Currently, wearing a mouthguard for Mountain Biking, is a bit like the way it was wearing one for basketball before Stephen Curry and Lebron James started wearing them in the NBA.
Some do - but most don’t!
I never did!
Even though I’ve had shoulder surgery, hernia surgery and myriad other injuries suffered from going #endoverend more times than I could count, it never really occurred to me to wear my custom mouthguard while I was out on the trail.
And I own a mouthguard company!!
That all changed a few years ago when I was in Minnesota for the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival and Race.
To be sure, I am a slow and steady rider, competing only for the joy of finishing.
Which I did - and that’s really wear the story begins…
The day after the race, my buddies and I were out for a Cross Country Mountain Bike ride on a beautiful morning.
Halfway through all was well - my flow was good!
#1 Reason To Wear A Custom Mouthguard While Mountain Biking
It happened so quickly - I had no chance to bail.
My front tire hit a stump and holy mackerel, I was face down in the mud, still clipped into my pedals.
Taking stock of my body parts I realized that there was no injury to report.
Still, I laid there, moving only my eyeballs.
To my immediate right, a mere half inch from my mouth, was the rock that would have removed all of my teeth, if I’d been just a fraction over.
The suddenness of the fall shook me and on the balance of the ride I convinced myself wearing a custom mouthguard for Mountain Biking was a top notch idea.
#2 Reason To Wear A Custom Mouth Mountain Biking
It never occured to me that there would be an additional bonus to feeling safer on my Mountain Bike but there is.
I may be imagining it but when I am able to cinch my jaw down on the mouthguard and clench hard I find going up hills to be easier, smoother and more fluid.
It mentally dials me in for the grind and there seems to be a transfer of energy created by the clench.
The long and short of it is - I like it!
Truth be told - it’s what excites me most about wearing my custom mouthguard for mountain biking.
Comment below on your thoughts about wearing a custom mouthguard for mountain biking. Good idea? Silly? Similar experience?