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Before you get out for your first spin on a mountain bike, have a read of these tips, they may be the difference between you one-day turning pro or calling it quits after your first go.
Mountain biking is one of the most fun and adrenaline inducing sports you’ll find, however, it can be a little daunting when first starting out. These tips will help you ease into it and make your first ride in the mountains a thrilling experience, rather than one you wish you’d forget. Don’t go mad on your first outing, keep it to an hour or two in the hills. Mountain biking works your whole body and if you are not super fit then you will be shattered. The key to great mountain biking is being relaxed and flexible on your bike, going with the flow and allowing the bike to move about beneath you. Our advice is to head to a trail centre for your first time because they have graded slopes so you won’t be out of your depth.
Be comfortable! Make sure to wear weatherproof, breathable garments Essentials include a helmet and some gloves. After that, we recommend padded shorts, a pair of kneepads and sunglasses for the sun but also to act as eye protection from mud or stray branches. Then obviously, a waterproof jacket for winter.
An easy to reach water bottle and a small waterproof backpack slung over your shoulders, filled with snacks, a first aid kit, chain lube, a phone, a battery pack, a flashlight, sunscreen, a spare tube, tire pump and levers, GPS and a multi-purpose tool for basic repairs.
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Most importantly, just get out there and give it a go. Try not to overthink it, a lot of this stuff will come naturally to you once you relax. Enjoy!
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