Choosing The Right Mountain Bike

Mountain bikes are not created for equal purposes. Though it may be true that sometime 25-30 years ago, mountain biking used to refer to a single off road sport, nowadays, it has branched out into a number of disciplines, each requiring their own bike specifications. Because of this, riders are faced with a lot of choices when buying a mountain bike. And if you are new to mountain biking, you may have hard time finding the right mountain bike for you. Let this article be your guide on how to choose a mountain bike.


As I stated earlier, mountain biking has been divided into a number of disciplines. There’s downhill, cross-country, all mountain, and a lot more. It is therefore important that before buying a mountain bike, you should be able to know your riding preference. Mountain bike manufacturers have specific designs to best fit each discipline. For example, cross-country mountain bikes are lighter aiming on efficiency on each pedal while on the other hand, downhill mountain bikes are usually equipped with full suspensions and have sturdier frames that lean back further than other mountain bikes. In short, your riding preference is the key factor on choosing a mountain bike.

Now let us discuss mountain bike sizing. Bicycle sizes in general are based on the measurement of their frames. It is essential that you choose the correct size since riding a mountain bike that’s too big or otherwise too small will only lessen riding comfort and worse, increase accident risks. To find out what your mountain bike size is, you will need to know your height and inseam measurements. Refer to the chart below to find your bike size (via about.com):

This bike size chart is important especially when you plan to buy mountain bikes online where you have no actual access to the mountain bike before buying it. But if you’re buying from a local shop, you can try and test what size you best fit in. When sitting on the bike, you should be able to touch the ground with your leg fully extended (tiptoed). This will not be a problem since mountain bikes have adjustable seat post for maximum comfort and pedaling efficiency.

Knowing your bike size and riding preference are two of the most important factors that you have to take into consideration when buying a mountain bike. Now that you have a good idea on them, go find that perfect mountain bike and start your off road adventure.

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Buy Road Bikes Online

Nowadays, people prefer to do things online. From banking transactions to buying stuff such as gadgets, the Internet has become a big help in speeding up and making things more comfortable for both parties. This holds true as well in buying road bikes. Before, people have to go to bicycle shops to buy bicycles and accessories. This would be easy if you have the time to actually visit one, but if you are like me who’s pretty much preoccupied with work and other engagements most of the time, then the best choice is to buy road bikes online.

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The only downside when you buy road bikes online is that you can not actually feel and check the products when buying or give the bicycle a test drive which a number of bicycle shops allow. But alternatively, you can read reviews online to help you decide what to buy. Just make sure that the reviews come from reputable sources. Also, online bike shops often provide hi-res images so you can see how the bicycle or accessories look like.

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A few tips on how to get the best when you buy road bikes online: warranties are important so make sure your chosen store offers one. Warranties also show the confidence manufacturers have with regards to the quality of their products; Good road bikes are known for being lightweight so make sure you check this feature out, ideal materials for frames which will ensure a strong and lightweight road bike are composite and aluminum components; discounts are good, always check discount bike supplies for your cycling needs; and lastly, customization is good for you, online bike shops with custom set ups means they try to ensure that you get the best riding experience with your new road bike.

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Downhill Mountain Biking Videos

While some of these videos will make you cringe, most will surely leave you in awe. The following is a compilation of some of the highest rated downhill mountain biking videos on YouTube.  Add your own favorite downhill video through the comments section.

Want to experience downhill riding? Then start by choosing among the best downhill mountain bikes that fits you.

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An Introduction to Fixie Bikes

Fixed gear bikes, or fixie bikes as they are more commonly known, are a type of bicycle wherein the pedals are always in motion and are in sync with the movement of the wheels. These is due to the fact that the sprocket of a fixie bicycle is directly screwed onto its hub, meaning the rider can not coast. This also allows the rider to stop the movement of the bike by resisting the motion of the crank. This feature allows the rider to choose whether or not to install brakes on a fixie bicycle.

Fixie bikes have developed a cult following on many parts of the US and the rest of the world. The fad can be attributed to bike messengers whom are popularly known to use fixed gear bikes. Nowadays it is common to see cyclists sporting fixies in urban areas used as a form of transportation or for leisurely activities. There are also a number of emerging community websites for fixie bicycle enthusiasts.

Though the main difference of fixed gear bikes to other types lies on its sprocket being directly attached to the hub, in fact one can convert their existing bicycles into fixies, riders new to this type of bike may require a few practice to get used to the feel of fixie bikes. Riders may find it awkward at first due to the fact that the fixies have no freewheel. But once they get used to it, fixie bicycles offer a unique riding experience and a great alternative to conventional bicycles.

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7 Pictures of Awesomeness (Mountain Bikes)

These are some of the awesome images I found on flickr on mountain bikes. Let me know which ones are your favorite in the comment section below. Links are provided to give credit to the owners.

Rider straps his Canon A1 to capture this excellent shot

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Ouch!

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Mountain bikers ride through their own dust storm.

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Flyin’ high.

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I hate mountain biking (not).

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Just priceless.

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