In order to make the most of the bike we’ll make some recommendations. You should always choose tailored to your fitness level routes, routes never make your conscience tells you to not be able to do it before. You must return a route with a good feeling and wanting to bike back out again. Is the first rule, otherwise your mountain bike storage can end very soon. Before leaving note weather prediction, looks at the sky and if you have reasonable doubt that it can unleash a storm or rain, postponed your departure.
To get the most out
This reasoning is simple, but if no account, may end up as a “soup” sooner rather than later, even on the best day of spring or winter. There are some raincoats that can be folded into the backpack or camel-back prevention. Evenings beginning of summer can also be conducive to storms that result in cloudburst. Keep in mind that in the mountains the weather can change quickly, keep that in mind if you’ve scheduled a way out of Sierra Nevada if you are in this area. While you’re in the month of July, keep this in mind.
Your bike should always be about. We recommend the maintenance section , where you’ll find everything you need to know to keep your bike always ready. Any breakdown in the mountains, or La Alpujarra can cost much time and kilometers to find a solution to continue.
It is very important to have well regulated bike, especially the height and position of the saddle. Do not make changes to the settings of the seat if you are about to make a long and hard exit (you may end up with some despair and even perhaps with an injury). The tire pressure must be adjusted to terrain that will circulate. These usually support a very wide range of pressures. Front suspension is appropriate to lower the pressure of the rear wheel on routes that are developed for very steep terrain and hard floor, such as the abundance of stones (routes Sierra Nevada), avoid the llantazos, so you need to get find the right pressure to increase comfort and grip (on mountain bikes with double suspension is not necessary to do this). When circulemos for tracks with good firm, high pressure will unhesitatingly, around 3-4 kgs, depending on our decks. Being in the Sierra many kilometers of a population can be a serious problem if the bike breaks down. We must keep the bike ready and well regulated to have the least possible contingencies.
- chain clean and oiled
- Saddle height and position
- State covers and adequate pressure
- Check the brakes and brake pads
Carrying tools that allow us to solve some small fault. it may be sufficient with a kit found at any bike shop (allen wrenches, chain tool, removable keys flat and Phillips screwdriver and flat, etc ..), in addition to carrying spare inner tube, it is good towear patches and solution for patches.
It is highly advisable to take one or two spare inner tubes, insist that is not more out patches and glue. According to the season, travel, vegetation and especially the state of the roads of the route we are going to do, we might consider bringing more cameras. Has been the case on a route through the Sierra Nevada and in summer, pricking up to 5 times, this is very bad luck, but it can happen, for it is not more preventable.
Put your helmet and gloves ALWAYS together with a reliable bike lighting. Especially on descents, road and city. The helmet will protect you head and gloves hands at the slightest fall. It is also highly recommended to use protective goggles, especially in times of insects and mud. They are of interchangeable lenses for the day according to the brightness.
Bring enough food. Lack of food can cause very bad consequences. The correct signal is to eat without hunger on a regular basis. By the way you can carry energy bars and if the path is long, it is advisable to stop at some village and eat more seriously. Remember that to be good “fuel” for the route is essential to have eaten well the day before. Take plenty pasta dinner before departure usually gives very good results.
Bring water enough considering the route, this refers to you to remember to adjust the route with possible places to find a source you provide fresh water periodically. Note that there are sources that spring water in spring, and the rest of the year are dry. For this reason it may be advisable to use containers Camelbakc type or similar, and fill it in each source to maintain the renewed and fresh water. For short trips not worth drinking unless isotonic drinks because we like to do it (if so, alternate with water alone). It is very important route out well hydrated, so drink before you go out even without thirst. Dehydrated your performance will be very low, regardless of which can have serious consecuensias.
Clothing should be appropriate for mountain biking (coulotte and maillot) note also climatology. In high mountain routes, you should not forget that the weather changes very abruptly and this is the best wear something warm reserves. Temperature drops with associated wind can create an unbearable wind chill. Always wear waterproofs.
On long routes it is advisable to get up early the morning. What early in the morning is an ideal place for mountain biking day at noon is not so. If the Gripo is numerous, the progress is slower and consequently lengthens over time.
It ‘s handy lead a comfortable backpack and if you want, there are specific for cycling with compartment Camelback water bag style. Many people prefer to prefer to carry fanny pack some food and water.
Before leaving beam stretching and warming. On flat routes you can be heated in the route itself enpezando slowly, unless we prepare to make a climb to Sierra Nevada, and begin the Way of the Neveros and then not give nearly us time to warm up when hardly any delay we are coming up as descosidos.
On long routes, crossing mountains or very hilly, forget your competitive spirit, uses a smooth development and enjoy the scenery. In these cases always the worst of the route may be to go.
Study well the route on a map or guide if it is the first time you are going to do. A mistake of roads in the mountains, can land you many kilometers of your initial destination. If possible leads in the backpack the map or guide and do not fully trust your memory. Take references relatively frequently and do not continue the way if you’re not sure that is right.
When normal is going in a group it is that everyone does not have the same level and that the group is stretched in both the ups and the downs. In these cases we must be united and regroup waiting for others from time to time. It is a must in these cases, wait and notify in detours to avoid loss or forgetfulness. It is highly recommended to bring a whistle Mountain (found easily in all sports stores) to warn others in case of trouble.
Descents must be aware that at any time walkers, animals and many unforeseen events that were not a few days before they can appear. Be especially careful with those chains that cut the passage on roads, overhanging branches and rivulets that appear after the rains, they can provoke a fall easily.
Respects nature, the roads are all, do not throw trash on the ground or pricked the field cameras and not bother the animals. In hunting seasons bypasses authorized for the same areas if you hear gunshots in the area, never leave roads or paths. Of course avoids unjustified skids, roads outputs shortcuts, scare livestock and any other “atrocities”, these are unbecoming of any self – respecting betetero (and any normal person).