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  • Wear a helmet. Despite recent advances in medical science, brains still cannot be mended nor replaced.
  • Wear gloves or mitts. Hands often hit the ground first. Cuts and grazes invite infection and a hospital visit.
  • Wear eye protection, it only takes a twig or thorn to lose an eye. Crud catchers are a good idea in mucky weather.
  • When downhilling, for your own protection, allow plenty of space behind the rider in front.
  • Bring a bare minimum emergency tool kit and a spare inner tube.
  • Breakdowns are a bore. Plan not to have any by ensuring your bike is in perfect working order.
  • Punctures are also tedious. You can minimise them by fitting latex tubes, slime tubes or running tubeless tyres.

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Latex Tubes

OK, just ha a thought.....loads of you hate latex tubes right ? ........ So, you must have tried them, right ? ....... So you will have a couple hanging around not being used, right ? I was about to order some but if any of you want to sell me the ones you no longer want, happy to pay £5 a tube ! (must be MTB ones with presta valves)

Re: Latex Tubes

Just another thought....

Re: Latex Tubes

But they cost a min of £9 in the UK. Last lot I bought from France. I have a bag of punctured ones you can have?!?

Re: Latex Tubes

I thought they didn't puncture

Re: Latex Tubes

Donkon, do you use them bikepacking ? I'd have thought that not blowing tyres up that often would have excluded them, but I guest it depends on how far your expedition is, I suppose

Re: Latex Tubes

They do occasionally get punctures but only tend to go down when you change a tyre and as some of these are 15 years old l don't know what state they'll be in. No Normsky I use tubeless when bike packing.... Less comfort, but fat 27.5 inner tubes weigh a tonne.