Published at Friday, September 14th 2018. by Marlene Barry in Mountain Bikes.
Of course, bicycles have always been ridden off road but the actual mountain biking sport began in the 1970s. Riders from Colorado and a couple of places in California claim to be the ones to give birth to the sport. While each group may have some validity to the claim, the bottom line is that many have contributed in the growth and development of the sport. Many people have designed bikes, built bikes and created equipment that has catapulted the sport to the popularity that it enjoys today.
For someone new to mountain biking, one of the first considerations is how to choose a mountain bike. As there are many manufacturers and models available in different price ranges, the beginning cyclist may not know where to begin.
This type of biking involves hopping and jumping bikes over various obstacles. It has the versatility to be done either off road or in urban areas. The rider must have a very good sense of balance and skill. This is very similar to skateboarding where style, originality and techniques count.
A famous mountain trail we should bring up is the longest mountain bike trail in the world. The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is more than 2000 miles long from Canada to Mexico. Where it passes through the mountainous areas of Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and New Mexico it can be tough, as there are parts that have sharp ascents and downward gradients.
Mountain bike riders need to learn a variety of skills. Aside from having to learn how to handle a bike while riding over sometimes difficult topography, riders must also learn how to repair broken bikes and flat tires while on the trail so that they do not find themselves stranded out in the middle of nowhere. Survival skills do come into play as well as many riders go on trails and on group rides, sometimes for rather lengthy treks.
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