Mountain Biking EDC: Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day

IT guy S.E. Moore sends his Mountain Biking EDC, via Everyday Carry.

He writes:

All of these items are in my Camelback hydration backpack (not pictured). Also not pictured is first aid kit, samsung S7 Edge, small pump & small bike repair tools. It’s a light off body carry. Maybe next time I’ll include them. I was just pressed for time today.

Here’s another S&W Shield guy.   He carries the .40 caliber version.

Add to that keys, an S&W knife, a Streamlight Stylus light and a wallet.

Oh yeah, and on that keyring is a tiny little RovyVon A3 550-lumen flashlight.  Anyone got one of those who can comment on the run time of those?  It’s only got a 130 mAh battery, which makes me think run-time is pretty thin.


  1. avatar Manse Jolly says:

    I never understood the term ‘Mountain Biking’ or why the term became a thing.

    In the 60s and 70s we had bikes, we rode them in the woods, 100’s of acres, and the neighborhood streets, we had mountains and hills.

    Maybe just marketing to people that like to buy gear….we had gear too…playing cards and clothes pins, cord to wrap our pants leg up so it wouldn’t get caught in chain ect ect

    1. avatar Dude says:

      Mostly suspension fork and fat tires. If you’re used to mountain biking, road biking is a cakewalk.

      1. avatar Dude says:

        Oh and more casual attire for mountain biking. We don’t try to look like pro racers.

      2. avatar daveinwyo says:

        Don’t forget the gearing is similar to a geared street bike too.
        And compared to street biking, mt. biking is way safer than any big city.

        1. avatar Geoff "Hurry-up and *die*, Ruthie" PR says:

          “Don’t forget the gearing is similar to a geared street bike too.”

          Huh? Around here, road bikes run 2 chain rings (52 tooth), while mountain bikes run triples, usually ‘compact’ configurations with smaller chainrings (44 tooth), and larger rear cassettes…

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      If you take a street bike onto mountainbiking trails you’re gonna have a rough time. Similarly, most people who ride street bikes are not going to have the skillset to ride at a similar level on singletracks. It’s just a very different animal than street riding. Of course there are those people who buy a cheap hardtail (or one that looks is but actually has no shocks), ride it on gravel, and call it mountainbiking- but you always have stuff like that.

      Maybe go watch some youtube videos of actual MTB riders on dedicated trails and you’ll have a better idea.

    3. avatar strych9 says:

      Other than “Mountain Biking” I’m not sure WTF you’d call this:

      Ain’t no peddle around the woods shit. That’s for sure.

      1. avatar Specialist38 says:

        Ok. THAT was impressive!

        When i was 16, I would have said it looked like tons of fun.

        At 56, looks like a good way to end up with some metal plates and pins.

        That ole boy had been on that course before…..for sure.

        1. avatar strych9 says:

          The dude who wipes out a few minutes in, eats it on rocks at prolly 30mph, probably agrees with the “older you”.

      2. avatar Geoff "Hurry-up and *die*, Ruthie" PR says:

        “Other than “Mountain Biking” I’m not sure WTF you’d call this:”

        Isn’t that called ‘bombing’ down a mountain?

        (My busted leg twinged a few times watching that…)

        1. avatar Specialist38 says:

          Every bone I’ve ever broken was aching just watching it…..waiting for his magnificent death….imwas sure he was gonna end-do on those narrow rut trails.

          That boy can ride….he may never shit again…but he was cinched into course.

    4. avatar Chris says:

      The term came from the guys who started what would become “mountain biking.” Of course, many others around the world had rode bikes off road but they are the ones who made it a “thing” with competitions, building bikes and parts specifically for it, etc. They started it in the Marin County, California mountains, so that’s what they called it. They primarily only did downhill runs, using a pick-up to drive back up to the top and having one poor sap as a designated driver to bring the truck back down.
      BTW, I use the a 5.11 “fanny pack” when I ride. This guy’s EDC is decent, but trying to draw from a Camelbak would be tedious and slow. If it’s loose enough to pull around or off quickly, then it would be bouncing around too much while riding and vice versa. I can draw from the 5.11 pack just as fast as concealed under shirt. While you’re not as much at risk riding as when, say walking through a parking lot at night, there are still risks that would require a fast draw, mainly of the four legged variety. I had one such encounter years ago, and while I was able to just put the drop on it, if I had something mechanical go wrong or was on difficult (i.e. slow) terrain, then I would have needed a fast draw, and having it in a Camelbak would have been bad… real bad.

