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Has the idea of using an electric bike, called an e-bike, piqued your interest? If so you are in luck, the E-bike Challenge is coming to Minneapolis, MN.

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Has the idea of using an electric bike, called an e-bike, piqued your interest? If so and you are looking to extend your range of bicycle travel, you are in luck. Coming to Minneapolis, the E-bike Challenge, Today and Sunday,s March 23–24, 2019. Mark your calendar and plan to see and test all the latest e-bike models on the shows indoor test track.

So what is a pedal-assist electric bike

Also called a “pedal-assist” bike, an e-bike has a battery and motor that allows a bicyclist to ride farther, with greater ease. Some cyclists, using an e-bike, can reach a distance of up to 70 miles on a charge. With a pedal-assist system, the rider must pedal to engage the motor to enable a more leisurely ride. see more in the shows: E-bike/Hike Guide to prepare the questions you will want to ask.

With more than 30 bicycle brands exhibiting at the show. Each brand will have several models, so choosing the right type of e-bike for your style of riding. Making it easy to find an electric bike for commuting, recreational riding or hauling cargo, Plus options for shuttling the family, e-trikes, e-fat-bikes, and many e-bike accessories.

A fun test track, many workshop presentations and more

Just imagine, after narrowing down your e-bike selection, taking the bike out for a spin on the indoor track set up around the at the E-bike Challenge. The event also features breakout sessions, a kids’ bike test track, an e-bike theater space, fun family activities, and more.

Breakout sessions at the event include, “Easy commuting by e-bike” and “The secret of ice fishing with a fat tire e-bike.” Another keynote presentation will feature, “How to build the future bicycling friendly city.”

Tickets for the E-bike Challenge are six dollars at the door. When purchased online, they are four dollars; and children up to 12-years with a parent or guardian are free.

For more information about the E-bike Challenge, see the KSTP TV video clip.

There have been many improvements to electric bikes over the last few years and before checking them out here are a couple questions that should be asked.

Choosing an electric bike for your style of bicycle riding

You have probably read or heard about electric bikes (e-bikes) and the improvements that have been made over the past couple of years. If you are curious and would like to check them out, you need to ask a couple of questions before purchasing one and having some fun.

First ask yourself, how will I use an electric bike

  • maybe commuting to work, running errands and/or hauling cargo
  • bike touring or just some recreational riding to stay active
  • spending more time on off-road trails
  • assist me while rehabbing after a sports injury?

Then ask

  • will an e-bike make it easier for me to stay active
  • make it more enjoyable, especially when dealing with hills and headwinds
  • help so I can keep up with my friends who ride faster?

As electric bike technology continues to progress quickly, with batteries that are lighter and offer you a better range between charges, the options are endless. Today there are bikes for every conceivable application, from hauling cargo to making a climb on a mountain bike a breeze.

Geared to accommodate different kinds of activities (cargo hauling; relaxed cruising; trail riding; mountain biking; child transportation; road biking; fat bike riding; touring; and urban commuting) they make biking fun. With so many e-bikes on the market today, you will find design options that vary to fit different people and their preferred use. It’s up to you to decide what is most important. Is it the ease of riding; the cost; maintenance; dependability; range – or the above? With so many models on the market to choose from, first, figure out where you are going to be riding, and then how often?

Now that you have a list, visit a few bike shops to see the brands they carry. Or, attend the e-Bike Challenge, March 23-24, see video below.

 

Has the idea of using an electric bike piqued your interest? If so the e-bike Challenge is coming to Minneapolis March 23-24.

23-days to discover and test ride the latest in electric bike technology

Has the idea of using an electric bike, called an e-bike, piqued your interest? If so and you are looking to extend your range of bicycle travel, you are in luck. Coming to Minneapolis, the E-bike Challenge is March 23–24, 2019. Mark your calendar and plan to see and test the latest e-bike models on the shows indoor test track.

So what is a pedal-assist electric bike

Also called a “pedal-assist” bike, an e-bike has a battery and motor that allows a bicyclist to ride farther, with greater ease. Some cyclists, using an e-bike, can reach a distance of up to 70 miles on a charge. With a pedal-assist system, the rider must pedal to engage the motor to enable a more leisurely ride. see more in the shows: E-bike/Hike Guide to prepare the questions you will want to ask.

