5 Tips for Buying a Mountain Bike

Cycling is an exciting, well-loved activity for kids and adults alike. And rightfully so, for a myriad of reasons. Cycling can get you from place to place, it is a good work out and is eco-friendly too! That, of course, is just to name a few. However, whatever your reasons are, there is the perfect bike out there to suit your needs. Mountain bikes are basically just high-performance, durable bikes for rough terrain. So, are you finally ready to buy your first mountain bike? Let’s dive right in on some few tips to consider before heading to the retailer’s, to help you make decisions from an informed point of view.  Here are 5 tips for buying a mountain bike.

1. Make a budget

Let me just point out that you don’t have to break the bank for a decent bike. You can do research on bikes within your price range, and manage your finances well as you will still need money for a helmet and other cycling necessities.

2. Choose a bike that is the perfect fit for you

Bikes come in different frame sizes, and choosing the right one for you is vital. Riding a mountain bike that is not a good fit will not only cause discomfort, but will also put you at risk of injuries. And we don’t want that, do we?

On most bike manufacturers’ websites, a sizing chart has been made available to help you pick a correct frame size, based on your height. This is not to say, however, that whatever the chart says goes, because variables like wheel size, seat height and the length of your limbs come into play. I would advise actually trying out the bike at the shop, and even do a little test drive before you purchase.  Here is how to choose a bike that fits.

3. Quality over everything

This tip is pretty self-explanatory. A good quality bike will give you the best bang for your buck, reduce maintenance costs and is an assurance of longevity and superb ride quality since it is made of good quality materials. And that’s not even half of it.

4. Your type of riding style

Your riding style dictates what type of mountain bike you should go for, to get the most out of your bike. Considering how and where you are going to ride will inform a lot of other decisions such as the type of wheels, brakes, gearing and et cetera. You can choose from fat bikes, trail bikes, cross-country bikes, downhill bikes and all-mountain bikes.

5. Maintenance

A good bike shop ought to conduct a safety inspection on your bike before you leave the store with it. Remember to ask for it, as it is for your own safety. The suspension settings of the bike should also be adjusted to match your unique body weight. On your part as the cyclist, be trail-ready with a maintenance kit for maintenance and repairs. Some essentials include a pump, chain lube, a patch kit, a spare tube, levers and a place to carry it all.

So there you have it. I hope this list of fundamental tips will bring any potential buyer a step closer to knowing what they need to do before purchasing a mountain bike. Happy cycling!

6 Mountain Bike Trails You Need to Check Out

Biking is a great sport and enjoyable method of exercise, but always biking on the same trail every weekend can get boring. Luckily, there are plenty of magnificent and beautiful places to ride around the world. In this article, 6 mountain bike trails you need to check out have been gathered.

The South Downs Way (England)

First up is the iconic biking trail in England. The South Downs Way is a 160-kilometer route featuring alpine outlooks, lush countryside, and breathtaking historical sites.

The Friendship Highway (China)

China is well known for their scenic attractions and stunning natural views. Right between the Tibetan city of Lhasa and the Nepalese border, The Friendship Highway, an 800-kilometer biking route is bound to captivate you. The beautiful ride displays amazing high-altitude vistas, mountain views, and breathtaking valleys. Although, the Friendship Highway may not be for people who are scared of heights.

Kingdom Trails (USA)

Vermont is well known for their bike trails. Most of their routes are unique and amazing bikers of all kind. Although Kingdom Trails in Vermont, USA is one for the itinerary. The trail is a hundred-mile singletrack path with rocks, twists, roots and more. The trail is privately owned for non-profit use provides separate paths for all skill levels.

Maah Daah Hey (USA)

Here is another trail from the United States. Maah Daah Hey of North Dakota features a scenic outlook of the North Dakota Badlands. The Maah Daah Hey is great for people looking for rugged backcountry trails or someone who wants to experience the North Dakota landscape.

The North Shore (Canada)

The North Shore trail is in British Columbia, Canada. Canada is an impressive place for biking. More specifically, British Columbia is known for their lush forests, scenic mountains, and stunning bike trails. The North Shore is a man-made riding trail, mostly composed of wood, built for riders looking for a challenge. The North Shore is a stomach-churning path any adrenaline craving biker will love.

Slickrock (USA)

Slickrock of Moab, Utah, is another biking trail that is nearly completely composed of sandstone. The surface has tremendous amounts of traction on your bike, but falling result in plenty of scrapes. Slickrock is a beautiful and unique place in the world, featuring a barren landscape with sand dunes and more.

Excluding the ones listed above, there are plenty of other amazing bike trails around the world. Although the ones placed on this list should be checked out if you have a chance.