Life has been compared to a number of things – a stage, a rollercoaster, a box of chocolates. However, if there is one thing that best symbolizes life, it’s mountain biking. Contrary to popular opinion that life is a highway, life’s roads are not always paved and smooth. Most of the time, they are rugged with many obstacles that seem impassable. However, as we get more comfortable and used to riding, they become easier to overcome.
If life is mountain biking, then you better get yourself a good mountain bicycle. A mountain bike must be sturdy with wide tires, a strong frame and horizontal handlebars. Mountain bikes are often used on unpaved roads and off-road terrain. If you are planning to get yourself a mountain bike, you have to consider several factors, the most important of which are the tires and saddles or seats.
Take a look at the tires of the bike you are buying. The tires for mountain bikes are different from those of road bikes. Typically they are fat and knobby to provide the extra traction required for unpaved terrain and dirt trails. However some are smoother and narrower but they provide less traction. You can use these if you plan on riding the bike only on pavement.
There are various types of mountain bike forks. However, what you want to look for are shocks. Bikes with shocks are generally more comfortable to ride and are also better equipped to go over more rugged and rough terrain. Those without shocks have a more rigid feel to them.
Some saddles do not offer a lot of padding and are very lightweight. Others are heavier and they provide a lot of cushioning. Usually, mountain bikes with saddles that have a lot of padding are more oriented to high performance. Meanwhile those with more cushioning in the saddle are for leisurely riding. You may also find some bikes with shock absorbent seat posts.
Paying attention to these parts is important because there is a direct correlation to the type of mountain bike you should buy and the kind of riding that you will do. Although most mountain bikes are designed to be used for down-hilling, dirt jumping and trailing, you may find those designed for street-urban riding to be more suitable to your needs.
Yes, comparing life to mountain biking may be just as cliché as to a highway and as silly as a box of chocolates but you get the point. The thing is, mountain biking is not as easy as regular biking because of the rough terrain and unpaved roads. However, with the right mountain bike, no obstacle is hard to overcome – whether the road is paved or not.
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