Riding your mountain bike is a great way to stay fit and stay relaxed. The feeling of freedom that you feel as you are either riding along a country lane, a forest or a trail can help you forget all the trials and strains of daily life. This is one of the many reasons why riding a mountain bike is so popular nowdays. But before you go out for a ride on your mountain bike it is important to make sure that you have the correct equipment with you so that you do not get stuck in the countryside distances away from your home. Here are a few of the essential items that you should make sure that you have with you as before you set off on a mountain bike ride.
Weaving the correct kit when you go for a ride on your mountain bike is important, making sure that you stay comfortable and that none of your clothing is rubbing or going to cause you irritation when riding is vitally important. Making sure that your kit is clean is also very important from a hygiene perspective.
If you have special clip-less pedals fitted to your bike you should ensure that you have the correct shoes to go with these pedals otherwise you will not get the full benefit of using this equipment whilst out on your ride.
You should always carry with you a pump in case you have a puncture whilst out on your ride, to go with this you should also carry a couple of spare inner tubes and sometimes a puncture repair kit. Nowadays many mountain bikers ride tubeless tires, if this is the case for you then you may want to carry a tube of tire sealant with you. If you have plenty of storage space with you you may want to think about bringing a spare tire, one that is lightweight and not to bulky, the Maxxis Ignitor is a great tyre for this exact purpose. The Maxxis Ignitor folds easily and can be stored in a back pocket of your jersey whilst riding. This is one of the many reasons that make the Maxxis Ignitor such a popular tire with mountain bike riders.
If you are going out for a long ride you might want to think about fitting some lights to your mountain bike. You may set off for your ride with plenty of daylight ahead of you but if you hit any problems en-route you may find the daylight disappearing rapidly. In cases such as this it is better to be safe than sorry.
Depending on what time of year it is when you are going out for a ride you may want to think about carrying a rain cape with you for your ride. A Maxxis Ignitor rain cape is very versatile as not only will it keep you dry if it rains but it will also keep you warm if the temperature starts to drop. These are both very important features if you want to stay comfortable when riding.
So there you have it, before you go out for a ride on your mountain bike you should think about the essential items to bring with you.