With more than 30 bicycle brands exhibiting at the show. Each brand will have several models, so choosing the right type of e-bike for your style of riding. Making it easy to find an electric bike for commuting, recreational riding or hauling cargo, Plus options for shuttling the family, e-trikes, e-fat-bikes, and many e-bike accessories.

A fun test track, many workshop presentations and more

Just imagine, after narrowing down your e-bike selection, taking the bike out for a spin on the indoor track set up around the at the E-bike Challenge. The event also features breakout sessions, a kids’ bike test track, an e-bike theater space, fun family activities, and more.

Breakout sessions at the event include, “Easy commuting by e-bike” and “The secret of ice fishing with a fat tire e-bike.” Another keynote presentation will feature, “How to build the future bicycling friendly city.”

Tickets for the E-bike Challenge are six dollars at the door. When purchased online, they are four dollars; and children up to 12-years with a parent or guardian are free.

For more information about the E-bike Challenge, including vendor information, visit www.ebikechallenge.com. For more information about the organizer, visit www.hicle.com.

Tips on charging your electric bike to maximize the batteries life

The most expensive component of your new electric bike is the battery and motor. Most of the price involved in buying a ready to go e-bike is the size of the bikes storage unit, the lithium-ion battery pack. These batteries are now used in all types of applications. So it’s no surprise to find them powering electric bikes. What you will discover, more expensive e-bikes have higher-tech batteries that are lighter, charge quickly, and last longer. Batteries degrade over time, holding less charge as they age.

The quality of an electric bike battery makes a difference

The better the battery is will help you maximize the distance (range) you expect to achieve, so look for a reputable named battery manufacturer. Then make sure the warranty covers the battery for at least two years. Conservatively lithium-ion batteries are typically said to last for 1,000 full charge cycles. That’s about three years of daily use five to seven times a week. With careful use, the battery can survive longer, so you should get at least 2,000 half-charge cycles. In practice, a battery life of several years is quite easy to achieve depending on how often you charge and store the battery.

A centerpost battery for an electric bike

A center post battery unit for an electric bike

To maximize the life of your electric bike battery

  • Ride your bike a lot and charge it often
  • If your bike comes with a smart-charge, faithfully disconnect the charger within 24 hours
  • When not in use, for a week or more, charge the battery to only 40% to 70% of its capacity
  • Then store the battery or bike and battery in a cool dry place, above freezing, Checking and charge every two to three weeks to keep it in that range.

For more information

Be sure to mark your calendar for the E-bike Challenge Minneapolis or visit a local bike shop in your area that sells and services electric bikes.

An electric bike is perfect for commuting to work.

Questions to consider asking when buying an electric bike

The real advantages of an electric bike or e-bike include their climbing efficiency, taking a bite out of wind resistance and the ability to expand your range of travel. Before purchasing an e-bike it is important to know how far you want to go and what type of terrain you will be riding it on. For those who have experienced a medical issue or sports injury, an e-bike can breathe new life into your desire to stay active while having fun. With a little assist, you may again want to re-connect with your cycling buddies or add that #NextBikeAdventure to your list. Plus, if you are planning on commuting to work by bike, you will arrive feeling fresh.

Now that you have a reason to consider an e-bike, it’s time to choose the right one! With thousands of electric bike models on the market, there are several things to consider when buying an e-bike. The last item on our list here at HaveFunBiking is to test ride the e-bike you are looking to buy. Consider the e-Bike Challenge at the Minneapolis Convention Center, March 23-24, or visiting several bike shops to compare.

Your style of riding

With all the e-bikes on the market today, design options vary to fit different people and their preference of use. It’s up to you to decide what is most important. With so many models to choose from, first, you should figure out where you’re going to be riding your e-bike. Geared to accommodate different kinds of activities (cargo hauling; relaxed cruising; trail riding; mountain biking; child transportation; road biking; fat bike riding; touring; and urban commuting) compile a list of question. The first one, ask yourself before entering a store, what will be my preferred bicycling activity with a new electric bike?

