What to bring on a guided mountain bike ride

There are a few things that you must bring to take part in a guided ride with a British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader.

These are:

A mountain bike in good working order (a bike check will be performed prior to the the start of the ride and we reserve the right to cancel a ride if a bike is considered to be unsafe).

Mountain bike hire on the Isle of Man is available from Erin Bike Hut in Port Erin https://www.erinbikehut.im/cycle-hire-isle-of-man/ and Outdoors Ramsey http://www.outdoorsramsey.co.uk/Cycle-Hire/

A mountain bike helmet – this should be of a good standard and be within its manufacturer’s lifespan (check date in a sticker inside the helmet).

Eye protection – these are required to prevent eye injury from branches etc in plantations but there is no need to spend a lot on them. I use Bolle safety glasses bought online from Amazon for about £12 – you can even get tinted ones!

You should also wear gloves, clothing appropriate for the weather (base layers should not be cotton) and suitable footwear.

You should bring a small rucksack containing snacks, water, a small amount of money, additional warm layers and waterproofs, a puncture repair kit, tyre levers and spare tubes to fit your tyres.

A small rear light is sensible for any short road rides needed to link off road sections.

You may also need sun block and insect repellent (midges can be a problem in summer).

Your guide will carry tools and spares but it always a good idea to try to be independent and bring a pump, multi-tool and a rear mech hanger.

A mobile phone in a water tight bag is also a good idea.


John Barker has lived on the Isle of Man for over thirty years and in that time has walked, cycled, run, climbed, dived, watched wildlife and studied the geology of this fantastic rock in the Irish Sea. A qualified Mountain Leader, Mountain Bike Leader and Blue Badge Tour Guide for the Isle of Man, John will help you discover some of the Island’s finest trails and tracks.

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