- Wear gloves.
If you crash it is absolutely certain that you will fall on your hands so don’t even bother with a helmet if you don’t wear gloves. It hurts quite a lot to ride home with ripped-open palms I can tell you.
- Wear glasses and put them on over the straps of your helmet or bees and wasps will get caught there. It is quite distracting to get stung near the eye by a bee while you’re going
downhill at 30 mph. It happens more often than you think. Even a fat fly that hits you in the eye can easily cause a crash.
- Take a tyre repair kit or even better a spare tube
with you on all rides. I started doing this after I had to walk home 15 miles - and I was lucky there. If your tyre gets a snakebite 30 miles from home in the mountains you are up the creek without a paddle. If you have a Camelbak you can easily take some allen keys and duct tape (for tyre repair etc.) with you as well.