Whether you’re a novice or a pro, always get the basics right first.
If you’ve never ridden a bike before, it can be intimidating. That’s why we’re here to work with you from start to finish. It’s not all about speed and technicality – as long as you can keep your balance and feel comfortable on your bike, you can try mountain biking. Here are some of our tips to consider.
GET YOUR GEAR
Make sure you have the right gear for your ride and skills levels. The first thing you’ll need is a helmet – no helmet, no ride. Protect your body with long sleeves and shorts, cycling-specific socks, durable closed-toed shoes or mountain biking shoes; and gloves – ideally long-finger gloves. For the nervous, elbow and knee pads, can help protect you in the case of a fall.
KNOW YOUR BIKE
Which ever bike you have, make sure you get to know it well. Becoming familiar with your bike helps you have better control and improved confidence when braking, shifting gears and picking a good line on the trail. The best way to get to know your bike well, is to ride it regularly.
START SLOW, SPEED UP
Whether it’s your first time on a bike, or just your first time on a particular trail, it’s important to be safe and ride smart. Always start easy and check your brakes and gears are working as they should and that your tyres are at the right pressure. If you’re riding a new trail for the first time; ride it slowly before you increase in speed. Once you’ve mastered the trail, you can progress to more advanced trails; or ride the same trail with more smoothness.