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Safety tips for mountain biking in Peru

Cycling is a sport that is excellent for staying in shape and discovering amazing landscapes. For this reason, you should consider different important points.

Cyclist Safety

Personal safety will always be more fundamental than any other factor when mountain biking. Keep the following in mind to ensure your personal safety.

  • Prepare your body: Cycling is a sport that requires physical effort, so it's necessary to keep your body in shape to avoid excessive wear. Moreover, mountain biking requires a different physical level for which you must be prepared.
  • Always carry water: You should never go out without a water bottle, as physical effort can cause dehydration. It's important to stay hydrated throughout the route. Dehydration can cause your body to suffer from cramps more often.
  • Stay nourished: it's necessary to carry snacks with enough proteins, healthy fats, and natural sugars to keep your body nourished, no matter how long or short the route, you should always have something to eat.
  • Go accompanied: it is advisable to go in a group of at least 3 people, preferably with someone experienced who can guide the group, so in case something happens, you can help each other. Even if you go in company, make sure to inform someone about the route you are going to take in case of an emergency.
Bike camp enduro - Safety tips for mountain biking in Peru
Follow the group guide's instructions

Proper Safety Gear

Safety is important, as it can prevent serious injuries in case of an accident. Mountain biking has its risks, so you should minimize the margin of error.

  • The helmet is ESSENTIAL: The helmet is not the only safety element, but it is crucial. The helmet should fit comfortably on your head, without tilting forward or backward, or moving when the straps are adjusted.
  • Appropriate clothing: Your comfort will always be a priority, so try to go light and according to the climate of the area you will be riding through. When mountain biking, you should wear glasses, gloves, and appropriate shoes. Always carry a thermal waterproof jacket to protect you from rain and wind.
  • Body protections: Safety is important on any route you choose, so make sure to wear knee pads and elbow pads to protect your joints.
  • Cyclist kit: It is essential to carry a first aid kit on every outing, in case of any eventuality. Also, a tool kit with Allen keys, screwdrivers, tire spares, and a small pump is indispensable.
  • Technical check: A periodic review of the state of all its parts is fundamental for any vehicle, and to be sure of its functioning. In the case of the bicycle, it is essential to check the condition of the wheels, brakes, and lighting system.

You should learn to perform basic maintenance tasks, such as cleaning and lubricating the chain, checking the tire pressure, and adjusting the brake tension.

It is important to acquire a bicycle that is the right size for you. Being mountain biking, the bicycle must have the appropriate implements to be able to run on the terrain.

Bicicletas Santa Cruz Clientes - Safety tips for mountain biking in Peru
Make sure to ride with the necessary implements

Knowledge of the Terrain

Mountain biking in Peru has a wide variety of routes; however, not all are the same, even if they are in similar places. For this reason, it is important to identify details about the route you will be riding, so you can prepare accordingly.

  • Research the route: It's fundamental that you inform yourself about the route you will be riding on, no matter if it's in the city or the countryside, or if it's a route for beginners. You need to be informed about the altitude, terrain, length, and more, to prepare accordingly.
  • Weather: The weather is a very important factor, because it affects the terrain, so you must inform yourself about the weather according to the season you will be riding in, to be prepared.
  • Emergency plan: When one is informed about the route they will be riding, it's easier to make an emergency plan in case of any eventuality.
Descenso ausangate enduro - Safety tips for mountain biking in Peru
Be well informed about the terrain you will be riding on

Safe Cycling Techniques

Mastering some basic cycling techniques will be of great help when mountain biking to face the challenges of the terrain you choose.

  • Posture and balance: Maintain an adequate posture on the bike, with the weight centered over the pedals and the arms slightly bent to absorb shocks. Practice maintaining balance on uneven terrain.
  • Controlled braking: Master the appropriate braking techniques, including balanced use of front and rear brakes. Avoid braking abruptly on slippery or steep terrain to prevent skids and falls.
  • Obstacle navigation: Learn to navigate common obstacles in mountain biking, such as rocks, roots, and loose terrain areas. Maintain the appropriate speed and choose the safest line to successfully overcome obstacles.
Bajada de lares - Safety tips for mountain biking in Peru

By following these safety tips, you can enjoy mountain biking in Peru safely and responsibly. Always prioritize safety and be prepared for any situation that may arise along the way.

Have fun exploring the beautiful landscapes that Peru has to offer!