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Mountain Biking for Beginners

Looking to add a little adventure to your quarantine routine? Now might be the perfect time to pick up a new outdoor sport – like Mountain Biking!

Mountain biking is a low impact sport, which reduces stress on your joints and has been proven to boost brain power by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Unlike a treadmill or running on a track, mountain biking is a dynamic activity which requires constant adjustment to changes in pitch, terrain, and elevation – helping you improve both coordination and balance.

Getting Started

Unlike running or birding, Mountain Biking does involve significant upfront investment – but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to hit the trails. Try borrowing a bike from a friend for a test ride, or purchasing a more beginner bike from a local store. You can even search for slightly used bikes on Facebook Marketplace or the LetGo app to look for deals. However you decide to purchase your bike, the thrill and the challenge outweigh the initial cost for many.

Here are some tips we recommend for any beginner Mountain Biker:

Where to Mountain Bike in the Olmsted Parks

Cherokee and Seneca Park offer multiple Mountain Biking trails. Just be sure to track trail conditions on sites before heading out – wet and muddy trails can be disastrous for both riders and the park itself.

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