friends at Thousand Oaks Powersports put together this great, pre-ride maintenance check! They are also offering 20% off parts, clothing,  and accessories and race team discounts on new dirt bikes for any ladies who are attending Babes in the Dirt so stop in their shop! Read on to learn how to maintenance your bike.

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It’s been one of the best off road seasons in years with all the rain we’ve had. This time of year our shop is filled with people buying dirt bikes and parts for things they broke the weekend before. If there is anything you need before you go we are giving Babes In The Dirt attendees up to 20% off parts, clothing,  and accessories and race team discounts on new dirt bikes. We will also have service specials for those of you who may not have enough time to prep your bike. Just mention you’re signed up for Babes In The Dirt to get your discount!

First of all, if it’s been a while since you’ve ridden, start your bike. Let’s see if it fires up!

Fuel, Air, and Fire

If your bike hasn’t moved in awhile and you left gas in the tank then you may need to clean out your fuel system. Generally the pump gas we use begins to evaporate and separate after only a couple weeks. As it evaporates it leaves behind all of the grime that is mixed into the gas. This separation will cause your gas to “gum up” your fuel system and restrict the flow of fuel from the tank to the engine. It’s almost like having rubber cement in your fuel system. If your engine isn’t getting the correct amount of fuel it won’t run properly. The amount of fuel running through your carburetor or fuel injector is only ounces at time so a little clog makes a big difference. The best way to know if your bike needs a carb clean is to turn it on. If your bike doesn’t idle with the choke off or you’re getting popping from the exhaust when you turn the throttle then your fuel system is dirty. Your carburetor may work okay like that at sea level but when you go up in elevation (Hungry Valley is 3000-6000 feet) you’re going to have a bigger problem. If your bike warms up and idles with the choke off you should be in good shape. Using something like an enzyme fuel treatment or “ring free” treatments can help prevent and alleviate fuel system clogs. If that doesn’t work then get your carburetor or injector cleaned. Always follow the manufacturer's recommended dosage when using fuel treatments.

If you’re going to clean your carbs or injectors it's a good idea to have your spark plug replaced at the same time. Having an extra spark plug in your gear bag is always a great idea as well. Your bike needs to breathe so make sure your air filter is clean. Cleaning an air filter is messy but it’s pretty easy to do. If your air filter is falling apart then replace it. Air filters are pretty inexpensive so throwing a new one on is a good idea.

Oil

Most dirt bikes require the oil to be changed every 10 to 15 hours of riding. Changing the oil, filter, and crush washer is a pretty easy job on a dirt bike. A lot of dirt bikes call for a 10-W40 or 10-W50 oil and usually take a quart or less. KTM and Husky’s are about 1.1 quarts and use a full synthetic oil. Your local shop should be able to tell you what the oil specifications are for your bike. Try to avoid looking at forum pages to see what you need for your bike’s oil. We’ve seen some disastrous results based on opinions in online bike forums. Bel-ray has a great lubricant advisor to tell you what your bike needs.

Traction

Your tires are the only part of the bike that should be in contact with the ground when you ride. If your tires are worn, cracking, missing treads or the treads are peeling off then it is a good idea to put on new tires. Pushing a dirt bike with a flat back to camp is a bad time. When riding dirt the earth is always moving underneath your tires so it’s a good idea to have plenty of traction. If you are unsure about which tires to put on your bike give us a call and we will go over the differences in tires with you. Also, check your tire pressure and make sure your tubes are holding air. Whenever you change your tires always put in a new tube and check your rim band. You may also need a rim lock. We recommend using a heavy duty tube over a regular tube.

Controls

You’re going to want to make sure your controls work. Pull your levers and make sure they pull smoothly. If not, the cables may need to be lubricated or replaced. A lot of new bikes have hydraulic systems. Make sure you’ve got fluid in these systems before you go. If you check your brakes and they seem soft then it probably means you need to add or replace brake fluid. Brake fluid heats up and cools down when you ride. This thermal change breaks down brake fluid. Brake fluid lasts an average of 6 months before it begins to go bad. Check your brake fluid levels as well. This is also true for street bikes. Going fast is a lot more fun if you know you can stop when you want to. While your checking your brakes make sure you have a look at the brake pads as well.

Drive

In our experience most riders over look good chain maintenance. Cleaning, lubricating and adjusting your chain will help your bike run more efficiently. It will help to keep your sprockets in good shape as well. At the very least, apply chain lube to your chain before every ride. If you clean your bike after every ride don’t forget to use some chain cleaner on your chain and sprockets. If your chain is rusty and has a bunch of kinks in it then it’s time to replace your chain and sprockets. It’s always a good idea to change your front and rear sprockets each time you put on a new chain. You can lose up to 20% power delivery with a poorly adjusted chain. Even worse it could break at an inconvenient time.

