Depending on where you live, this might be a nice time to hit some trials on your bike. If you live in an area with snow, maybe you should wait a few more months?
No matter where you live, the same question is asked’ “Is mountain biking dangerous?”. I’d say to some degree, but so is riding a bike down the road.
There are things you can do to put the odds in your favor, and this article will share 5 mountain bike safety tips with you.
1. Know The Trails
If it’s your first time on a trial, take your time and get comfortable with the terrain and layout. Pay attention to what’s around you and keep a safe distance between you and other riders.
Even if it is a trail you have ridden before, it is still worth checking it out before going full speed. You never know what might have happened. Rain could wash some of the path out, trees or branches could fall into the trail. It’s always best to proceed with caution on the first trip down for the day.
2 . Wear The Proper Safety Gear
Going downhill on a bike at potentially high speeds, can be risky. One wrong move or tree root can send you flying over the handlebars and cause a serious wreck.
Safety gear that you should be wearing, most importantly is a helmet. Protecting your head can save your life, don’t overlook it.
You could also add knee/shin guards, elbow pads, and glasses to keep debris out of your eyes. After all, if you can’t see, things will get sketchy quick.
According to the Denver personal injury lawyers at Kane Dulin McQuinn Young, “Being located in Denver, we have a lot of mountain bikers here, and see too many cases with head trauma from not wearing helmets. Something that could’ve probably been prevented with the proper gear.”
3. Have The Correct Bike
Have a bike that can handle the trials you are riding. This doesn’t have to be some $2,000 custom bike, but it’s probably not going to be that 10 speed Huffy from Walmart either.
A few things to look for:
Disc brakes – The faster you go, the better your brakes need to be to be able to stop. The standard brakes on a regular 10 speed aren’t going to stop you quick enough when you are flying downhill.
Shocks – Not a necessity, but again; going downhill on uneven terrain shocks cna help absorb the impact and help you keep control of the bike.
4. Ride Within Your Ability
Stick to riding trails on the mountain that fit within your skill level. There is nothing wrong with not going down the biggest and baddest trail. Take your time and get comfortable with your bike, the trail, and don’t try and do too much.
5. Have Fun
There is nothing wrong with being competitive and racing to the bottom, but don’t push harder than you can ride. Definitely to put other people at risk by riding foolishly.
Enjoy your time in the outdoors, get some fresh air and enjoy your company.
Wrapping It Up
Mountain biking can be dangerous, but a lot of fun. Use common sense when you’re riding, be patient, and have fun. It’s also a good idea to carry a first aid kit with you or in your vehicle, in case someone wipes out. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids as well!
Enjoy your ride!