Riding and Safety Tips for Mountain Biking in Western NC
- Wear a helmet! Like a seatbelt in your car, a helmet is a critical piece of gear for your safety.
- If you are new to riding in the area, start on an easier trail and work your way up. Some riders are surprised by Asheville's terrain. It isn't flat!
- New riders and more advanced riders alike can benefit from a training session. It'll make your ride more fun and safer too. Many area bike shops offer training, so call around before you ride.
Keep your bike in good working condition. Nothing can ruin a ride like having a "mechanical" while blasting down your favorite trail! If you don't like doing tune-ups yourself, many area shops would be glad to give you a hand.
- Carry plenty of water for your trip. Dehydration is a major problem that is easily avoided. Also carry light snacks. You probably won't need a four-course meal on your ride, but having an energy bar or bag of trail mix can keep you from "bonking".
- Carry a spare tube and basic repair tools with you as you ride. Don't leave them in your car! Know how to use them! Area bike shops have training sessions to help get your trailside repair skills up to speed.
- Carry a map, and know where you are going. Some trails travel through backcountry settings, so know ahead of time what to expect. Getting lost is no fun, and can be dangerous.
- Let someone know of your travel plans before you leave.
- Take a First Aid course. Do you know the proper way to treat a snakebite or broken arm?
- Be courteous to other trail users. Hikers, horseback riders and others may share the same trails. Mountain bikers must always yield the trail.
- Riding with a group can be more fun! Check out the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club or the Pisgah Area SORBA group to find others to join on your ride.
This is a partial list. Keep fun and safety in mind, and you will enjoy your trip.