Spark arrestors

You’re going to need one to ride most places in California. Modern bikes and exhaust systems are so much better than the old days that running a spark arrestor full time offroad won’t hurt the performance of the bike nearly as much as legend may have it. If you do have an older bike then you may want to invest a little money in a new pipe with a spark arrestor. It will probably help the performance of your bike a both low and high speeds and more importantly it’ll make your bike sound cool!

Batteries

So maybe your bike has a battery and it’s been on a charger or tender for the last 3 months. That doesn't mean your battery will be charged. Check it early before you go just in case you need to replace it. Lithium Ion batteries are a great replacement battery for dirt bikes and they save a lot of weight as well.

Bike prep checklist

  1. Check running condition

  2. Spark plug

  3. Air filter

  4. Tires

  5. Tubes

  6. Rim strips

  7. Rim lock

  8. Levers

  9. Cables

  10. Brake fluid

  11. Brake pads

  12. Chain

  13. Sprockets

  14. Oil level

  15. Oil filter

  16. Spark arrestor

  17. Battery

  18. Grips



Babes Ride Supermotos | Ever wondered what makes it so Super? Kerryann De La Cruz lays it out!

Ever wondered what makes Supermotos so awesome? We caught up with Kerryan De La Cruz of Socal Supermoto to get the low down. “Our belief is riding supermoto is the purest and most fun form of riding that encompasses every discipline. It teaches you to adjust to variables regardless of "circuit" or environment, you learn how to truly become connected with the terrain by learning the language of the motorcycle.” - Kerryann

Read on to learn more!

Babes Ride Supermotos is back for 2019! We just had so much fun last year! Mark your calendars and reserve your spots for Sunday May 19th and Sunday November 17th 2019! Go to https://www.socalsupermoto.com/ for more info or Click HERE to book

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What is Supermoto?

The tool:

It is a long travel suspension, dirt oriented motorcycle with smaller wheels, street tires, and better front braking. The first mass produced supermoto bike was the Suzuki DR-Z400. To this day they still produce it almost exactly the same as they did back in 1999(the first ones were dirt) and the SM in 2005. There were a few other manufacturers that did a limited run and people who built supermoto's but the DR-Z is generally considered the grand daddy of the supermoto's and deserves credit for its longevity. Currently they are considered more of an entry level or introduction to supermoto, although many people find them perfectly adequate. They are cheap, reliable and hearty when properly cared for, parts both aftermarket and OE are abundant and cheap plus they are always in demand so they are easy to sell if you want to upgrade to a better bike such as the Husqvarna FS450 which is currently considered the most capable supermoto from the factory. 

The discipline:

Technically speaking supermoto is racing/riding a circuit with 80% asphalt and 20% dirt.

Why is it awesome...why is it different? It is awesome because it is not necessarily different, but it is everything. Our belief is riding supermoto is the purest and most fun form of riding that encompasses every discipline. It teaches you to adjust to variables regardless of "circuit" or environment, you learn how to truly become connected with the terrain by learning the language of the motorcycle. The fact that you have the mechanics of a dirt bike with the "streetability" makes it ridiculously fun and palatable for all riders that originate from all styles of riding. When you think about it, back in the 50's every bike was a supermoto, you flat tracked or hill climbed the same bike you took to work and went on joy rides with. THAT is supermoto. It's not all about the bike, the body position, the location, the gear, the terrain...it is your ability to adapt to varying traction. The world is your supermoto track.

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How can it help improve your skills overall?

A supermoto bike is a raw machine. It is stripped down. It is basic. It is pure function. You must rely on your ability to read the feedback your machine is giving you to know where the bike's limits are which can change with every mile, lap even seconds! By relying on these very basic and vital skills such as looking through the turn, counter steering, staying light on the bars, trail braking, throttle control and so on and so forth over time you develop muscle memory for these techniques. That very muscle memory is your bodys immediate response to something as insignificant as coming to a stop or throttling out of loss of rear traction in the middle of a turn with gravel. No one is born with this, it MUST be learned and practiced over and over. These are not just performance skills, these are BASIC riding skills that most people forget or never learn but are heavily emphasized and used in Supermoto. The beauty of it is you won't even realize you're learning because you're having so much damn fun.

