It is no secret that exercise is vital for staying healthy and biking is one of the best ways to exercise while also having fun. But it is equally important to stay safe while you are biking, and choosing the trail can mean the difference between an enjoyable workout or a dangerous one. Here are some tips for staying safe and healthy while moutain biking…
One of the most important aspects of mountain biking is finding the right trail to bike on. Choosing the right trail can mean having a successful, fun and fulfilling ride. Choosing the wrong one can be disappointing and possibly even dangerous for the inexperienced rider.
When you choose a trail or a place to go mountain biking, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. One of the most important things and the first that you should consider is the weather. This is usually only necessary when planning a vacation. However, there are several places where you have different elevations to bike at, therefore a choice of temperature. If you not comfortable biking in extremes, whether hot or cold, you should choose a more temperate area of the country or shoot for better times of the year to visit more extreme locales. Finding out the weather before hand will allow you to be better prepared for your trip. You will know what clothing to bring to keep you at your optimal comfort level, and you can pack rain gear if there is a chance of encountering that along your journey.
The other important decision to make is what difficulty level you can handle. This decision can usually be made after locale is chosen as most parks have multiple trails of all levels. You need to be honest with yourself when picking a difficulty. If you are just starting out, or have been riding for a long time, you need to start with a beginner trail. Moving too quickly to a difficult trail can be dangerous and can result in injuries and possibly even death. You need to gain experience in handling the different obstacles and the change sin terrain that you will encounter on a ride.
You also need to figure out how far you can bike for. If you are unable to finish a trail, some parks have a place where you could be picked up by a friend and driven home, instead of having to finish out the whole trail. If this sounds like something you may need, planning is the best way to ensure a great trip. This is also a good tip to ensure you don’t get caught in the dark somewhere and can’t find your way. To be safe, you should always have a bike light mounted and ready for sue at all times. No matter where you are going biking you want to make sure you have a headlight in case you need it.
While you can certainly go mountain biking by yourself, why not bring a friend. Another biker can assist you in deciding on the correct trails and if they are more experienced, they can offer assistance during the ride as well.
Choosing the right trail before heading out will ensure that you have a great experience on your mountain biking trip.