Please, ride a mountain bike with full protection of your body and a helmet. It is dangerous for your life, and there is a risk of death if you ride without protection. I do not recommend anyone repeat my errors.
I started to ride a mountain bike in forests, and the only protection I had was a helmet. A mountain bike newbie rider is there. I thought to buy knee pads and elbow pads but eventually postponed purchasing them.
I noticed an intriguing point. The failure in riding without protection means serious injuries or even death. When you have protection, you feel that you can fail, you are not afraid of failures, and you start failing. But this is not the kind of sport in which you can break often. Even with protection, you might get injuries. You can break your arms, legs, knees, and other parts of the body.
My first rides, I did not wear body armor, and that’s why I rode slow and learned a lot. When failure is so risky and has irreversible consequences, you try to avoid them. And it was so tempting to continue riding without any protection.
But! Eventually, you will fail, and it will be painfully, and you will have an injury. There is a question of time when you will fail, but you will. The longer you will ride without any protection, the higher you will have a chance to fail. And your confidence is an enemy there.
It is enough to fail once, to leave the bike for the last of your life. So, go and buy a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads, and body armor.
Originally published at https://dmytrokrasun.com.