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The general rule for bicycling is to maintain a cadence - pedaling pace - of 80-100 rpm. Use a gear that lets you do that and you're mostly good.

Then there are finer details like to avoid cross chaining.

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Bring your bike for sure! You'll want to bring a good helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, shin pads. Bring a water bottle too! You'll get tired.

a 5-speed MTB is either very old or very cheap. Not a good choice for some hard DH riding. With luck, it'll only be the bike getting busted up.

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Excellent brakes, Knee pads.elbow pads, shin pads, full face helmet - oh, and a good pain threshold !

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