Mountain biking is a fantastic way to explore the outdoors, stay in shape, get the adrenalin moving, or just have fun. There is an element of danger involved, but if you ride within the your skill limits and stay in control, it can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Mountain Bike Styles
There are three main styles of mountain biking -
- cross country,
- downhill, and
- free riding.
(and yes, I know, there is Super-D, Dual Slalom and a lot more, but we will get to that in another article) The styles have many similarities, but they do require different skills and different types of bikes. The style you choose will determine the type of bike you will buy.
The image on the right shows a hard tail cross country bike. It has about 4 inches of travel and weighs less than 25 pounds. Some of the carbon fiber hard-tails weigh in at less than 20 pounds.
Locations for mountain bikingMountain biking is the best on unpaved trails and even better where there are differences in elevation. Gravity matters! The best locations for the sport include single track. Many areas throughout North America have specific locations designed for mountain biking. Many places, like trails in Marin County have limitations on where mountain bikers can ride. Always check with the local park, county or open space district on what rules, restrictions, routes and regulations apply to mountain biking....
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Rally in the Valley
Mountain biking festival at Wissahickon Park
Worked on skills then went on ride for about 2 and a half hour of riding through MOUNTAINS