On a recent group dirt-bike outing, one of the riders stalled on a steep hill climb and fell over. She and her bike were all right except for a hole punched in the clutch cover. The temporary fix was right out of Robinson Crusoe: some foam earplugs, a bit of manzanita branch, and duct tape. Amazingly, the quick-and-dirty solution kept enough oil in the engine to get our friend back to the pickup truck, but it did put an end to her day and, quite possibly, might not have worked at all. Such mechanical disablement is not only disappointing but could also put you at risk for heat stress, dehydration, hypothermia…or worse. And so, when you go dirt riding, take along an epoxy patch kit. Easy to pack and use, it may not only save the day, it might even help save your life.