Here it is the second part of basic tips for mountain biking beginners.
The choice of the required material is the key point in order to perform a successful activity. Large economic investments are not required as you can acquire the products little by little according to the evolution of he experience level: buy what you really need.
It is quite important to evaluate the technical characteristics of each product and choose the right one in order not to waste money easily.
It is very important to adapt the body to the most correct position in order to ease the constant pedaling.
Handlebars and seat are the points of contact between body and bike which might suffer the most. To avoid seat friction is recommendable to use a soft seat or a liquid seat). A “cullote” may be also very useful for an activity that might take many hours. The body contact with the handlebar is not so problematic but it is important to take its control during the whole activity, gloves can be used in order to hold it more firmly.
During the activity, a right position is recommended in order to distribute the body weight balanced. In case of a wrong body position, some parts of the body might suffer of extra effort. This can cause circulation problems and body discomfort. As many people think, the shoulder suffers less than it is commonly thought, but in any case, the user must be careful to avoid excessive punishment. This can be prevented by avoiding ground irregularities or by raising the seat a bit (legs act as a suspension).
When weather conditions are adverse (rain, snow, fog, wind …) precaution is the most important advice. In order to to avoid possible accidents, it is strongly recommended to use a cell phone or a GPS device, especially if the activity is carried out alone.
When cycling on a big city, the best way to travel across it is to respect the movements of all vehicles. However, it is clear that our bike is much more vulnerable than any other vehicle in an urban area, therefore the user must be aware and very cautious.