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We are very excited to host the inaugural FODFest here at Pedals, so far, the following is confirmed. In addition to the events below, we will also be having Pizzas cooking, the BBQ on, Mary’s Cakes galore and DJ’s playing from late afternoon.
Being based at a trail centre we see so many people head out unprepared onto the trails. But what should you carry?
Britishcycling have done the trail smart series which gives you a really good guide. It is pretty comprehensive, but better to have a little extra weight rather than a long walk home!
For hitting the trails here in the Forest of Dean we think you should definitely have;
· Water – bottle or hydration system
· Tubes/pump/tyre levers – even if you are running tubeless. CO2 is great if it’s raining, but shouldn’t replace your pump!
· Small multi tool with a chain breaker on it. This Crankbrothers F-15 is our personal favourite.
· Split link for your speed of chain – 9/10/11 or 12 are the most common now.
· Rear mech hanger – for your bike. Saves you a long walk back to the car or to back to the centre!
· Small first aid kit. Even though you are at a trail centre, it can take a considerable length of time for help to arrive. A small first aid kit could be a massive help. You can get super compact ones now that weigh next to nothing. Another useful piece of equipment is a buff – great for securing bandages, using as a sling or just to keep the chill away from your neck!
· Small survival blanket – the little foil ones that they give to runners at the end of a race pack down to nothing, but can really help if you or a friend have an accident.
· Your phone – if you were to carry nothing else, taking a phone is a must. Just be aware that the signal in the forest is intermittent at best, so you can often be out of signal.
With good packing, that will all fit in a 5-10 litre Camelbak like this lowrider version, and with water will still weigh under 2kg!