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What do I need to start mountain biking

Before you start mountain biking, there are specific things you should have. First of all, you should start by understanding the basics of mountain biking. This involves researching about mountain bikes, how to ride safe, how to choose the right bike, repair and maintenance practices among other things. After you’ve gathered all the information you need, the second thing is to determine the things you need before you start your mountain biking adventure. Click here to see more about this.

When I started mountain biking, there were a few things I lacked and they had an effect on my riding experience. If you would like to look, feel and ride like a real mountain biker, you should ask yourself this question: What do I need to start mountain biking? There is a range of requirements you should have. They include:

A bike

If you are a novice mountain biker and you have a limited budget, you can start by renting a bike rather than buying. This will not only save you a lot of money but also help you have enough experience about mountain biking, the right bike to buy and how to take care of a bike after you’ve bought your own. Alternatively, you can buy your own bike because there are affordable bikes in the market. You will have to do a thorough research to determine what you need and what is best for you before you make the right decision. Seeking help from an experienced mountain biker, researching online and experimenting with your friends’ bikes are some of the things that can help you decide the bike to buy.


Some bikes come with a helmet although you may buy the helmet separately at times. You should never ride a mountain bike without a helmet because you are vulnerable to brain injury in case of an accident. There are different types of helmets designed for different purposes and bikes. When choosing a helmet, you should look for a helmet that fits on your head well and does not wobble around while riding. It should have straps and have good ventilation to prevent over sweating. The prices of helmets vary greatly although with $50 you can get yourself a good helmet.

Hydration system

The cheapest option to go for is the water bottles that can be affixed to a water cage on the frame of the bike. Unfortunately, these water bottles cannot carry enough water for a long distance ride. Therefore, if you are planning to have a long distance ride, consider investing in a hydration pack because it has a bigger capacity.

Handheld pump & tube

A pump and a tube can save you a lot of money, effort and time to walk back to a trailhead in case you have a flat. The pump should be small enough to fit in your hydration pack and it should switch between Schrader and Presta valves. Never ride without a spare tube especially if you have a tubular system.

Protective glasses

Personal protection is very important both for you, other riders and people. You should consider buying glasses that have clear lenses to protect yourself from being blinded by dust, sticks, flying insects etc. You should not ride with sunglasses because you won’t have a clear view, especially in a forest.


This refers to a basic tool that has Allen wrenches of different sizes, flatheads, and screwdrivers. A multi-tool will help you fix/repair your bike even if you are far away from a town or trailhead. You can fix the bike just to take you home before you carry out a thorough repair.

Riding gloves

Get full fingered gloves with palm padding to reduce hand fatigue. Riding gloves will also help you avoid injuries in case you fall or ride through a thicket. Also, if you have to repair your bike, it is easier to loosen and tighten screws and bolts with a hand glove rather than using bare hands.