Outdoor sports are starting to gain popularity these days. This is because there are many benefits that come by doing them. There are the apparent health benefits that you get by simply climbing mountains, the improved stamina and lung power that you get from jogging, and etc. However, it’s mountain biking that’s taking the spotlight because of its seemingly therapeutic nature.
However, mountain biking is not an easy hobby. Aside from being fit, there other things that you have to take into account. Stuff like picking out the right bike to take on a mountain trip. Unlike, shoes, clothes, or what not, choosing the right bike affects your overall performance and, more importantly, your safety. If you don’t have any idea on how to pick bikes at all then you should probably bring along a friend who has experience in mountain biking.
If not, here are some general tips for you to follow when picking a mountain bike.
- First off, know your behavior and preference when you are on a bike. Here are some questions you can ask yourself: how do you like to get around? Do you prefer something that has a little weight in it? Or would you like to feel a nice cool breeze while riding around the path? Whatever you pick, make sure it is something that you can be comfortable with over an extended period of time. Always keep in mind that this is the weight you’re going to be traveling on for a good hour or more.
- Second, do you have any physical or health problems? Because if you have joint problems or something is wrong with your back, then you might want to get something that has a full suspension. It helps lighten the strain on your back and it’ll reduce the tension on your joints. If no, then you can opt not to get a full suspension.
- Third, know the path you are going to take. In the least, know which trails you are going to be passing through. There are various kinds of mountain bikes and using the wrong bike on a certain trail can minimize your bike’s utility and compromise your safety.
- Last, and certainly one of the most important parts of a bike, is your brakes. There are two kinds of brakes. There is the disc brake that practically does its job well throughout various conditions and rim brakes that are more reasonably priced and easier to inspect and replace. Whichever one you pick, keep in mind the advantages and disadvantages of each.