There are numerous ways that you can improve your mountain bike safety. There is a reason why all riders will tell you that wearing a helmet is one of the most important things to do, to stay safe.
The second being is that you should always ride in control of your mountain bike. When out riding you need to still be in control, this will help to not only prevent crashes but keep others on the road or trail safe as well.
When riding out of control you lose the ability to adjust to the terrain as you ride over it. This can result in a minor fall but there are cases that it results in serious injury to yourself and others.
In this post, we will go through some mountain biking safety tips for beginners, and you can go biking knowing the benefits. Let’s get started!
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Mountain Biking Safety Tips
Basically, everything a beginner should care about in terms of basic safety is covered, so let me just explain it a bit and maybe give you some priorities.
Wear Your Safety Gear
Safety should always have a priority when out biking. This means wearing a quality helmet, eye protection, and full-fingered gloves. The simple fact is that you will more than likely have an accident and take a tumble.
If this happens in a rocky patch on the trail, you’re at risk of serious injury. As well as getting injuries like cuts or bruises in worse accidents you could break bones and get a serious gash, this is a head injury that can be fatal and cause brain damage.
A helmet helps to protect your head from such serious injuries in some cases.
Bring A First Aid Kit
Taking a fall is just the nature of mountain biking especially if you are on some rocky trails that can result in broken bones or nasty gashes. Wound dressings, plasters, and antiseptic wipes can also be very useful.
Swerving in and out of the traffic lane is a recipe for accidents. Take the lane when necessary, to avoid the door zone, or just to prevent a driver from passing you too close.
Look Ahead And Be Assertive
Don’t fixate on the road in front of you but look around at who or what may come around a corner or step off a curb and other obstacles (potholes, cracked pavement, or expansion gaps for example).
Stake your claim on your patch of the road. Being timid, over-careful, and giving the motor vehicle drivers unnecessary extra space invites them to get too close (cutting off your options).
Learn How To Change A Tube
You should learn how to change a tube if you get a puncture. More than likely you will get a flat. You should be carrying the tools and portable pump with you so you can change the tire on side of the road.
Other tools you may need are tire levers, spare tubes, and a patch kit.
Bring Water Or A Hydration Pack
When out biking you need to keep hydrated during your ride. Always bring plenty of water, as you are going to need it during your ride. You should consider using a hydration pack other than water bottles.
The hydration packs carry more water than water bottles and these can easily be mounted to your bike frame.
Know Your Fitness Level
Knowing your fitness levels and knowing your body is an important safety issue with letting others know how you are feeling.
If you have taken a knock, get an injury, or were light-headed, or would simply like to stop for a break, don’t be afraid to tell the other bikers you are with or the situation.
Obey The Rules Of The Road
The rules of the road are there for a reason. Many places are starting to catch on and have rules for the cyclist. Generally, the same rules for a motorist are the same for cyclists. There are fines for breaking red lights.
Intersections are where most of the bad things that can happen are most likely to. Less time in the intersection improves your safety
Watch Your Speed
Always keep an eye on your speed so you can quickly adjust to any obstacles or changes on the trail.
Know Your Trail
If you don’t know the trail very well, then don’t push the limits on trails. Start off with slow speeds until you get familiar with the trails, then you can start pushing the limits.
Always still give hand signals when turning. This tells other road users what they are planning to do. The specific signals aren’t too important as long as they’re clear.
Being obvious with my actions means that drivers will be able to react properly.
Start Small Then Go Big
Work your way up to stunts or obstacles. Practice in less difficult or dangerous situations before you move up to something more dangerous.
Report Harassing Drivers
If your town doesn’t know that bikers are being harassed then they can’t do anything about it. By reporting the driver you might improve their behavior towards cyclists.
Finally, I hope this article covering mountain biking safety tips for beginners was useful. The benefits of biking can’t be understated but you do have to take some safety precautions not only for yourself but for other road and trail users.
And that’s it for now! I’d love it if this post on mountain biking safety tips for beginners was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.