Mountain Biking Gear - What you need
Mountain biking continues to be a popular pastime throughout the UK – who doesn’t enjoy hurtling down a muddy slope, slaloming between trees and rocks with the wind in your face, after all? For adrenaline-junkies, there are fewer heart-pounding activities that are as accessible and versatile as cycling down a hillside at speed.
However, you’ve got to be kitted out in the right gear while doing it. Here are NUMBER items of clothing you should invest in to make your mountain biking experience as great as possible.
The first thing on your mountain biking gear shopping list is the most important, because it protects the most important part of your body – your head. Helmets come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours, but making sure you’ve got one that fits you securely should be a priority. You don’t want to wear a helmet that slips to one side while you’re speeding down from the summit, do you?
2 Eye Protection
Next up are the eyes. While injury to the head is something you hopefully won’t have to deal with very often (or ever, preferably), your vision is another matter entirely. Dirt and debris will frequently fly up in your face when mountain biking, so you’ll want to have good protection in place for your eyes. Cycling goggle or glasses are a fairly cheap solution for this one, so invest sooner rather than later.Our Eye Protection
Biking tops and jerseys come in a variety of thicknesses with multiple functions and accessories, so be prepared to browse extensively. This is one item of clothing that you’ll definitely want to try on in-store as the fit will determine whether or not you end up with any chaffing during a cycle. In terms of jackets, aim for something that’s breathable and waterproof, with a hood being a useful bonus feature.
Gloves are an often-overlooked factor in mountain biking apparel. Not only do they keep your hands warm when cold wind is rushing over your handlebars, but they improve your grip while riding. Again, gloves come in a variety of sizes, textures and types, with smartphone-friendly fingertips now a common feature too.Our Gloves
Ah, the all-important chamois! If you’re planning to embark on some mountain biking escapades, a comfortable and well-fitting pair of these lycra shorts are a must-have. Chamois help protect the cyclist’s rear during a bumpy ride downhill and can be worn underneath shorts to aid discretion. As with most items of mountain biking gear, research thoroughly, try before you buy and be prepared to spend as much as you need to for a quality pair. Similarly, you’ll want to invest sensibly in a suitable pair of bike shorts. Short and light shorts for quick journeys, long and sturdier for more extensive rides; shorts with extra features like deep pockets and good ventilation should jump to the top of your wish list.
6 Knee Pads
Knee pads are very popular these days among mountain bikers, with plenty of choice available through retailers. Aim for a good balance between comfort and protection – you’ll want to be able to move your legs freely in the sound knowledge that your knee caps have a good chance of remaining intact in the event of a fall. Make sure any pads you check out stay firmly on your knee without slipping, but also avoid pads that are too tight and restrict your movement.
Last but not least – shoes. A good pair of mountain biking shoes are essential to achieving an enjoyable and safe experience on the downhill slopes. Footwear made specifically for mountain biking is normally more taut than standard trainers, and usually have gripped soles to help you latch onto the pedals while cycling. Invest sensibly in the right shoes for mountain biking in order to ensure you ride safely and effectively at all times.
So there you have it, seven items of gear you should give careful consideration to when preparing to engage in some downhill adventures on two wheels. It’s always worth taking plenty of time to research the right clothing and equipment for the type of cycling you intend to do, and if you want to be sure of the fit and supportiveness of your new gear, buy it in-store where you can try it on first.