Road bikes are fast and easy to pedal on pavement. They are not as well suited for operating off the road. Mountain bikes are harder to pedal and slower on pavement. But they have a cushy ride, an upright riding position, and can travel easily on a wide variety of surfaces.
It’s a great strength training workout
Riding up and down steep trails will not only keep your heart rate up but will also force you to use a whole range of muscles.
How to Start Mountain Biking?
Find Your Tribe. The people you ride with are directly responsible for making you a better and more confident rider.
Hit the Gym. Mountain biking demands more than just rock-solid legs.
Be Smart About Your Gears.
Master Your Body Position
A well maintained mountain bike.
Mountain bike helmet (mandatory)
Padded cycling gloves (mandatory)
Elbow, knee and shin pads (optional)
Eye protection (strongly recommended)
Your usual cycling clothes.
Drinking bottle or Camelbak for water.
A snack or energy food.
Ride open trails.
Leave No Trace.
Control your bicycle.
Never scare animals.
LEARN HOW TO RIDE SAFELY AND BETTER
It’s a discipline where strong technical skills can save you a lot of energy.
Always pack more food and water than you think you need.
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