Kayak Legend Shows How to Ride Rock Right

Rafa Ortiz gives a mountain bike lesson and offers tips to treat the inevitable skinned knees.
The man of the river riding rock © Red Bull Content Pool
By Laurie Snyder

In the fourth and final episode of "Hit the Road," kayaker Rafa Ortiz explains how to prep for a downhill mountain bike session. But where there's rock, there are bound to be scrapes and bruises, so Ortiz also touches on first aid. 

If you missed the previous episodes, here's another chance to sharpen your travel skills. Whether you want to escape the big city, plan a killer road trip or don a backpack and head out into the wilderness, Ortiz has you covered. 

To watch Episode 4 on mountain biking and first aid, click the player below:

Mountain biking and first aid tips by Rafa Ortiz

If you love adventures on two wheels, here are tips to get you ready for the mountain.

Tip No. 1: Check your bike before leaving

Check that your tires are properly inflated and that your wheels are fastened correctly to the bike. Double check your chain and squeeze your brake levers for a pre-ride safety check.

Tip No. 2: Carry the necessary equipment

You should always wear a helmet, of course, but also take a multipurpose tool, a flat tire kit, an air pump, a chain cutter, a first-aid kit, water and snacks.

Tip No. 3: Learn how to ride your bike (or at least practice before)

You want to know your bike well before trying a killer slope.

Tip No. 4: Never ride alone

If you ignore this and go alone, make sure someone knows where you are going and when you'll be back. Also bring a GPS unit.

Tip No. 5: Know your first-aid kit

You don’t need to be a doctor to know how to use your first-aid kit. Cuts, sunburns and other injuries can be handled on the trail if you know how to use items in your kit. At the very least, take some time to learn on how to clean a skin wound properly.

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