Are you ready for the trails?
The trail twists quickly and turns under the shade of those big trees - is that a jump ahead? Am I ready for this? Am I up to it?
Not the sort of questions you want to be asking yourself on the trail.
Mountain biking is inherently risky, so the best way to stay safe is by being realistic about your own ability and being aware of what's going on around you.
- Always wear a helmet and gloves
- Consider wearing other protective clothing
Ride safely. Take the time before riding a trail to check out the trail head grading information:
- Are you confident about what the grading means?
- Do you really have enough experience for your choice of trail?
- Are there any detours?
See the trail grades page for more information on what the different trail grades mean.
You want to get out and ride the trail - but hold on a moment. Do you have a trail/route map? Are you carrying spares - an extra inner-tube, for instance? Can you repair a bike on the trail if you need to? For longer rides you'll need food and water. And what about your fitness and stamina? Many accidents are caused through fatigue - don't join that club!
Think about the weather. Do you know the forecast? Bear in mind that the weather at the trailhead might be fine, but further up the hill, it could be colder. What about the trail conditions? Has it snowed or rained?
This is all easier to deal with if you are properly prepared. Think ahead and plan before you ride. Then saddle up, enjoy the ride, and come back safely!
Find a Forest
Developing Mountain Biking
Whether you’re interested in places to ride, a skills course, a biking holiday or want to get involved professionally, you’ll find stacks of useful information at Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland.
Bike Events Scotland
If you’re itching to challenge yourself, compete against other bike riders, or looking for social rides and charity cycling events across Scotland, find all the latest event news at Bike Events Scotland.
Scottish CyclingTo find events, get advice about all six disciplines of cycling and discover how to get more involved in the sport, visit the national governing body for cycling in Scotland - Scottish Cycling.