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Mountain Biking Accessories: On Mountain Biking Gloves

In mountain biking, aside from the mountain bike you also need to be equipped with the right accessories. Some mountain bikers will have specialized needs and preferences when it comes to mountain biking accessories, and some will work with the most basic accessories. Listed below are some of the basic accessories that one should know and who is interested to get into mountain biking. Feel free to add one, if there are other accessories that are must-haves when mountain biking. Mountain biking gloves are top options for accessories. These are important accessories that can help protect the rider from accidents. Most of the gloves that are available in the market are lightweight and breathable. Now there are different kinds of mountain biking gloves that are available in the market, including the full-finger bike gloves, half finger bike gloves, and mountain bike gloves for downhill and free-ride, bike gloves with extra padding, bike gloves for dirt jumping and there are mountain bike gloves for winter riding. The options are many, and often your choice of these accessories will depend on personal preferences and the kinds of activities that you like.
Guide to looking for the correct mountain biking gloves

And when shopping for mountain bike gloves, keep in mind that the size matters as well. There are guidelines to know when searching for the correct glove size. If you are looking for one, just keep your hands flat, measure in inches the circumference around the palm at the widest point just below the knuckles not including the thumb. When doing this, use the dominant hand. You need to measure starting from the tip of the middle finger to the base of your hand. Next step is to take the larger of the two measurements in order to correct the right size. There’s a table that should be considered, and when you are in between sizes, make sure that you get the larger size.

X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
Width in inches 6-7 7-8 8-9 9-10 10-11
Width in cm 15-18 18-20 20-23 23-25.5 25.5-28

Getting Ready for Mountain Biking

Enjoying in Papuk riding bike

Image via Wikipedia

With my intent to go buy a mountain bike as a form of investment, what I really want to get into is to try mountain biking and discover the outdoors. I need to have a sport in order to keep fit and healthy since my job as a freelance content writer wherein I just sit all day can be quite difficult, at least health-wise.

I read and heard so many things about mountain bike and mountain biking, and I guess I am ready to get into the sport. For starters, I’ll just be just a starter, discovering easy trails but in the long run I’ll try to join groups who are into mountain biking as well. I did a little research and found out that mountain biking can be categorized as cross country, trail riding, all mountain, downhill free-ride, street riding, dirt jumping and trials. Most are into recreational biking and that’s what I want to be in a few weeks from now. My target is within 6 weeks I should buy my own mountain bike. Mountain biking as a sport is not easy; you’ll need to have a high level of fitness, core strength and balance and of course bike handling skills. As I count on the days, I think I am getting excited with my next mountain bike and mountain biking!

Mountain biking can be considered as a lifestyle as well. Every mountain biker should know how to handle himself in tough situations, for example learning how to repair broken tires or flat tires in order to avoid being stranded. Every serious mountain biker should have a bag with the essential tools and equipments, and some food items including water. On my next post, I’ll try to get into the mountain bike itself and the many accessories that are considered as must-haves.

Next Project: Mountain Bike

Me Mountain Biking

Image by LeeBrimelow via Flickr

This is what I want next- a mountain bike. I’m not an active or the sporty type, but I really want to get a mountain bike for myself. I was thinking of an investment, and deciding with a scooter or a mountain bike. But I decided on the mountain bike, at least this is one cost-effective way of discovering the outdoors and at the same time keeping healthy and in-shape. Plus, I get to distance myself from accidents. I don’t know if there are already stats, but there are just too many accidents involving scooters and motorcycles. I even overheard someone saying that if you hold a grudge against someone, let him buy and drive a motorcycle. That’s how dangerous this two-wheel machine is.

A mountain bike or a MTB or ATB (which stands for all-terrain bicycle) is actual a bike that’s created for off-road cycling. This means this isn’t just intended for city cycling, rather this can be used as well in discovering the outdoors, and even elevated terrains. This is also primed for the unpaved roads and dirt trails. For this reason, the mountain bike should be made tough. Most of the time, these bikes will feature wheels with rims 559mm in ISO sizing or 26-inch wheels. Different mountain bikes feature different designs, and there are even categories of these bikes that can be used for different activities.