We’ll have our safety advice on video here soon, in the meantime, please read and follow these very simple instructions to improve your safety on the bike.
- Understand mountain biking has its risks: If you haven’t figured it out yet, riding a mountain bike can be dangerous even when you’re riding as safe as possible. Following our safety instructions will minimize your risk considerably but remember riding a bike whether for fun, racing, practicing or commuting is something you do at your own risk.
- Always wear protective gear: This one is simple, NEVER EVER ride without a helmet. Your head is really important! We also recommend knee pads, full gloves and adding protection in a reasonable proportion to the riding you do is advisable.
- Perform a pre-ride bike check: Bikes are very reliable today but do make sure yours is OK before riding it. Check your wheel axels, pivots and handlebar are secured, nothing is loose, you’re able to lower your seat and that both of your brakes are working properly.
- Understand your abilities and limitations: Don’t get it over your head, practice what you can, and wait with what you can’t. Progressing takes time but its better to be patient and progress than impatient and off the bike due to injury.
- Follow our progressions and self assessments: On the Mountain Bike Training Center videos, you will often hear us mentioning progressions and self assessments. Please pay attention to them as they will help you build your ability and confidence in the best possible way.
- Don’t do what you don’t understand: If you’re not sure about what you’re supposed to do with an obstacle on the trail or an exercise or technique you want to practice, get in touch with and we’ll help you figure it out!
- Practice with flat pedals: This isn’t a must, but practicing skills and techniques with flat pedals has many benefits, one of them is a quicker bail out if and when needed.