Mountain biking can be an awful lot of fun. It has all the necessary ingredients to be a thrilling, exhilarating adventure and a fantastic way to explore your surroundings. Whether you’re on holiday in a new location or keen to get out and discover the hidden natural gems in the areas surrounding where you live, there are few better ways to spend some hours off the roads and on two wheels.
However, mountain biking can also be dangerous, especially if you are an inexperienced rider. What started out as an exciting injury can all too easily turn into a painful disaster. The potential for mountain biking accidents is significantly increased in wet, slippery and rainy conditions.
There are a few basic safety tips you can follow to minimise the risk of injury when mountain biking in the rain, which will help keep you safe.
When mountain biking in the rain, how can I stay safe?
The first factor to consider when it comes to staying safe when mountain biking in the wet is your equipment. You should never set off on your exploration without checking that your bike is in full working order, especially if it’s been a significant amount of time since you last went out on a ride.
Everything from tyre pressures, suspension, handlebar grips and gears to brakes, saddle and the pedals should be carefully checked.
Then it’s time to sort your accessories. The need for wearing a helmet whilst mountain biking is so obvious it doesn’t really need saying. However, it is important to ensure you have a proper, good quality helmet that offers comprehensive protection. You may also wish to wear gloves to help guard against both scratches and cuts and cold weather. Depending on when and where you are going mountain biking, lights could well also be required.
Now let’s look at clothing. Quality, effective waterproof clothing is essential to both ensure your comfort whilst riding and minimise the likelihood of suffering illnesses such as colds afterwards. Modern cycling shops have a good stock of equipment and clothing that will keep you safe without impairing your ability to ride.
Finally, if you aren’t going mountain biking with a buddy, let somebody know where and when you’re going so the alarm can be raised in an emergency.
Claiming for a cycling injury
If your bike causes injury through a fault, you may be due injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile for more.
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice