3 Tips on How to Pick Your First Mountain Bike

So you’ve experienced the sheer thrill of MTB and now you just can’t get enough. Sounds familiar. You want to buy a bicycle, and that is understandable. But how do you know what bike is going to be perfect for you? Of course, you have to consider what you are willing to pay, but here we take a very quick look at things you should consider before buying a bike. Just to help you make an informed decision, of course!

#1 Familiarize Yourself with Different Types of MTB

As a newbie, you simply cannot just go to a sports shop and buy a bike. Get to know the different types of products out there and consider which one would be best for your specific needs. You won’t use a trail bike if you’re going to do cross country cycling, right?

#2 Terrain vs Suspension

The type of bike you’ll end up buying should be manufactured for a specific use and terrain. The suspension is very important when it comes to MTB – this ensures that riders can easily handle bikes on rough and rocky terrain. Be sure you know the different types of suspensions on bikes and which you would need.

#3 Traction and Tyres

MTB terrain is usually a bit rough. But it can vary. Know the terrain you’ll want to start off on and this will give you a clear indication of the type and width of the tyres you need for your new mountain biking adventure!

Lastly, we just want to add a side note, remember that it is important to make informed decisions. Don’t hesitate to ask people in sales to assist when making a big purchase decision like this one. Mountain bikes don’t come cheap, nor do they grow on trees.

3 Exercises Every MTB Fanatic Should Be Doing

Keeping fit and fresh and in the game is very important when you are serious about mountain biking. Trust us, we know. Strength and stamina are factors that can make a huge difference when you are just about done with a trail but cannot seem to carry on. In this post, we’ll look at 4 easy exercises specifically for mountain bikers aimed at building strength.

Squats

Probably not something you were expecting to see here. The focus here is your glutes and hamstrings, two essential muscles when cycling for extended periods over the tough and rough terrain.

How to do it

Stand up straight. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. While keeping your back straight, bend your knees and slowly move towards the floor. Slowly move back up while keeping your back straight and repeat.

Push-Ups

When cycling over tough terrain over roots and rocks, your upper body will have to do a lot of work in steering and keeping your bike upright. Push-ups are ideal to increase your upper body strength.

How to do it

Lay on your tummy with your toes pressed into the ground. Put your hands shoulder-width apart and start pushing yourself upwards using your core and arms. Once up, slowly go down without flopping completely on the floor and repeat.

Bent Over Rows

This exercise is to strengthen your back and arms and perfect for a balanced exercise regime if you are a serious biker.

How to do it

Keeping your feet apart, bring your body down towards the ground. Pick up the dumbbell and slowly move upwards. Once you are upright, bring the dumbbell down towards the ground in the same slow motion as before and repeat. Remember to keep your back straight.

Do you have a set exercise regime that you do? Have you found any of our tips here helpful? Please tell us in the comment section below how you exercise to increase your strength and stamina for MTB purposes.

5 Awesome MTB Trails You’ve Gotta Add to Your Bucket List

As passionate bikers, we love looking at what the globe has to offer in terms of ultimate MTB trails. If you haven’t a look at any of these yet, we urge you to go on and see for yourself that these trails will leave you not only out of breath but breathless in terms of what they have to offer mountain bike enthusiasts.

1. California, United States of America

With breathtaking nature scenes and trails that match even the toughest biker out there, you really should include this one for a ‘must’ on your list of trails to complete.

2. Rotorua, New Zealand

If you can, try to catch the annual Rotorua Bike Festival that is held in February. But, if you can’t make it, the trails here are fit for any mountain bike king or queen. The trail has also received Golden Status by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, and if that doesn’t sell it, we don’t know what will!

3. Blue Tier Trail, Australia

This trail stretches 20 km far and offers a moderately rated ride fit for an intermediate biker. Start off on the plain and slowly ride into the forests below, the trail offers more advanced bikers a challenge at some points. A must add to that list!

4. Alps, France

This one is probably on your list already. The French Alps offer a wide range of trails, it could be the perfect Mountain Biking holiday getaway if that is what gets your blood cooking and your heart pumping.

5. Whistler, Canada

A one-for-all, this mountain bicycling park in Canada is also not to be overlooked. I mean, it is a park dedicated specifically to MTB! The resort caters for the whole family, and if you are into it, you can even visit in winter for a ski trip. Totally up to you but we would suggest going on one of their amazing MTB trails first, of course.

Have you been to any of these sites? Share your experiences in the comment section below. Or, if you know of a ‘must’ add, let us know and we’ll add your suggestion to our list.