Summer is the perfect time to get your bike out and ride. Sometimes the most challenging questions are, “where should I go?” and “how do I need to prepare?” Whether you are new to the sport or are a pro mountain biker, Eastern Idaho offers a wide variety to trails and we offer great tips and tricks to be prepared.
Want to try out some easy trails? Check these beauties out.
If you’re up for more of a challenge you may want to look into these scenic trails.
Do you have an itch for technical trails, steep climbs, and long distances? These advanced rides are just for you.
Whatever trail you choose, it pays to be prepared. Taking certain precautions can ensure your safety and the safety of others. As you plan your mountain biking experience be sure to keep the following tips in mind.
Keep Yourself in Good Physical Condition
Mountain biking is an extremely demanding sport and those who are more fit are less likely to be injured. If you are planning a mountain biking trip in the future, now would be a good time to get on your bike and start riding.
Prepare for the Heat
Summer months can be extremely hot and trails often offer no shade. Drinking plenty of water during your ride can prevent dehydration and can give you the energy you need to ride longer. You may also want to bring sunscreen to ensure that you are totally protected from the summer rays.
Travel with Others
Biking with friends doesn’t only make a mountain biking trip more fun, but is also offers the benefit of safety in numbers. If someone in your group is injured it will be essential to have someone near by to help.
You will need plenty of energy to enjoy your mountain biking experience so be sure to bring some light weight snacks along. Granola bars, dried fruit, and nuts are all good options. These foods are also calorie dense so they will provide the energy you need.
Pack a First Aid Kit
You never know when a first aid kit may come in handy. A particularly sharp turn, or tree branch can catch even the most experienced cyclist of guard and result in injuries. Ensure that at least one individual in your group carries a kit and knows how to use it.
Become Your Own Field Mechanic
There are sometimes when your bike may lose a chain, bend a wheel, or blow a tire. These situations become extremely inconvenient unless you know how to fix the problem. You may want to acquire some basic skills to fix your bike if something goes wrong. Check out UtahMountainBiking.com for a wide variety of step by step tutorials. Also be sure to carry a small set of tools, patch kit, and replacement inner tube so that you have what you need to fix up problems.
Wear Your Helmet
It has probably been said a thousand times, but wearing a helmet is essential to your safety. Mountain biking is a risky sport and you will need to protect yourself from serious head injuries.Other safety equipment such as gloves as well as knee and elbow pads offer additional protection.
Eastern Idaho offers many opportunities for a great mountain biking experience if you know where to go and how to prepare. Be sure to choose a trail that fits your skill level and prepare to be safe. Doing so will allow you to enjoy your experience. Now go get out and ride!Local Guide Mountain Biking, Outdoors, Recreation