Select The Right Mountain Bike

March 2, 2009

One of you biggest investments when considering taking on an adventure race is your mountain bike. Generally, the boat for the paddle section will either be provided for you by the race organizers or you will rent it. The gear for the trekking and navigating sections is minimal, and many races do not even include a climbing section anymore, so save the bulk of your budget for your bike. With that said, you still don’t want to break the bank. Here in Colorado it’s not unusual to see a car valued in the hundreds of dollars hauling on its roof a bike worth thousands. Sure you can get a mountain bike with full suspension, the absolute lightest components and all the bells and whistles but remember, little Timmy is going to need braces someday.

If you are looking for reviews, stick to the sites and publications that can be counted on for accurate and valuable information. Most print publications have accurate reviews. When reading one of these reviews, it is important to look on the edges of the page for very tiny print that says ‘advertisement.’ If you see that, you can be sure that this is not a real review you are reading. It is an advertisement disguised as a review. Its purpose is to get you to buy the  bike – not to point out both the pros and the cons! Move on!

When looking for reviews online, stick to the better known online magazines such as Single track, Gear Head, Mountain Bike parts, and Mountain Bike. These are the online magazines that will give you the most accurate information in terms of reviews. You will also find the latest mountain biking news, as well as quite a bit of information on races and trails. These four websites are vitally important to serious bikers.

By the way, unless you are taking on an urban assault, it is pretty much guaranteed that portions of the bike section will be on dirt roads, trails, rocks and other surfaces which will launch a road bike into a formal protest, so let’s look at the two types of mountain bikes you will want to consider, hard tails and full suspension bikes.

Hard Tails

Hard tail is lingo amongst mountain bikers for a bike which only has shocks on the front forks, thus a “hard tail.” Generally, a hard tail is both lighter and cheaper than a full suspension mountain bike. The shocks on the front end are designed to absorb some of the impact and bumps on the front tire while allowing for some added comfort and control.

Full or Dual Suspension

Full suspension means a mountain bike which has shocks on both the front forks and on the rear of the bike. Further comfort and control, especially downhill, comes for a higher price and added weight. As this is being written, some full suspension bikes are catching up to hard tails weight wise, but you’ll pay a premium to shed the weight looking at a minimum price.


The good news is that most entry level motorcycles these days come with adequate components and will get you through your first training session and race. If you’re a beginner or on a budget, I would recommend going with a hard tail in order to save money, keep the weight of the bike down and ease your maintenance requirements.

When it came time for me to decide on my first bike I bought a 2003 Jamis Durango for $350.00. It got me through my first race with flying colors and, with a couple of component upgrades, I still use the bike today, most recently in my first 24 hour mountain bike race.


Qualities of Honda Bikes

February 27, 2009

Are you looking for a perfect ride on a bike? Honda motorcycles are the answer. These motorcycles are manufactured to be “top of the class” and are guaranteed to deliver a unique riding experience to anyone. Honda is a Japan based company who dominated the market with their variety of motorcycles designed for everyone regardless of race and social status. Honda motorcycles are known through out the world for their contributions to their owners day to day living. Honda motorcycles are different from other Specialized bikes in existence today. They have created a legacy of excellence with their motorcycles and are continuously providing riders with the comfort on every ride. Owning a Honda motorcycle gives you the pride of being part of those individuals who made the right decision in purchasing motorcycles.

Honda is the world’s largest manufacturer of engines and has got its reputation for supreme quality, performance and reliability. Honda parts are manufactured from strict quality standards imposed by Honda engineers for an accurate fit and specific action. They are designed to meet or exceed the demands of customers through advanced engine technology, quality components and advanced manufacturing facilities maintaining original operating specifications.

Honda vehicles are reflected in the parts from which they are built. All Honda parts are specifically designed and carefully tested, not only for its individual performance, but also for its interaction with the entire vehicle. This process guarantee that each Honda Part will function at its optimum performance level while providing the durability and reliability that is expected from Honda.

Each motorcycle is designed for specific purpose and terrain. Honda motorcycles are reliable bikes that anybody can use in any weather condition. They have designs fit for touring, sports, crossover and other forms of activity that need a good bike. Durability, style, and look are among the pride of these motorcycles. They have unique qualities that are not commonly found on other motorcycles. No wonder why we do not hear any arguments when talking about Honda motorcycles.

Among the best known product of Honda is there Honda Super cub. Manufactured from as early as 1958, until now they continue to manufacture these motorcycles because of the demand it is getting from satisfied owners. Super cub sold for over millions of units all over the world that no other manufactured motorcycle has ever accomplished. With the increasing prices of gasoline, this motorcycle is a perfect choice with its fuel efficient design. A larger number of this motorcycle can be seen all over Asia as the size was designed to fit Asians.

Overview Of Mountain Bikes

February 26, 2009

There are many makes and models of mountain bikes on the market today. If you are in the market for a new bike or even for your first bike, you definitely need to check out Trek Mountain Bikes. A specialized mountain bike is one that has especially been customized to meet the requirements of the rider.

Now that you know that Trek is all about bikes like dirt bikes and mountain bikes and fulfilling the needs and whims of bikers and mountain bikers, visit the site, and start building your Trek mountain bike. People use mountain bikes for several purposes including trailing, dirt jumping and street-urban riding, but the most popular versions of mountain biking are down-hilling, cross-country and free riding. Specialized mountain bikes of the Rockhopper line, for example, have remained at the top of consumer rankings for a long time, contending with equally popular classics like the Trek 4500 and the Gary Fisher Marin.

Examples of the precision youth Gary Fisher mountain bikes, are the Tyro Girls or Boys 24″ Wheel line, with a Fisher Great Fit Aluminum frame. As can be expected Gary Fisher mountain bikes is synonymous with the development of many bikes through the years, from the Mt. No matter what the price, all mountain bikes have the following basic features.

Mountain biking websites and magazines provide a wonderful variety of information for all types of mountain bikers, ranging from the seasoned professionals to beginners. Most websites and magazines review the latest bikes and also offer a data bank of information with details about available bike models, prices and user comments. Each website or magazine usually has its own criteria for judging a bike. Besides the basic description of the Mountain bike parts, reviews contain a detailed analysis of all the features of a bike. New bikes are test ridden by experts and the test results are published for the benefit of consumers. Often websites and magazines compare a number of bikes on key criteria and provide ratings along with their recommendations. This can be a big help to anyone interested in purchasing a bike.

All Mountain specialized Bikes are characterized by 5-6 inch (125-150 mm) rims to take on very rough conditions. Size: Like conventional bikes, mountain bikes come in small, medium and large sizes. They have 16 gears in these bikes which allows the rider to build up the speed they need while making jumps. Over the years, they have worked to ensure that the latest technology is used in their bikes. Testing has proven that the welds have to endure most of the stress on a mountain bike frame. As a beginner, you really won’t have any idea what you need in the way of a mountain bike. If the sport of mountain biking isn’t something that you know a lot about, you may have the wrong idea about the sport. Specialized parts and components cost a lot of money in most cases, but some specialization and customization can be done affordably, if you are willing to do the work yourself and only pay for the needed parts. Mountain bike specialization could include improving the bike’s performance by adding more and better parts, or improving its looks.

Although bicycles have been used since the time they were invented, the first specialized mountain bike was built by Joe Breeze in 1977. Specialized is also known for producing quality “budget” bikes – and by this, we mean trail bicycles that are slightly cheaper than industry standard, for their caliber.