Mountain bikes are one of the best ways to explore Malaysia. Whether you are planning to ride a jungle track or zip along the city streets of Kuala Lumpur, safety is an important part of cycling. Here’s a quick checklist of things you should do before heading out on a bike ride.
This is almost a given, but first go to a bike shop and check out MTBs in Malaysia. Make sure you get fitted for the perfect bike and get as much advice as possible from the bike shop pros.
You only have one head, so make sure you protect it. Once you’re out on the city streets with cars and scooters zipping by, you’ll be glad you paid the extra money. And if you’re renting a bike, the bike shop might even throw one in for free.
Your eyes also deserve to always be protected. Make sure to bring your shades or buy a new pair. This often overlooked accessory is one of the most important things you’ll wear. By protecting your eyes, you’ll have a safer and more enjoyable ride.
This is usually an afterthought, but make sure to buy some bike gloves if you’re planning to do any riding more than an hour. If you forget the gloves, you might get blisters or cuts from riding barehanded.
These spandex shorts may not be the coolest fashion, but your inner thighs will be glad you wore them. Chafing is the bane of all cyclists, so don’t leave home without your bike shorts!
Flat tires always seem to happen at the most inopportune times. Whether you are out in the middle of nowhere or in the city, you’ll be glad you brought a repair kit.
The key to any exercise is to stay hydrated. Cycling is no different. The bike shop should have a few different hydration bags to choose from. Fill it with water or a sports drink and make sure to stay hydrated on your ride.
Just as your body needs to stay hydrated, you also need to keep it fueled with electrolytes. Buy a few different types of gels and chewables to find out which one works the best for you. They come in a variety of flavors ranging from berries to espresso.
Every cyclist has a story about getting lost. Your smartphone is a great map until its battery goes dead. Luckily, you have an old fashioned paper map that will save the day. And if you’re going to be out in the mountains or the jungle, don’t forget to bring a compass.
Your cycling adventure will be much more fun if you prepare ahead. By getting the right mountain bike with accessories, staying hydrated and asking for advice, you can have an enjoyable ride filled with awesome memories.