The electric bike  drive

There are two mains types of e-bikes. The most common is what has come to be called the “pedal assist.” This type of system monitors the rider’s pedaling and automatically adds a certain amount of motor assistance – usually depending upon rate, force, and speed. In most places, the output of the motor is regulated and limited to no more than 750 watts and the maximum speed up to 20 mph or 32 km/h. When you reach this speed, the motor automatically disengages. A few models in this category also offer the ‘twist-n-go’ option. This is where a switch on the handlebar, like a throttle on a motorbike, is used by the rider to trigger the assistance from the motor.

The second drive train system is set for high-performance electric bikes that can easily achieve speeds much faster. Riders with these faster drive train systems need to have a special driver’s license, plates, and insurance. The regulations differ in every state and country, so it’s important to ask your local bike shop for details.

Motor and their location

There are two main types of motors and where they are located. The hub motor assist is located in one of the wheels and is the most common. Hub motors, which place the electric motor in the center of a bicycle wheel, are the most common. This e-bike power source tends to be quieter but often doesn’t handle hills as well as crank assist c, center mount systems.

Rear motor system for an electric bike

Rear motor system for an electric bike

Located over the center mount in the crank and pedal area the crank motor assist is at the bottom of the frame transferring the motor’s power to the rear wheel via the bicycle’s chain. That means the electronic controls can include a sensor that detects how hard you’re pedaling and can measure out the assistance accordingly. Typically, crank assisted bikes have become much more common over the last couple years, and have a reputation for doing well on steep hills.

Center motor system for an electric bike

Center motor system for an electric bike

Both have a number of unique advantages and disadvantages, so choosing the right motor for you will largely depend on your requirements and which advantages seem more useful to your needs. Generally, you should look for a brand with a good reputation, such as Bosch, Brose, Panasonic, Shimano, and Yamaha.

Battery storage

One of the most expensive components of your new e-bike is the battery. Most of the price involved these days in buying a ready to go e-bike is the size of the bikes lithium-ion battery pack. Thes batteries are everywhere, so it’s no surprise to find them powering e-bikes. More expensive e-bikes have higher-tech batteries that are lighter, charge quickly, and last longer. Batteries degrade over time, holding less charge as they age. The quality of the battery makes a difference, so look for a reputable named battery manufacturer. Then make sure the warranty covers the battery for at least two years. Conservatively lithium-ion batteries are typically said to last for 1,000 full charge cycles. That’s about three years of weekday commuting. They survive longer with careful use, so you should get at least 2,000 half-charge cycles. In practice, a battery life of several years is quite easily achievable depending on how often you charge and store the battery.

The distance you can travel

The distance an e-bike will go on one charge of the battery is called range. It’s probably the most important specification. If your commute involves a big hill, for example, you don’t want to run out of juice halfway up. Without power, an e-bike is just a heavy bike. The range depends on the battery capacity, the speed, your weight, profile of the commuting tour, the assistance level you choose and percentage of given pedaling power. If you’re only going to do six to ten miles of daily commuting, you don’t need a batter and motor set for a 50 to 70-mile range. However, you should buy a bike with a higher range than you necessarily need because the range will drop as the battery ages and loses capacity.

Costs

Good e-bikes are not cheap as I mentioned above. You can pick up a very basic model, but how long are you going to be happy with it? An average bike with a quality frame, functional brakes, suspension, and other components is expensive. Now, when buying an e-bike you have to add the cost of the motor and battery. The cost the battery, with a reputable warranty, along can cost $500 to a $1,000 so don’t be surprised by the higher price, a better bike lasts much longer.

Test ride before you make a final commitment

Perhaps the most important (and fun) part of buying an electric bike is test riding it. Trying an electric bike allows you to put aside skeptics, reviews, and research and just answer the most basic question: Do you love this bike?

The show will combining both cycling tourism and cycling sports into the venue to give you all the facts.

The E-bike Challenge will combine both cycling tourism and cycling sports into the venue to give you all the facts.

