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Author: Mark Taylor

Mountain Bike Trails in East England

East England is one of the nine regions of England that was created in 1994. It comprises Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk. The wider region would also include East Anglia and East Midlands; Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Huntingdonshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire. All of the mountain biking paths in this region are guaranteed to stun you with their variance, fun, and scenic beauty. Let’s take a look at some of the mountain bike trails in East England. The off road cyclist can find his home in Essex even though it is lacking in mountains and large hills that most mountain bikers crave. It can be construed as a mountain bike paradise if you look at it the right way. The Epping Forest, Hainault Forest, Flitch Way, Thorndon Park, Weald Country Park, Langdon Hills, and Belhus Woods are all ingeniously connected through a series of linked bridleways and byways that connect in a network that make it very appealing to the off road cyclist. The trail length goes from 15 miles to 35 miles, the trail level is designed for all skill levels, it is a singletrack design, and most of the terrain is flat and easy to ride in. See it as a gentle day out with the kids or as a starting trail to get your fitness levels back up after the winter lay-off. Some other trails in the...

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Mountain Bike Parts

The mountain bike parts that help your mountain bike fit together in a functioning whole should be regularly inspected, repaired, replaced, cleaned, and spot-checked for optimal use out on the mountain trails. There are so many parts that are integral to your bike and are also accessories to checking into the other parts of your bike. There are adhesives, aero bars, parts, levers, fasteners and ties, greases, brake pad parts, bolts, nuts, and washers, hammers and punch tools, frame tools, and more. The list is extensive. A good sample list of all the mountain bike parts includes hardtail, full suspension, and other types of frames that have the following parts to them. Brakes, brake levers, brake system, brake pads, controls, handle bars, headset, grips, saddle, seat posts, shifters, stems, bottom brackets, cabels, cassettes, chains, cranksets, derailleurs, pedals, suspension, forks, rear shocks, tyres and wheels, hubs, rims, skewers, spokes, inner tubes, tubeless tyres, wheelsets, and of course the compendium of bike accessories. Most bike parts can be found in classifieds, and you can buy them one at a time instead of buying a new bike every time something breaks on it. You can also take your bike into the bike shop and order replacement parts for a fee for ordering, installation, and the cost of the part. These people will be able to advise you on what the best part...

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Mountain Bike Shoes

Mountain bike shoes are essential for getting a good ride. Brands like Gore, Specialized, Shimano, and Northwave make mountain bike shoes from £30 to £150 for men and women. They enhance peddling efficiency, comfortable walking, and the constant rotation of turns you have to make on the bike. There are shoe lace keeper loops to keep the shoe laces tucked away so they don’t cause life-threatening and grave bike errors. There are even removable sole plates for simple cleat installation. The resin is appended to add a reinforced toe for increased rugged durability. Mountain bike shoes should also be useful inside or outside the pedals. That means that you should be allowed to walk with it and also use it on the bike with comparative ease. Toe spring, flexibility, and rigidity are all markers that determine the ease of pedaling, and these are especially fine-tuned to the parameters of the mountain bike shoe for enhanced riding. They should be lightweight, absorb shock well, return energy back to the person, and provide powerful cushioning to make the mountain bike trip as painless as possible. They should be quick drying, easy breathing, and offer enhanced protection and durability. They should have a secure fit that can be released a little to let in less strain than would otherwise be there. They should have outsoles that supply superior traction, beveled heels for...

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Mountain Bike Clothing

Mountain biking is often done in wet, rainy, snowy, foggy weather in the UK, and even when it is not, there are tricks like dirt jumping, descending fast down rough mountain passes, and traveling on rocky terrain that can create lots of spills, chills, and thrills that can leave scratches, bruises, and marks. That is why you need mountain bike clothing to protect you. Even the high wind speeds when you are racing through the air can make an otherwise hot day into a nightmarishly cold one. That is why long-sleeved, protective, rough clothing is essential for mountain biking. Assuming you’ve assessed the need for mountain bike shoes and taken care of those, let’s move on to the clothing and see what you need to get. There are tops, heavyweight full-zip hoodies, softshell jackets, casual jackets, pullover hoodies, technical bike jackets, lightweight hoodies, rain jackets, windshirts, and jackets. Most original pieces are under £100. One example of a particularly good jacket is the Endura Stealth Jacket which is designed for bikers looking for a 100% waterproof jacket with softshell comfort. The Endura Stealth Jacket is the first fully waterproof, breathable soft-shell cycling jacket. Externally seam-sealed waterproof breathable soft-shell fabric with stretch Entrant fabric front collar, underarms and side panels create a superbly well fitted garment. Other features include side and underarm zip vents, and waterproof zipped rear pocket and...

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Mountain Bike Accessories

Mountain bike accessories are just as essential as getting a good mountain bike. Accessories like helmets, gloves, and wrist guards are givens, but what about other accessories? Accessories Accessories are divided into large groups for easier understanding of the different facets of mountain biking. Bags for frames, laptops, gear, and wheels, baskets, batteries for the computers on cycles, alarming, alerting, and annoying bells and horns, bicycle cases to package, transport, and carry your bicycle around, wheel bags, bike protection like frame protection, shock protection, fork protection, and spoke protection, bleed kits, brake fluid, books and posters, cameras, camp kitchen, car and truck racks, computers, gps, electronics, fenders, gifts, health, heart rate monitors, hydration packs, water bottles, kickstands, lights and reflectors, locks, lubes, cleaners, solvents, mirrors, multi-sport, nutritionals, pups and CO2 inflation, bicycle racks, skin care (yep, things rub!), stickers and banners, storage and display racks, tire sealants, liners, and rim cement, tools, trailers, trainers and rollers, and videos and DVDs are some examples of the accessories you’ll need. Oh, I could have listed more! Brands Some brands include Shimano, Maxxis, Kenda, Gore Bike Wear, North Face, Sram, Wtb, Thomson, Camelbak, Mountain Hardwear, Schwalbe, Ritchey Design, Fox, Pearl Izumi, Mountain Khakis, Cycle Source, Group, Keen, GEAX, Pyramid, Hutchinson, Crank Brothers, Giro, Oury, GoLite, Louis Garneau, Truvativ, Sidi, Bell, and others. For example, some good bike bags are manufactured by Topeak,...

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Motorbikes, or motorcycles if you prefer, are highly popular icons of vehicular identity that have connotations of individualism, daring and danger. There are about 200 million motorbikes worldwide so they’re quite popular. Types of Motorbikes There are various types of motorbikes like street, off-road, and dual purpose motorbikes that each serve specific purposes. The first category, street, are geared to be ridden on paved roads. The smooth tyres, light tread pattern, speeds up to 100 mph, and fuel efficiency all make them highly ideal for this purpose. The various types of street bikes include cruisers, sport bikes, touring bikes, sport touring bikes, naked/standard bikes, feet-forwards bikes, scooters, and mopeds. True bikers may not recognise scooters and mopeds in this category but they are still bikes. Off-road bikes are made for specific functions. Their weight is light, they have long suspension travel, they have simple construction, large knobby tyres, and they’re used for motocross, rally raid, trials, and track racing. These are the bikes for whom street racing just isn’t dangerous enough. We’ve written an interesting article on motorcross safety equipment if this is something that interests you. The third category, dual purpose, or dual-sport, bikes are designed to be driven on the road, however, they can enter off-road situations. Some types of this category include adventure-touring, Enduro, and Supermoto. There are also specialty bikes like a farm bike, derny,...

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