Mountain biking in Nepal: Tips
Mountain biking in Nepal is extremely enjoyable with natural trails that fits every kind of rider. From the beginner level off-roads to single tracks and downhill rides that even the most daring riders need to use their utmost skills to accomplish, Nepal has it all. Recent days have even seen enthusiasts diving into trails that were formerly only used for trekking, including Annapurna, Everest and Rara. It’s an adventurous journey to hit the narrow and dangerous trails, feel close to nature and get that ultimate adrenaline rush we want. However, bikers ought to stick to some rules while going on these trips as small mistakes could lead to disastrous consequences that could result in getting stranded alone in the wilderness and calling for emergency rescue.
Here are a few tips that would help you during your mountain biking trips in Nepal:
Understand the terrain and your bike’s response
A change in conditions makes lots of difference in any activity you pursue and the same applies to mountain biking. If you are riding a new bicycle or hiring one, it is utterly necessary to understand the machine before you take it out for the real deal. Take a few relaxing trips and test how the bike reacts to speed, cornering and whether it fits your responses, and upgrade if you need to. It’s also a good idea to start slow, and pick speed later as you get used to the terrain. Race a bit get the muscles working but also try some relaxing ride, as this is what a long ride would mostly constitute.
Differentiate between cycling and racing
While racing definitely builds up your strength and stamina, and quickens your response, this may not be what you would like to do during your trip to the wilderness. There are so many reasons you should opt not to race. A nature ride would miss its charm of sightseeing if you hurry along the trails. Too many sharp turns to handle; muddy and slippery single tracks kicking your adrenaline. But what if you get into an accident in the middle of nowhere? Mountain biking is more enjoyed when you are relaxed and all is well.
Carry the basic tools
Mountain bikers do not miss carrying their repair kit and the bare essentials on all their trips. However, it’s worth mentioning again to take along what you need as spare parts and maintenance is something you wouldn’t find on most rural trails. Mountain bikes, most often are not used in rural areas, so maintenance centres and personnel are also rare.
Learn mountain biking skills
It’s not mandatory that cyclists should possess skills like the bunny hop or other fancy swirls. Nevertheless, these could be lifesavers in certain situations such as encountering a log of wood on your downhill ride or when a pit appears out of the blue. Also, riding would be so much fun with the skills at hand.
Ride in company
You may be a lone traveller, and may not agree with the idea. However, going mountain biking with other riders is a lot of fun and gives a plethora of benefits. You can share riding skills, snacks, travel stories and even carry less load by sharing maintenance kits and other essentials between each other. Also, it’s a good idea to have company if you get lost or need assistance with maintenance. After draining so much of your energy into pedalling, a companion to talk to and share experiences while resting is a great time indeed.