Mountain biking is a mode that has attracted more and more new fans, given a large number of participants that national MTB competitions have been registering in recent years – many cyclists have left the streets to venture on the trails.
But some care is needed for those who will face this type of challenge without much experience. That’s why we talked to mountain biker Gustavo Astolphi, who has more than ten years of experience in the curriculum and has participated in races such as BC Bike Race and Brazil Ride. Gustavo listed some important tips for beginners on MTB trails.
Tips for a beginner on mountain bike trails:
>> Never pedal alone on trails, and always carry a cell phone in case of emergency;
>> Do not forget the essential safety equipment, such as a good helmet, gloves, and glasses. And for greater comfort, choose quality and MTB-specific clothing;
>> Before the pedal, look for details on the course, such as altimetry, distance, technical level and the weather forecast for the day. Be honest with yourself when analyzing whether you and your mountain bike are fit to pedal on the intended track;
>> Don’t leave some familiar warned about where and for how long you want to ride; >>
>> Take with you all the items you might need, even those you would not want to use, such as a tube, pump, tools with different sizes of Allen wrench, chain wrench and tire patch kit, plus water and food appropriate to the estimated pedal time;
>> When finding a cyclist in the opposite direction of the trail, remember that the climber has the preference – unless the descent is extremely steep to stop in the middle of it when the preference changes to the one who is descending;
>> Find out about the correct tire calibration. In the beginning, it is very common to use a higher pressure than recommended, looking for a better roll, however, this makes the mountain bike more uncomfortable, mainly for beginners;
>> Some of the accidents on tracks are caused by lack of attention, so it is important not to divert the focus of the course. Anticipate the braking in curves and the exchange of gears in variations of terrain, saving the exchange and the legs;
>> When braking, avoid locking the wheels unnecessarily, as this reduces the control of the bike. Use both brakes with balance;
>> Remember to always keep the bike in order and in good working order, as a poorly regulated bike can not only accelerate the wear and tear of the components but also break you down and leave you in the middle of a trail.