The Essential Gear Every Beginner Mountain Biker Needs

The Essential Gear Every Beginner Mountain Biker Needs

Are you ready to hit the trails and start mountain biking? Before you get started, it's important to make sure you have the right gear. As a beginner, it can be overwhelming to figure out what you need. That's why we've put together this guide with everything you need to know about essential gear for beginner mountain bikers. 

The Bike

The first and most important piece of gear you need is a mountain bike. But, with so many different types of bikes out there, how do you choose the right one for you? It's essential to take into account your budget, the type of terrain you'll be riding, and your personal preferences. The two main types of mountain bikes are hardtail and full suspension, and there are a variety of materials and components to choose from. Don't be afraid to test-ride a few bikes before you make your decision.

If you’re not sure where to start, get in touch! We can talk you through the decision process. We often have a collection of consignment bikes, so we can work with you to find the perfect bike at Sports Garage or point you in the right direction if we don’t have what you need in stock. Once you’ve got your bike, bring it into the shop for a tune-up so we can make sure you’re in the best shape possible for the biking season! 

Your Apparel 

You don’t need to buy a full new wardrobe to hit the tail. We’re willing to get you’ve got a lot of what you need already! You’ll want to wear movable athletic clothing and ensure you don’t have baggy pant legs that can get caught on your bike. If you dabble in other activities, you can probably find a suitable outfit in your closet. If you don’t think you have all the pieces or your biking attire, come check out our consignment stock, we have a ton of apparel in multiple sizes and styles. 

Your Bike Shorts 

Mountain bike seats aren’t exactly comfortable, which is why padded shorts are a must-have. These shorts, also known as a shammy, provide extra cushioning to protect your sit bones and reduce chafing. When choosing shorts, look for ones that fit snugly and have a comfortable pad. Trust us. Your bum will thank you. 

We sell brand-new bike shorts at Sports Garage in a range of sizes. You might want more than one pair if you plan on riding a ton. Come check them out! (*LINK TO RETAIL ITEM*)

Suitable Shoes

Proper footwear is key for mountain biking. You'll want shoes that are comfortable, provide good traction, and have stiff soles to help you pedal efficiently. Look for shoes that have a recessed cleat and provide good support for your feet. Plus, you'll look pretty cool in some gnarly shoes. We have some consignment bike shoes available for you to check out. While you don’t need shoes that are specifically for biking, they’re a great option for safety and efficiency as you embark on your new pass time. 


Gloves are important for protecting your hands and improving your grip on the handlebars. You'll be amazed at how much more comfortable it is to hold onto the handlebars with gloves. Look for gloves that fit snugly, have good padding, and provide good ventilation to keep your hands cool. And, who knows, you may even end up feeling like a badass with a pair of gloves on.

Hydration Pack or Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is crucial when mountain biking. You don't want to be stranded on the trail without water. A hydration pack is a backpack that holds a water bladder and a drinking tube. This allows you to sip water while you ride without having to stop. Alternatively, you can attach a water bottle to your bike frame for easy access or wear a water bottle holder around your waist. 


The most important piece of safety gear for mountain biking is a helmet. You don't want to end up with a head injury. Make sure you choose a helmet that fits properly and is certified for mountain biking. Safety first, always. We’ve got a collection of new and used helmets at Sports Garage. Come check them out! 

Eye Protection

Mountain biking can be dusty and debris-filled, which is why eye protection is important. Look for glasses or goggles that are impact-resistant and provide good ventilation. You don't want to end up with something in your eye that could have been easily avoided. Of course, we’ve got a selection of biking glasses for you to choose from at Sports Garage. 

Repair Kit

A repair kit is a must-have for any mountain biker. You'll want to carry a spare tube, tire levers, a pump, and a multitool. Make sure you know how to use these items before you hit the trails. You don't want to be stuck on the trail with a flat tire and not know how to fix it. You better believe we’ve got all of those things in stock. 

With the right gear, you'll be well on your way to enjoying the thrill of mountain biking. Remember to choose gear that fits properly, is comfortable, and provides the necessary protection. But, most importantly, have fun and be safe out there! We’re all about keeping things approachable. If you’re feeling intimidated, we’re here to support you. Swing by the shop and we’ll set you up with everything you need for the best biking season ever. 

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