Basics for buliding a Mountain Bike Trail

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Trail Building | 0 comments

Many people who live in a countryside already have some local paths for MTB riding, and those are usually same paths that are used to climb on hills and mountains by foot. Therefore, sometimes is risky to perform downhill ride on that forest trails, because it is very likely that you will come across someone while enjoying your speedy ride down the hill. With the possibility to get crashed into someone, or to fall down from the top rated bike over 300 and harm yourself, it is advised to perform downhill MTB rides only on trails that are made just for that purpose. If you live in the area that doesn’t offer that type of trail, you will probably consider the building the trail, along with other MTB lovers from your place. So, here are some advice on how to do it properly and which tools you will need.

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First of all, you need to be aware that this is not an easy to do job. You and your MTB companions will need a bunch of different tools to build the trail, but that might not be the only problem that you will face. You might be compelled to ask your local authority to grant the location for your project, that will be safe and legal for such purpose. So, before start making your local trail for MTB, consult your community authorities, to avoid further problems with your MTB trail legality.

When you do all necessary paperwork, if it was required, the building part comes next. Various tools that you will need to do such job can be found at fire fighting brigade or land management office toolroom. Yes, you will need a lot of different tools because building a good trail for MTB is not just moving some rocks and trees out of the way. Depending on how serious your trail will be, and how many fellow builders you are associated with in trail building process, you will encounter various needs for tools in such project. From a simple axe to even bulldozers – it can cost a lot of money to rent, and to maintain. So, if you are just a novice in MTB and you just want to avoid crushes with hikers while you and your companions enjoy downhill on your trail, most of tools you will need to build some modest trails is listed in following lines.

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Hatchet – economical tool, easy to carry to the trail construction, that will come handy for removal of smaller trees and bushes.

Bow Saw – Its light weighted, also easy to carry, and will be great to cut branches and small trees

Bush Cutter – Great tool that will make small and thick bushes and saplings easy to cut, which is very hard to do with hatchet.

trail-buildingChainsaw – Of course, in order to save some time and energy, a chainsaw will be perfect to remove some larger trees and fragment it to size that can be handled easily.

Machete – Great alternative for all those that are short on money to get the Trimmer.

Rake – Different Types of rakes will be also needed in order to clear the field after the treatment with previous tools.

Pick Mattock – Great tool for reshaping the soil are, or to dig out some large rock from the trail.

Shovel – For some larger soil unevenness, a shovel will be very handy tool. Dig!

Ok, so far it seems that these are already formed a bunch of tools, but you will probably need more tools depending on the type of terrain and the complexity of the trail you intend to build.

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MTB racing

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Racing | 0 comments

MTB racing is the top of MTB experience. MTB riding, as a hobby, can bring a lot of joy and adrenaline to you but racing and breaking the records is the highest level of MTB. Anyone who has ever participated in MTB racing session started the race with hard ratio, which led to wasting all of energy in the first few minutes of the race. Yes, you will probably get high distance advantage comparing to other competitors, but will you be able to finish the race to the end?

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The culprit for a very strong start is adrenaline that is in the human body. When you are about to start the race, only few seconds away from the start signal, the tension rises, it becomes higher and higher so your body produces increased level of adrenaline which runs through your veins. When the start signal comes, you will launch yourself from the starting line with the maximum strength, without awareness that you are using more than 100% of your strength for pedaling at the moment. You will probably fell calm and strong as you have never been, but it is all the product of the adrenaline, which will, unfortunately, run out and leave you very quickly. That is where the problem appears. After a few minutes of super strength, adrenaline slowly stops down, so you will lose your strength slowly until the finish line. 1424837274723-1w58elcf4jutk-960-540After you involved your max in that first few minutes, intense cycling wouldn’t be possible to the end of the race. After those few minutes, the body starts to turn down, there is no adrenaline any more, the energy runs out too, and you will start to feel tired and to breath faster.

Unfortunately, there has been only a few minutes of the race, and there is still another hour of racing – or more, depending on the race length. Of course, if you are well prepared and in top condition and form, it won’t be trouble to finish the race, but some good result may be missed, if you even finish the race. The thing you need to know in order to finish the race with some modest result is how to allocate the energy consumption. The adrenaline will surely help you, but you should use it to get a better result, not to allow to be used by it. You should use the adrenaline in a smart way, and instead of giving more than 100% of your strength in first few minutes of a race, just lower the ratio by 20-30% or more. The feeling will not be so satisfactory as in maximum intensity start, because you will start along with all other competitors beside you, instead of making some distance in first few minutes of the race. However, you will have more energy spared for the rest of the race, which gives you much more chance to get a significant result.

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Cycle strong when it is needed, and don’t try to overcome the uphills with maximal intensity. Uphills are the parts of the trail that used to deplete you the most, so be careful when riding uphills. You will probably master the uphill anyway, but will you be in a full condition for the rest of the race? Think about this next time you find yourself on some MTB racing tournament.

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MTB trail building

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Trail Building | 0 comments

If you are one of those who think that trail building is simple job that can be done just by some kicking of the stones from the forest paths,  you are completely wrong. It is a very demanding job that needs to be carefully planned in order to meet the needs of various user groups. Planning itself must include not only your needs, but the entire community that is about to use and live around the new trail in the forest. There are also some environmental and geographical factors that need to be considered in order to do the job legally and safe.

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So, in order to build sustainable trail for best MTB experience, you will need to reduce possible “social conflict” –  meaning that your trail will not harm any other visitor of the mountain. All damage to forest and the soil needs to be reduced to minimal values and also damage to vegetation and plants too. It is not advised that you jump into the forest with a bulldozer and level the area you fancy to be the MTB trail. Yo need to consider that there is also a lot of animals in the forest, so you must not harm their habitat too. At first place, you need to check out the Law in a local community, for the locations of protected habitats. Try to avoid these locations because building MTB trails on such locations will probably include some very large expenses that ordinary MTB enthusiasts cannot meet.

4608918110In order to protect people that can be found hiking around the trail it is advised to place signs or some flags that will inform them that the trail is made for MTB. There are many cases of serious injuries and accidents on MTB trails around the world because MTB downhill speeds are sometimes too high and it is not able to stop or see hikers and runners who find forest trails attractive for exercise. Of course, you don’t need to make wire fence all around the trail, but some sort of labeling will be enough to warn the possible hikers.

Trees are usually the main trammels on MTB trails, but it should not watch it as a handicap to your trail but the guidelines. Remember that riding through nature is much more exciting when all parts of nature are present, so don’t make the trail too much artificial with unnecessary cutting and removing of potential trammels. All that animals and herbs around the trail are mostly the reason why the MTB is an exciting adventure at all.

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It is not the point just to ride the hardtail 29er mountain bike over 1000, you can do it anywhere – but rather to get in touch with nature and its essence. Rocks and fallen trees could add some skill demanding parts of your trail, so instead of removing it, you can combine them to shape the trail in order to make it more difficult and demanding. If there is a need to overbridge some parts of the trail, you can use wooden slats to make your own bridges, with or without safety fence, that will surely require some skill, which makes the trail even more attractive. Follow these simple steps and we are sure that you will love the trail and you will enjoy in nature.

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