Nowadays, more and more people choose mountain biking over road biking, and there are good, solid reasons for that: there are no cars, which just bother you by emitting gas and causing noise, and there are much better benefits for your health and beautiful natural environment. Mountain biking has proved to be a quite beloved sport for many people looking how to spend their pastime healthily and fun. After all, there are different styles of mountain biking, and you always can try something different (for example, freeride, lift-assisted, cross-country ride, etc.). This article discloses the basic aspects of mountain biking for beginners.
You need some other gear in your mountain biking tour: helmet, gloves, glasses, clothes for cycling (both tops and tights), multi-tool, puncture repair kit, pump, special socks, and a bottle for water. Let us look at each of the above-listed items in details. Mountain biking is an exciting type of sport which can enhance your health and bring a lot of fun, yet it can be quite dangerous as well. That is why you need to look for a helmet which fits you (i.e. snugly sits on your head). Gloves are important because they will noticeably reduce painfulness from your bike’s vibrations during a hard ride. Glasses are also an essential item that helps to fight wind and sunshine.
2. Before you start your mountain biking, you should check some basic things. First of all, check your brakes. Squeeze both brake levers and check whether they work properly. You should not ride the bike with the brakes that work poorly. The next thing to check is the air. You need to check the pressure of your tires by using a bike pump which features a gauge. On the average, tires of most mountain bikes have to be distended to 25-45 psi. And, after all, you must check your chain. It can get dirty very fast, and so you must make sure that the chain is clean before starting your journey. Use light oil for cleaning the chain if necessary.
3. Once you have started your journey, it is important to pay enough attention to the shifts. It is especially essential for beginners to shift as many times as possible to develop the muscle memory. Later, it may significantly facilitate your ride. Besides, you should never shift late. Do not wait till you reach some hill or till you get an abrupt way down. It will make your ride more comfortable and better in terms of your bike’s safety.
5. Make sure that you have arranged all the things and start moving. Remember that, after all, fun and pleasure matters the most in mountain biking!