Mountain Bikes and Parts
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In thinking about the type of cycling that you want to do, if you plan to ride off road a lot, a mountain bike is probably what you want. Mountain bikes are designed for riding under more rugged conditions, and typically have a stouter, more upright frame and offer higher clearance to get over rocks, logs and through ruts in the road or trail.
This individual sport requires endurance, bike handling skills and self-reliance, and can be performed almost anywhere from a back yard to a gravel road, but the majority of mountain bikers ride off-road trails, whether country back roads, fire roads, or single track.
People Mountain Bike for a variety of reasons from personal enjoyment, to losing weight, to testing themselves at something more than work.
Whatever your reason, make sure to have the right equipment, and good sturdy bicycle. Make sure your chain is in good working order. Have a pad for your seat. Make sure your brakes are in good working order.
Mountain biking can categorized into four categories, free ride, cross country, trials/street riding, and downhill.
Each has differing levels of safety-consciousness with different types of mountain bikes and riding gear. A combination sport named mountain bike orienteering adds the skill of map navigation to mountain biking.
A mountain bike usually has wide knobby tires that offer more substantial grip and traction on a variety of surfaces, including gravel, dirt, rock and sand.
Tire pressure on mountain bikes is less than on road bikes, due to their greater volume and the better traction offered by a softer tire.
The rims and spokes on mountain bike wheels are stronger and more durable, again to handle the rougher riding that true mountain biking entails.
Most entry-level mountain bike frames are steel, due to the strength and durability the material offers and the (relatively) low price of steel.
Aluminum is light and rust-proof and relatively strong, but not immune to breakage over time when subjected to repeated stress.
Carbon fiber frames, the next higher level of material, are similar to aluminum in being light, rust-proof and very strong.
Top-of-the-line mountain bike frames are made from titanium, which is super light and incredibly strong. A titanium frame on a mountain bike will be a great choice for large riders because of its ability to handle larger loads without becoming fatigued.
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