On Your Bike…Thanks for the 50 quid Boris.

So many people are seeking to move out of densely populated areas currently. Why?…I’m not saying this is solely due to COVID 19, but it could be a factor. If you are pondering a move yourself right now, my advice (and I am living in the heart of Devon as I write) is to leave the car behind and enjoy the many benefits of cycling. By taking advantage of the many new cycling paths being planned (and even the 50 quid inducement from Boris Johnson to fix-up your old cycle) you’ll save on money-stress-and excess weight. What’s not to like!

A bike is a good way to travel the glorious highways and byways of our beautiful country. Maybe, like me, you are a bit rusty on the old cycling lark. But use your imagination and picture racing down a hillside, wind in your hair and excitement in your bosom (even if you’re a bit sore in the nether regions!) and knowing that you are helping the environment as well as shedding those unwanted pounds.

Although it is considered a dangerous sport, if done with the utmost caution, mountain biking can be enjoyed by the whole family.    As with any outdoor sport, selecting the right equipment and an understanding of the sport will be the key to a great adventure.

Mountain biking can be categorized into three different styles. There is downhill, free riding, and cross-country. Although the styles are similar in some respect, they all require different skills. The style you select will determine the type of bike.

When it comes to where to ride, you are spoiled for choice. Take your pick of leafy lanes, soft and winding tow-paths and yes, even the occasional B road if you insist.

You’re a sportsperson. Perhaps you cant call yourself a Bradley Wiggins yet, but, you’re having fun, There are locations like parks and lakesides where I am blessed to live. you can enjoy company with family and friends. However, you should check with your local parks to get the routes and other regulations or rules they may have. However, you should check with your local parks to get the routes and other regulations or rules they may have. You could search the internet or local newspaper to see what is available in your area.

Criteria to be a Great Mountain Biker: A prerequisite for a great mountain biker is endurance and stamina. In addition, it takes discipline to practice and the ambition to succeed and conquer the course.

Selecting Your Bike: Selecting your bike is a personal choice and contingent on the type of riding you will do.

Bikes come in all different styles, shapes, and prices, therefore selecting the perfect one for you can be difficult. Again, do some internet research or venture out to do some comparison-shopping before you get ready to make a purchase. Ask to try out a bike before you buy. Check for comfort, fit, and how it is geared, all these factors need to be considered. Safety should be your top priority and not taken lightly when riding no matter what the terrain. The typical safety gear is a helmet, knee and elbow pads. 

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Author: Kenneth Eden

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