When mountain biking, it is essential to have a helmet that fits properly and an appropriate saddle for your bike. A person should take care to stay hydrated and wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions.
A bike helmet should be worn at all times when riding. If a person experiences a crash that involves his helmet, the helmet should be replaced immediately. Bicycle helmets should not be used for longer than five years.
When choosing a saddle, factors such as the rider’s age and the type of terrain to be ridden should be considered. Consulting with a knowledgeable bike dealer about saddle types can help determine the best saddle shape, firmness and composition for the type of riding that is going to be done.
Not drinking enough fluids before and during a ride can easily lead to dehydration. In higher temperatures, it is especially important to drink plenty of water or drinks containing electrolytes.
Wearing the right mountain bike clothing often involves using layers that can be reduced as a ride progresses and the body begins to warm. Special shorts that incorporate padding and jerseys with pockets for food and personal items can contribute greatly to the enjoyment of a ride.