Have you ever been hiking in the woods and notice that mountain bikers seem to be having the most fun? Even if you don’t share trails with them, you likely cross paths with them in the woods from time to time and share parking lots and access points with them. You might even notice regular faces among the crowds, so you know that the same folks are showing up a lot. How is that they keep coming back to something that looks like fun, but also dangerous at the same time? The truth is, good mountain bikers keep coming back because of their good habits and routines.
Even though mountain biking looks dangerous, the risks involved can be tremendously mitigated and managed. This is done through training, proper equipment, and paying attention to trail conditions.
Training is something that mountain bikers should always adhere to. While licensing is not required for riding a mountain bike, there are online tutorials for how to ride safely. First aid courses should always be taken too, just in case.
Proper equipment is second in the list of good mountain biker habits, and it ranges anywhere from properly inflated tires to a good helmet. A resourceful mountain biker knows how to care for his or her bike, and has the tools to fix it when needed.
The third and last one, paying attention to trail conditions, happens in various stages. It starts at home (or the office) with keeping up with the weather reports for where a trail is located. Further consultation happens with any official park or trail resources that monitor the conditions there. Those news sources alone can cancel trips that should never happen, and a visual inspection of the trail is always a good idea before riding.
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