When it comes to outdoor adventures, there aren’t many other sports which compare to the thrill and excitement which mountain biking can provide. However, before you undertake such a great adventure, it’s important to take steps to ensure your safety and enjoyment.
To get you started on the right dirt path (get it…dirt path!), below are some helpful tips to consider.
What Will You Be Wearing?
While you don’t have to go to your nearest sports store and pick up a range of new clothes and accessories, it is important that you are wearing the right items to keep you safe and comfortable.
- A protective helmet
- Elbow pads
- Wrist Guards
- Knee protections
- Ankle straps
While it might seem like overkill for a simple biking adventure, these items are vital to keeping your body and your brain protected in the event that you take on a little too much adventure and danger than you can handle.
Clothes and Shoes
With the safety gear mentioned above on your body, what you choose to wear underneath depends on how much more safe you want to be along with being comfortable for your ride.
Consider the following items:
- Long pants which include breathable pockets
- A sports shirt which wicks sweat away from your body
- Sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare
- Riding Shoes
While you have free reign over what you wear in addition to your safety gear, the last tip is particularly important for your enjoyment and safety. If you don’t have the right shoes, check out the Groupon Coupons page for TOMS before your adventure to find some appropriate footwear. This is to both enable you to comfortably use the pedals but also to keep your feet protected and safe.
What to Take With You
Once you know what you will be wearing it’s time to think about the items that you will be taking with you. After all, you won’t just get on your bike and ride.
The best advice when it comes to taking items with you is to take as few items as possible. And with modern technology, this is an easy task. Stick with the following items to prevent a heavy backpack:
- Sufficient water
- First aid kit
- Mobile device
- Physical Map/Route information
- Small torch
- Snacks/Energy bars
- Sunscreen/UV protection
The items above are enough to sustain your body and your brain during a mountain biking adventure while also keeping your backpack as light as possible. If you can only carry one water bottle in your backpack, consider attaching a cheap bottle holder to your bike to allow you to carry an extra bottle.
Getting on a mountain bike and exploring the forest or just a dirt track through a farm can be a great way to exercise and enjoy your time. However, just like all exercise and sports activities, it’s important that you first stop and consider what you are doing and prepare yourself correctly to ensure a safe and enjoyable activity.