Even if you are only planning on riding beginner level cross country trails, I still highly recommend the Bell Super 3R MIPS. It is a cross country lid with some face protection. If I hadn't had a helmet (pictured above) similar to the Super 2R on when I
crashed on an easy trail, then I would probably be in a long term care facility today. I'm not kidding. In my opinion, this is the most important piece of equipment anyone
can buy. If you buy one, don't take off the face protection. That is like having a car with a great seat belt and not wearing the belt when you might need it most.
Another full face with good ventilation is the Met Parachute. Its sizing allows for both smaller and
larger sized heads than does the Bell Super 2R. It is my favorite helmet.
Unless you enjoy a good rodeo style crash, you might want to invest in a good dropper post. My favorites are KS Suspension (Kind Shock) and Fox. I have one of these posts that
I've been running for almost 4 years now with zero issues.
I really like my Yakima "Hold Up" bike rack. Compared to another leading brand that I also have, the Yakima is so stable and
quiet behind my vehicle that I forget it is back there.