Basic Info And Tips For Beginner

Basic info and tips for beginner
What type of bike should I get?
Choosing your first proper mountain bike can be quite a bewildering experience. Below is a list of typical questions and my personal opinions on each.
My personal recommendation to riders new to mountain biking is to buy what is known as a hardtail rather than a fully suspended bike, stay away from hybrids if you intend to ride off-road as they are just not suited to the terrain.
A hardtail is a bike with front suspension but a solid rear. There are several reasons to choose a hardtail as your first MTB, the first and most important is that compared to full suspension bikes of a similar quality they are far better value for money.
Hardtails are lighter and more efficient making riding uphill more enjoyable and less of an effort. A hardtail will also give you better feedback of what is happening under your wheels which is good when you first start and don’t really know what to expect.
The front suspension forks will help keep things smooth helping to reduce arm fatigue. Look for a bike with around 4″ to 5” of front suspension travel. This will give a nice relaxed feeling bike rather than one with too much of your weight on the handlebars which can be very tiring after an hour or two in the saddle.
Disc brakes, whilst not essential, are advised as they give consistent braking performance in all weathers and do not wear the wheel rims when dirty as rim brakes do. Disc brakes will only come as standard on more expensive models.
Look for a bike with a triple chainset, the number of cogs at the front, this will give you a broad range of gears to get you up steep hills easily whilst also allow you to keep pedalling on fast downhill roads.
Consider an on-line retailer for large discounts on last years models to get a better bike for your money.
Most riders new to riding off-road opt to use flat pedals with pins to give extra grip. These pedals allow the use of normal trainers. Try to use a pair with a fairly stiff sole similar to a skate shoe as it will be more comfortable and offer greater control of the bike. Specialist mountainbike shoes are available in many different styles.
Also consider a bike rack if you are driving to the trails to save you taking the wheels off or getting your boot dirty. Alternatively a boot liner will help keep your boot clean if you don’t fancy fitting a cycle carrier.

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