Post a general riding tip, for your Muni, Longer, or Commuting type rides.
I can’t account for the validity of all these, but they sound good:
Tips taken from another bike forum…
TP in a plastic baggie and stuff in the bottom of your pack for an absolute emergency.
For god’s sake boys…put some shorts on over those grape smuggling harnesses.
Girls…keep up the good work.
Sack up when ever possible. Cause if you aint killing it, you aint pushing to get better.
Bring a pump. One that fits your tire valve
look where you what to go…not at that tree or big rock.
Spare stuff… Carry your own spare tubes and stuff. No one likes a mooch.
Ride with people better than you.
Eat before you are hungry, drink before you are thirsty.
don’t fill your water bottles with mayonnaise when going on a long hot ride
Don’t forget sunscreen.
When riding in a group, call out junk in the road (for the roadies of course)
Put a spare $20 in you pack/saddle bag.
Don’t stop at the top of a long climb. Keep spinning to clear out the lactic acid or your legs will turn to lead.
If you plan a ride but don’t feel like going when the time comes, do it anyway. You’ll start feeling better about mile two or so.
smart saddle time (riding with goals/skills in mind) will do more to make you a better rider than that swanky new fork or hot new bike.
it’s the rider, not the bike/uni.
Don’t be scared. If you think you can do it, you can. Just gotta grab the boys and give it. It’s crazy what you can get away with. (not always advised!)
Have Advil and Neosporin in the car.
Learn to fix your own bike/uni.
Yield to uphill riders(Just to clarify uphill rider is the rider pedaling their bike uphill.)
When you yield, don’t veer off the trail go around them…you turn singletrack into doubletrack - stop, grab a tree or put your foot down, lean your bike out of the way
Say hello and thanks to everyone on the trail
go ride. Don’t let those little things keep you from riding
Don’t wash all three of your bike shorts in the same load unless you’re sure you can get them dry by the time you wanna ride.
take more food and water than you think you need.
Be nice and pleasant to other riders on the trails you ride, it makes you happier and then you ride better.
always ride like someone’s chasing you
scare yourself once each ride
if you are not having fun, do something different
Get a bell, or “WOOT WOOT!”, or whistle loudly every once in a while on your way down. If you hear someone, respond.
When riding a new trail for the first time, constantly remind yourself to go easy
Throw a few iodine tablets in that baggy with the TP in the bottom of your camel back.
use a presta-schrader adapter as a valve cap on one of your tires.