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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Whether you’re going for a spin on your local trails or venturing to foreign lands, once you strap on a helmet and throw your leg over your fat-tired steed, you earn your title as a mountain biker. Now we all know mountain bikers to be a jovial folk: kind, good-humoured and respectful. And we’d like to keep it that way, in all four corners of the world. Follow these 13 guidelines for mountain bike travel, and you’ll help forge a reputation for our beloved sport that we’re all proud of.
First off, a disclaimer: I'm a mountain biker. Always have been, always will. And as the founder of Sacred Rides, I've made it my career. So I'm more than a bit biased.
Secondly, I don't have anything against road riding. I've tried it many times. I tried to love it. I tried to like it. But ultimately it's just not for me. I know that millions of people love road riding (and that it's more popular than mountain biking), but... I also think millions of road riders haven't tried mountain biking yet. :)
I know making your 'bucket list' dreams come true isn't easy. Life - and bills, and work, and all kinds of other things - keeps getting in the way of our best-laid plans. But if we let life keep getting in the way of our dreams, we find ourselves one day looking back with deep regret at a life not lived according to our passions and dreams.
So I thought I'd write you with a few tips for making those dreams come true. Hope you enjoy 'em!
My friend Tom Malecha (Filme Von Draussen on Vimeo, and editor of our Why We Ride and Life is Better on a Mountain Bike videos) released an amazing video yesterday, entitled '10 Things Every Mountain Biker Should Have Done'. It's a beautiful video, and you can check it out at the end of this blog post.