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Beginner Mountain Bikes

Beginner mountain bikes will let you engage in the adrenaline-filled sport of mountain biking. You can do this excellent recreational activity on rugged mountain trails or you can enjoy a casual downhill ride. In recent years, mountain biking participation has significantly increased, and new trails are opening all over Australia. You can easily find trails suitable for people using beginner mountain bikes and those training for competitions.

Regardless of your experience with bikes, making sure you get a good quality bike will allow you to enjoy the sport. Most mountain bikes will have suspension, but you may only require a hardtail frame for a beginner bike (i.e., front suspension only). All beginner bikes are excellent for use on flat surfaces and easy trails. As you gain experience, you can purchase a more durable bike and keep the beginner bike for your daily commute. While you’re learning what your bike is capable of doing, using regular walking trails can be an excellent idea. You’ll find that many walking trails are open to bike users. If you’re not an experienced rider, look for walking trails that are not busy, as this will give you a wide area to learn without the added stress of avoiding walkers.

How to choose the best mountain bikes for beginners?

When choosing beginner mountain bikes, you need to identify the type of terrain that you will encounter. When people are just starting out in mountain biking, they may not need a bike that can handle the most challenging terrain. An important aspect of buying beginner mountain bikes is to make sure you have one that is the correct size for your body. Working out the right bike size means you’ll need to measure your height and inseam and then use a suitable sizing chart to get your bike frame size.

After you have the correct frame size, the next step is setting your budget. Consider the lowest and highest amount you’d be willing to pay for a good quality mountain bike. If you’ve recently purchased a cheap road bike, you may find that mountain bikes have a higher cost due to the additional components. When introduced to any sport, most people will start with basic equipment and then upgrade later as they improve. With mountain biking, you can get a good amount of experience from some lower-priced models. If you find that you enjoy the sport, you can invest in better equipment at a later date. At BikeExchange, there are over 600,000 bikes available, and these include new and used bikes. Buying a used bike is an excellent way to get a high-quality product at an introductory price.

What are some essential accessories for mountain biking?

When you’re starting with beginner mountain bikes, you may not find too many options. But this can be a positive as you’ll be able to build up everything you need yourself. An excellent aspect of mountain biking is there’s a large aftermarket sales community. You can find parts and upgrades for most bikes. If you’re starting in the sport, you may not be fully aware of what is required to get the best out of your bike. Over time, you’ll learn what add-ons will increase your enjoyment of the sport and make it safer.

For anyone new to mountain biking, there are some equipment that are highly recommended for you to buy and use before going out on a trail. If you’ve recently purchased a bike and have not been on a trail before, you can start with easy trails that are often recommended for gravel bikes and other commuter bikes. Using a mountain bike on these trails will give you a good feel for the bike and give you time to adjust to it. In addition, it would be excellent advice for anyone using beginner bikes to start slow and build up their skills before riding on more advanced trails.

When you’re ready to take beginner mountain bikes out on the trails, we suggest making sure you’re wearing suitable protective wear. These can include several items, but the most important are:

  • Shorts and padded bibs will provide additional comfort while in the seat and help keep you dry during longer riding sessions. A padded bib (or knicks) is similar to Lycra shorts (like those worn by road bike riders), and they’ll help reduce any chafing. Also, specific mountain biking shorts will increase your freedom of movement over regular shorts, and the seams are positioned to reduce rubbing.
  • Jackets will offer the rider protection from the elements, and if you choose a waterproof one, it will keep you dry all day long. In addition, they usually have additional pockets for keeping any essential items protected and safe (phone, keys, etc.).
  • Knee guards will protect you against any injuries that may occur if you accidentally fall off your bike. The pads should be loose enough to keep your leg free but sturdy enough to offer support when you need it.
  • Gloves will keep your hands warm as you make your way down the trails, but they’ll also keep your hand protected against leaves and twigs as you ride past them. A good set of gloves will also keep your hands relatively free from injury if you fall from the bike.
  • Helmets and mountain biking are an absolute must. Even minor falls from a mountain bike can cause serious injury. Make sure your helmet is appropriately adjusted each time you head out to the trails.

Other equipment you may consider using with beginner mountain bikes include protective eyewear and suitable mountain biking shoes or boots. Talking to other mountain bikers is an excellent method for learning what equipment may make your ride better. Most riders are happy to share tips to help others enjoy the sport.

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