Getting Started with Mountain Biking
Earlier this week we did an article about packrafting which is something I discovered while researching for our site. Something that has intrigued me lately has been mountain biking. It looks like an incredible way to explore a mountain. For someone who lives in the middle of Oklahoma there really isn’t too many mountain bike experts around. Maybe where you are located you find yourself in the same predicament. To help you get started with mountain biking I have found a few things to help you get started. Let’s begin with what a mountain bike is. This article is brought to you by www.centurycycles.com.
Mountain Bicycles are design for riding rough off-road trails. They have flat or upright handlebars, and a very low gear range for pedaling up steep trails. Most mountain bikes have some type of shock absorbers or suspension. Mountain bikes with front suspension only are called hardtails; mountain bikes with both front and rear suspension are called full-suspension bikes or duallies. Mountain bikes with no suspension are called rigid. Mountain bikes can be outfitted for use as touring or commuting bikes, although they would not be as light or efficient as traditional touring or commuting bikes.
I thought this was an interesting description since I had absolutely no idea that mountain bikes came in three different types of suspension. Now let’s discuss the styles of mountain bikes brought to you by www.rei.com.
Typical specs: 120–140mm of suspension travel; 67–69° head-tube angle
(Suspension travel is the amount of movement offered by the bike’s front and rear suspension. Head-tube angle is the angle that the head tube forms with the ground. A steeper head-tube angle generally indicates that a bike will turn faster and climb better. A slacker (lower) angle generally indicates that a bike will provide better stability at high speeds but won’t climb as well.)
Typical specs: 80–100mm of suspension travel; 70–71° head-tube angle
Typical specs:140–170mm of suspension travel; 65–68° head-tube angle.
Now that we’ve learned more about the style let’s look at three things to consider when you finally decide on what type of bike you want. This article is brought to you by www.overstock.com.
The basics: Wider tires, suspension and straight handlebars are the three main things that make a mountain bike a mountain bike. The gearing of a mountain bike is also designed to tackle the constant changes in slope and terrain. Quality mountain bikes will have a lightweight frame, usually made of aluminum. Low-end mountain bikes will normally have a heavier steel frame. Most mountain bikes have 26-inch wheels. Some have 29-inch wheels, though mountain bikers debate the benefits of the larger wheel.