Mountain Biking Safety Tips
Mountain biking is one of the good ways to exercise, as well as to enjoy the scenic views in rural areas. There are now 15 designated mountain bike trails and a mountain bike practice ground in country parks under the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD). In which, some of the mountain bike trails have been rated with the Mountain Bike Trail Difficulty Rating System.
Though riding mountain bikes in country parks is refreshing, it is much more complicated comparing with regular biking. What should we prepare before the ride, and what should we note when riding a mountain bike? Let's check out the list below!
Preparations before mountain biking
1. Prepare materials
- Prepare essentials such as mobile phone, first aid kit, water and food
- Bring bike's inner tube, air pump and bike repair kits, in case emergency repairs by one self are required
2. Check your mountain bike
- Make sure that the brakes and the bell are working properly
- Check the bike frame and tyre pressure
- Pay attention to whether the tyres are at least 4.5cm wide
3. Put on appropriate gear
- Put on safety gear that is in good condition, such as helmet, gloves and knee pad
- Wear comfortable outdoor sportswear
Precautions when riding a mountain bike
1. Stay focus and pass through the technical obstacles along the trail
2. Follow waymarks and observe warning signs. Ride in single file
3. Slow down and be prepared to stop when wildlife is spotted along trail
4. If you feel unwell, you should stop and leave the trail immediately. In the event of an accident, call the police for help as soon as possible
Watch the video produced by AFCD below to get prepared for your mountain bike ride!
Last but not least, it is against the law to use any electric bicycles, or ride a bicycle in country parks outside the designated trail!
>>For more details, please browse the mountain bike activities webpage of AFCD