A day in the life of a Socal Supermoto Class:

We have 2 types of classes, asphalt only is different in 2 ways. 1.) it does not include the dirt section and 2.) is led by instructor Stuart Smith who is a world class performance riding instructor that worked for Keith Code at California Superbike School, has set many track records and accomplished countless podiums racing, and currently runs the racers school for Track Daz. Supermoto school with dirt is led by Brian Murray(CEO) and myself. We also offer private training on week days for those who want more focused training, the benefit is having your own very instructor and little to no traffic on the track. Instructors are myself, Bucky Sacrilege, Krino Pan, Hans King and Rafael DaSilva.

Each class will have between 16-20 students of varying skill level from brand new to riding to amateur racers. Everyone learns THE SAME DAMN THING, crazy huh? Not so crazy when you think about how we all put our lives on the line riding in traffic with cars daily and that all motorcycles are pretty much the same thing: seat, brakes, bars, clutch, throttle, frame, engine, wheels and a few other parts here and there. We have plenty of gear which includes one piece leather suits, mx boots, back protectors, gloves, and helmets. Our free gear rental is first come, first serve so we recommend bringing gear just in case everyone in your class is the same size as you.

We start the morning with a safety/track etiquette talk and introduction to the bikes(Suzuki DR-Z400 and Yamaha TTR125) and style of riding(foot out supermoto style akin to mx style). Your first session is always slow and easy.....no really, your job on the track is 2 things: 1.) ride around and 2.) don't crash. First sesh is also guided by Brian or myself, we initially tow each student around the track so they can see the right lines and body position. From there we continue the day with in classroom lessons and roughly 15 minute riding sessions in between. We also do coaching during sessions and give feedback to students if we notice anything of concern or that someone is struggling with something. If you book a supermoto with dirt class we open up the dirt section after lunch around 12:30-1:00pm. Lunch consists of the finest pizza in all of Riverside, seriously, its good! We also have a water dispenser but encourage everyone to bring their own water as well. Towards the end of the day around 3:00pm we run the infamous "Student Race"! We start by parking all bikes perpendicular to the track and set students directly across from their bike on the other side of the track, when the flag drops(or well when we yell RACE) students sprint across to their bike and continue on to the track for 4 laps. The rules are to race like gentlewomen...if someone shows you a wheel you give it to them, no dirty passing, no banging bars, no dropping banana peels or clobbering your opponents with a wrench. You are racing for the honor of a high five, granted its a good high five but it's really not hospital visit good. (But hey, if thats your thing AMA and WAR puts on great sanctioned races). At that point we hand out the goods! Every student earns their choice of either a super duper soft and comfy tank top, shirt or rad trucker hat and you have the ability to buy more rad gear from us if you want to bring home a souvenir for a friend or you can cop one of our sick classic flat track inspired MX Shaka Jerseys. We also consider this the end to "instruction". The track closes at 5:00pm so students are instructed they may go out and "free ride" if they still wish to get some seat time in but usually everyone is cooked by then because we get SO MUCH track time. Throughout the day you have been paparazzi'd generously and we'll email you a full gallery of your on and off track photos that you can save for freeeee 99 plus you'll get a couple other extra goodies in that post day email.

I'll close this with something that Brian and I joke about a lot, we are terrible motorcyclists these days, between work, kids, surfing, skateboarding and snow boarding, well life in general our current lives have transformed us as riders. We've sold off our personal bikes(well except one) and dedicated our life to having fun with whatever that means at that point in time. We aren't going to make you champion racers, we aren't going to show you how to connect your soul to your motorcycle, what we LIVE for as riders is showing you how to have fun because in the end thats all that matters, and the best way to do that is by enjoying yourself more because you are now better equipped with the skills to live a longer funner life as a rider.

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Trail Pack Essentials for Off-Road Lovers

Getting prepped to head out for a day of off-the-grid riding? Venturing out in to the wilderness in search of epic trails is one of the best parts about owning a dirtbike. I have always found myself encouraged to go farther and ride longer when I know I have my proper trail pack essentials with me. Read on to see what’s in my pack.

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I would like to start by saying that there are FAR more advanced kits than my own that may be appropriate for certain kinds of off-roading. There are also very slimmed down versions and a more minimalistic approach to your trail pack. It is all about what is right for you and the type of riding that you do. I am lucky enough to get to ride with an awesome group of like-minded off-roaders that have a more advanced knowledge of trail-side problem solving and mechanics. I do my best and try to be as prepared as possible and as self-sufficient as I can be.

Check out each item I carry and click the image to go to the website where you can purchase.

