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Tips to succeed on your winter mountain biking adventure
No mountain biking enthusiast wants to pack away their gear because of terrible weather. But it’s a thought that can cross even a long-time biker’s mind. Struggling through the mud, cold and rain is not an appealing sight, nor is it something any biker wants to deal with.
If you’re motivated enough to keep your winter biking adventures on the cards, you’ll realise ways to get around that uninviting thought. It all starts with putting together a plan which will ensure that you’re well equipped to take on your mountain biking in winter. This includes things like looking into purchasing one of the sturdy Giant bicycles, cycling glasses, MTB cycling shoes and every type of protective gear you will need. Below, we’ve compiled a few tips on how to get yourself prepared for your biking adventures this winter; take a look.
Get protective mountain biking clothing
Mountain biking apparel is designed specifically to protect you on your ride.
There’s a wide range of summer and winter items available at leading cycling stores such as Chris Willemse Cycles. Each item has a different role in ensuring that you’re protected against the harsh winter weather. So, get yourself the standard helmet, base layer, long sleeve shirt, long sleeve jacket and long gloves. When getting gloves, remember to prioritise warmth over how much the glove is able to grip on your mountain bike. If you’re unsure about the mountain bike shoes you currently have, it’s best if you get yourself a new pair; ones that are light on the feet, but with a tight grip on the pedal to give you more control.
Get protective tools
After you’ve settled on the clothing you’re looking to get, look into biking accessories and equipment. Cycling glasses are one of the protective items you won’t want to go biking without but ensure the glasses you have are clear enough for you to see where you’re going.
If you don’t have a Giant mountain bike for this adventure, you can buy a mountain bike online ahead of your planned ride. On the day of the ride, make sure that you have checked that all of the important bike parts, such as the lights, are fully charged and in optimal condition. Check if you have spares of parts that could, potentially, need replacing during your journey. This includes things like tyre repair kit to patch up a potential tyre puncture. You don’t want to be stuck in the forest without a plan when it’s pouring out.
Plan your route in advance
For your safety, it’s best to choose a route in advance. Lean towards a route that you’re already familiar with. This will help you navigate the area with ease, no matter what the weather looks like on the day you choose to go mountain biking. Biking in winter doesn’t mean brave a storm and end up in a situation you could have avoided. So, take the precaution of checking the severity of the weather. If you’re looking to explore a new route, choose a day when the weather isn’t so bad. Do your research on the route ahead of time. Ask a friend or a fellow mountain biking enthusiast to tag along with you for extra protection.
Take nutrition seriously
We want to emphasise how important it is to eat before your ride, and during the ride. You will need to get in as many carbohydrates possible to ensure that your body is prepared for the kind of work out you’ll get from mountain biking. You’ll also need to carry a nutrition bar with you, in case you need to top up your nutrition while riding.
Hydrate consistently before and during your ride. Don’t forget to get an electrolyte filled drink to balance the levels as you ride. Whether you’ll be trying mountain biking for the first time during winter or you’ve done it before, preparation is key to your success. Once you do all of the above, grab one of your off-road bicycles and enjoy an adventure with Chris Willemse Cycles!