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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


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

Overnight Patrols:

Panniers and Rack or BOB trailer

Sleeping bag
camping pillow

ground cover
Cook stove
22 oz. fuel container with fuel
16 oz. pot
10 oz. mug
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

soap & case
razor & blades
shaving cream
nail clippers
ear plugs
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
Cycling helmet (MANDATORY!)
2 way radio
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.)