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Basics Of Mountain Biking

Mountain biking, as a sport, has been around since the 1970's. The sport originated when bikers refitted their traditional bikes with stronger brakes and thicker, more durable tires. Groups of riders from around the country would gather and race down mountains or hills on these refitted bikes. Hence, the beginning of mountain biking as we know it 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.

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.

Another important item to have is gloves. A good set of gloves will make the grip on your bike handles more sure and also protect your hands from cuts and scrapes should you take a fall.

A good pair of sunglasses is also essential. Your glasses should protect your eyes from rocks, dirt, mud or other debris and also make it easier to see in different types of weather and at different times of day. Consider a set of sunglasses with interchangeable lenses so that you can change the lenses depending upon the weather or time of day for maximum contrast and protection from eye fatigue and strain.

Bike tools should be taken along on the trail as well, since the heavy strain of off road and off path riding leads to more mechanical and equipment breakdowns. Essential tools to have with you include a tire pump, extra tire tubes or chains and a basic toolkit to allow you to repair your bike if needed.

Appropriate clothing is also essential for mountain biking. Your clothes should be lightweight and comfortable for the weather, but also strong and durable.

Don't forget the shoes, your shoes need to be comfortable but also practical for the terrain.

Armed with all the mountain biking essential equipment and knowledge you need, you'll be ready to take on whatever terrain you encounter.

Submitted by:

L Quinn

Lydia Quinn writes for Phat Sports Shades, a leading provider of high performance eyewear and outdoor eye protection for sports, motorcycle riding and outdoor activities. Visit us at: http://www.phatsportshades.com


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