If so, then start asking a few other questions: Does it climb hills in the way I need it to? Does the bike fit me in the way I would like it to? And, does it have the quality and functionality I would like?

These questions and more can easily be answered by the experts at the E-bike Challenge Minneapolis, March 23-24, 2019. So, make your list of question and prepare to test ride some of the best e-bikes on the market.

Has the idea of using an electric bike piqued your interest? If so the e-bike Challenge is coming to Minneapolis March 23-24.

Maximizing the distance your electric bike can travel on a charge

The distance an electric bike will go on one charge of the battery is called range. This is an important specification to pay attention to when comparing e-bikes, to your desired riding style. For example. if your commute involves big hills you don’t want to run out of juice halfway up. Without power, an e-bike can be a heavy mode of transportation that demands more energy on the cyclist’s part to pedal. So the range of an electric bike generally depends on the following:

The electric bikes battery capacity

Conservatively, lithium-ion batteries are typically said to last for 1,000 full charge cycles. Now think of a volt as the “force” pushing an Amp through the system. The higher the voltage the more energy can be moved, or the faster it can be transferred. So, a higher voltage system can send more energy through the circuits to the motor. Most common are 36-volt batteries, but more bikes are using 48-volt batteries and some high-performance bikes with additional voltage. All else being equal, a higher voltage system will deliver more torque for quicker starts, but it will drain your battery faster.

The voltage output of the motor

Because most e-bike systems are standardized; what you want to look for, to maximize your total range, is the time it takes before you need to recharge the battery. To do that, look for an e-bike battery with a high Watt-Hour rating.

The average speed you travel and cadence

The average riding speed is a part of the equation to your preferred riding style factoring in varying conditions (hills, paved to unpaved or irregular surfaces, and wind resistance). If your overall comfort level, riding a bike, is at 13-miles per hour (mph) average. Your speed range may vary down to six mph on a climb and 20 mph, with a tailwind, zooming down hills.

For maximizing your e-bike range – knowing how much pedal assist to apply to your favored cadence is important to your average speed riding an e-bike.

A better understanding of cadence

Commonly talk about for measuring performance rather than the actual speed, cadence can also benefit your e-bike range. Measuring the number of times your pedal rotates per minute (RPM), cadence for the average cyclist is somewhere between 70 and 100 rpm. With a regular 9none-motorized) bike this is achieved by using the bikes gears so your cadence stays in the desired range. By using this same practice on an electric bike you will be decreasing the demand on the motor, as it assists you for a longer sustained range.

Switch gears to make it easier

Shifting into high gear will give you greater resistance on the pedal. This will also slow your cadence down making the pedal-to-wheel ratio closer to even. When shifting into lower gears there will be less resistance on the pedal so it turns faster (called spinning). So, by shifting your gears appropriately, your legs will maintain the same average pace, regardless of how fast or slow you are physically moving. The end result of maintaining your cadence on the e-bike, there will be less strain on the motor which will extend your pedal assist range from the battery.

Your weight

The load your e-bike is expected to carry or pull will also be a factor on the range you can expect from a trip.

Plan your ride to extend your range

If you are able to define a specific route you want to use for the commute, it will help you better predict the distance you will be able to safely travel between charges. Then, knowing how many hills there are to climb will further help you define the workload you will put on the motor.

Properly inflated tires

Regardless if you are driving a regular bike, electric bike or an automobile having your tires properly inflated will improve your performance. An under-inflated tire adds more friction against the road or trail surface. In this case, your e-bike motor will work harder.

If you’re only going to do six to ten miles of daily commuting, you don’t need a battery and motor system for a 50 to 70-mile range. However, you should buy a bike with a higher range than you currently need because the range will drop as the battery ages and loses capacity.

For more information

Be sure to mark your calendar for the E-bike Challenge Minneapolis. 

Or visit a local bike shop in your area that sells and services electric bikes.

WingLights is an inexpensive blinker light system for bicycles to display a very visible directional turn signal at an intersections.

