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What does it take to keep on the move when your bike throws a mechanical in the middle of nowhere? That breakdown recovery card might be OK if you're near an easy access road, but what if you're half way up a mountain?

Trail riders are pretty handy with a spanner and clutch of cable ties. Here's what four TRF members carry in their tool rolls. What's in yours and do you know how to use it?

James Higgs - Honda CRF 250L

Tools to remove my wheels, spark plug, seat and plastics

Motion Pro trail tool with additional sockets

Spare gear lever

Jump leads

Four way socket spanner

Gripseal bags to for my wallet & phone

Bahco Laplander folding saw

DID 520 VX2 split link

Spare phone battery


Anti-inflammatory tablets

TRF membership card, breakdown card & credit card

Wire saw

Folding multi-tool with pliers


Not shown:


Laminated list of important phone numbers

Phone with secondary GPS (ViewRanger)

Jon Lawton - Suzuki DRZ 400s

Inner tubes front and rear

Tyre levers

Wheel spanner

Assorted spanners for bike

Spark plug tool

Spark plug

Allen key multi tool

Leather man

Chain split link

Philips and flat head screwdriver

Cable ties



First aid kit



Greg Villalobos - KTM 450EXC

Kriega US 5 Tail Pack

Motion Pro Chain Breaker

Motion Pro Trail Tool

Motion Pro Tyre Levers combo spanners


Spanners that fit my bike’s bolts

Small Molegrip

Spark Plug removal tool

Spare Spark Plug

Spare wheel bearings + seals

Zip ties

Gorilla Tape

Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps

Spare chain split link

Spoke tool

Tyre patches

Spare 21" front tyre


First Aid Kit

Noel Thom - Honda XR650L

Spanner’s 8mm-19mm

Dual screw driver(flat/pozi)

Cable ties

Spark plug/plug spanner

Allen keys

Various spindle spanner’s inc. spanner/levers

19” tube 

Puncture kit



Insulation tape (in my van not the photo)



Small grease tubes


I’ve never had a chain break in thirty six years (I keep a nice chain) so don’t bother with chain breaker stuff.

I carry the 19” because it fits front and back.

There’s also a Torx screw driver in that photo for my BMW.

New to trail riding? The TRF is a great way to learn about your bike and how to keep moving when you break down on the trail. Our members have decades of knowledge. Why not find your nearest group?