The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and it’s a better time than ever to break your mountain bike out of storage. For those that hit the trails early every morning for mountain biking, you know the ride can be as relaxing as it is strenuous — sure, you’re going to get a workout, but you’re also going to see some beautiful scenery that you might not be able to see anywhere else.
Like all good trips, a little bit of planning is required for a successful outing. Figuring out how to get to the trail, what to wear and how to stay safe are just a few things to think about. Luckily for you riders, we’ve done our homework and are ready to share our tips with you! (And check out these awesome apps for mountain biking while you’re at it!)
Getting Your Bike to the Trail
Unless you have the ultra-convenient option of biking right in your backyard or local town, you’re more than likely going to need to drive to the trailhead, adding another set of wheels into the mix. Bike racks are the best option for keeping your two-wheeled friend safe and secure. And if you need a hitch, you can easily get one installed.
If you have a pickup truck, you could always toss it into the bed and be done with it. Although, some bikes cost thousands of dollars and it’s probably best to use a rack instead. A loose bike in the bed of a truck is subject to rolling around, sliding and moving back and forth, possibly causing damage. A rack will lock the bike into place and keep it safe and free from other objects.
Staying Cool While Mountain Biking
We covered how to stay cool while unloading the moving truck, and staying cool while riding is much the same. Be sure to wear breathable fabrics and appropriate clothing for the trail. While many professional bikers will wear expensive gear, that’s not always necessary for the easy weekend trip.
It may be worth it to have a conversation with a local bike shop — they’ll be able to suggest the best clothing for your area and trip. If they suggest some expensive items, check online and at other retailers to see if there are suitable substitutes.
Staying Safe While Mountain Biking
If you’re at home recovering from an injury, you’re not able to be out on the trail! So let’s avoid the injury in the first place. Be sure to wear proper protective gear and always wear a helmet. There is nothing more important than keeping your brain safe.
It’s a good idea to make a “mini first aid kit” to keep in your car or in a backpack for your mountain biking adventure.
Have you been mountain biking recently? Have any tips or tricks you think we missed? Let us know in the comments below!