Mountain biking is a great way to explore the outdoors,
stay in shape, or just have a great time outdoors. Racing
down the side of a mountain is a lot of fun indeed although
it can also be quite hazardous. Even though it’s dangerous,
if you ride with caution, it can be enjoyed by the
STYLES OF MOUNTAIN BIKING
Mountain biking can best be characterised into three
different styles: downhill, free riding and cross
country. Although the different types are similar, in some ways
they still require different skills.
The style that you pick will determine the type of
bike you get.
LOCATIONS FOR USING YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE
The sport can best be thought of as biking on an unpaved
surface. Many areas throughout the UK have specific
locations designed for mountain biking. Before
you decide to go down a trail, you should always check
with the local council or online information to get the
routes, regulations and any rules that they may have.
You can also find groups that have mountain bike rides
and competitions. You can look on the internet or even
in a local paper and see exactly what’s available in your
area. You may be able to find groups for the more
advanced riders as well as beginners.
BECOMING A GREAT BIKER
Endurance and stamina are a must for a great mountain
biker. It will also take ambition and practice to succeed
as well as conquer the course. Like all other sports,
it takes time and practice. Those just beginning will
have to get used to the bumps and bruises from falling
off the bike!
SELECTING YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE
The bike you select is more of a personal choice and
a big determining factor on the type of riding you will
be doing. Bikes come in all styles, shapes, and prices,
which will make selecting one for yourself very difficult
You should use the internet to help you shop for a bike,
even do some price comparisons online as well before you
make a purchase. Before you buy a bike, always ask to
try it out first. An expert mountain biker will become
at one with his or her own bike. When buying, make sure
you check for comfort, how it fits, even how it is geared.
The best way is to search some of the trusted online
magazines initially or if someone has recommended a
certain bike, you could ask a friend or fellow mountain
biking enthusiast if you can test his/her model. It’s
also a good idea to visit a physical cycling shop
to verify the right brand, model and size for you.
Ultimately, you’ll find the best bargains online.
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STAYING SAFE WHEN RIDING
Mountain bike riding on unpaved roads can be very
precarious, as mentioned earlier. Anytime you are riding,
you should wear a helmet, along with knee and elbow
pads. If you are following a group or riding in the
woods you should strongly consider a pair of goggles as
well. Safety should be your top priority and never
taken lightly anytime you are mountain biking.