As mountain biking is practiced outdoors, when purchasing equipment, it is necessary to take into account our size and physical shape, as well as the climatic conditions and those of the terrain in which we are going to practice it. In this way, we will minimize the risk of accidents or contingencies.
Of course, you should also think about your level and how often you will use it, as prices can vary widely between the simplest and the most professional. The essential mountain bike team is made up of:
If this is the first time we have bought a bicycle, it is advisable to be advised by an expert, since there are many types, among which stand out:
- Rigid ones, most of which include suspension.
- The double suspension, which has a frame with a rear suspension system and a front suspension fork and whose travel varies depending on the mode practiced (All mountain, Enduro, Freeride, Downhill).
- Those of dirt jump, which are small, light and resistant, designed to make with them all sorts of jumps and pirouettes.
- The electrical. They are the last cry and usually have autonomy ranging from 30 to 90 kilometers.
The typical biker trousers, which have padded protection in the crotch to avoid the discomfort caused by the saddle in that area.
It is essential to avoid serious consequences in apathetic injuries, as well as the blows of chinas, branches, or other objects that during pedaling could impact on our head. It must comply with safety standards, have ventilation slots and fit the skull well, without tightening.
They protect from the sun and dust and, like the Hull, are necessary to avoid the impacts of mud, stones or insects on our eyes. The lenses should be unbreakable and have ultraviolet protection, to avoid burns.
- Water and food
In a sport that takes place through the countryside, it is essential to bring water or isotonic drinks to hydrate us because we do not know where or when we will cool down. We can carry them in a bottle attached to the bicycle frame or in a backpack, where fruit and energy bars should not be missing either.
- Contingency Kit
- In the backpack, we must have a puncture repair kit (with cameras, patches, air pump) and front and rear lights, to circulate at night. A GPS or compass and a small medicine cabinet are also advisable.
- Documentation and mobile phone
- Especially useful in case of emergencies.
- Specialized footwear
It is normally made of synthetic materials, so just give of themselves. That’s why we have to choose our exact size, without getting squeezed, because after a while of pedaling the feet swell easily. There are different closures, brands, and models, depending on the discipline we carry out.
A comfortable T-shirt can be worn for the torso, although the leotards are more body-friendly and promote perspiration. The gloves avoid friction in the hands and ensure the grip of the handlebars and the light plastic raincoats or synthetic materials can save us from a cold if it starts to rain. In the case of women, sports bras or tops are best suited to facilitate mobility and reduce impacts.