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Mountain Biking: Essential Items for the Trails

Happy Friday, I hope you are having a great week! I know I am ready for the weekend and looking forward to spending time outdoors on my bike. However, this weekend I plan on not only doing road biking. I am going to hit up the trails and do a little mountain biking too. Mountain biking has really come back to the forefront and gained popularity over the last decade. Improvement in technology has made the sport safer than ever! There have been really amazing advancements in practical wear, equipment and other tools for mountain biking enthusiasts as well. Going out in the backcountry and rushing up hills and down rocky trails has never been so easy and fun. However, it is important to be prepared for the adventure. Check out my latest post…Mountain Biking: Essential Items for the Trails.

Mountain Biking: Essential Items for the Trails

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Eye Protection

Mountain biking has always been a sport for those that seek a thrill. It’s not that you’re just thundering down hills and you’re avoiding lots of different obstacles at once, it’s the speed you’re doing it at. So it is essential to protect your eyes from dirt and debris while you are cycling. One of the more popular choices for eye protection are the Thor sniper barred goggles. They have a strong frame along with a tough elastic headband that wraps tightly around your face and head. It’s not too tight however, just tight enough to form a snug seal so the goggles can protect your eyes from rainwater too.

The frame is injection moulded so the brown and bottom of the frame remain fixed in place when you’re on some serious bumps. However, the frame still allows good airflow so your eyes don’t get misty and oily or fog up when you begin sweating. The anti-fog ability is also great when you’re cycling through a humid forest so your vision is not obscured. It’s also scratch resistant so if you happen to drop them or take a fall, the lenses will not get damaged by sharp rocks. There’s also an amazing tear-off system which you can use when the lenses get dirty and you are unable to stop to clean them.  For example, if you’re in the middle of a race you can just peel off pieces of the see-through lense and continue on with the new layer, which will save you time! This is my favorite thing about the goggles!

Check out this video highlighting the features of the amazing Thor Sniper Barred Goggles!

Spare Parts

Mountain biking can be a very rough sport, not just on the human body but on your bike too. It is important that you carry along some essentials on the trail in case you have any mechanical issues with your bike or get a flat tire. For example, a pair of spare tubes as a puncture can happen at anytime when you’re cycling over gravel and rocks.  I like to carry 2 tubes because flat tires are all too common. Along with the tubes, make sure to have tire levers as this helps to pry the tire off the wheel safely. You can also use this to loosen some sporks if that is necessary. Levers are a versatile tool that you can be used for many other things such as getting dirt and grit out of your treads as well. You should also carry a small portable bike pump. Some of the best tire pumps on the market can be carried in your rucksack or fitted onto the bike itself. I find that tucking a spare pair of gloves into my shirt pocket is also a helpful item. 

Check out this video on choosing the proper inner tubes for you bike tires:

Fuel

When going for a mountain biking experience you know that you’re in for a serious workout. So, it is essential to have enough fluids and fuel to power you through your ride.  Check out your local bike shop as they typically have a variety of different convenient sources of food options designed for cyclists.  This has to be dense food, that is small in size but filled to the brim with energy. Consider the Clif nut butter filled bar which is made from organic ingredients. It’s a bar which you can eat in a few seconds but it has around 230 calories. If you pack just 4 of these with you for a trip, you’ll nearly have an extra 1,000 calories with you for extra energy if you need it. There are also a variety of gels and energy chews, such as Honey Stingers that are quick sources of energy. It is good to try a few different kinds of bars, gels, or chews until you find the one that works well for you.

Fluids

Proper hydration is very important while cycling and not just with water, but also with electrolyte replacement fluids. These drinks such as Infinit Nutrition Speed are energy drinks that are made purposefully for workouts that will be long and arduous. This kind of energy drink will last up to 3 hours. It’s aimed to be around 30% more efficient than any other energy drink made for mountain biking. It can be a great boost for your body when you’re really feeling tired while still on the trail. If you’re biking all day long and light is beginning to fade while you’re tired, this kind of drink can help you push home. As with fuel, it is good to experiment with different types of electrolyte drinks as well, until you find the one that works best.

So Tell Me…

Have you ever tried mountain biking? Do you have a favorite trail that you like to ride on? Do you have a favorite bar or electrolyte replacement drink that works for you? Have you tried the Thor Sniper Barred Goggles? What is your “must have” when you hit the trails for a ride?

Thank you so much for stopping by! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great weekend?

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Nathan Pennington

Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

Great article Angela. Mountain biking is definitely a great alternative to doing a lot of different running workouts. Also, to add in biking to ones' running routine is only going to make them a better athlete. I really like the fact that there is much less impact on the joints and ligaments with biking rather than with running. Wishing you continued success in 2023.

Holly Martin

Tuesday 25th of June 2019

Thanks for sharing such a detailed outline on all the essentials. I have some friends in my circle who are avid mountain bikers, so I'll definitely share with them.

Organic Runner Mom

Monday 10th of June 2019

I have a mountain bike but the extent of my experience with it so far has been mostly on rail trails. I am still nervous to get out on the real trails.

runswithpugs

Sunday 9th of June 2019

My cousin is an avid mountain biker but I've never tried. Mostly because we don't really have mountain trails near where I live. I have a road bike and I like riding, but I definitely don't think I would be confident enough to be out in the hills like that!

Dominique Cheylise

Saturday 8th of June 2019

I've never tried mountain biking but I know people who have and it seems tough! Definitely important to be well prepared.