But, don't forget: with your first adventure racing mountain bike, you must also get some basic equipment. Expect to spend at least $100 for the absolute necessities in cycle gear, which are as follows:
This is mandatory. A $20 helmet will protect you as well as a $200 one, but it will be heavier and bulkier. Falling is part of learning how to mountain bike so always wear a helmet when you're riding. If you forget your helmet, don't ride.
You should also always wear cycling gloves when mountain biking. Get the full-fingers kind. The gloves will prevent injuries to your palms if you fall.
You'll need a repair kit that includes:
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??????a bike tool kit (must include different size hexagonal wrench, a flat screwdriver head and Philips screwdriver head
??????a chain tool (the chain tool can be included within the bike tool kit)
*Note: the prices indicated in this article are rough estimates of a price purchase in a regular bike shop. You may find prices significantly lower taking advantage of online discounts.
Hani Juha owns, writes for?and manages www.arcalifornia.org (formerly California-ARA) and? www.mybikeowl.com.