When you’re taking up a new hobby or sport, you’re bound to make mistakes. We formulate our own misconceptions, unrealistic expectations and in cycling, we fall… a lot.
As the saying goes: “you learn from your mistakes”. Jamming on the front brake and sailing over the handlebars isn’t something you’re going to do twice, hopefully.
In an attempt to highlight common newbie faux pas’, we took to social media and asked our fellow trail shredding females, “What were your rookie mistakes in MTB?”
The responses from the off-road family were overwhelming, educational, and downright hilarious, but you have to start somewhere, right?
My MTB Rookie Error: Forgoing Padded Shorts
Where better to start than with myself, and I have a few! When I started riding MTB, I severely underestimated the necessity for padded shorts.
“I don’t want to feel like I’m wearing a nappy”, was my reasoning. After my first ever trail ride, a rocky and bumpy blue grade, my lady bits and bum were screaming at me. After that, I spent 2 days alternating which bum cheek I could sit on. Safe to safe, I won’t attempt to ride anywhere without a little bum cushioning.
It doesn’t end there either. When I did finally invest in some well-padded pants, I didn’t realise they’re to be worn without knickers – against the skin – so in winter, I would find my undercarriage layered up like a cake: knickers, tights, padded shorts, baggy shorts. Now I ride commando in my padded shorts, and I’m so much more comfortable!