6 Down Hill Safety Measures You Might Not Have Thought Of
Down hill bike riding is an exciting and enjoyable part of mountain biking. It is known as one of the more dangerous styles of mountain biking. Nevertheless, usually besides extra clothing, helmets and safety pads - there are not many safety measures that are taken into account when coming to ride downhill. Here are some safety measures that I highly recommend taking into account before riding a downhill trail:
1. Don‘t over tighten any clamp or leaver, such as brakes and gears. If these leavers or clamps will be over tightened they can snap or brake in case of a fall. If they are a bit loose, in case of a fall they will move a bit, yet not brake.
2. Downhill riding is prone to more accidents than usual. Begin the ride with the necessary utility and first aid kit.
3. Before setting out to a muddy trail, spray some WD 40 to your bike‘s frame. That way the mud will fall off of the frame and not stick to it.
4. Bring a second pair of goggles - in case the first pair is damaged, you will be able to continue with full force.
5. Set out to any mountain bike trail and down hill trail especially, with a fully charged cellular phone. In addition, make sure that you have the number of the resort you are staying, somewhere accessible.
6. I always set out to every bike trail I ride with a map and compass. In DH trails it is extremely important since you can sometimes get lost in different single trails in the woods.
Before setting out to any bike trail in Morzine, whether it is DH or an ordinary mountain bike trail - it is suggested to consult a biking instructor to learn about what safety measures should be taken in preparation for Morzine‘s specific trails.
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