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BikeChain-MTB

All You Need For MTB

We’ve all been there…day dreaming about the next ride or thinking back to that all day epic. The screens are off and the tools are down and all that matters is getting back to the dirt to nail those lines. Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned expert or full-blown racer, the trail always comes through with fist pumping goodness.

Time is limited so don’t waste it messing around with questionable gear…that’s where we come in. Let us deck you out with only the best, all you need to do is pedal.






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Frequently Asked Questions

What do MTB riders wear?

Mountain bikers often wear loosely fitted shorts, a jersey and helmets with sun peaks. Shorts have zip pockets to carry a multi tool, keys, and phone etc. Baggy shorts sometimes have riders using a breathable under-short liner featuring a chamois for extra comfort. Full Finger Gloves are must for MTB riding, they give extra padding on rougher terrain but most importantly protect your hands in a crash. More adventurous MTB riders should really look at using knee pads too, ones that don’t restrict movement as they will be comfy for longer pedals but enough protection to reduce the impact against grazes in a fall.




What accessories do I need for mountain biking?

All bikes should have a drink bottle cage and water bottle. When riding in the woods you need to be prepared, carry a spare tube and know how to change it. Make sure you have a multi tool, tyre levers and a pump (or Co2) to inflate that tube trail side. Don’t forget to pack an energy bar too. Running out of room in your pockets? A backpack with water bladder or saddle bag is a way to carry all you need.




What shoes are good for MTB?

Mountain biking always requires good sturdy shoes with decent grip so you stick to the pedals on the rough stuff. Some off-roaders use ‘flat pedals’. These are great for a novice to learn the ropes, skilled riders also use these for more control. The other cyclists use ‘clip in pedals’ where your foot is attached to the pedal with a cleat on the bottom of the shoe. MTB clip in shoes are different to road shoes - as you are more likely to walk around on loose terrain, they have grip on the souls. When looking into shoes, laces offer a casual look and traditionally more comfy to newer cyclists, while the shoes with buckles and dials are more performance orientated with stiffer soles for power transfer.




What does every mountain biker need?

A good floor pump! Too much air pressure on your tires or too little can make a fun trail terrible. When you go for a ride you should check your tyres - floor pumps make short work of inflating tyres in the car park or at home.

You will also need a good fitting, good quality helmet. Over the rough stuff, a bad fitting helmet will move around and distract you. You want it to be snug and comfy. Remember what a helmet is designed to do, protect your head in a crash, this is a place to invest in a quality product. And lastly - a trail map, a friend (or someone who at least knows where you are) and a phone.




How do I choose a mountain bike light?

Firstly look what you are needing a light for, to be seen or to see? If you’re riding around town, chances are you want to be seen. Check out rechargeable LED lights. These are great for seeing the path in front of you and have a flashing mode for when in traffic or commuting. General purpose front lights range from 50 to about 500 lumens and can be recharged with a USB lead. Fit these to your handlebars and a red rear light to your seat post.

When looking at MTB night riding, you really need to see what’s approaching on the trail. BikeChain recommends lights above 1000 Lumens of output to be required as a minimum. This light is best placed on your helmet rather than your handlebars. Helmet lights allow you to see when you are looking at features or around corners to see where you’re going. Also consider how long you ride at night - lights often claim a run time which needs to match the time you are out riding for too.






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