Mountain Biking can be an exciting and fun way to spend time outside and get healthy at the same time. Before you can begin, you need to do some research. You will need to learn about safety precautions, the correct equipment, and training. Sporting good stores can be helpful, the internet can be a great resource, as can fellow mountain bikers. You may want to join a group who can provide you with guidance and you can ride with or compete against once you get started. They can show you the rules of the road and the best places to ride. Whether you join a group or not, you should contact your local parks to learn about what trails are available and any rules and regulations you should be aware of.
As with any sport, there are many dangers. Much like other types of biking, it is imperative that you wear a helmet. Knee pads and elbow pads are also a great idea. While regular biking is generally on flat, even ground, mountain biking involves uneven terrain and steep angles. It can also sometimes include wooded areas so some eye protection may be in order.
Now that you know the basics of biking safety, we can discuss equipment. The kind of bike you will ride will depend on what style of mountain biking you want to do. There are three main styles: cross country, free riding and downhill biking. When you choose a bike, you should keep this in mind and try out many options at your local bike shop. There are many types to sort through so you may have to try several before you find what you like. Once it’s time to purchase, you should check out the internet for good deals.
Keep in mind when you begin that you will not be an expert. You will have to work hard (some harder than others depending on their beginning fitness level) and practice to get where you want to be. Gradually increasing your training schedule will be helpful and you may want to set goals for yourself such as signing up for an easy race. That will give you a specific date by which you want to be in riding condition. You will be sore, tired, and possibly scratched up and bruised (though with proper safety precautions, not too badly), but in the end, mountain biking is extremely rewarding. Happy riding!