Can a Mountain Bike be Used on the Road?

You can ride a mountain bike anywhere. I ride my mine on the road and off-road. They are slower than a road bike on pavement but the wide tires and thick from make for a very stable ride. There are different types of bikes like trail, cross country and more general purpose bikes.

Summer’s just around the corner, and that means all kinds of outdoor fun! This season, why not commit to trying something new? Mountain and trail biking! A great form of exercise for all levels, mountain and trail biking, is a terrific way to get out and enjoy all that nature offers.

Things you’ll need:

A bike. Known as MTB or ATB (Mountain or All-Terrain) bikes, they range in price from $300 to well over $3,000. As a novice, start by renting a bike (much more affordable at around $50 a day) to see if you like the sport and the bike model.

A bike rack. Unless you live on the mountain, you’re going to have to drive to your biking destination. Bike racks come in all different styles, from roof-mounted racks, to hitch-mounted carriers like the one available for SUVs.

A helmet. While comfy clothes suited to the weather is always recommended (stay away from loose pants that can get caught in the bike’s gears), a helmet is a must. They can be rented or bought, but they are invaluable in the event of an accident, especially in areas where emergency medical help isn’t just a hop, skip, and jump away.

A rehydration system. This could be anything from water bottles strapped on the bike, to back-mounted rehydration systems. It’s not about how you rehydrate, and it’s that you do it often.

A cell phone. Just in case of an emergency, getting lost, or break down, bring a cell phone.

Trail maps. Many can be downloaded from the internet or bought at the local ski resort. As a novice, stick to clear, well-marked trails. Keep the map handy in case of an emergency, or in the event you get lost.

Most importantly, have fun. Take as many breaks as you’d like to stop and explore the idyllic setting or to catch your breath. Bike at your own pace and enjoy the well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


Different Types of Mountain Bikes

With mountain biking being a trendy sport,

there are many bikes to choose from. Depending

on what type of riding you like, the style of bikes you can choose from will vary. Below, you’ll

find tips on the different types of bikes available.

1. Cross country

Almost all mountain bikes will fit into this category.

Cross country mountain bikes are lightweight, making

them easy to ride over most terrains, even up and

downhills. This is the most common mountain bike

and it can be used with ease for riding on the path

or even commuting.

2. Downhill

These types of bikes are for serious bikers who crave the ultimate adventure. Downhill bikes have

front and rear suspension, durable parts, and disc

brakes. Rarely available off the shelf, most riders

like to custom build their own.

3. Trials

Trail mountain biking involves a great degree of skill and is classified as the precision riding of

the sport. Similar to downhill bikes, trial riders

will often build their bikes rather than purchase

one off a shelf. Generally very light and very strong, these bikes require a lot of discipline.

4. Jump and slalom

Slalom and jump bikes are solid and designed

for jumping, street racing, and slalom. They offer

a front suspension and use very strong components

dedicated to what they do. These bikes are very

popular with the sport of mountain biking.

Even if you are new to mountain biking, the sport can

be a lot of fun. There are several bikes to choose

from, all of which depend on your style. If you are

still looking for the best style for you, all you

have to do is try out several bikes and see which one

suits you the best.


Buying A Mountain Bike

It can be a bit frustrating as well as time consuming

when you buy a mountain bike. Below, you’ll find

some tips and things to be aware of before you lay

down the cash and buy a mountain bike.

Determining your price

There is really no limit as to how much money you can

spend on a new mountain bike. To help you keep your

spending under control, you should figure out what

your price range is and how much your willing to pay

for a new bike.

I recommend you support your local bike shop and get a much

better bike and much better service.

Finding your style

All mountain bikes are designed with several different

riding styles and terrain types in mind. You’ll need

to figure out what type of riding you will be doing

the most. Smooth riding, cross country racing,

mountain cruising, or lift accessed downhill is

something you need to figure out. Make sure that

the bike you select fits your personal style and not

that of the sale’s staff.

Full suspension or hardtail

If you can afford it, a full suspension mountain

bike is always worth the purchase. A hardtail,

without rear suspension, is much lighter weight

and pedal more efficiently, although full suspensions

offer more comfort and overall better control. You’ll

want to make that decision based on your price range,

riding style, and the type of terrain you’ll be

riding on the most.

Finding your favorites

Comparing mountain bikes component to component is

nearly impossible, as there are far too many combinations

available. The best way to go about doing this is

finding a few parts that are the most important

to you and making sure the rest or the minimums fall

within your price range. You can start with the fork

then look at the wheels and rear derailleur.

Sales and seasons

During the year, the prices of mountain bikes can

fluctuate quite a bit. Spring through summer is the

primary buying season. If you can wait until the right

price pops up, normally in the fall and winter, you can

save a couple hundred dollars. Many bike shops will

also offer discounts or other accessories if you buy

from them.

Finding a good dealer

Finding a good bike dealer is more important than finding

the best price. You should always find a dealer that

cares more about selling you a great bike than selling you

a high priced one. A great dealer will have a clean repair

shop and give you the impression that you can really

trust them.

Test ride

You should test ride as many bikes as you can within

your price range and riding style. You’ll find that

some bikes will feel right, while others won’t. The more

bikes you can test drive, you better you’ll understand

what works and what doesn’t.

Doing research

Product reviews and bike reviews are some of the best

ways to find out about a mountain bikes reliability and

overall performance. You should always look at what

other owners and reviews think about a bike before you

make that final purchase.

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