4. Dress appropriately
For mountain bikers in particular, it is essential to wear the right clothes. You can, of course, buy special mountain biking kit, but you can certainly use “ordinary” sports clothes as well. However, we would recommend that you buy a pair of proper cycling shorts/tights, as they are designed to be worn next to the skin to prevent chafing. If you use cycling shorts, do not wear underpants as well, because this can result in irritation or saddle sores. In addition, cycling shorts are treated with antibacterial agents. A good pair of cycling gloves will also pay dividends, as they will protect you against a lot of shakes and bumps during the day. In addition, they will help keep you warm on cold days and protect your hands if you crash.
5. Make room and cycle calmly past others
As a mountain biker, you’ll often find that you’re not the only person enjoying the woods. Some mountain bike trails are reserved exclusively for riders, but some will take you along public paths where there may be other people walking or riding. If you encounter other people, let them know you are there, slow down, and ride in a wide arc around them if possible. People may not necessarily know you are coming up behind them, and might therefore change direction unexpectedly. In addition, horses and pedestrians may be startled if you whiz past them without any warning.
6. Stay off wet tracks
It’s best to stay off tracks and trails after a lot of rain because the surface will be wet and soft, and cycle tyres can easily damage it. So try to avoid cycling on soft, muddy tracks.
7. Stick to the path
Most mountain bike routes run through private woods, where it is prohibited (by law!) to leave the signposted paths and roads. So make sure to stick to the path so that you won’t damage the surrounding countryside – and we can keep on riding through private woods.