Riding a bicycle is a mere hobby for most people. Some take bike tours around cities while some are content to simply bike around the neighborhood. Even kids who can barely keep their balance use bikes to have fun and enjoy the outdoors from time to time. A simple bike with functional brakes and properly aired tires may be sufficient for such activities. But if you want to take biking to a whole new level of fun and excitement, as often illustrated in mountain biking magazines, then mountain biking is definitely a must try for you. Along with this activity, however, comes the danger inherent in going deep into the hostile grounds of mountains and hiking trails. Therefore, in order to avoid spoiling your mountain biking tour by not being properly equipped, here is the required set of equipment that you will need to help ensure you a secure and pleasant trip into wild mountain terrain.
- Mountain Bike. What is mountain biking without a real mountain bike? Your most important equipment on the trip should be carefully chosen. Make sure your mountain bike is able to absorb intense shocks from the countless obstacles and rocky roads that you will be traversing. Check if the tires and the suspensions can withstand sudden pressure changes while crossing uneven paths. Also, your comfort while riding the bike is of utmost importance. You wouldn't want to go out there being uneasy on your own bike.
- Helmet. The head is very prone to injuries during mountain biking, so a sturdy helmet is required to keep you safe from expected crashes from your bumpy and unpredictable journeys. Make sure that it is strong enough to endure some heavy impact.
- Protective Glasses. Your eyes are almost as important, if not as important, as your head. And just as the occasional falls cannot be completely avoided, scattered debris are also tough to avoid if you do not wear eye protection. These glasses will also protect your eyes from dust particles that may irritate your eyes when biking at high speed.
- Re-hydration Fluid. Bring enough drinks that will help you replenish lost body fluids. You will surely let loose liters of sweat, so bring lots of fuids for re-hydration. Plain old water may do you good, especially if you use advanced re-hydration gear like a camelbak.
- Repair Tools. Being in the wild with a broken bike is probably one of the worst case scenarios for a mountain biker. So to avoid this unpleasant experience, bring the necessary repair tools with you when mountain biking. Always bring a pump just in case you get flat tires. Wrenches, screw drivers, tire irons and spare tubes are also important to keep your mountain bike in tiptop condition while on the ride.
Now that you know what to bring to survive biking in the mountains and hiking trails, don't be anxious, rather be confident about going on a mountain bike tour. Stay carefree as you enjoy exploring the adventures that await you beyond the confined boundaries of the concrete roads.