HOW TO MINIMIZE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT WHEN MOUNTAIN BIKING

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Mountain biking can be a darn right spiritual experience. Ripping and riding through trails, surrounded by the sounds, smells, and sights of the natural world make you feel alive.

Living in the moment becomes a little easier when mountain biking.

The trails and natural beauty we depend on for these spiritual experiences also need our protection, and there are a few important things you can do to protect the places you love to ride. Over the past few years,  there has been a lot of dialogue about the environmental impact of mountain biking.  While every human activity has an environmental impact,  it’s important to understand ways you can minimize your impact while you riding.  With increased attention being placed on the negative impact of mountain biking,  environmentally conscious bikers have the opportunity to make a few adjustments to their riding game and up-level their relationship with Mother Nature.

1. STAY ON THE TRAIL

The trail exists for a reason, and every cut switchback or off-trail adventure leaves behind a mess of erosion and damage to the surrounding vegetation. Riders may be tempted to carve their own path but sticking to the route already in place will keep Mother Nature happy.Adding to this, every time bikers weave around a puddle or obstacle it widens the trail and potentially deepens an already existing problem. Conscious riders should go through the puddle and carry their bikes over fallen trees or plants whenever possible.

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