Even if you have never ridden a mountain bike in your life, it is not too late to start now! It is such an easy and fun way to get in shape, and enjoy the outdoors. There are so many people who could benefit from getting regular cardiovascular exercise. One reason why many people do not go to the gym on a regular basis to stay in shape is because it can be very boring. Taking up mountain biking can change all of that. Of course, there is a learning curve to navigating some tight single track trails, but that can be learned with patience and dedication.
The question is, why not get a mountain bike? Anybody can do it, and it really is something special to be navigating down a mountain path near a beautiful stream surrounded by all of nature's beauty. There are many health benefits to staying in shape, which mountain biking can help you achieve. Depending on how hard you actually ride your mountain bike, you can burn up to 1,000 per hour on you mountain bike. Wow!
There is something extremely satisfying and rewarding about finishing a hard and fast mountain bike ride. Even after the worst, most stressful day, a good fast ride can really lift your spirits and clear your head. What is really great about riding your bike is that if you are lucky enough to work in close proximity to your home, you can actually ride your bike to work. This of course will save you money, as well as help the environment.
If you are interested in purchasing a bike, than you should first establish what you budget is for your purchase. Then, you should figure out what size bike you are going to need. You can find all kinds of good information on how to size your bike on the internet. Once you establish your budget, and your size requirements, you should also begin to think about what kind of components that you want for your bike. This of course will really make a big difference on how much you end up spending, so perhaps you may want to revisit your budget at this point.
Another big decision that needs to be made prior to making a mountain bike purchase is the type of suspension you desire. Basically, there is hard tail suspension, and full suspension. Full suspension has the advantage of giving you a nice comfortable ride, but a hard tail bike is faster since it is lighter.
You can really save money on a bike if you search for deals on the internet. Do some comparable shopping on certain name brand that interest you. Happy riding!