”Why mountain-biking over regular cycling? