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Mountain Bike Patrol and SAR Equipment List-

(*Recreational users: Disregard starred, patrol/SAR specific items.)

Bicycle and Equipment:

24-27 Speed, ChroMoly steel or aluminum frame All-Terrain (Mountain) Bicycle with good off-road tires, and front shock
Large hydration/daypack or Rear cargo rack
Toe Clips or Power Grips
Flashing tail light
Dual headlight system*
Cyclometer (Speedometer/odometer)
Puncture resistant tire treatment (Slime (TM))*

Bicycle Repair Kit:

Bicycle Multi-tool 
Tire levers (min. of 2)
2 patch kits
2 spare tire tubes
Spare tire
Bottle of synthetic bike lube
Headset wrench
Spoke tool#
Chain link tool#
Spare spokes
Spare chain links and pins
Tire pump
#If not part of multi-tool.

The "Ten Essentials":

1.      Navigation (map and compass)

2.      Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)

3.      Insulation (extra clothing)

4.      Illumination (headlamp, flashlight, bulb and batteries)

5.      First-aid supplies

6.      Fire (firestarter and matches/lighter)

7.      Repair kit and tools (including knife)

8.      Nutrition (extra food)

9.      Hydration (extra water)

10.    Emergency shelter

Miscellaneous:

Water (2 bottles)
Paper and pen
Flagging tape
Sunblock
Survival kit
2 Space Blankets
50 ft. 5/16" Static rope*
Figure 8 descending device*
3 Locking carabiners*
Webbing*
Climbing harness*
*Optional for technical rescue units

Overnight Patrols:

Panniers and Rack or BOB trailer

Sleeping bag
camping pillow

Tent
ground cover
Cook stove
22 oz. fuel container with fuel
matches
16 oz. pot
10 oz. mug
spoon
Campsuds
scrubber cloth
linen towels - 1 bath, 1 face
Thermarest pad
emergency toilet paper
water purification tablets
emergency food (tuna, dried soup)
sugar, creamer packets
tea-style coffee bags

Food for length of trip

Toiletries/1st aid

toothbrush
toothpaste
floss
soap & case
shampoo
razor & blades
shaving cream
hairbrush
nail clippers
Cutters
sunscreen
ear plugs
bandaids
aspirin/advil
small first aid kit


Wear and/or Carry:
Cycling shorts-black or green. May be worn under BDU or police cyclist pants*
Patrol jersey or uniform shirt, sleeves appropriate for weather*
Light weight hiking boots or mountain bike cycling shoes
Gaiters*
Cycling helmet (MANDATORY!)
2 way radio
Bandanna
Cycling gloves
Shatter resistant sunglasses or goggles 
Daypack/Hydration pack or large fanny pack

**Most jerseys are not suited for backcountry use do to their tendency to snag.

 

 

What Backcountry Patrol recommends patrollers carry in their First Aid kit. (minimum):

  • 2 triangular bandages, folded as cravats
  • 2 rolls roller bandage
  • 6 band aids
  • ace bandage
  • SAM splint
  • 1 roll 2 inch adhesive tape
  • 9 assorted sterile compresses
  • pocket knife (such as Swiss Army)
  • 2 large safety pins
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Medical report form/Rescue request
  • Flashlight
  • Paramedic shears
  • Several tongue blades
  • 2 pairs (at least!) of disposable vinyl or Nitrile gloves (NO latex!)
  • Pocket CPR mask or mouth shield

Additional considerations for patrollers:

  • 1 tube instant glucose
  • "Leatherman tool"
  • Blood glucose test strips
  • oropharyngeal airways
  • Ziplock bags
  • A carabineer- great for all kinds of stuff!
  • Duct tape!
  • 50' of rope & 10' nylon webbing
  • Emergency silver foil blanket
  • whistle
  • sunscreen (for me)
  • chemical heat packs
  • a small turkey baster (great portable suction!)
  • headlamp
  • small bungee cords
  • Plus extra bandages, roller gauze, etc.

For Winter Patrol:

Metal-edged skis with backcountry-type bindings.

Ski poles-extendable with powder baskets

Backcountry boots (Good ankle support)

Large daypack with insulated hydration bladder and tube.

Avy shovel (Even in Minnesota!) for shelter building, trail repair and as a stove pad when camping.

Snowshoes (Consider carrying on extended trips or in deep snow.)