Mountain biking is an extreme sport, because it is not for the faint of heart. Enthusiasts have numerous new gadgets available to make mountain biking more fun and more safe. Take this quiz to learn more about mountain bike accessories.
Mountain biking increases your body's endurance and strength.
Mountain bikers don't need trails -- they make them.
It's an extreme sport, because there is risk involved.
Bicycle shorts have padding designs specific for men or women -- the pads are in different places.
Mountain bikers should not take their hands off the handlebars to reach for a water bottle. Using a hydration backpack and system is the safer way to bike.
The hydration backpack may be worn under or over a shirt.
Usually the hydration packs will hold three liters of water.
A water tube is attached to the water-bag so the biker can use his hands to hang on.
Wristwatches that come with a GPS are a useful gadget for mountain bikers.
High performance biking shoes have carbon fiber soles -- the better to hold on with.
Kevlar is a synthetic material and is five times stronger than steel. That's why it is used for bulletproof vests.
Tires made from Kevlar may withstand riding over broken glass and other trail hazards. With Kevlar tires, bikers can ride with confidence of fewer blowouts than with other tire materials.
A tire repair kit is a must. Even Kevlar tires occasionally go flat.
A 145-pound rider can burn around 560 calories in an hour, so bring along some snacks.
Don’t leave home without one. A good bike helmet starts at around $75.
For full facial protection, buy a closed-face helmet.
Open face helmets do not limit peripheral vision or range of motion as closed face helmets can.
There is extra padding in the thumb.
LED bike lights (powered by small battery packs) are important for night riding.
There are pads and protective devices for all of your body, including your arms and legs.