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Author: Mark Taylor

Guide to Mountain Bikes

Mountain biking is a sport that has enjoyed fad status in suburban settings, but for those people that mountain bike in the traditional sense, there are several things to know when starting out, including the types of equipment, accessories, and sportswear you’ll need. There is also a lot of variance in mountain bikes, and not all are created equal. While some people in urban settings get mountain bikes as trendy toys, most are used for off-road cycling and are referred to by serious synonyms like mountain bicycle or all terrain bicycle. These kinds of bikes can be used on hiking paths, mountain trails, and hilly terrain whereas bikes for city streets could not. Steep inclines and declines, rugged dirt trails, rocky patches, and areas that are generally unpaved are the kinds of environments where mountain bikes are suited. Logs, branches, piles of wood, rocks, pebbles, and thickly grass-laden terrain need the resistance that a mountain bike can afford if you plan to ride over them.   Several factors make mountain bikes engineered for these obscure purposes, which are not so obscure in areas that are basically rural. However, to most urbanites most mountain bikes may seem a little excessive. They have wide tyres with knobs that are about 26 inches total in diameter for uneven terrain and excellent shock absorption. They should be able to get good traction on...

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Cycling in the Peak District

The Peak District’s traffic-free paths, tranquil rural lanes, picturesque villages and untouched countryside are a delight to discover. And one of the finest ways to do so is on a bike. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist, or a humble novice, there will be routes to suit your every taste and requirement. But there’s more to planning a bike trip than deciding on where to cycle. There’s also the logistics, the practicalities and the contingencies. So we’ve put together a quick guide to help you along the way. Popular Cycling Routes There is an array of cycling routes to choose from in the Peak District, but perhaps the most interesting is the High Peak Trail. This route is better suited to more experienced cyclists, as it combines several steep inclines with sharp curves. Another popular route is Tissington Trail and Parwich. This takes you from Parsley Hey along the High Peak Trail to Gotham, then along a minor road to the delightful village of Parwich, returning by minor roads and the Tissington Trail to Parsley Hey. Finally there is Carsington Reservoir Circuit, on the southern edge of the Peak District. There is a marked-out trail around the reservoir which follows a mixture of cycle ways and small roads. This is a fairly long ride (approx 16 km), but there are also plenty of opportunities for shorter rides in the area....

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Activity Days – Motocross: Safety First

Getting the proper equipment to make the most of your motocross experience is an affair that leaves a bittersweet taste in the minds of many. On the one side, you really need the proper equipment to protect yourself and in order to minimise the risk of injury; with the proper equipment you can enjoy a fun ride on your bike without the constant feeling that, should something go awry, the odds are stacked against you for coming through without a scratch. On the other side, it is no secret that the gear itself can be very expensive and, for many, this is a deterrent to get into the sport as the initial investment seems too high. Getting What You Need The good thing to know is that you don’t need to purchase absolutely everything in order to get on the bike and have a few laps around the track. In fact, while all the safety elements are very helpful, it is quite clear that some of those elements will give a greater impact on your safety than others and thus it is not hard to start purchasing the most important elements first. Here is a list of the usual safety gear used for motocross; we have ordered the list according to the importance of the item so it stands as a very nice check-list when you are out shopping....

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Wirral Charity Bike Event for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

The 12th Annual Leukaemia Research Wirral Bikeathon will start at 9.30 am on Sunday 13th June 2010 in Arrowe Country Park, Upton, Birkenhead. Entry is £10 for adults and £5 for under 17s (£20 and £5 respectively on the day). There are also family tickets if booked in advance. The Wirral Bikeathon is a fantastic cycling event for the whole family, giving everyone the opportunity to have a fun day out, enjoy some healthy exercise and raise money through sponsorship to support the vital work of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Leukaemia Research is the first, and still the only national charity solely devoted to research into the causes and treatment of leukaemia and related blood disorders in children and adults. The 28 mile route follows a figure of eight through the spectacular Wirral peninsula with two sections each about 13 miles combining public highways and off-road along the scenic Wirral Way. Ideal for both advanced cyclists and beginners, participants can elect to ride either one or both sections. Everyone from 8 to 80 is invited to take part with those under 8 invited to join in on tag-a-longs or trailers. The day itself has a real party atmosphere with over 80 marshals to cheer cyclists on and ensure safety and free light refreshments provided at feeding points along the route. To date, this event has raised a total of...

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Mountain Bike Trails in London

London is mostly urban, but there are some mountain bike trails worth checking out if you happen to be there and want to get in a good ride. Richmond Park in London is one example of a good place to ride your bike through hills, forests, and woods. You can partake of miles of stretches of clear trails, but you’ll need to watch for vehicles as you’ll have to cross several roads as well – just go earlier in the morning and that way it will be free of traffic, and people walking their dogs too. There is a 30 mile stretch that goes all the way from London to Camden, and you will be sure to have plenty of scenery to take in along the way. If you decide to side wind through the Regents Canal area, you can get a great view of the barge and all the other boats for a flat ride, but there are hilly, challenging, and scurrilous riding through Hampstead and Finchley if you decide to take the path to Cahlk Farm Road. London’s Hyde Park is another place you can take your bike for a spin. You can bike right alongside the paths designated for walking because there is so much foliage that you surely don’t want to miss it. There are concerts, special events, and social gatherings throughout the year, and...

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Mountain Bike Trails in East Midlands

The East Midlands is one several regions of England, and it is comprised of the eastern half of the original region of the Midlands. The many areas that constitute the East Midlands include Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and the majority portion of Lincolnshire. Some would say that a more succinct definition of the East Midlands includes the City of Petersborough and Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire. Whatever the true dividing line is, the East Midlands area is perfect for mountain biking. Some of the special routes include Carsington Water, Tissington Trail, Clumber Park, Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Shipley Country Park, Cloud Trail, Conkers, Brampton Valley Way, Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs, Ashover, Belvoir Loop, Borrough Hill, Buxton – Goyt Valley, Edale Loop – Jacob’s Ladder, Eyam – Bakewell, Hope Valley – Win Hill, Ladybower – Doctor’s Gate – Cut Gate Path, Stanage Edge, Tissington and High Peak Circuit, and Cycle Routes in Lincolnshire. Let’s take a look at some of the cycle routes in Lincolnshire. The dozing country lanes, picturesque cycle paths, and various sections of the National Cycle Network make it easy to explore all the nooks and crannies of Lincolnshire on your mountain bike. There are cycle route leaflets, maps, and a countryside access map provided by the city for people that want to engage in the mountain biking tourism in the city. Most are beginner routes...

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