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Listed below are 5 MUST HAVE mountain bike accessories for beginners. It is additionally vital to review this list if you’re keen on properly engaging in mountain biking, look, feel and ride just like a real mountain biker, and enjoy yourself more. They’re ranked in order, from the most critical to the least critical.
Total expenditure (for entry-level equipment): $200. If you purchase them all at one time, see if the shop will cut you a small deal.
- A helmet: It is pretty obvious that this will come first, but it’s astonishing just how many individuals actually ride trails without a helmet on, which is like them practically begging for a brain injury. Don’t ride without a helmet.
You can get a fairly decent helmet for as low as $50 (or as much as $300 if you wish to splurge). If you’re in North America, try Mountain Equipment Co-op (Canada) or REI (USA), or if you’re in Europe, Decathlon – they have great prices and selection. When researching helmets, you might encounter} the abbreviation MIPS which represents Multi-directional Impact Protection, it is the newest design for mountain biking helmets that offer greater protection for rotational impact injuries which are normal with biking.
The important thing is to get something that fits snugly and won’t wobble around while you’re riding (or crashing). In the event that you can’t make your helmet snug then it won’t protect your head. Also try and get something that is well-ventilated so that you do not have streams of sweat pouring into your eyes.
COST: $50 – $200
- Hydration system: Water bottles that are affixed to a water bottle cage on your frame are the least expensive option, but they often don’t carry enough water for a long-distance ride. If you’re thinking about doing any rides which can be significantly more than 2 hours long you ought to invest in a hydration pack (that is, a small pack that goes on your back and features a water bladder and hose). We like Osprey Packs – they’re some of the best built and feature-rich packs on the market.
COST (water bottle and cage): $20
- Handheld Pump and Tube:You should get a pump that can switch between Presta and Schrader valves, and is small enough to fit in a hydration pack but it should be big enough so it does not require 1500 pumps to fill a tube. Carry at least one spare tube with you on every ride (make sure you get the proper size tube!). A pump and tire will save you a lengthy walk back to the trailhead.
COST: $25 – $50
- Protective Glasses: Make sure you get some good glasses with clear lenses (as opposed to sunglasses, that are not recommended if you’re riding in the forest). They’ll potentially save you from being blinded by a stick in the eye. A simple model will set you back $20, or if you wish to splurge, you could get some with removable lenses in various colors for different lighting conditions.
COST: $20 – $200
- Multi-Tool: Get a simple multi-tool with a couple of different sizes of Allen wrenches alongside flathead and Philips screwdrivers. If you do not have the budget for a different multi-tool and chain breaker, get yourself a multi-tool with an integrated chain breaker – it might save you a lengthy walk back to the trailhead.