Published at Thursday, October 11th 2018. by Laurie Mcgee 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.
Since the 1970‘s, the sport has grown tremendously and there are now different types of mountain biking for different terrains and purposes. However, the most popular type of mountain biking is still the traditional cross country style, where the rider will generally need to climb and descend a variety of hills on different terrains including paved and dirt terrains.
This is much like downhill. It involves similar techniques and circumstances. The bikes usually have front and rear suspension with large brakes and a heavier frame.
When mountain biking, there are different types of equipment needed. First and foremost is the right bike for your body type and riding needs. Going to a store that specializes in mountain bikes and gear is a good idea for anyone just starting out with the sport. In addition to the bike, there is also some essential equipment every rider should have. Since mountain biking takes place on more difficult terrain than traditional cycling, safety gear is especially important in order to reduce the chances of serious injury. The most important item you need is a helmet. A helmet should be the #1 item you get when getting ready to head out on the trail. A helmet will protect your head should you fall in difficult terrain, and since its much easier to fall where the terrain is rough, you absolutely need strong head protection. Don’t skimp when it comes to your helmet.
If you are very tall, very short or have abnormal body proportions, it‘s time to buy a custom bike built especially for you. To enjoy the ride, you need to buy a right size bike. Review the companies offering this service, and remember that even this is more expensive option, it is better to pay and enjoy than compromise and suffer.
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