Making a bicycling experience safer with a handlebar blinker light system

Here at HaveFunBiking we have shared blinker systems embedded in bicycle helmets, rear mounted signaling lights and now for those who have flat handlebars, the WingLights. This inexpensive directional light system (a perfect stocking stuffer) easy mount into each end of the handlebars. Then, when making your turn, simply tap the light at the end of the right or left handle grip and move to the proper lane. Just like signaling when driving a car. As a cyclist riding on the road or trail you will find added comfort and visibility in displaying your intention when changing lanes or direction.

Just tap the right blinker before gesturing with a right hand signal.

Just tap the right blinker before gesturing with a right hand signal.

Just tap the left blinker before gesturing with your left hand signal.

Just tap the left blinker before gesturing with your left hand signal.

The WingLight directional blinkers work well on rough roads where cyclists need to have both hands on the handlebars. Just a quick tap on the surface of the selected light and it begins to flash. Then in 45 seconds, which in most cases is long enough to make the turn, the light turns off to save on your battery

Winglights currently available in two options

The WingLights Mag, their original, is a high-quality turn signal system that magnetically attaches to your handlebar ends. It is easy to install and use. These turn signals flash bright amber and can be seen from all angles. When removed, the units clip together onto a keyring for safekeeping. The Mag is compatible with all handlebars with an inner diameter from 14.7mm to 23mm. They retail for $49.99 and batteries are included.

The WingLights Fixed v3 is a brand new, non-magnetic turn signal, built to the same high specification as the original system. Like the Mag, the Fixed v3 is permanently attached to your handlebar. The Fixed v3 sells for $34.99, on Amazon.

For more information and other products visit the manufacturer at www.cycl.bike

Brighter and safer blinkers

The blinkers help to improve cyclists’ visibility in dangerous areas, in and around intersections.

Using hand signals along with WingLights

At HaveFunBiking.com, we highly recommend the continued practice of using hand signals. This turning light system, like others on the market offers added visibility to show your intentions when changing directions. However, they should not replace the practice of using hand signals. By continuing to gesture your movement with hand signals, along with blinkers, you multiply your chances of being seen, and staying safe.

Installing the WingLights blinkers

With this review, we found installation quick and easy, taking under ten minutes. At the end of each handlebar grip, cut a sharp knife so the handlebar tube is exposed. Insert the rubber plunger of the Winglight firmly into the handlebar and tighten. You will find full instruction included in the package or for a comprehensive guide on this blinker system check out the instructional video here. 

Sorry, these blinker lights are not suitable for all handlebar types

The current WingLights are only available for straight (sometimes referred to as flat) handlebars. Curved handlebars with a maximum curvature of 30° also work. The company is working on a design compatible with drop bars, bullhorn handlebars, or cruise bars for the future.

 

The Classic Garment Pannier is a practical bag for all your gear.

A garment pannier that will keep clothes presentable on the ride

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking.com

The Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier may be the perfect travel bag for a bicyclists. Especially when packing dressier clothes for the commute to work or touring. If your next trip requires posher duds for that special event or evening attire, Two Wheel Gear has you covered. This pannier is roomy, with a universal attachment system that fits any standard bike rack. When space is needed for a suit this pannier works perfect for both the touring cyclist and the business professional. If dress attire is not a prerequisite the space is flexible enough to keep all your gear neat and organized.

The content in this carry-on luggage will fit into the Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier.

Here the content in this carry-on luggage all fits into the Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier below.

The items in the luggage case above comfortably fits into the Classic Garment Pannier , with room fr a sports jacket and a laptop.

Items transferred from the carry-on luggage and comfortably lay in the Classic pannier with a sports jacket and  laptop included.

For me the pannier works well when exploring a new destination to write about or biking to a power meeting. See the video on this multi-functional pannier. With this bag there are less chances of the clothes wrinkling when secure in the pannier. For meetings, with the Two Wheel Gear’s Classic I can safely pack my laptop, presentation boards and promotional material. As the perfect all-in-one luggage bag this pannier also meets airline carry-on requirements. Plus, in the satchel position with the shoulder strap, it’s easy to carry.

The Classic Garment Pannier in its satchel position meets the the airline requirements for carry-on..

