Mountain Biking Conduct and Etiquette



As a recreational activity, mountain biking should be fun. But that doesn't mean you free to do whatever you want. When riding on national parks and public trails, you are more likely to encounter hikers, joggers and horseback riders using the same trails. Since you are traveling at a faster speed than others, it is important to take precautions, observe proper conduct and show consideration for others.

Below is the list of proper conduct and etiquette that you must observe while in the area:

Go easy with hikers. When you have to pass them, slow down and make sure they know that you are there. Do not pass in top speed, otherwise you will startle them. You may even receive negative reaction if you do not slow down. Once you have seen persons in front of you, reduce substantial speed as you get near and make some noise so that they will know that you are coming. A greeting or a bell is good but sometimes, foot scrape, gear shift or any subtle noise is enough. Never assume that they have seen you until they look up.

Do not forget to thank them for giving you their right of way. Pass with care especially if there are young children and pet animals. The key is to show respect and be polite.

Give way - If you see other bikers or hikers coming your way, the best thing you can do is to slow down until you reach full stop and let them pass, especially if the track is narrow or if they are coming from above. Add some smile on your face and a polite nod.

Never scare horses and other animals - Horses are often scared of bikes. If you see equestrians coming your way, make sure that you dismount at least 15 meters from the horse. Most horse owners will appreciate this gesture and will thank you. Also you will never know if you are dealing with horseback rider or an inexperienced horse so initiate courtesy.

Moreover, do not make any abrupt movements that will scare the pet animals of other people on the trail. Be respectful with the owners and they will surely appreciate you. Keep your distance from any animals you have seen on the wild whether it is dangerous or not. Do not disturb them because they may attack. Remember that animals are more scared than you but they will not hesitate to fight back if you pose any threat to them.

Leave no traces - Do not throw anything on the trail. Bring a small bag to place all your trash. Candy and food wrappers, plastic cups, empty glue tubes and bike parts are non-biodegradable. Stay on the trail. If you cannot ride the trail, dismount, carry your bike and walk through it. Do not create new paths to avoid bike tracks that may be followed by other bikers. If you are going to ride on private property, make sure that you ask permission from the owner.

These are some of the things you must do as a mountain biker to show your respect and consideration to others and the environment. Take this in mind whenever you set out on a mountain biking trip or even if you are going for a quick ride to a public park.





You may contact me at Help Desk


Comments

*Name:
*Email:
Website URL:
Title / Subject:
Hide my email
*Comments:
*
 



Menu


My Articles

Mountain Bike Upgrades
How To Prepare For Winter Mountain Biking Adventure
Stay Away From Danger: An Idiot Guide To Mountain Biking
Mountain Bikes Frame Designs
Before Buying A Mountain Bike
Mountain Biking: Getting Started
Notes When Buying A Mountain Bike
Mountain Biking Survival Tips
Mountain Biking: Racing For The First Time
Getting Ready For Mountain Biking Race!
Mountain Biking Conduct And Etiquette
Mountain Biking: Bike Maintenance
Mountain Biking: Five-Point Rule When Riding Downhill
Top Reasons Why You Should Not Quit Mountain Biking
Shopping For Mountain Bike For The First Time
Mountain Biking: Keeping The Fun Side Alive!
Night Mountain Biking For Beginners
Safety Tips When Mountain Biking In Cold Weather
Mountain Bikes Suspension Choices
Gift Ideas For Mountain Biking Enthusiasts
Mountain Biking Trip: What To Bring?
Mountain Biking Expedition: Do's And Don'ts
Mountain Biking Accessories Must Haves
Mountain Biking Safety Tips





   Related Sites

My Articles


Top Reasons Why You Should Not Quit Mountain Biking Not because you hit a wall or crashed 20 feet down the cliff, it..


Shopping For Mountain Bike For The First Time When buying a mountain bike, decide first the riding style that you really..


Mountain Biking Conduct And Etiquette As a recreational activity, mountain biking should be..


Mountain Biking: Keeping The Fun Side Alive! Let us face it, most of us have the best intentions when..



Related Products:

Related News:

 
Mountain Biking Boise: A Bevy of Trails And Attractions [Ride Like A Local] - Singletracks.com
Tue, 09 Aug 2022 08:30:00 GMT
    Mountain Biking Boise: A Bevy of Trails And Attractions [Ride Like A Local]  Singletracks.com

Chairlift-Accessed Mountain Biking Offered At Dodge Ridge - Oakdale Leader
Wed, 10 Aug 2022 20:48:19 GMT
    Chairlift-Accessed Mountain Biking Offered At Dodge Ridge  Oakdale Leader

Major growth coming to Morgan County thanks to mountain biking trails - Martinsburg Journal
Thu, 11 Aug 2022 03:00:00 GMT
    Major growth coming to Morgan County thanks to mountain biking trails  Martinsburg Journal