If you want to start mountain-biking or even if you are an expert in the field, there are certain rules that you can not miss. The following are instituted by IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association).
Ride only on permitted roads: follow road and trail closures (when in doubt ask), avoid crossing private land, obtain permission if necessary. Some areas of parks may be closed to cycling.
Do not leave traces, be sensitive to the environment. Even in open spaces you should not ride in conditions that are evidence of your passage, as on certain soils after a rain. Watch for different soil types. Practice low-impact cycling, this means staying on the track and not creating new ones. Make sure at least bringing back the same charge that led.
Maintain control of your bike! The lack of attention for a second can cause serious problems. Respect the rules and be very careful with speed.
Always yield. Make your presence known in advance. A friendly greeting is considerated and works well, do not startle others. When passing others, show them respect by slowing down or stopping at all. Keep in mind that other users can be held in curves or blind spots.
Never scare animals. All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, for others and for the same animals. Must be given place and time to get used to your presence. Take special care with people on horseback. Scare and disturb wildlife is a serious offense. Close the gates or leave them as indicated.
Plan ahead: Know your team, your own limitations and the area to visit. Prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient. Wear a helmet, keep your bike in good conditions and take the necessary elements in anticipation of changes in climatic conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction for you and it should not be a burden or nuisance to others.
Some indications may seem truisms, but none is more when it comes to addressing the steep paths of Bariloche.