So it’s the beginning of the summer mountain bike trail season and rather than disappear for days on end with your mountain bike, you decide it would be a good idea to take the family. The kids are all excited and your wife decides that it might be a good idea after all. At least this way with a mountain bike break, she decides that she may actually get to spend some time with you at least.
You stuff the back of the car with the children and help your wife settle into the front seat. You then quickly go back inside to collect all the bags that have been stuffed with whatever clothes and equipment has been collected from around the house and throw them too into the back of the boot.
The next thing you do is to get everyone’s mountain bikes from the garage and strap them to the back of the car and to the roof before getting in yourself and setting off.
Does it have to be like this every time – no it doesn’t More time is required to make sure that everyone is ready for a mountain bike holiday and that everything is packed properly.
Firstly, it’s important to remember that mountain bike riding isn’t just a case of hopping on and pedalling off. The bikes themselves need lots of careful preparation and maintenance before a holiday like this. Without it, the bikes may be dangerous to use, especially if they’ve been sat in the garage for long periods of time. Who knows what condition the mountain bike is in after long periods of time sat in the garage. Like all machines, if they are left for too long they can begin to seize-up and suffer from rusty moving parts. It makes great sense to make sure that the mountain bikes are not rusted up and that the moving parts are loose and well oiled. If the kids are with you too, you should really make sure that every mountain bike is in the best condition.
It is truly important to make sure that the you pack a spare tyre inner tube and some puncture repair equipment and a small tool set to enable you to change and repair tyres. Water supply when riding a mountain bike is also absolutely essential to ensure and so taking enough water bottles really important too. Emergency supplies such as a first aid kit, high energy foods and spare batteries for mountain bike lights are also important.