Learn The Basics Of Mountain Biking

By: Derek Both

Mountain biking is now one of the most popular hobbies because it allows you to get outside, enjoy the environment, meet new people and get some exercise at the same time. If you are a beginner and do not have your own bike and are unfamiliar with mountain bikes, you should learn the basics first.

Mountain bikes are available in many shapes and sizes and come with a wide range of price tags. Some bikes have thick tires that soften the impact of high-intensity riding and are excellent to use on rides where you will spend most of your time on rough and uneven terrain. Other mountain bikes have thin tires and are ideal if you plan to ride mostly on a smooth surface such as pavement.

A sturdy and durable helmet is one of the most important things that you will need. Biking helmets are usually lightweight so they won't feel too heavy or uncomfortable. Most helmets are made partially out of hard Styrofoam with a plastic outside so they can protect your head and not cause any discomfort.

It is easy to fall off mountain bikes especially if you are a beginner so knee and elbow pads will come in handy. Plan ahead to protect any areas that may feel the impact as mountain biking can carry some risks and hazards. Even if you are not riding on rough terrain, you should still protect yourself just in case.

Plan to buy a car rack or truck rack if you live far from any available trails. Doing so will allow you to easily transport your mountain bikes. Roof racks offer the flexibility of having your bike accessible quickly. However, it is difficult for some to live their mountain bikes to place them on their car's roof. In this case, a trunk rack may be a better choice.

You will need to buy a bottle rack for your mountain bike as it is hard work so you are likely to get very thirsty. You need to have a place on your bike to store water that is immediately accessible that way you can stay hydrated during your ride.

You may want to also pick up some tools to carry with you on rides. You may find the need to adjust the height of your seat or the need to fix a flat tire in the middle of your ride. Buy a small bike pump and an extra inner tube. Your mountain bike can get a flat at any time, so you will want to be prepared.

Mountain bikes are an exciting adventure so plan ahead to make the right decisions to get the most out of it. Purchasing the right kind of mountain bike for your personal needs is the beginning. Stocking up on all of the biking gear you will need ensures both your safety and fun when you ride.

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