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Beginners

If you are new to mountain biking then this section is for you. We have done our best to answer any concerns that you may have here. If you have any other questions you can post your comments at the bottom of the articles in this section.

One way to start riding the trails without shelling out a lot of cash for a mountain bike is to take one of our Try-It! guided mountain bike sessions. Just book your course and we will meet you on the trail with a top mountain bike and safety equipment.

Mountain biking is a fabulous pastime. It is challenging, it gets you fit, It is exhilarating, fun and awe inspiring. There are two basic components for mountain biking. Fitness and skill. Some riders are super fit others are super skilled. If you have these two attributes then mountain biking is for you. Most of us have the these capabilities to varying degrees and they can compensate one another. They can both be developed in order to master the sport. The important thing, I think is to have these skills enough so that you are having fun, and enjoyment.

The clothes you wear whilst cycling can make a huge difference to how comfortable you feel on the bike. Basically you need to wear clothes that suit the weather conditions, allow for movement and do not flap about or snag on either the bike or branches etc. You also need to protect yourself in case you fall off. So here is the mountainbiking.ie guide to what you should wear while you are mountain biking.

Before you set off, make sure your bike is in working order. If your bike is working correctly you will have a much more enjoyable cycle and it will be safer. Mountain bikes take a lot of punishment along the trail. They are asked to handle all sorts of terrain, handle responsively and then they are pushed to maybe 50kph downhill and expected to stop as immediately as soon as you misjudge a corner.

When you go for a cycle there are a few essential items that you need to have with you. So here is the mountainbiking.ie essential guide to getting yourself from door to door without having to pull a trailer behind you. If you cycle a bike you will definitely get a puncture at some stage. Regularly, people head out with no pumps, no patches, no spare tube, no tyre levers. So they get a puncture and have to flag someone down for assistance. You are more likely to get a puncture in the wet. The water on the tyre's causes grit to cling to the tyre because of surface tension. There are a few things you can do to make getting a puncture less hassle.

When I was a child, a puncture meant leaving the bike in the shed until the following summer when your dad got around to buying a puncture repair kit and fixing it. The procedure included basins of water, chalk, sandpaper, patches, glue and talc. It usually took up an entire Saturday morning. Eventually I learned to fix punctures myself, and even bought my patches on a roll. I could skillfully rough up the tube using a kerb instead of sandpaper, and I didn't dispose of tubes until they resembled a patchwork quilt. I had patches on patches before the tube was eventually binned.

I've been living in Sweden for the last seven years and when a mate of mine suggested going mountain biking on a recent return to Ireland, it seemed like a great idea. Now, here's the thing - mountain biking looks easy but if you're coordination and balance is atrocious as mine, the sport is a bit trickier than you might think.

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