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First Aid for Mountain Bikers in the Wild

Stay Safe on Your Mountain Bike with Know-how and Gear
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Whether you’re going on an e-bike, e-mountain bike or mountain bike, it’s all the same – long rides in the wild run the risk of accidents, and you need to be prepared! It may seem complicated and a lot of fuss for a slight chance of an emergency, but once you’re sorted you can relax knowing that you’ll be ok no matter the situation. It’s definitely easier to enjoy a ride knowing that you can take care of yourself, so here are some tips and mountain bike accessories to get you started.

General Tips for Safety in the Wild

  • Either tell people where you’re going and when you’ll be back, or go with someone
  • Always take a fully charged mobile phone, and for extra marks bring a portable charger
  • Consider doing a first aid course
  • Read the instructions that come with any first aid equipment you buy
  • Check that your first aid kit contains everything you need (as not all kits will have everything for mountain biking/ e-mountain bikes); if not, buy the missing pieces separately
  • Wear the right gear that will support and protect you, especially from chafing, blisters and abrasions
  • You’ll always need water on a ride, but if you’re injured and waiting for help you’ll need a lot of it. Take a Camelbak or similar product. Using the same logic it makes sense to pack snacks, too!
  • Pack a first aid kit… for your bike! If you crash and injure yourself and the bike, you’ll have an extra chance of making it home to get proper medical attention if you can fix the bike.
  • The most important thing in an emergency, whether regarding you or a buddy, is to keep a level head and approach the problem with logic.

What Your Mountain Bike Emergency Kit Should Include

  • Water purification tablets (a sheet of these won’t take up space and could save you from dehydration/disease in an emergency)
  • A compact emergency space blanket
  • A lighter
  • A torch (or a torch app on your phone)
  • GPS
  • Map (paper or app)
  • Whistle
  • High-calorie snacks
  • Cash

 

What Your First Aid Kit Should Include

You will most likely need to buy some of these separately to complete your first aid kit

  • Plasters
  • Gauze
  • Medical tape
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Roll of bandage
  • Sterile gloves
  • Sterile wipes
  • Triangular bandage
  • Foil blanket (or emergency space blanket)
  • Sharp scissors (check this as not all kits have effective scissors)
  • Tweezers (for splinters and stings)
  • Tic remover tool
  • Painkillers
  • Emergency contact/medical information card (laminated if possible)
  • Any medication you routinely need

 

Some Rocks n Roost Recommended Mountain Bike First Aid Products

 

For an excellent rundown of what to do in case of relevant emergencies, check out this blog post.

You can take specialist mountain bike first aid courses, such as this one in Derbyshire, and while it’s not an equal substitute to training, you can get first aid apps on your phone for use in an emergency.

PS: Check out our guide to stretching and recovering after a ride here

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