Lifestyle

Mountain biking

 

“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

– Gibran Khalil Gibran –

 

Mountain biking is the sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes. Mountain biking includes a wide panel of categories: cross country, trail riding, all mountain, downhill, free ride, dirt jumping, and trials. The vast majority of mountain biking falls into the recreational cross country and trail riding categories.

 

What is needed:

First and foremost, endurance, core strength, and balance, bike handling skills, and self-confidence.

 

Types of Mountain Bikes:

• Freeride

• Dirt Jumping

• Trials

• Urban/Street

• Trial riding/trail biking

• Mountain bike touring or marathon

 

Risks:

Mountain biking includes extreme disciplines such as downhill biking. Injuries are a given factor when mountain biking, especially in the more extreme disciplines such as downhill biking. Protective equipment can protect against minor injuries and reduce the extent or seriousness of major impacts, but may not protect a rider from major impacts or accidents. Lastly, maintenance of the rider’s bike needs to be carried out more frequently for mountain biking than for casual commuter biking.