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Mountain Biking Safety & Preparation
Here are a few things you should check and prepare for before you head out on your bike ride. It's better to be safe than sorry!
What to take
When preparing for the ride remember to take the following with you:
- A puncture repair kit and inner tube
- food and water
- A mobile phone (check the trail guides to see whether there is mobile reception on your selected trail)
- A windbreaker and second layer of warm clothing as conditions can change in the bush.
Preparing your bike
- Check your brakes and gears.
- Check your suspension for leaks.
- Check your tyres are inflated correctly and have no bulges or worn patches.
- Make sure you have a pump, repair kit and one spare tube and know how to use them. If you’re really keen, have a chain break and spare links.
- Make sure your helmet fits and has no dents or cracks.
Check the forecast and make sure you’re dressed for the conditions. Riding in the rain and mud can be great fun but you need to stay warm and dry.
- Make your trail selection based on the most inexperienced member of your team.
- Remember that the trails are two-way and used by both mountain bikers and walkers.
- Check the trail length and duration, make sure that you allow time for you and everyone in your party to complete the ride before dark. If in doubt consult your shuttle operator if you’re using one.
- Check that all the riders in your party are up to the ride, challenging yourself is a great way to improve, but make sure you and your team are fit enough to go the distance and skilled enough to ride the grade of trail you’ve chosen.
- If you are not sure what the different mountain biking trail grades mean, refer to the ‘Understanding Bike Trail Grades’ section of our site so you can decide if you are physically and mentally fit enough to ride that trail.
Food and medical
- Biking uses a lot of energy make sure you have plenty of food and water to last the full ride to keep you energy levels up.
- Take a small first aid kit.
Tell at least one person where you’re going and what time you expect to be back.
Cellphone coverage is not available on all the trails. For longer rides in areas with poor communications, consider taking a Personal Locator Beacon. If the worst case happens and you or one or your party is injured, it’ll make it much easier for the emergency services to locate and rescue you.
If you do have cellphone coverage and need to call the emergency services - Dial 111
Make sure you let someone know the following:
- What trail you’re riding
- Who you’re riding with
- When you’re departing
- When you expect to return
If you’re using a shuttle operator for drop off and pickup make sure you know what time they’ll be there to pick you up and what actions they’ll take in the event that you’re not at your pickup point by the agreed upon time.
During the ride
- Respect other trail users.
- The trails are two way so please share with courtesy.
- Trails are clearly marked. Please follow the markers.
- When encountering other trail users coming the other way, remember to smile and let them know how many are following you in your group.
- Walkers please give way to bikers.
- The trail might be on public conservation land. Please respect the environment as this is an area of high ecological and cultural significance. Stay on the trail and take all rubbish with you.