Mountain bikers use the woods and mountains to get the most of their sport. To do this, they often focus their efforts on building trails. These trails are often found in parks and need maintenance for continued use. In return, they claim to also focus their efforts on trail degradation. They understand that to continue to enjoy biking they must protect the areas in which they bike. This protection is done so through awareness, funds and maintenance.
Hikers focus their efforts on the natural enjoyment of the woods. They go out of their way to ensure protection and try to not physically put their sport to use on the woods. What this means, is that they do not need modified trails to enjoy their sport.
Why are hikers and bikers at a difference then? Both of these recreational athletes use the environment to enjoy their sport. In the video provided, both sides get a chance to display their stance.
Both examples provided in the video show that each incumbent has a stance and reason for their stance. On the side of the mountain biker, they use the land to further enjoy their sport. This use comes from modification of the land, of which they maintain and protect. The hiker, on the other-hand, claims to also enjoy their sport but without modification or, as they claim, ‘destruction’ of the land.
What do you think?
Are bikers destroying the land? Or, are hikers finding reasons to complain?
Currently, in California the residents are experiencing the May greys and soon-to-be June gloom. This time of the year can be considered tense and often drives the residents into a feeling of downcast and lull. All is not lost though. During this time, California is also holding the uplifting experience of the Tour of California Bike Race where athletes showcase their cycling talents for competition and the many onlookers. Fans and competitors alike are astounded by the natural beauty and extremes.
Climbing into the near 100 degrees, athletes are challenged by the climb of the hill and thrill of the descent. Currently, bikers are exceeding times and pushing the envelope. This type of excitement drives the competition and ensures the event to remain an annual occurrence.
For full access to the event be sure to check out Radio Shack’s online coverage of the event.
Having the appropriate bike is essential for the best ride. Here is a look at a few types of bikes and their function.
1) Touring Bikes: A comfortable bike that can carry luggage and provide a comfortable ride is perfect for those that want to travel great distances. Also providing many gear functions, these bike types can provide the correct gear functions for heavier rides. Though, they are a bit slower.
2) Mountain Bikes: These rugged type of bikes are designed to be versatile, agile, and strong. They are built to withstand the rugged terrain with ease. The tires on this design is thick and the seating is cushioned to absorb the impacts while cycling. The cons of this bike is that the thick tires make for a harder ride when biking long distances and the bike is also heavier.
3) Road Bikes: These bikes are similar to Touring bikes, but are less comfortable. They are designed to help the rider achieve higher speeds with the light frames and high-pressure tires. Road bikes are ideally the fastest bikes made.
There are other types of bikes that should make the list, however most these are hybrid design or goofy.
Pietermaritzburg,South Africa was home to the kick-start of the 2012 Mountain Bike World Cup series. Both cross-country and downhill events launched in the middle of March, and each event will end in August and September. The event is held on 3 continents and 9 countries worldwide. Wikipedia provides a great reference for the event locations, with timely information on the current winners.
In addition, the team from UCI has been uploading and keeping viewers up-to-date with great videos showcasing each event. Here is one such video featuring a few highlights from Pietermaritzburg:
Currently, Nino Schurter is taking all the points. In 2009, he won the Mountain Bike World Championship in cross-country and seems to be heading for a championship run again. Though the season is still early, most people are looking at him to repeat this year as he did in 2009. One man, Julien Absalon, is projected to give Nino a run for his money though as he is a mountain biking icon in his own right.
As with most riders, Nino enjoys practicing and showing off his skills. In the video below, he displays his good times on the bike:
Though the Championship run is still young, there has been some exciting moments already. Stay tuned as Athletic Supporters will keep you updated on the current happenings.
National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.
In order to promote a healthier lifestyle, May has been decided on as National Bike Month. During this time, individuals are encouraged to bike to school on the 9th and bike to work on the 14th-18th.
The objective of this awareness is to encourage people to consider other means of transportation. In return, the participants can save money at the pump, reduce their carbon footprint and feel good about themselves.
Stunt bike video presented by GoPro.
Flips, tricks and things.