Mountain Bike Safety for Beginners
Guest Post By: Beegle Haroon
When it comes to mountain biking, most believe that the dangers lie along the track. It’s a common misconception that only when you get on the bike and hit the trail that you will encounter a threat.
But that’s not exactly how it is. Mountain biking is thrilling and risky through and thorough. Before the ride, after, and throughout the ride, there are loads of things that you deal with, and there are loads of lessons that you will get to learn.
For this very reason, novice mountain bikers should consider investing some time in research. Go through expert guides, possible options, potential threats, and explore this thrilling domain before heading out practically. The latter is a measure solely for your safety. The more you know, the safer you will be.
For a start, go through this well-researched compilation of travel safety tips for beginner mountain bikers. You’ll surely get a good grip on what not to forget on your trip to the tracks.
1. Know Your Area & Trails
If you are heading to a foreign land to learn or practice mountain biking, make sure you know enough about the area. Do some research on the internet, and connect with the locals virtually if possible, especially the bikers. Get yourself verified and authentic information, particularly about the terrain, weather patterns, elevation, and known trails of the region.
Along the same lines, going out with a team or hiring a guide can be of great use too. Experienced and knowledgeable individuals will make your trips safer by directly introducing you to more adventurous areas.
Note that the term foreign land does not refer to another country only. It could be somewhere in your city!
2. Check Your Bike
Your bike’s condition and efficiency should top your list, no matter you’re biking locally or headed to another country to pursue your passion. If you already have a bike, make sure it’s working fine and is still sturdy.
Then, wrap it up in bubble wrap or a cardboard box safely. If possible, detach as many parts as possible and wrap them separately. If you don’t own a bike yet, then get yourself a good one.
Most people suggest novice bikers go with budget-friendly models and upgrade their bikes later. Well, that truly is effective and accurate, but it may not be convenient for those of you who haven’t got hefty amounts to fuel your passion. Changing bikes in three years can cost you twice the amount of a good mountain bike in the long run.
And usually, changing is not a matter of choice. Often, the low-cost ones do not even last for a year, leaving you no choice but to spend on another bike.
Thus, it’s better to invest once and wisely. Go for a premium model, perhaps choose from the best bikes under 2500 dollars, and ensure yourself a safe and enjoyable learning experience. For one thing, bikes costing this much will do not betray you while biking. And the longer lifespan will turn the very bike into a partner more than mere equipment.
3. Pack MTB Clothing
You can not head out to mountain biking wearing your pajamas or in casual jeans and shirt. It could expose you to a lot of danger, especially if you are new to mountain biking.
So, pack yourself a good mountain biking jacket, kneepads, MTB gloves, and breathable garments. You can go with padded shorts, nylon jersey, or whatever fits you best as long as it does not hinder your limb movement.
Also, your helmet is the most important element of your mountain biking attire. So, make sure you carry a sturdy one. It’s better to carry it as hand luggage as some airlines may have issues and request you to take it out of the suitcase or drop it at the departure gate.
4. Keep an Emergency Backup Ready
Before leaving your hometown, make sure a friend or relative is well-aware of your whereabouts. If possible, let them know the time or date by when you should be back home so they may check up on you if there’s a delay. When biking abroad, it’s best to carry your embassy’s information while biking.
Also, since it can be difficult to find a trustworthy bike shop in an unknown locality and the fact that accidents can happen, make sure you keep some spare parts, especially for the following:
- Inner tubes
- Gear cables
- Chain lube
- Shock bushings
- Brake pads
- Chain links
Just Go for It!
Lastly, what matters is will and confidence. Sure, safety is important, and you should take all possible measures for it. But don’t let the worry shake your confidence or dim your passion. Do not let hesitance and worry interfere with your passion pursuit. Just do whatever that is within your power for maximum safety, and take whatever lies beyond that, head on!
Out thanks to Beegle Haroon for providing us with this mountain bike safety for beginners post.
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