As you may well know, Mountain Biking is quite an exhilarating experience. Nothing can quite beat the thrill of traveling incredibly fast across some rugged off-road terrain. However, there is no denying that mountain biking is quite a dangerous sport. In fact, every single year, many people are seriously injured, some even killed, simply because they do not obey some rather basic rules for mountain biking. On this page I want to share with you some top safety tips. Bear these in mind and you will be well on your way to riding without injury.
This is without a doubt the most important tip. It should ‘go without saying’. However, you will be surprised at how many people simply ignore it. This is to always wear a helmet whilst you are biking. It does not matter how slow you are travelling. If you fall off and bang your head then you are going to cause yourself some serious damage. Remember, you can’t replace your brain! (Although if you do cycle without a helmet then it must be called into question whether you actually had a brain to begin with….)
Many people don’t realize this, but mountain biking is actually quite a skilful sport. It is so much more than hopping on a bike and peddling away. There are often many obstacles that you need to avoid…most of them at speed. This leads me to my second tip. This is that you should never cycle beyond your abilities. If you don’t think that you can tackle a particular section of the trail then hop off that bike and walk it. Nobody is going to laugh at you for staying safe. Remember, this is your life that you are playing with. Do not take risks with it.
Make sure that your bike is suitable for the terrain. Not all mountain bikes will be able to handle every situation. If your bike is not appropriate and you push it to the limit then things are going to go wrong. If you do not know whether your bike can handle something then you should consult the manual or head to the manufacturer’s website. If no information is listed then do not tackle something. It is much better to be safe than sorry.
Do not cycle too fast! Cycle at a speed that you are comfortable with. If you can’t spot obstacles at the speed that you are travelling at then it is time to slow down. It only takes one small rock to send you hurtling over those handlebars to a world of pain.
Safety on the Road: Bike-Rack-Store
Safety Gear: Xsports
Mountain Bike Full Face Helmets: Vital MTB