At some point in your progression from mountain biking newbie (riding a 50-pound department store clunker in jean shorts and high-top sneakers) to 'serious' mountain biker, you're probably going to want to do longer rides, ride more aggressively, and do more on a mountain bike - at which point you may need to spend a few bucks to help you ride faster, harder, or longer.
One of these days I'm going to make a similar video for cyclists. Airlines routinely disrepect us, charging exorbitant rates to bring a bike, tossing bike cases around indiscriminately, losing our bikes, etc...
Thankfully not all airlines are bad. We recently did a comprehensive review of airlines around the world and came up with a list of the top 10 airlines for traveling with a bike.
Let’s face it, injuries are a regular part of mountain biking – it’s a riskier sport than, say, hiking. But that doesn’t mean you can't avoid or minimize your mountain bike injuries. A little bit of preparation and a dose of smarts can help you avoid a lot of injuries.
Mountain bike injuries fall into 2 general categories:
A) Wear-and-tear type injuries as a result of poor preparation/overtraining/riding too long
If you're new to mountain biking, you may not know how to recognize problems with your bike, and if they happen during a ride they may result in a broken bike and/or a long walk back to the trailhead (and if you've been riding a long time, you may not even bother to do a quick pre-ride check - you should).
You should inspect your bike before every ride to avoid potential problems on the trail. Use the following quick checklist before each ride to improve riding efficiency while maximizing safety.
The following is a guest post by our friend Corey Maddocks at singletracks.com. If you're looking for more information like this, check out our 66-page Beginner's Guide to Mountain Biking e-book - download it for free using the form at right!
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