After spending nearly a year riding my road bike and learning more about the sport of cycling, I am ready to get back to basics and take up mountain biking. Here are some of my thoughts about the sport as I begin my transition:
Getting started with mountain biking is easy. Most bike shops can sell you a new road bike or a new mountain bike and you can pick which one you would like to buy according to the size you want. At the local bike shop, you have the chance to ride the bike to feel whether it’s right for you.
Now, after you’ve gotten your bike, it’s time to start riding. The best thing about mountain biking is that it’s easy to start riding, as you can ride the bike for as long as you want. Even though the sport is new to me, I have already gone for as far as 20 miles in some pretty bad weather, and my knees don’t give out, they won’t quit but I’m ready to get more miles in as soon as it’s dry and sunny out.
So here’s the other thing about mountain biking. Most bike shops have a practice of going for a ride once a week or two to check out the inventory before the season starts. It’s just as easy to get your bike out and ride as it is to go to the bike shop to pick out a bike. If you go to the bike shop, you can see exactly what bikes they have and what they don’t have. And if you get a chance to ride one bike, you’ll be able to pick out the one you want, but if you’re having trouble choosing, just go for it.
Just like in sports, you get what you pay for. If you go to a bike shop and they have the bike you want and it’s in stock, and you test ride it, and it’s great, take it home. If it’s not what you want, get the bike that does what you want.
Be smart. And don’t buy bikes without trying them out first.
I would also suggest that you buy a helmet, gloves, and shoes, then a jacket for protection. If you don’t wear those items, don’t start a ride.
It goes without saying that if you buy a cheap bike, you are going to have a bad time. It’s as simple as that.
There are plenty of good places to buy a used mountain bike. They’re called swap meets and clearance outlets. They’re the best places to buy a used bike because the bikes are typically in need of being repaired, but not beyond repair. If the bike breaks on a ride, they’re the best places to get a brand new bike without having to pay exorbitant prices.
Take your time, educate yourself, and you’ll soon be riding the best bikes to explore the world.