Regardless of where you are riding, wearing proper clothing and protective equipment is extremely important for the rider’s safety.

What to Wear When Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is very different from riding a road bike. When riders go on off-road adventures, they need to be protected from many of the trails’ features. Riders also need protection from branches, bushes, rocks and tree roots hazards.

Mountain Biking Shorts

Depending on your riding style, the length and fabric weight of your mountain bike shorts will vary. For example, if you are a downhill mountain bike rider, you will need longer and thicker shorts. The best type of mountain bike shorts is tight-fitting stretchy shorts with a padded crotch liner. The padded crotch liner protects riders against friction and wicks away moisture. You can purchase padded liners separately as well as the shell shorts. It is recommended you also wear bike underwear to prevent chaffing.

Mountain Biking Gloves

The difference between mountain biking gloves and road cycling gloves is the finger coverage and padding. However, not all mountain bikers like padded gloves due to the fact their grips are padded. Unpadded mountain biking gloves offer the rider the ability to maintain a better bar feel. They are also cooler and lighter. When riders are out for several hours, they may prefer the extra padding in padded gloves. Full-fingered gloves protect mountain bike riders from getting bloody knuckles.

Mountain Biking Footwear

Depending on your pedalling system, mountain bikers will want to choose footwear that is both compatible with their pedalling system as well as for walking in rugged terrain. Shoes should also be waterproof and comfortable.

Mountain Biking Jerseys

Mountain biking jerseys work well for wicking away sweat and are not quite as close-fitting as road bike jerseys. Long sleeve jerseys can provide additional protection against brush and branch hazards.