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How To Start Mountain Biking

Millions of people who are growing sick and tired of socially-distancing have realized that occasional doses of outdoor exercises are perhaps the only way to stay sane when you’re cooped up in the house all day. Despite the growing desire of many people to engage with sporting experiences which are new to them, many newcomers to various hobbies have little to no idea where to begin. Mountain biking is an incredibly exhilarating and enjoyable experience, for instance, but some rookies shy away from it due to their ignorance of the sport.

Here’s a quick review of how to start mountain biking, the kind of gear a beginner should invest in, and what mistakes to avoid if you want to remain uninjured.

Don’t be afraid to start small

Some mountain biking enthusiasts have tremendous levels of talent that allow them to conquer the most intimidating of peaks and cliffs. For a newcomer to the mounting biking scene, the viral videos of fantastic mountain biking exploits can be visually impressive but also incredibly intimidating. If you listen closely, you can almost hear a newcomer to mountain biking saying “you want me to do that?!” in an exasperated tone.

This is why it’s important to know that it’s okay to start small. You don’t have to conquer massive peaks at first - indeed, you shouldn’t even try until you have some experience and good gear that you’re familiar with. There are many common mountain biking mistakes that you should learn to avoid, but one of the most important tips for newcomers is to take your time and slowly immerse yourself into this sport at your own pace. If you have friends who are outpacing you, it’s understandable that you want to race to catch up to them. Nevertheless, don’t endanger yourself by taking on a mountain biking trail you’re not yet ready for.

The next step is to invest in some great gear to ensure your own personal safety. There are countless mountain biking brands to pick from, so it’s worthwhile to just review the basic safety equipment you’ll need before picking a brand of your personal choice. Besides the obvious equipment like a good helmet, you’ll also probably want to invest in some solid gloves and a good source of water. A backpack mounted water system, sometimes called a camel backpack, is of the utmost importance to mountain bikers who need to remain hydrated while on the go.

Starting your new mountain biking hobby isn’t like investing in SEO services or shaving your head - you won’t see instantaneous results. That’s perfectly okay! Don’t feel pressured to make massive jumps that scare you, but instead slowly and surely build up the muscle strength and mental prowess you need to conquer the harder trails you’ll encounter later. The mountain biking community is often incredibly friendly and supportive, too, so don’t be afraid to ask others for help if you’re feeling a bit out of your depth. Before very long, you’ll come to realize that mountain biking is a tremendously rewarding activity that millions of people around the world partake in for good reasons.

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