Want to start mountain biking, but aren’t sure what you’ll need? This is a collection of some of our favorite mountain biking gear for beginners.
Are you looking for more ways to spend time outdoors? Mountain biking isn’t just a great workout; it’s also incredibly fun!
If you’re ready to buy some gear, but aren’t sure where to start, the choices can be overwhelming. Here are our top picks of mountain biking gear for beginners.
Essential Mountain Biking Gear
A Mountain Bike
This one might sound obvious.
There are lots of high-end bikes out there, but to get started, try buying a moderately priced bike that fits you well!
While mountain bikes have some adjustable features, like seat height and angle, it’s important to start with a frame that actually suits you.
Here are some tips to help you understand how bikes are sized, and what you should be looking for to get the best fit.
I recommend trying out a few mountain bikes in person if possible. Mountain bike sizing charts are an estimate, and it’s a good idea to see for yourself what size you’re most comfortable riding.
We love this Nishiki pueblo bike as an entry-level mountain bike.
A Bicycle Helmet
Although we typically ride during the day, this bicycle helmet with a built-in light for night rides is a nice option to have.
The light sits on the back to make you extra visible in the evening.
The light is detachable (and also rechargeable), so for daytime rides, you can just leave it out.
Our Favorite Mountain Biking Gear Accessories
Now for some other accessories that will make mountain biking more comfortable and safe!
These half-finger biking gloves have lots of padding to absorb the bumps you’ll encounter along the path.
This will minimize the fatigue you might otherwise get in your hands.
Another option is these full-finger biking gloves, which are also designed to give you a solid grip. Since they’re made with reflective fabric, they’re a great choice for riding at dawn or dusk!
Some opt to wear shoes that clip into their bike pedals, but as a mountain biking beginner, all you really need is a sturdy shoe.
I love riding in my Keen hiking sandals. They allow air through to keep me feeling cool, but they have the toe protection of a shoe. It’s the best of both worlds!
You’ll definitely want to bring water on your ride, especially on hot, long rides. I carry a Rupumpack daypack with a built-in water bladder.
The daypack can hold up to 2.5 liters and is insulated to keep your water cool. Plus, it’s kind of handy to use the extra pockets if you need to store something.
Do you plan on riding in an area with lots of poison ivy? Sometimes we don’t quite realize it was there until it’s too late!
This Tecnu poison ivy + oak scrub is fantastic to have on hand. It gets rid of the plant oil that causes itching.