Mountain bikers need specialized gear for maximum efficiency and protection. You may well need to shop before you ride, but the vast array of biking accessories may be confusing. Take this quiz to learn more about how to find the right mountain biking gear for you.
Biking shoes in the high-end price range have high arches to help position your foot.
Keeping your heels from slipping is a vital function of mountain biking shoes.
Blisters are one result of heel slippage, but a worse one could be losing your balance.
A special molded plastic heel gives extra support to prevent heel slippage.
Bike shoes use ties and Velcro fasteners to hold the shoes snuggly to the foot.
High-end shoes may cost as much as $300, although less expensive models are available starting in the $50 range.
Detachable cleats and spikes are included with high-end mountain biking shoes.
Detachable spikes are screwed into the shoes for when hiking is necessary.
Mountain biking gloves improve grip, cushion hands during a fall, reduce blisters, keep hands warm and act as shock absorbers.
Pogies are mountain biking mittens.
Professional racers prefer full-finger gloves.
The thumb has its own single spot in the glove, while the other fingers double up with a buddy.
Both leather and waterproof synthetic materials are used to make mountain biking gloves.
Carpal tunnel syndrome may be a result of the bumps and stress of the sport, so is tendinitis.
That would be the skintight bike shorts.
The main purpose of the shorts is to act as a second skin.
Wicking fabrics draw moisture away from skin -- an important function in both hot and cold weather.
Bike shorts have a chamois panel that reduces friction with sensitive areas.
Extreme mountain bikers, such as downhill and freeriding racers, wear a kind of body armor for protection in a fall.
Duct tape and baling wire are a great fix-all to have on the road.