Mountain Biking Equipment
Here's a list of basic equipment that you may need to go mountain biking. Remember that no one ever plans for things to go horribly wrong. It's the people who are prepared for it that come out of it okay. Tell family or friends where you're going and when you expect to be back.
- Your brain (be smart, don't do stupid stuff - this will get you out of most circumstances)
- A working mountain bike in good condition
- Helmet, gloves and biking shoes
- A friend (especially on long rides)
- Cell phone
- Water and extra food (energy bars)
- Combination tool
- Spare tube
- Working pump
- Warm clothes (if any chance at the weather turning cold)
- Personal ID and emergency bracelet (if needed)
- FRS radio
- Maps of the area
- GPS (or compass if you're old school, but you need to make sure you know how to use it)
- First aid kit
Oh, and make sure you know your limitations. Don't get in over your head. If you've been riding 5-10 miles and a 35 mile ride comes up - it may not be the best idea.
Whatever you do, have fun and be safe!
Mountain biking is an exciting way to spend a day or afternoon. Please check the trail rating of the trail you're taking and then the mountain bike trail rating guide to ensure you're up to the challenge. You don't want to ruin your adventure by taking on more than you're able. Click on the link below for the mountain bike trail rating guide.
What does 4 out of 5 stars mean? And what's the deal with the fear rating? Click on the link below to check out all there is to know about the Experience Arizona rating system.