Mountain biking is an endurance sport. The positive stress stimuli for the heart, circulation and muscles require health and a realistic self-assessment. Avoid time pressure and slowly increase the intensity and length of your tours.
Books, maps, the internet and experts are valuable tools in choosing a bike tour that suits your fitness and ability. Always adapt tours to the group, the weather forecast and the current conditions. Even minor incidents can lead to serious emergencies.
Do not drive cross-country to avoid erosion damage. Use only suitable roads and trails and respect local closures and regulations to avoid conflicts with landowners, trail keepers and other nature users.
Before every ride: Check the brakes, tyre pressure, tight fit of the wheels, suspension and gears of your bike. Annual maintenance by a specialist ensures that your bike is in perfect technical condition. Make sure that you are sitting in a healthy position.
Warm clothing, rain and wind protection, a repair kit and first aid kit belong in your rucksack, as well as a mobile phone (emergency call 112), light and sufficient food and drink. Gloves and goggles protect your hands and eyes. A map or GPS are valuable orientation tools.
Uphill and downhill, always wear a helmet! In the event of a fall or collision, a helmet can prevent head injuries or even save your life. Protectors can protect you from serious injuries.
Be considerate of pedestrians by announcing your arrival early and reducing your speed. Stop if necessary. A friendly greeting promotes acceptance. Ride in small bike groups and avoid paths heavily frequented by hikers.
Adapt your speed to the situation. Ride attentively and be ready to brake, as unexpected obstacles can be expected at any time. You can learn riding and braking techniques in mountain bike courses.
By braking in a controlled way so that the wheels do not lock, you prevent soil erosion and damage to the path. Take your waste with you and avoid noise.
The twilight phase is the time for wild animals to feed. Therefore, drive during daylight hours to avoid disturbance. Approach animals at walking pace and close pasture fences after passing.
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