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A Few Training Tips For Beginning Mountain Bikers

The popularity of mountain biking has exploded over the last two decades. Riders love the freedom that comes with being able to explore off road areas and getting away from pollution and city congestion. Beginning mountain bikers need to take care in getting the proper training to maintain energy and prevent injury.-- It is essential to be in good physical condition before taking to the trails. If you don't exercise much at all, visit with a doctor first to make sure you are able to take on more strenuous sports. Then, consult with a trainer to get more information on what kind of regimen might be best for you to get started. Once you have been actively getting into shape for four to six weeks, you should be ready to start cycling training.-- Mountain biking means riding over rough and uneven terrain. Leg cramps are common complaints for both novices and experienced riders, and they are often caused by their own negligence with warming up properly. A warmed up muscle is more elastic and able to withstand the ...


Taking Care of Carbon Fiber Bicycle Parts

Have you ever held or rode a carbon fiber bicycle? Were you surprised by how light it was? Were you in awe at its speed, control, strength and comfort? Indeed, carbon fiber bikes have proven its mettle in a lot of tough racing conditions like the Tour de France and the 24 Hour Mountain Bike World Championships. However, unlike steel or other metals, carbon fiber bicycle parts do not bend or deform when damaged--- they could suddenly break or fail and might cause serious injury or even death to its rider. Carbon is actually a synthetic composite material made up of fibers that have been soaked in epoxy resin which were then compressed, heated and cured. It is essentially a super strong fabric that should be maintained and cared for quite differently as compared to steel, aluminum and titanium. As long as you treat your carbon gear properly, there is really no reason for concern and you can enjoy riding it for a long time. Here are some tips on maintaining and caring for your carbon fiber bicycle parts.Thoroug...


How to Calculate to Correct Bicycle Size

If you are a bike rider, you need to know how to calculate the correct bike size for your own comfort and safety. If you have a bike that fits well, you will use it regularly. To get the correct size, you will need to be aware of your own measurements. There are bike-sizing charts which say about stand-over height and top-tube length. You will need to know your measurements for you to understand such chart. The first thing to do would be to put on your cycling shoes and stand behind a wall. Make sure your feet are a shoulder apart. Get a large coffee book and put its spine against the crotch and as far away as it can go. The lower edge of your book must be placed against a door. To obtain your inseam length, get someone to measure the upper edge of the book down to the ground. While the book is still in its original place, measure the upper edge of your book to your neck's "V" located above the sternum. This shall be the measurement of the length of your torso. Take off the book as you will need the measur...


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