More than the excitement and the actual experience, it really is an advantage or an edge in getting ready for any important event in your life. To make the most out of it will require you to not only think of what’s going to happen today but for the rest of the days that you’ll enjoy what you have started.
It’ll always pay to ask questions whenever you’re uncertain of something or better yet, do a scouting or close observation of what every rider is doing. You would normally experience doubts or uncertainties along the way, but it will be temporary. Once you succeed on your first attempt, the rest of the positive things will follow.
The following humble suggestions below will speak about getting ready for your first mountain biking trip:
Physical and mental preparations
Mind setting is one very important factor in mountain biking. You’ll gonna ask yourself if you really wanted whatever it is that you are about to undergo. If you have uncertainties, doubts or fear in doing so, better not start anything if you have second thoughts. Another advantage to mountain biking is physical conditioning. Before you go on a long ride, you should have tested your stamina and pedal strength by going for a spin around your neighbourhood or the nearby town next to yours.
Exploring the terrain map of the ride
For first timers, it is recommended that you go with other riders on a simple or basic trail first. With this, you’ll be able to adjust your ride with respect to the kind of wheels you are going to use and the gears you’ll bring along the way for the ride. Technically, going with experienced MTB riders will challenge you to try what they are doing. Take it one step at a time until you’ll be ready, especially with trails that have treacherous turns or dangerous slopes and gaps.
Bring enough water and energy drinks
You’ll surely be thirsty ahead of the others since it’s your first time. Never wait for a fellow rider to open his bottle before you follow drinking. Experts are used to it already because they’ll only have a single sip in order not to fill the stomach with a liquid that will only add weight to the body during an actual trip. Energy drinks could also help in adding your strength and stamina, especially on an uphill climb.
Bring along smaller tools with you during the ride
Aside from the unpredictable weather during a ride, it’s also very important to bring your tools with you for emergency repairs while on the trail. A self-sealing kit, for example, will help you restore your wheel interiors during a puncture incident.