Downhill Mountain Biking

Extreme sports are getting more and more popular these days. Mountain biking attracts daredevils from all over the world who like to have an “adventure sport experience”.

The term mountain biking includes many different styles. The range is from gentle types such as cross country where you ride up and down the hills, and cyclo cross, which is a combination between mountain biking and road biking, to more ‘extreme’ styles. Downhill biking is one of the more extreme types and it is also one of the most popular forms of mountain biking.

In downhill mountain biking as the name implies, you only ride down the hills. The bike and the biker get transported up to the top by a lift and then begin the thrilling ride down. What you’re aiming for is to get to the bottom of the hill as fast as possible, managing to pass all the obstacles. The situations that occur often get pretty extreme. This includes jumps that can be up to twelve meters long, dropping three meters and other kinds of rough conditions that you can find on a mountain slope.

The people that are into downhill mountain biking are those that are looking for a good challenge, that long for the adrenaline pumping experience and don’t mind a few bruises. It’s for those that like to be on the risky, thrilling side of life.

The bike that is being used is a heavy bike compared to other mountain bikes, and weighs somewhere between forty and fifty pounds, so forget about pedaling uphill once you’re out there. If you’ve started your race, there’s only one way to go and that’s down. The bike has to be able to put up with extreme conditions so it is equipped with front and rear suspension and heavy tubing. For the biker, it’s necessary to use full safety gear with a proper helmet, goggles, a body suit plus knee and hand pads. You can expect to have some close contact with the dirt even if you are a professional downhill biker.

There are many ways to improve you skills, the most important one is of course to practice, and then to practice a bit more and a bit more. There are loads of books, DVDs and internet sites where people can watch stunts being performed by professionals sharing their tricks and ideas. That’s a great part of your learning, and you can bring that with you when you’re actually out on the hill. The only way to fully master it though, is to learn by the experience.

Even though there are risky aspects to downhill mountain biking, it’s a sport that’s very worthwhile. It has the ability to give you an experience that is both fun and exciting.

How to Choose a Mountain Bike

Everyone would love to purchase the bike of their dreams, but in reality, mountain bikes are available in a very wide price range. There are so many brands, sizes, prices… you need to do your research before you go out and buy one.

A few very important things to consider are:

1. What level biker are you–just taking up the sport, or are you an”experienced” biker?
2. How often are you going to be riding?
3. Where will you be riding? Most mountain bikes will fit into a set of categories: Cross Country (XC), All Mountain (Trail) Bikes (AMB/AtTB), FreeRide and Downhill.

If you are an “entry level” biker, you may not want to buy a “top of the line” mountain bike until you get used to riding and know for sure that this is a sport you will continue with. Of course, some of the “top of the line” mountain bikes are so light, you may end up loving the sport or, if you buy a poor bike, you may not enjoy the sport of mountain biking at all. You also need to consider where and how often you will be riding your mountain bike. If you do not intend to ride on a daily basis, is it within your budget to buy a thousand dollar bike that may not get used? If you are planning on riding on “flat surfaces, you do not want a bike that is made for downhill.

Most mountain bikes will fit into a set of categories: cross country (XC), all mountain (trail) bikes (AMB/AtTB), freeride and downhill. An all mountain (trail) bike, for most people, may be a wise choice. They are made to be the most fun (in most situations), will take you almost anywhere, and are not “tiring”. A cross country bike is the lightest and most efficient pedaller but are not the best for rough terrain. Freeride bikes are designed for jumps, stunts, and hard hitting trails and are very heavy. THe downhill bikes are the least common and are built just for downhill racing. Mountain bikes are available in two different suspensions. A bike with the suspension in the front (and not in the back) is considered a hard tail. A full suspension bike has the suspension in the front and bike. These types of bike are more expensive but are the most comfortable. After doing some research and consideration, you will be confident in the mountain bike that you decide to buy.

A Little Bit About Rock Climbing Gear

If you are interested in the sport of rock climbing, you should know something about it before you begin, specifically you should know about all the different types of rock climbing gear you will need in order to enjoy this sport in a safe manner.

You will first need a good pair of shoes as one of the most important elements of your rock-climbing gear. Your rock-climbing shoes should be comfortable with a tight fit, but no so tight that it is painful.

You will need things like belay and rappel devices, carabiners, chalkbags and chalk, harnesses, helmets and climbing holds just to name a few of the items you will need to complete your rock-climbing gear essentials. You will also need some type of bag to carry it. b>Rock climbing gear can get expensive if you aren’t careful. It is important to do your homework so you can find the best deals you can for your rock-climbing gear.

You can’t just buy any old rock-climbing gear either. You will depend on this equipment for your life and perhaps your climbing partner’s life as well. As much as you want a good deal for your rock-climbing gear, it is a good idea to find out as much as you can about the different brands of rock-climbing gear that is offered and the company that wants to sell it to you.

It won’t be a good thing if one of your climbing ropes was cheap, but now you are out on the cliff face depending on it and it begins to fray or weaken. Deciding which gear is the most important for you to have to begin will depend upon the type of rock climbing you will be doing. You will need different rock climbing gear for different types of climbs. If you are ice climbing, you will need special equipment to get you up a slippery rock face than if you were descending a rock wall in the desert.

You may need a headlamp, if you are going to explore any caves that you may find while you are rock climbing. You will need a helmet as well, for added safety measures, especially if you are climbing an unfamiliar route and are unsure of the hazards you may face.

Go out and browse the different type of b>rock climbing gear and the prices before you buy anything. It may be a good idea to take a seasoned rock climber with you to ensure you buy everything you need to get you started climbing up that rock wall.