Set the suspension
The majority of mountain bikes have suspension forks as well as shock absorbers. These help to stop large bumps impacting your ride, but the correct active positions will need to be set so that this can work properly. It’s crucial to get to know your bike so that you can prepare yourself and understand how to open and lock up your suspension if it ever needs adapting. Therefore, no matter what you trail you end up on you will be ready to tackle it.
Decide on your target path
You often go where your eyes go so try not to fixate yourself too much on the places that you don’t want to go such as a rock in your path. Instead, try to look past these obstacles to avoid going towards them. Keep your eyes looking forward and look as far down your trail as you can as well as using your own peripheral vision, avoiding any obstacles directly around you.
Know how to do basic repairs
Due to the rugged terrain, often mechanical issues occur more than on pavement routes. Brushing up your basic repair skills can minimise any risk of being stuck in the woods with just your bike. If something breaks, you will then have the knowledge to fix it. Good skills to master include;
- Fixing a flat tyre
- Repairing broken chains
- Replacing a cracked or bent derailleur hanger
Pack the essentials
Often in deserts or forests there are not many shops and sometimes you may be biking for longer than you first thought, this may be due to getting lost, a mechanical issue or bumpy terrain slowing you down. So, pack extra water and food for your journey. Also make note that sometimes in some of your locations there may not be much phone signal so make sure that someone knows where you are and you have the tools to get yourself sorted if an issue arises. Knowing you have everything you need, you will be able to enjoy your ride a lot more.