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Heading out for an early mountain bike ride.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 by  
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The Web Sled is ready for her next adventure!

The Web Sled is ready for her next adventure!

I have not been on my bike in an entire week. 🙁 I spent all weekend working in the yard, and my schedule this week has just not allowed me enough time to get away for a couple of hours.

This morning I have an opening before work, and I can’t wait get out on the trails! My bike is oiled, tuned and ready to rock, I just drank my favorite pre-mountain biking breakfast (2 scoops of Nitrean protein powder, 1/2 cup raw oats, 1 banana, 15 ounces of water and 8 ice cubes) and my CamelBak is packed and loaded with plenty of water, QuestBars and Sport Beans.

I’m planning to do between 25 and 30 miles this morning, and I’m going to ride hard with very few rest breaks.

I’m out of here, have a great day!

John Stone Fitness Comments

3 Responses to “Heading out for an early mountain bike ride.”
  1. OK, all of your mountain biking reports are making me wanna get into biking as well. Where did you learn all the stuff about bike selection, maintenance, etc.? Just reading the forums or is there a book you’d recommend?

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    • I got some great advice from the JSF viewers after I mentioned wanting a bike in my blog. I also asked questions on the JSF forum, and did a lot of research online as well. The original thread on JSF is here: http://forums.johnstonefitness.com/showthread.php?t=48912

      The first thing to decide is road or mountain. You can take a mountain bike on the road, but you can’t take a road bike out on the trails. There are hybrid bikes, but IMO they are a compromise in both directions.

      Once you decide road or mountain, then there are a whole lot of subsets to both. It can seem overwhelming at first. In general, a good hardtail like the Trek 4300 is a great place to start for the beginning mountain biker. Mine has served me very well over the years. Specialized makes great bikes, too. Stay away from department store bikes. Plan to spend about $700-$1000 on the bike plus the basic accessories you’ll need.

      Read, learn and be sure to visit your local bike shop. Your LBS is one of the best resources available when it comes to learning, trying and purchasing a new bike.

      I plan to write a much more detailed blog about this subject at some point, but I don’t know when that will be. Feel free to hit me up by email if I can answer any questions.

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