Important Facts of Mountain Bike Components

Mountain biking and cycling are very interesting leisure and sporting activity. They strengthen your physical and mental endurance. Both are good activity to unwind,rest and relax.

In order to enjoy mountain biking, it is necessary to understand the structure of the bike, various parts and functions. So that you can build or select a mountain bike according to your riding style and preferences.

A mountain bike with “good performance” and materials can be easier to maintain and safer. Cutting down on the maintenance cost with the right parts that lasts.

Well it is usually not easy for beginners to understand the different parts and mechanism.

To overcome this, the best way is to be “clear and simple”. So that,it is easier to understand better. By breaking them down into major and minor parts with simple descriptions.

So here we go…….

The major parts includes:

  1. Frame
  2. Fork
  3. Headset
  4. Crank/chainset
  5. Brakes
  6. Gear levers
  7. Chain system
  8. Gear system

The minor parts includes:

  1. Handle bar
  2. Stem
  3. Saddle
  4. Sprocket
  5. Wheels
  6. Tires
  7. Spokes
  8. Bottom bracket

The brief explanation of the various functions are as follows:

1 A frame is an important part of a bike. It is for combining with the other parts. It consist of different designs and materials.

2 A fork is responsible for holding the front and rear wheel.

3 The headset is a set of components between the fork and head tube of the bike frame.

4 A crank is a component that turn the chain to move the rear wheel forward when a cyclist pedal the bike forward.

5 A brake is for reducing the speed of a bike. The 3 types of bike brakes are rim,disc and drum.

6 Gear levers is for controlling the gearing mechanism and setting the correct gears.

7 Chain system is a set of chain and gears combinations that bring the bike forward.

8 The gear systemstThe is for setting the gears. It consist of pedal,chain and sprocket.

9 The handle bar is for controlling,balancing and determine the direction of the bike. It is fix with the hand grip,brake and gear lever.

10 Stem is the component for connecting the handle bar to the steering tube of the bike fork.

11 Saddle is the bike seat. It is available in different designs and materials for comfort according to different riding styles.

12 Sprocket is a set of wheel consisting of the teeth cogs and chain. It is make of perforated materials.

13 Spokes are long and thin metal parts for supporting the wheel structure.

14 Bottom bracket is a metal structure for connecting the crank set to the bike.

Well having adequate first hand product knowledge about a mountain bike will provide a good head start in biking with more confidence and enjoyment. Also in maintaining a bike well and knowing what to do if it break down.

How to Build a Mountain Bike

To be able to enjoy the excitement and fun in mountain biking,it is necessary to have some product knowledge and experiences. There are other considerations to think about too. The most common option is to get or rent a bike which can be costly and inconvenient.

For convenience,majority of the cyclists purchase rather than building a mountain bike. Well, it is a matter of pros and cons.

In fact, creating it on your own give you more knowledge about the mechanism, freedom to customize your bike according to your preferences of parts and accessories. The best of all is you can have a desirable mountain bike which you really like at a “fraction” of the cost as compared to purchasing it from the retail shop.

Your bike will look unique and special too. You get full control of deciding which types of parts to use.

For a start, have a plan in place to know “how to build a mountain bike”. Find out more information about the various parts of a bike by researching online. Get to know more about the  various brands,materials,functions and manufacturers. Look through the various options available.

Make decision based on the following :

1  Your style of riding, handling skills, experiences  and confidence level.

2  The location of your biking activities. For e.g forest trails, urban, off road etc. This will determine whether to go for a simple or high quality bike with normal or advanced parts, gears and components.

3  The various designs choices of the whole bike and essential parts. Your preferences of colors, materials, size, weight etc.

4  The budget of building your bike inclusive of the necessary parts and accessories.

5  Choices of new or used/simple or best parts, price, quality, branded or non branded.

Additional facts to take note of :

–  Going for sophisticated parts may not be a good choice. Simple and affordable parts are easy to manage and maintain.

–  Start with a small budget and improve your bike gradually.Plan and budget ahead.

–  Do inspection if you are getting used or non-branded parts and components. Check for major cracks,breaks, wear and tear to prevent additional repair costs.

Proceed to get the necessary parts require and build your bike with guidance from experienced bikers. Get assistance from the staffs working at the bike shop when necessary.

Best Mountain Bike Selection Tips

In the world of mountain biking, there are a wide selection of bikes available for different purposes,
environmental conditions, weather,
age groups and biking experience levels.

It range from normal, average all the way to the high end versions for the expert bikers and competitions. Price can be from average 500 dollars or below to 3500 dollars or more.

The list of necessary consideration factors continues….. As a result, the process of selecting a mountain bike that is suitable can be a big decision. It can be quite overwhelming for a beginner.

To make it easier, the first task you have to do is to plan ahead. Determine what you need, your requirements,usage and price range. Whether you are going to ride your bike more on the road, nature trails or terrain depending on the surroundings of your residence and country.

Whether you are riding a bike as a sport, for leisure, to keep fit or for competitions.

Secondly, find out more relevant information to gain more knowledge for the right decision later. By reading up books and mountain biking magazines both online/offline and talk to friends who may have good tips to share 🙂

Thirdly, head down to a reputable bike shop to have a look at the various categories of bikes available. Get familiar and find out more from the staff.

Check out the different designs, materials,
features, parts and mountain bike accessories. Take note of the overall quality by identify the origin of the materials used.Shop around initially.

Fourth, weigh the pros and cons,advantages and disadvantages. Then,
select 2 versions that matches with your needs and requirements.

Fifth, take both bikes out for test rides under different conditions. Take note of the overall performance, stability, comfort and efficiency while riding on it. This is important because you will be on it most of the time while out riding.

Finally, make up your mind on which bike to get. Base your decision on which one is more durable and easy to maintain in the long run. The most important of all is how comfortable are you feeling while on the bike. Not forgetting to compare the price too.

Well there are many interesting ways to get a bike. It is not necessary to own one. For example: Rent a bike,borrow it from a friend,get from second hand store,get it during a sale etc….

Hope that this will help you to make the right decision and get the correct bike to enjoy the fun of biking.

The Importance of Safety in Cycling

Cycling is an enjoyable and fun activity. Hence, it is very important to take note of personal safety, looking out of other cyclists and pedestrians. Different safety procedures need to follow depending on the location of the cycling activities. Especially riding on the road.

Different sets of safety procedures need to be follow based on the time of the day, weather and road conditions.
Examples of safety knowledge includes safety distances, giving hand signals in advance etc.
Wearing proper cycling attires and protective gears are necessary too. Wear visible and brighter clothes when riding at night.

The most important of all is the ability to take control of the bike and skill levels of the cyclists. It takes many hours of practice to master the techniques of balancing and riding a bike very well. For beginner, build up the knowledge of cycling. Start with a simple bike first and do not ride too fast.

The most safest way is to ride on cycling pathway carefully and abide by the safety standards in regardless whether it is as a beginner or an expert. Accidents can occur anytime. Safety is number 1 in whatever we do.

Happy Cycling!


The Fun Side of Cycling

Cycling is a fun and enjoyable leisure activity. It is a good way to relax from the fast pace lifestyles in the modern city. Keeping the body physically in good shape too.

Being able to travel to many nice and interesting places on a mountain bike. Enjoying many great activities. Imagine riding a bike along the breathtaking seaside
or country side,enjoying the beautiful sunset
and feel the cooling sea breeze.

Spending a great time with the family and loves ones on a biking trip together.

More adventurous people will go for mountain biking. Experiencing the nature and the lighter side of life. Exploring new places and creating wonderful memories & experiences. The benefits of mountain biking are endless.