The Two Wheel Gear’s Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier, in its satchel position, meets airline requirements for carry-on.

The key features of the Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier 

For the daily commute or a multi-day bike trip the Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier is a great addition to any cyclist’s inventory of gear. With several compartments in the bag, organizing everything you need to shower and change for a productive day at the office or on a trip is a breeze.

The Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier comes with a clip on bag with a highly visible waterproof cover.

This Classic Garment Pannier comes with a clip on bag to store the highly visible waterproof cover.

The Two Wheel Gear universal mounting system

With the universal mounting clips on the bottom side of the panniers makes it a snap to clip the bag onto the rear rack. That is all that is required to easily mount the Classic Garment Pannier (see video).

Here the Classic's highly visible and waterproof cover protects the pannier from wet weather and road slush.

Here the Classic’s highly visible and waterproof cover protects the pannier from wet weather and road residue.

Waterproof, high visibility cover

In a clip-on pouch, the Classic’s cover will keep your gear dry in wet weather conditions. Using the neon green cover with reflective silver accents over the panniers also adds additional visibility to the bike. A helpful tip: If the pavement is wet and the bike lacks wheel fenders consider using a  sheet of plastic material over the bike rack before securing the bag. This will act like as a guard helping to repel moisture away from the underside of the pannier.

The panniers exterior offer reflective material and straps to attach blinking lights for more visibility.

The Two Wheel Gear panniers exterior offer reflective material and straps to attach a blinking light for more visibility.

Plus a padded sleeve for a laptop

Everything about this Two Wheel Gear bag is durable and high quality. Even the zippers to several compartments will help keep things organized. The bag also has a 15″ padded sleeve compartment designed for a laptop. This allows me the opportunity to leave my computer bag at home and use more of the Classic’s all-in-one features.

The Auto Rack is a tail light extension system that offers motorist behind a clear view of the operators intentions.

The Auto Rack is a tail light extension system for hauling bikes

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking.com

Being a huge advocate of cycling visibility, the minute I saw the Auto Rack tail light extension system, I was impressed. I was at the RAGBRAI Expo last summer where the light system was being introduced, what a great idea! If you are like me when biking you wear bright clothing and ride with bike lights so you are noticed. Seeing this extension system, got me thinking about the investment many of us have strapped to the back of our vehicles. How often are the tail lights or license plate obstructed from view?

The Auto Rack is a tail light extension system that offers motorist behind a clear view of the operators intentions.

The Auto Rack is a tail light extension system offers motorist behind, a clear view of the operator intentions, ahead.

A tail light extension system makes sense

Never having seen or thought much about lights for a bike rack, the Auto Rack system makes a lot of sense. It not only is an added safety feature for your car. This light system also helps protect your bike(s) you have strapped on the back. In the picture below, can you see the auto’s tail lights or license plate clearly?

If you were following this vehicle and they stopped fast would you be able to see their taillights.

If you were following this vehicle and they stopped quickly would you be able to see their taillights?.

The Auto Rack is a patented auxiliary system that easily mounts to the last bike placed on the rack. Selecting either the aluminum or hard plastic frame model extends the visibility of your rear lights. Both models uses a standard 4-pole flat trailer light connection to transmit the stop, turn and tail light functions. They both have a mounting platform for your vehicle’s license plate also. So, by using a Auto Rack system, accidents can be prevented and there is less of a chance of being pulled over by police.

It is easy to use

Attaching the Auto Rack light system is relatively easy, especially if you already have a trailer light receptacle to plug the unit into. Once your bikes are secure on your bike rack, just attach the light system to the last bike mounted. The Rack comes with straps affixed on each side to easily secure the system. Plus, there are bungee cords and four (4) tubular pads that can be adjusted for added protection of your bike. See installation instructions here for more details.

How the law reads on tail light and license plate obstruction

Searching the state statutes across the country it looks like it might be illegal throughout the U.S. when a license plate and/or tail light is obstructed from view. What we are hearing from many multi-modal touring cyclists, thankfully the law is usually over looked. However, as I mention above, it does open up the chance that you may be pulled over, which is never fun.