The  CONVOY HYDRATION PACK  from Fox Racing comes with me on every single ride. It carries 3 liters of water and has a larger pocket to carry all my other essentials. The waist and chest strap help to balance the weight of it so that it does not all sit on my shoulders. A hydration pack of any kind will help you to be able to stay out on the trails longer and stay hydrated. This piece is non-negotiable to me.

The CONVOY HYDRATION PACK from Fox Racing comes with me on every single ride. It carries 3 liters of water and has a larger pocket to carry all my other essentials. The waist and chest strap help to balance the weight of it so that it does not all sit on my shoulders. A hydration pack of any kind will help you to be able to stay out on the trails longer and stay hydrated. This piece is non-negotiable to me.

Biodegradable Toilet Paper… Ladies, ya feel me? I have a small bladder and I drink a lot fo water when I ride and sometimes you gotta make friends with a boulder or tree if ya know what I mean. I like to make sure that any trace I leave behind in the wild is at least biodegradable.

Biodegradable Toilet Paper… Ladies, ya feel me? I have a small bladder and I drink a lot fo water when I ride and sometimes you gotta make friends with a boulder or tree if ya know what I mean. I like to make sure that any trace I leave behind in the wild is at least biodegradable.

Spot GPS Satellite locator. This device is great for people that ride on their own and can also come in handy for an emergency. There are 3 settings and you can connect to your “in case of emergency” person cell phone. Setting 1) send a text to your I.C.E. person letting them know they you are ok, you can program a custom message. Setting 2) alerts them of your location and that you are ok but you need help or are stuck. Setting 3) is an emergency alert that gets sent to local emergency responders to your location by any means necessary including a helicopter. This is a peace of mind device that you hope you never need to use. Some people prefer a satellite phone.

Spot GPS Satellite locator. This device is great for people that ride on their own and can also come in handy for an emergency. There are 3 settings and you can connect to your “in case of emergency” person cell phone. Setting 1) send a text to your I.C.E. person letting them know they you are ok, you can program a custom message. Setting 2) alerts them of your location and that you are ok but you need help or are stuck. Setting 3) is an emergency alert that gets sent to local emergency responders to your location by any means necessary including a helicopter. This is a peace of mind device that you hope you never need to use. Some people prefer a satellite phone.

Tow Strap- It only takes 1 experience of breaking down on a trail beyond repair and needing to push your bike back before you decide that this is a crucial tool. Basically you hook up your dead bike to your buddys bike and get towed back to camp.

Tow Strap- It only takes 1 experience of breaking down on a trail beyond repair and needing to push your bike back before you decide that this is a crucial tool. Basically you hook up your dead bike to your buddys bike and get towed back to camp.

First Aid Kit- there are so many great compact versions of this that you can look in to. Find the one that is right for you. I definitely suggest one with burn cream.

First Aid Kit- there are so many great compact versions of this that you can look in to. Find the one that is right for you. I definitely suggest one with burn cream.

Tire Repair Kit- I will be the first to admit that I need to better educate myself on how to repair a tire on the trail. But at least having the right tools will help.

Tire Repair Kit- I will be the first to admit that I need to better educate myself on how to repair a tire on the trail. But at least having the right tools will help.

Clif Bar- SNACKS! Obviously! sometimes you are gone longer than you think and you want to be prepared. Having enough fuel in your body to be able to handle the physical exertion needed to get back to camp could rely on you trail pack snack kit.

Clif Bar- SNACKS! Obviously! sometimes you are gone longer than you think and you want to be prepared. Having enough fuel in your body to be able to handle the physical exertion needed to get back to camp could rely on you trail pack snack kit.

JB Weld Epoxy- A cracked case on the trail truly sucks. This awesome goo is not a long term fix but can definitely get you back to camp.

JB Weld Epoxy- A cracked case on the trail truly sucks. This awesome goo is not a long term fix but can definitely get you back to camp.

Mini Survival Kit- This may be a bit extreme but it is good to be prepared for any circumstances that may arise.

Mini Survival Kit- This may be a bit extreme but it is good to be prepared for any circumstances that may arise.

Trail Tool Kit- Find the right tool kit for you bike. OR put one together yourself

Trail Tool Kit- Find the right tool kit for you bike. OR put one together yourself

Leatherman- Multi Tool for obvious reasons

Leatherman- Multi Tool for obvious reasons

Spare Clutch and Brake Levers- even the most minor of spills can leave you without a clutch lever which can make the ride home zero fun at all. Always keep a spare and the tools to switch it out.

Spare Clutch and Brake Levers- even the most minor of spills can leave you without a clutch lever which can make the ride home zero fun at all. Always keep a spare and the tools to switch it out.

Zip Ties- These babies fix everything

Zip Ties- These babies fix everything

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