And here’s an example of what you shouldn’t bother uploading to the internet…
7 – You have no idea about any terminology when it comes to mountain biking, or cycling in general.
Like when I mentioned Cadence above. Get to know some basics about what people talk about when they talk about mountain biking. In many ways it’s bit like being able to talk about sports. If you can throw in a few key phrases about the off side rule, or terms like ‘offensive line backer,’ you can bluff your way through any boring sports related question.
The same can be done with mountain biking. Throw round buzz words like ‘Strava,’ ‘Clipless shoes,’ ‘Gator skins,’ and ‘I actually preferred 26” but 29” isn’t so bad.’ You do this you will pass muster in most mountain bike circles. This advice stems from the fact that I firmly believe no one else really knows what they’re talking about either. It’s like a conspiracy, I swear.
8 – Don’t wear underwear with cycling shorts.
You might think that’s disgusting and unhygienic, but your undercarriage will thank you. Not only will you feel more comfortable, but your boxers won’t curl up and chafe, and that all important panty line will be nonexistent, and you also won’t look like you’ve wrapped a towel up in your crotch area.
9 – You wear Cotton shirts.
Look, cotton is great for when you’re not seriously working out on a trail, but it can really hold you back when you are. Cotton clothing will leave you soaked from sweat, and if it suddenly gets cold because the sun disappeared behind a cloud, you could catch a chill, cause an injury or get hypothermia. I shit you not.
That’s why you should wear mtb appropriate clothing. Proper sports clothing will wick moisture away from your body, and you’ll also not smell so bad, and you’ll be warmer and dry off quicker as well… Some of them even come with zipped pockets. Hurrah.