 

For some of us, there is an undeniable call to immerse ourselves in fun moments, in outdoor activities like mountain biking,

Fun moments mountain biking and the gadgets to keep us connected

by John Brown, HaveFunBiking.com

For some of us, there is an undeniable call to immerse ourselves in fun moments in activities like mountain biking, that gets us out in mother nature’s natural settings. As we experience the thrill of off road trail riding we search out stunning vistas while enjoying the feeling of life around us, craving the type of solitude only found in wooded areas and rocky terrains. Now, as the explosion of mountain biking continues there is a wide array of new bicycles, gadgets, gear and trails that we want to share with you.

Fun moments for a mountain biker

When an outdoors person is introduced to life on two wheels, fun moments are had and a mountain biker is usually born. In fact, the mountain bike revolution began 35 years ago by road riders who loved to be in out in nature. That group of riders from the San Francisco Bay area quickly shared their passion which spread across the globe.

With Mountain Biking’s explosion, we have seen the development of, bicycles that offer better control, clothing that keeps us comfortable, helmets to protect us in our moment of need, countless gadgets to keep us informed,  and all types of trails.

Tuesday morning and this mountain biking chick finds a dry trail to enjoy. In Minnesota, check MORC trail conditions before heading out

The latest in mountain bikes for better control

As Mountain Biking developed as a sport, people developed different interests and capabilities which have developed into different types of bicycles. Most commonly, people begin on a cross country bike, which is usually a bike with a suspension fork and a rigid frame.

The Norco Challenger is a great example of this type of bike, with an aluminum frame, Shimano Disc brakes, RockShox Suspension fork and Highly versatile WTB tires. It’s ready to explore any trail a budding mountainbiker could imagine.

Mountain bike gear

Now that you have found yourself on the back of a two wheeled wonder machine, the real fun starts. I remember my first rides in jean shorts and a t shirt, just blasting through creekbeds and rocky trails at what felt like breakneck speeds. In retrospect, I realize that my relative speed was substantially lower than it felt, but fun was had. What wasn’t fun was how I felt on the bike. As an example, my propensity to rocket through creeks in jean shorts resulted in a lot of time pedaling in wet denim (uncomfortable and bordering on masochistic). In time, my clothing transferred into more traditional bike gear, and my body loved the change. I learned that something like the Endura Singletrack short and BaaBaa jersey made long miles more comfortable.

When comfort stops being the factor limiting your ride time, you start doing whatever is necessary to ride with greater efficiency. With that in mind, no accessory offers more efficiency than shoes and pedals. As an example, Lintiman Adjust Comp shoe offers a stiff sole to transfer more effort to the pedal, while reliving strain on your foot.

Couple those shoes with a pair of Egg beater 2 pedals and you can now drive force into the pedals throughout the entire pedal rotation (both pressing down and pulling up).

Mountain bike gadgets to help determine when to ride

I will admit, after a few fun moments and the mountain bike bug bites pretty hard. In fact, it can become difficult to find time in the day to fit everything you have to do with riding your bike. As a result, you can either slough off all responsibility and ride your bike (not too likely), or start riding at night! Ride at night you say…. yes! Night riding is one of the most fun parts of mountain biking. In fact, if you have traversed your local trails ad nausea during the daylight, they will look and feel completely different at night. Simply strap a light like the Nightrider Lumina Oled to your helmet and enjoy all the features night time trails have to offer.

https://www.niterider.com/product/lumina-oled-1100-boost/

Where to ride for fun moments

There are plenty of places to learn where to ride. For instance, if you live in the State of Minnesota, I would recommend paging through the Have Fun Biking Minnesota Guidebook . Regardless of how you find the trails, knowing where to go can be a concern. That’s why many riders are taking to using GPS cycling computers like the Wahoo Element.  With a GPS computer you can track where you are going as well as where you have gone.

If you are headed out of town, a great way to ride unknown trails is through organized rides. An annual pilgrimage to British Columbia for the BC bike race is the highlight of thousands of riders seasons. Additionally, you can ride at many of the same locations you ski at, as lift service for bicycles is a growing attraction to mountains around the world.