Wear a Helmet
All bicyclists in New York State under the age of 14 are required to wear a safety-approved bicycle helmet. No matter what your age, whether you are riding on a public roadway or a mountain bike trail, it’s always a good idea!
Know Where You Are in the Adirondacks
Keep a trail map and compass on hand so you know where you are in the Adirondack Mountains, especially if you are traveling off-trail. Whether you are a new-comer or a seasoned professional, the Park is very extensive with hundreds of thousands of uninhabited Wild Forest that is very remote. In these surroundings, it wouldn’t be hard to get lost!
Bike in a Group
This is the safest way to ensure you don’t get lost and it can also be more fun! Make sure you know where you are going and have good group organization. If you do plan on going by yourself, make sure to tell someone where in the Adirondacks you plan on going and when you plan on returning.
Stay Healthy and Hydrated
Nothing is worse than being hungry and thirsty when you are in the middle of the woods! Bring a backpack with plenty of food and water. This will help keep you warm (or cool) and allow the body to properly maintain itself. If you plan on drinking water from one of the waterways along the bike trail, make sure to boil the water first!
Bring the Necessary Equipment
Check the forecast to see what the weather will be like and dress accordingly. Comfort and function are two key elements to think about when choosing your clothing. Make sure your pants don’t hang too loosely as they can get caught up in your bike pedals. Also, layer your clothing and leave the cotton behind. Cotton doesn’t wick away moisture as well as some other fabrics, such as Gore-Tex. Other good things to bring along with you are:
- First-Aid Kit
- Pump and Patch Kit
Be Courteous to Hikers
Most of the mountain biking trails in the Adirondacks are also used by both hikers and equestrain riders. Make sure to be aware of your surroundings and slow down your speed if you come across a hiker. It is also courteous to let a pedestrian know you are coming from behind so they too are aware of your prescence. If you approach horses from the front, it is always wise to let them pass. If you are approahing them from behind, it might be best to pull off your bike and walk around.
TIP: Local bike shops and sporting goods stores are a great place to get trail maps and information on the best Adirondack Mountain trails, routes and conditions for your needs. They also have knowledge on upcoming rides, tours, races, and clinics.