One of the most enjoyable forms of recreation is bicycling. |
A mountain bike or mountain bicycle (abbreviated MTB or ATB (all terrain bicycle)) is a bicycle designed for off-road cycling, including jumps, and traversing of rocks and washouts, and steep declines, either on dirt trails, logging roads, or other unpaved environments. Bicycles typically used for mountain biking need to be able to withstand off-road use and the surmounting of obstacles such as logs and rocks. Most mountain bikes use 26 inch (559 mm) bicycle wheels with wide, knobby tires for extra traction and shock absorption.
This is one of those physical activities that seems to allow time to pass so quickly that you don't realize that you're exercising in the process. Of all of the different ways that you can bicycle, however, mountain biking is probably one that will be the most interesting and give you the most exercise. The good part about it is that there are very few things that are necessary for you to take up this hobby and you often have to spend less than you would on a stationary bike. Having the proper clothes, a bicycle and a helmet are all that is really needed for you to get started.
Although in the traditional sense, mountain biking needs to be done in the mountains, not all of us live in an area that provides this kind of environment. Most communities will have an area that has hills where we can ride our mountain bikes but it may be necessary for you to simply get out into the wilderness or over to the park on a regular basis in order to ride your mountain bike someplace other than on the street. This will help to keep things interesting and that goes a long way in making sure that you stick with this activity.
Mountain biking is not only a great exercise, it is also one that very few of us consider to be exercise at all. Simply getting out on your bicycle and enjoying the world around you can make for quite an interesting day. Not only will you enjoy the time, you will be more physically fit as a result of this hobby.
Note: The risk of injury is inherent in the sport of mountain biking, especially in the more extreme disciplines such as downhill biking. Injuries range from relatively minor wounds, such as cuts and abrasions from falls on gravel to serious injuries such as striking the head or spine on a boulder or tree. Protective equipment can protect against minor injuries.
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