Mountain biking can be one of the most exciting and rewarding hobbies you can undertake. Not only does it allow you to get great exercise in just about every major muscle group, it allows you to de-stress, get away from the hustle and bustle of the regular world, and commune with nature. Riding a bike on a nature trail can be a great way to recharge your batteries and feel better about life in general.
However, buying a bike isn’t enough. There are a number of pieces of essential gear you need to get the most out of your new hobby, safely. Check out this mountain bike gear buyer’s guide for the most essential pieces of equipment and safety wear you’ll need to safely and securely enjoy your new bike.
Mountain Bike Gear Buyer’s Guide
Any solid mountain bike gear buyer’s guide is going to focus on the basics, those things you most need to get the best results out of your hobby. For biking, this means a helmet, hydration system, bike pump and tube, eye protection, a multitool, and the right clothing.
We’ve all heard it since we were kids: if you’re going to ride a bike, wear a helmet. Helmets save lives, period. Good helmets can be had for as little as $50, with premium ones ranging into the hundreds. Get one that fits you snugly and is well-padded and ventilated.
You need to drink plenty of fluids while biking. Any sort of exercise will dehydrate you, so you want to be sure you’ve got enough water to get you through. The cheapest way to do this is to buy a couple water bottles and affix them to a cage. If you’re going on longer rides, though, you might choose a pack that you wear on your back, with a bladder and a hose. It costs more, but it’ll get you through long rides.
Bike Pump and Tube
You never know when you’re going to blow a tire. A handheld bike pump is essential to get you through when you’re losing air, and a spare tube might be essential if you completely blow a tube. Best of all, these can be had for as little as $25.
When we talk about eye protection, we don’t mean polarized sunglasses (though these are vital as well). We mean clear hard lenses that will protect your eyes from ticks and debris that get kicked up. They’ll cost you around $20.
You’ll want a basic multitool to cover unforeseen circumstances. The best will have a blade, a saw, screwdriver attachments, and Allen wrenches. One with a chain breaker is a great idea. You’re looking at spending $25 or a bit more for a good one.
You’ll want proper protective clothing to stay safe. This should include riding gloves to protect your hands from a wipeout, good, padded riding shorts, and knee and elbow pads. Avoid loose-fitting clothing which can get caught in pedals, chains and wheels. You should spend $100 or more in total on your protective riding clothes.
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