What to Expect on Your First Mountain Ride
Maybe you live near some mountain trails that are just calling your name, or maybe your crew started getting really into mountain ride and you want in on the fun. Whatever it is, you’re here because you’re ready to take your bike through the mountain trails, well, before you go out, here’s what you need to know.
Stay Calmed, Relaxed, and Cool
There are all sorts of terrains in a mountain ride. You’ll likely go through rocks, mud, stream, dirt, and descents. Sure, it sounds exciting now while you’re just imagining it, but when you’re there, feeling all those different surfaces right beneath the wheel of your bike, you will get nervous. The problem with nerves is that they will likely make you pretty tense, and that’s the worst thing that could happen during a mountain ride.
See, complicated terrains require you to stay calmed and loose so that your bike does what it’s meant to do without you slowing it down. Knowing how to keep your momentum will be key to getting through most trails, and you won’t be able to do it if you keep using your breaks or slowing your bike down. Before heading out the road make sure you read up on how to better approach each obstacle. It’s even better to go with a more experienced cyclist that can advise you when you get to the trickier parts of the ride.
If you are one of those people that hate using helmets and protection, mountain biking is definitely not for you. Not only are helmets crucial in case of an accident, but they make the entire ride a lot more enjoyable. As said before, you’ll like go through uneven terrain, which will make your jaw bop up and down hurting your teeth unless you wear a specialized mountain helmet.
Now, don’t go in the opposite direction and spend thousands of dollars on gear you’ll hardly ever need. Buy all the necessary gear to keep yourself safe but don’t overdo it. And more importantly, don’t go thinking that the more expensive something is, the safer it will keep you. Take it slow as you start out.
Look Ahead and Know Your Breaks
Regardless of where you are, cycling will always require you to look ahead to where you’re going. It’s a matter of safety and balance. When it comes to mountain biking it’s also a matter of anticipating terrain changes. You need to be able to spot declines and inclines with time to spare so that you can shift your weight accordingly.
Another important thing you’ll need to learn is how to use your break. Honestly, this is something you should learn to do well before you even schedule your first mountain ride. This means both breaks by the way. While your back break it’s certainly easier and safer to use, you should not ignore your front brake altogether, rather, learn how to use it safely.
Riding through a mountain trail is exhilarating and offers the kind of adrenaline that you don’t usually get with a ride through the city. But always remember that safety should come before excitement. Get ready for your ride and prepare yourself as much as you can.