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Mountain Biking Basics

Greg Aiello shares some mountain biking tips.
Getting a new bike?

If you're new to the sport, remember to take it easy and keep it fun. Mountain bikes can get expensive but you don't need a $3,000 bike to enjoy the sport. Look for a bike with good front suspension to soak up the bumps. For total comfort, a bike with a front and rear suspension is the best but the cost will go up. You can expect to pay around $1200 for a good, entry-level full-suspension bike.

Getting your old trusty bike ready for the trail

If the bike you have is fine but it's been a while since she's seen the trail, the best thing to do before setting out is to take the bike to your local bike shop. For around $50 bucks, they will check all of the important compenants of the bike like brakes, gears, derailer, chain, shocks (if equipped) and tire pressure. Of course, you can do it yourself but be sure to check everything. If you're on a ride in the mountains and something breaks, it could be a long walk back to the car.

What to bring on the ride

If you're going for a short ride, keep it simple. A hydration backpack is the best way to bring the water and you don't need a ton of food. Energy bars work great or pack a sandwich and some trail-mix if 'real' food is more your speed.

Below is a list of items everyone should have in their pack before a ride:

  • Spare tube
  • Small tool kit
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone
  • Tire pump
  • Tire patch kit
Also, don't forget to bring your camera! Mountain biking is a great way to get outdoors and get into terrain you might not otherwise experience. You're bound to see some beautiful stuff so make sure you're ready to capture it forever!

Your local bike shop is another great place to learn about new places to ride. There are millions of miles of bike trails around the country and these guys know them best. Don't be afraid to tell them you might be a newbie to the sport and be honest with your abilities. You can work up to more challenging trails after you get the hang of it.

Google Earth and the internet are other great resources as well. Again, if you're new to the sport, pick a place you're familiar with and have a great ride!

Three Simple Secrets To A Successful Ride

    1. Make sure your bike is ready for the trail.

    2. Pick a place to ride that is close to home and you are familiar with. Work up to more challenging terrain and don't be afraid to get off the bike to walk it when you hit something tough.

    3. Have fun! Really get into what you're doing and where you are. It isn't a race. Enjoy your surroundings and try not to look at the ride as 'mission' or something to be conquered. If you make it fun, chances are, you'll be back for more!

For More Information:
Segment 1
Mountain Biking: Buying a New Bike
Mountain Biking: Buying a New Bike
Are you looking for a new mountain bike?
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Segment 2
Mountain Biking: Tips for Getting Started
Mountain Biking: Tips for Getting Started
Find out how to find the trails and other basic mountain bike riding tips.
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Segment 3
Mountain Biking: What to Bring on a Ride
Mountain Biking: What to Bring on a Ride
Find out what to bring on your next bike ride.
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Segment 4
Mountain Biking: Secrets to a Successful Ride
Mountain Biking: Secrets to a Successful Ride
What are the keys to a successful ride?
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