Where to Begin with Mountain Biking Part 2

Choosing the right size mountain bike is not difficult once you have the proper measurements. On the bicycle side, you’ll need to measure the hardtail. The hardtail is a metal tube that the seat tube is fixed into. It runs from the top, where the seat clamp is located, to the bottom where the bike pedal axle normally is. Measure this distance and record your measurements. If you are buying online, ask the seller to provide your those measurements. You will find plenty of charts on the web that tell you what size hardtail is best for your height range and leg length range, so it’s handy to know those as well before making the purchase. There are other components to look out for two, but those will be discussed more in context later. If you’re unsure, you can rent a mountain bike for the first while before buying your own.

One of the most essential items of gear that you’ll need is a helmet. The trails will include steep inclines with roots and rocks sticking out, many of which are sharp. Falling onto those with a good bit of speed can cause serious injury or even be fatal. Professional mountain bikers wear a full-face helmet for a good reason, but you won’t be needing one of those at the beginner stage. No matter how much experience you have cycling on the pavement to and from work, you will fall on the trail. That is why a pair of biking gloves is essential, because it is the hands that you will be landing on most often. You’ll also need hydration. The simplest solution in a simple water bottle in the rack mounted to the frame of your bike, but we would recommend a hydration backpack. You will need a backpack anyway, and a hydration backpack will allow you to rehydrate while on the move, which can be a little dangerous with a regular bottle. Another advantage of the hydration backpack is that it is likely to hold a larger volume of water than a bike bottle. When it comes to tools, a bike pump with a pressure gauge and a bicycle-specific multitool are likely to be helpful on the trail. This all sounds like a daunting investment at first, but this gear will likely last for years, so it’s a long-term investment if you’re looking to stick with mountain biking.

Now that you have your gear, it is time to hit the trail. To begin mountain biking you don’t need to immediately head for the nearest mountain. Find your nearest unpaved trail through a forest and begin practicing there. That won’t seem like much of a challenge at first, but even a simple trail through a forest area of just uneven terrain gets you used to navigating narrow spaces and looking out for hazards that you don’t encounter in the city. Also, it is a good way to get used to your bike, how it behaves at speed and under impact. You body will adapt and loosen up as you practice.