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Tips Of The Trade For Newbies


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A few things come to mind that you should take, not in order of importance.

 

1a. Have a GPS app on your phone and mark where your car is (encase you ever get lost, it's easier than you think!).

1b. I also put my phone on flight mode to save battery and the GPS still works. In the bush your battery will die quicker as signal strength is low so your phone ups its transmitter power

2. A $2 rain coat or plastic bag that fits over you

3. A fire lighter (as per MrNoodle) or a lighter

4. A water bladder (at leased 2 litres), this to drink on the ride .... not wash your hands after a No 2

5. Mates (never ride alone)

6. A first aid kit (hopefully will carry this for nothing ... for ever...)

7. A good attitude

8. Know your bike (do as much maintenance as you can your self, it helps when you need to know where things are and how they work

9. A few meters of rope

10. A small bike pump

11. A basic tool kit (allan key set, small vice grips, screw drivers, cable ties, duct tape ........)

 

You can always ride on a flat tyre but other things can stop you getting home.

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most already have this covered with putting the goggles rag on the handlebars. I have my rag on the inside of my sleeve. easy to get to, plus helps with some extra wrist padding. stays dry and clean too. 

 

I agree with Kbuxx. GPS on your phone. most apps on the phone you can pre download the maps. so you can plan and download them the night before so you can turn your phone in flight mode and they still track. I used motionx for iPhone and Gaila for my iphone. Both work great and have pretty good maps for tracks.

 

oh and who can forget lollies and bananas in your backpack. :mangiare-03:

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Might be simple and pritty stupid but if you have a group of mate your ride with on the reg work out what size bolts each bike shares so you can share the load of tools etc. ie. no point carring two well prepared first aid kits, one person carry that and the other carry say spare tubs etc..
Try lighten the load you both carry

Also notsure if its been said but a tow rope is handy

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a couple to add....

* be aware of your tyre pressures pre-ride and adjust them to suit the ride - i.e. if its a wet day and there are going to be plenty of hills you dont want to be running 14+PSI in your rear tyre!

* flush your brake fluid out every 12 months (if you havent done it in the last 12 months and are heading to Goughs at the end of this month I STRONGLY recommend you flush it before going! on that note, it costs a little more than standard fluid but go into a bike shop and get some High Temp fluid (I think its Motul 600 or similar) - just make sure you get the right fluid for your bike 

* for wet winter rides keep an old pair of goggles and remove all of the foam from across the top and bottom of the goggles (not the foam that touches your face!) - the increased air flow greatly reduces fogging.

* another trick for fogging goggles - if you have a fan on your bike run an on/off switch on it, if your goggles are fogged up just flick the fan on and hold the goggles behind the fan so the air is blowing on the inside, will clear them up in no time!

* 3rd goggle recommendation, if they are available, run dual layer lenses

* wear 'skins" style leggings - they will prevent rubbing etc from knee braces/guards as well as keeping moisture away from your skin... then theres the alleged benefit of muscle recovery etc?

* as above wear a skins style tee or singlet under your body armor etc. once again it keeps the moisture off your skin... I used to just wear normal tee's under my armor and it would always be drenched when I finished a ride.. sooooo much better

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Something to make sure you have in your first aid kit. 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NO-15-x5-FIRST-AID-WOUND-DRESSING-COMPRESS-BANDAGE-/281448935389?_trksid=p2385738.m2548.l4275

i always carry in the bush and have used twice in action (on someone else), both times for stabbing stick wounds. (Who would think this could happen on a dirt bike)

They aren't normally on display at a chemist and you have to ask for them. Every rider should carry one.

Also called field dressing, combine dressings, field bandages.

 

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Pretty simple one...text/leave a note to whoever that you've gone riding, where, with whom and expected time you'll be back - then text then them you're ready to go home....just makes reversing the trailer up the driveway easier:P

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Walkie talkies, fully charged & agreed channel to chat on, incase u get lost or break down. Dont trust mobile reception to work in the remoteness of forests.
Since we're heading as far away from civilization & phone towers, dont expect any coverage from optus, voda or virgin. And double bad that if u have an.older handset.
At least walkie talkiès pickup truck channels, radio operators aswell as country police band.....just incase u need help

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When I've done long rides, apart from puncture kit and gas bottle pumps, I carry a tube for front wheel only,  if back tube blows, can squash front tube into rear wheel to get you out of trouble to next town,  but you can't stretch rear tube to fit front on most bikes.tore a rear tube near Texas, NSW, worked easier then it sounds.  Have seen front tubes carried between forks over gaurd to save removing wheel , but that not an option on my bike due to low headlight. 

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