Extreme mountain biking is an adventurous hobby, and if you are going to take it on, you have to be safe. A good hard shell helmet is essential, as are pads and eye protection.
Extreme mountain biking is a style of bicycling that involves riding off-road on a very sturdy bike, usually with straight handlebars and wide tires. The sport originated in the United States in the 1970s. While the name may throw you off, mountain biking does not refer exclusively to riding on mountains - it encompasses any terrain off of paved roadways. In order to stay safe when you are mountain biking, it is very important that you have the right protective gear.
Your helmet is the most fundamental article of safety gear. Never ever ride a bike without a helmet on. You run the risk of severe head injury if you are in a collision, and in fact many deaths result each year as a result of helmet-less riding. For mountain bikers, helmets are especially important because they not only protect your head if you fall, but they also protect your head from any falling debris that you may encounter during your ride. Since mountain biking takes place off-road, there is a good chance that rocks could fall along the way, and you will be glad that your head is protected. Sometimes experienced riders will take the risk of riding without a helmet, and this is extremely unsafe. Many mountain bikers are thrill-seekers, but unless you have a death wish, wearing a helmet - at all times - is critical. There are two types of helmets to choose from ? soft shell and hard shell. Soft shell helmets are not nearly as safe as hard shell because if you fall on your head while wearing a soft shell helmet, which is made of soft foam, the foam could get caught on something, and you could end up breaking your neck. Hard shell helmets, on the other hand, have a thin plastic surface, so they cannot be penetrated, and you will not run the risk of getting caught on something when you fall. Usually, mountain biking involves rough terrain, not smooth surfaces. Therefore, a hard shell helmet is the way to go. Truthfully, they are often more expensive than soft shell helmets, but you really can?t put a price tag on your safety. Try on a few different helmets before you make your final decision. Make sure that it fits snugly, and that the straps can be fitted snugly as well.
Some people complain that wearing a helmet is uncomfortable, and it is true that it may feel a bit unnatural at first if you are not yet accustomed to wearing one, but after you have worn it for a while, you will adjust. Only buy helmets that have passed the Snell safety test - there will be a sticker inside your helmet stating that it has passed this test. Once you have chosen the helmet, you still have to ensure that you are wearing it properly. Do not let the helmet sit far back on your head. Doing so could result in severe frontal head injury or death. The helmet should be level on your head, like a bowl-style haircut. Also, do not ride without fastening the straps. If you fall, the helmet will fly off of your head and be totally ineffective - fasten the straps against your skin so that the helmet feels very secure. If you fall off your bike, and your helmet is hit hard, you should replace it.
In addition to your helmet, it is also advisable that you invest in safety gear for your elbows, knees, and eyes. You can find elbow and knee pads at your local sporting goods store, and you will be glad that you have them when you take your first spill. Sports goggles will keep your eyes safe from branches, bugs, and anything else that could impede your vision if it got into your eye while riding at high speeds. Gloves can also be helpful, since many times when you fall, you catch yourself on the palms of your hands.
For optimal safety when you are riding a mountain bike, you shouldn?t ride alone. Think about it: if you are all by yourself, and you take a nasty spill on some off-road trail that might not get re-visited for days or more, you are in big trouble. The buddy system applies to so many areas of life, and mountain biking should definitely be one of them. When you are a beginner, you should stick to well-marked trails. Also, do not wear baggy clothes or strappy outfits when you are biking - loose fabric could get caught in the wheels and cause you to flip. If you are taking a long ride, bring water ? you can mount a bottle holder on the bike. Be safe, and have fun!
Learn how to give yourself a professional and relaxing manicure in the comfort of your own home.
Going out to get a manicure can be both fun and relaxing. It is a chance to let all your worries slip away, to be pampered and come out looking beautiful. However, going out to get a manicure can also be a hassle. It gets expensive to do it frequently. In some places, it can be hard to find a reputable nail salon that does not book up months ahead of time. The traffic, the waiting and the inconvenience can all make frequent manicures seem less appealing. However, with a few simple tips, you can re-create the luxurious feel of a manicure out in the comfortable space of your own home.
1. To make sure that everything goes smoothly, make sure to get everything you will need together before beginning. You will not want to have to dig through a cabinet later with wet polish on each of your fingernails! Beginners should limit themselves to color (polish) only manicures - don't worry though - there will be plenty of hand pampering without putting on your own artificial nails. Prior to beginning, you will need a good brand of base and top coat and the colored nail polish of your choice. Nail polish remover, Q-tips or cotton balls, a small dishtowel, an emery board, cuticle sticks, nail scissors, and lotion (with an optional dish of warm water to heat it in) are all also needed. 2. Though not essential, consider making your manicure a spa-like event by paying attention to detail. Put some light and relaxing music on. Light a few candles for their scent and ambience (though you will still need the light on to be able to see your work). Warm up the hand lotion before using it to moisturize your skin. Take a minute to pamper yourself; you are worth it. 3. To begin your actual manicure, first use the Q-tips or cotton balls to remove all traces of nail polish from your nails. Wash your hands afterward, using warm water and a mild soap. Fold the dishtowel into quarters and use it to rest your wrists while you work on your fingernails. While your hands are still slightly damp from the water, use the cuticle stick to gently push back your cuticles. Although many people advocate cutting your cuticles, it is extremely easy to cut too far into the skin and leave yourself vulnerable to infection; for all but the hardest and thickest cuticles, pushing with a stick will work as well or better than scissors. Trim your nails using the nail clipper; aim for a slightly oval shape on each nail. File the nails using the emery board to even out the shape and smooth its edges.
4. Before applying nail polish, make sure that you are satisfied with the shape and length of your fingernails. Begin by applying the base coat for the nail in smooth lines from the base of the nail outward. Some have suggested that laying a horizontal band of polish along the tip of the nail and then applying the polish from the base outward can help prolong chip-free wear. The technique is slightly more difficult to perfect, but may be worth attempting if your nail polish chips frequently. Apply the base coat on all nails (it is usually easiest to start by applying polish to the dominant hand using the non-dominant hand and then switching); let the base dry. Apply two coats of the chosen color on each nail, letting the coats dry fully. Apply the top coat last and let the nails dry again. 5. After making sure that your nail polish is perfectly dry, give yourself a mini-hand massage using the warmed lotion. Even if you forgo the optional heating of the lotion, it is important to moisturize your skin after a manicure. Some salons will massage the lotion in prior to painting your nails, but it can be easier to do it afterward to prevent the oils from getting on to the fingernails and preventing the polish from setting.
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