4 New Things To Bring On Your Next Mountain Bike Trip
4 New Things to Bring On Your Next Mountain Bike Trip
Mountain biking is an exhilarating hobby, but it can take a lot of preparation to properly enjoy it. The last thing you want is to be stuck halfway up a mountain and find that you don’t have a tool or accessory you desperately need. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Chances are you already know the clothing and basic equipment you need the most, but there are other little things to bring with you that make a big difference. Here are four small things you should pack for your next mountain biking day.
#1) CBD Gummies
Aches, pains and inflammation are common after a long day up and down the mountain. Even if you don’t have any falls, your body goes through a lot of punishment. One thing that can help is CBD, a supplement that has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation. What can help mountain bikers the most is getting CBD gummies, because it helps with pain and inflammation but also has much-needed glucose for energy.
Speaking of energy, another thing that athletes like mountain bikers commonly use is energy gel. It’s a small, compact snack to have during your breaks to give you a healthy and clean kick of energy. It comes in many forms, but the common element is glucose because of how much of it your muscles use when you’re exercising. One type of energy gel that’s become very popular uses maple syrup, because it is high in glucose for energy, it’s efficiently absorbed into your system, and comes with other nutrients.
This may be something you already have, but you absolutely can’t go without as a mountain biker. Your bike will take the same punishment you experience, if not more. Even the most expensive and durable bike will have the occasional bit of maintenance required, but you don’t want to lug around bulky and heavy tools with you all day. There are handy compact multi-tools specifically made for mountain bikers to fit several purposes you may need it for.
#4) Cycling Computer
With smartphones, you have access to tons of apps for things like GPS or to track your data. However, you may not like the idea of using your phone in case it gets dropped or you crash on top of it and break it. If you don’t mind spending a bit, you can get cycling computers made for mountain biking that are much more durable. They provide GPS and maps, plus information like the time, weather, and tracking your time or distance traveled. You can attach them to the handles of your bike so it’s easy to check it at any point in time.
These four things are great additions to your regular mountain biking equipment and accessories. They’re relatively small, so they won’t weigh you down or take up too much room in your bags. They also serve most of the purposes you will need for your trek, from treating pain, maintaining energy, performing maintenance on your bike, and getting you all the information and data you need.
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