Getting Started Mountain Biking
Mountain biking in Texas is a wonderful and exciting adventure. It frees you from the concrete jungle of the city and allows you to get back to nature. Texas Mountain Biking in particular is a great activity for anyone to participate in. Not only will it give you an opportunity to breath the fresh air and see nature, it also increases your fitness level and helps you to stay in shape.
Getting started mountain biking doesn’t take much, all you need to get started is a bike with 2 good wheels… and preferably a helmet. Here you will find everything you need to hit the trail and have an adventure. This will put you on the path to getting started.
Recommended Gear for Mountain Biking
Here are your absolute necessities to get started. Nothing excessive or fancy, no bells and whistles. These are just the good old fashioned MUST-HAVES of the mountain bike world.
- Mountain Bike- See the Beginners guide to buying the perfect bike.
- Bicycle Helmet
- Gloves – Full finger gloves are highly preferred for off-road riding.
- Hydration Pack or Water Bottles - Hydration packs are great for long rides and very convenient access.
- Trail Repair Kit – Including a Tube, Multitool, and a Frame Pump or CO2 pump.
Optional Gear for Mountain Biking
If you are looking to expand your mountain biking gear to include some of the high end equipment and optional gear, here is a good list to get started with.
- Mountain Bike Shoes – These are specific shoes to cycling that will actually clip themselves into your pedals.
- Cycling Jersey
- Cycling Shorts
- Cycling Computer – A handlebar mounted computer that will track your speed, distance, time, cadence and much more.
- Heart Rate Monitor
- Lights – A must if you are going to be night-riding. Opt for a minimum of 600 lumens, 1000+ lumens is preferred.
Find a Trail
Basic Tips for New Riders
- Always look ahead and think ahead.
- Ride with CONFIDENCE!
- But also, Don’t be afraid to walk if something is above your current skill.
- When braking, always use both brakes.
- Choose a gear that is easy enough that you are not struggling, but also hard enough that your butt doesn’t bounce on top of the seat.