  2. avatar enuf says:

    Seen these people in Colorado. Some mountain biking is amazing stuff done by seriously tough athletes.

    I’ve seen these guys, and sometimes women, going uphill on steep rocky trails that I was hoofing a four day backpack on. Some of these characters could go up the Incline Tail from Manitou Springs, end of the road just past the Pike’s Peak & Manitou Cog Rail. They’d get up those old switchbacks and keep going to Barr Camp. Some, the most insane and fit, all the way to Pike’s Peak.

    Most though are just recreational easy trail fat tire peddlers.

    Not me, I liked riding a bike for years but only on roads and such. I was in it for the exercise, sure, but not for torture.

    In those days my carry gun was a Smith & Wesson 59. On the belt when hiking, in a saddle-top bag when biking.

  3. avatar Hannibal says:

    I usually carry a .380 when ibiking (mountain or road) for the concealment and weight-savings- but I do it in areas where I’m not terribly afraid of bears.

    More important is the hydration and tools that were omitted. And maybe a garmin, although smartphones are really taking up that mantle well.

  4. avatar WI Patriot says:

    “All of these items are in my Camelback hydration backpack”

    “Hang on, whilst I dig my gun out…”

    Q: What’s worse than not carrying at all…???
    A: Off body carry…

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      If he’s a serious, actual mountain biker, then he’s carrying off body because 1) most of the time it doesn’t much matter since he’s going fast enough nothing’s going to catch him and 2) the risk of falling on the gun is way, way higher than the risk he’s actually have to use it.

      So be puts it in a bag where the spine armor on his jacket covers him against getting shit broke if he falls on the gun.

      1. avatar WI Patriot says:

        “1) most of the time it doesn’t much matter since he’s going fast enough nothing’s going to catch him”

        Then what does he need to carry for…???

        “where the spine armor on his jacket”

        You’re making assumptions based on…???

        Bottom line, carry off body is just a bad idea…

        1. avatar strych9 says:

          “Then what does he need to carry for…”

          When he eventually comes to a stop?

          “You’re making assumptions based on…???”

          The cyclists and motorcyclists I know and the fact that I’ve been forced to dump a motorcycle and can attest that even at slow speed, falling on a gun sucks balls.

        2. avatar Geoff "Hurry-up and *die*, Ruthie" PR says:

          Frame packs along the lines of this –

          ….can work for some folks…

  5. avatar " keep your paws off my dead guy" possum says:

    My mode of transport is bicycle, packing light is good,.

  6. avatar Ark says:

    Highly recommend a Hill People Gear chest bag with a trigger guard clip for biking. Guaranteed to remain attached so you can draw and engage the bears after a yard sale wipeout down a ravine.

    1. avatar Geoff "Hurry-up and *die*, Ruthie" PR says:

      I take it you’ve never had a bunch of broken ribs before?

      I rated my busted ribs experience as about half as bad as my current fun with a crushed ankle.

      Strych is right, you *really* don’t want to fall on your gat…

    2. avatar SoCalJack says:

      What experience do you have with the HPG chest bag and what size? I bought a Chinese made chest bag to figure out the pros and cons of wearing one and it’s design. If I end up liking chest rig carry and it this one fails, I may invest in the smaller HPG chest pack.

  7. avatar Murph says:

    Sorry but that is not a Shield. I own a 40 Shield. That is a M&P 40C. Still a great choice. I thought you guys were gun guys.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Boch shoots for mediocrity in his posts.

      He’s quite,successful.

    2. avatar ozzallos says:

      You were mistaken. At best, ttag is amateur hour with gun pr0n, political commentary and moments of greatness.

  8. avatar MtnDewey says:

    damn ya’ll a bunch of whiny old women, good EDC, you’re biking to be biking, carrying to keep safe just in case, I’m sure he has those questions you have covered. I also keep my stuff in a camelbak, kind of hard to have fun with a sweaty assed concealed pistol in your side just to give up what you like doing. off body carrying isn’t worse than not carrying, obviously some of you only rely on a pistol to keep your butts safe, try some other stuff like hand to hand, defensive fighting, or learn how to slap you sissies.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:


      Folks who use hand-to- hand against superior numbers or superior weapons are locally known as “victims”.

      I will use my gun for ” defensive fighting”, thank you very much.

      I dont intend to bruise a finger if I dont have to. I’m not starting the fracas and I have no intention of fighting fair to defend myself.

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