Mountain Biking Safety Reminders
We love the thrill of mountain biking; navigating through rugged trails, conquering challenging terrain, and immersing yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of Lewis County. Here are few reminders before you hit the trailhead.
Helmet Always On:
Never hit the trails without your helmet. It’s your primary defense against head injuries and a non-negotiable gear item. And close-toed shoes are a must!
Before you ride, familiarize yourself with the trail map. Know the difficulty level and potential challenges to match your skill set. Don’t rely on your mobile phone for mapping; bring a paper copy.
Ensure your bike is in top-notch condition. Regularly check brakes, gears, and tire pressure to prevent mechanical issues during your ride.
Stay informed about weather conditions. Dress accordingly, and avoid biking during severe weather to ensure visibility and trail stability.
Ride Within Limits:
Know your skill level and stay within your limits. Progress gradually to more challenging trails as you gain experience.
Hydration and Nutrition:
Stay hydrated and fuel up before hitting the trails. Long rides demand sustained energy levels, so carry water and snacks.
Pack a basic first aid kit, tools for minor repairs, and a fully charged phone. Be prepared for unexpected situations on the trail.
Respect other trail users. Yield to pedestrians and fellow bikers, and announce your presence when overtaking. Remember uphill riders have the right of way!
Wear bright colors to enhance visibility, especially if you’re biking in areas shared with other outdoor enthusiasts.
Solo Riding Caution:
If riding solo, inform someone of your plans and expected return time. Stay on well-traveled trails and avoid remote areas.
Don’t ride muddy trails. Stay on designated trails to minimize environmental impact. Respect wildlife and fellow nature lovers by leaving no trace.