Riding trails & what you need to know!
Before heading out on the trails whether you're riding flowy single track or tackling an epic day of climbing to the ultimate descent, you're going to need a few things to ensure an ultra fun and of course a safe day on the trails. Having some of these essentials will help you ride longer so that nothing stops the fun!
Riding bike trails can be tough on the body and accidents happen! Make sure you're prepped to keep yourself safe and comfortable.
Protective bike gear is a critical piece of equipment for any kind of trail riding. Protective padding has come a long way, gone are the days of bulky, hard, stiff armour that leaves you sweaty and contributes to fatigue. Modern cycling protective gear is lightweight, mobile, minimalist and extraordinarily ergonomic. Purpose built with cycling in mind, these pads will keep you protected and comfortable no matter where your bike takes you!
At The Bike Shop, we offer a large selection of bike protective gear including shin guards, knee pads, hip protection, arm guards, elbow guards, and any other guard you can think of!
Clear vision is essential when navigating through technical trails. Bike goggles and sunglasses provide protection for your eyes from any dust, rocks, or branches that you might cross paths with.
Bike goggles and sunglasses are ventilated to prevent fog and most goggles accommodate tear offs for those messy rides. Not only do bike goggles and sunglasses protect your eyes from debris, they also can help with visibility on sunny and low light days. They come with a variety of lens options for the different riding conditions you might meet.
Helmets provide the much needed protection and safety you need in the case of a fall or crash. No matter how careful you are or how skilled of a rider you are, accidents happen and when they do, you'll be happy that you wore a helmet to protect your precious cargo.
Trail riding bike helmets have different technologies to keep them light wight, well ventilated, and enhanced safety features such as MIPS to keep you safe and comfortable.
Trail Bike Apparel
Proper trail bike apparel will keep you protected and cool throughout your day from head to toe!
Whether you're using flat pedals or clips, bike shoes help protect your feet and reduce fatigue. Bike shoes will have a stiff sole to help support you, reduce fatigue, and increase energy transfer whether you're pedalling or standing up. Most bike shoes that are designed with trail riding in mind will have a stiff toe cap to protect your feet and have you covered in the most technically challenging conditions.
At The Bike Shop we have a large selection of cycling shoes designed for mountain riding whether you're rocking flat pedals or clips!
Gloves for trail riding host a variety of purposes such as grip, protection, dexterity, and shields your hands from the elements on mud filled rainy days.
Like a second skin, the technology in gloves makes them more comfortable than ever and purpose built for the demanding dexterity that's required on your bike. There is a whole lot of personal preference when it comes to bike gloves which is why at The Bike Shop we have brought in a huge selection of models to choose from!
Trail riding apparel
Apparel designed for trail riding provides protection from the elements and keeps you cool and comfortable so you can focus on the fun! The fabrics are designed to wick moisture away from the body keeping you dry and cool on those scorching summer rides.
The combination of reinforced durable fabrics and ventilated stretchy fabric where it's needed makes apparel designed for trail riding an essential. From breathable jerseys, to bibs with storage, we have apparel that has you covered!
Tools & Repairs
Gravity riding and park laps can be hard on your rig, having basics on hand to patch up any minor repair needed can keep the fun rolling!
Carrying a spare tube is absolutely essential! Flats happen, and when they do you'll be happy you came prepared for the job with a spare tube.
Your tire tube size can be found on the side wall of your tire. It's also important to take note of the type of valve stem your bike has. A schrader valve will look familiar, like the valve stem on your vehicle. A presta valve is a long skinny valve stem with a little nut on the end of it.
A multi tool is really handy to carry with you in case of any minor repair you might need to make. Things like a loose stem or handlebar can happen if you're not checking regularly. Or perhaps you need to make a minor adjustment to your saddle height. With a multi tool you'll be able to make those small adjustments without a problem.
We stock a variety of multi tools that include the basic essentials to more complex tools that include chain breakers. The multi tool is the ultimate package to complete any on trail repair.