Plan on taking your new mountain bike for a spin on the rocky hills? Just make sure you also carry the right kit and to help you with that below in this article I have covered some tips every beginner mountain bike rider will find handy.
Choose the right mountain bike
To begin with there are 3 main kinds of mountain bikes. These are Rigid, Hardtail and Full Suspension.
If you want a low weight, easily affordable bike to ride on easy mountain roads a rigid mountain bike is perfect for you since they have no suspension but if the terrain is slightly rocky then a hardtail mountain bike is what you should buy. These bikes have a front suspension and provide more control.
Plan on riding on a very rocky and difficult terrain? Get full suspension mountain bike. These bikes have suspensions in the front as well as rear and thus offer better control than hardtail bikes.
Get a strong helmet
Thinking of going without a helmet? Well think again. Helmets are a must especially if this is your first mountain ride. Just make sure you buy the right size.
Wondering what the right size is? Well it should neither to too tight nor too loose and ensure that your helmet has a good secure chin strap that does not go over or cover your ears. Also ensure that the helmet does not block your vision.
Wear the right gloves
Worried about getting soared hands and burns due to the vibrations of your mountain bike? Get a good pair of gloves. Experts often avoid gloves but for beginners it’s as important as their helmet.
Is it too hot for you to wear gloves? Consider getting fingerless gloves. Also remember to try out your gloves before buying them.
Puncture repair tools and kit
Guessing what the biggest risk of riding on rocky terrains is? Well it is ending up with a flat tire or a damaged bike. Now are you looking for ways to avoid this problem? I have the solution for you.
It will be best if you can carry a pump and puncture tool kit with you. Apart from that also take a multi-tool along with you for standard repair jobs. Forgetting to carry them can result in significant time waste.
Carry water bottles
Riding on mountains needs a lot patience and effort and thus you are bound to get tired and this makes staying hydrated very important. So make sure you carry enough water bottles with you. Don’t have enough space for too many bottles?
The best thing you can do is buy a hydration pack. You can store water in these bags and they also come with small pockets to keep other important things such as your phone, some cash, first aid kit etc.
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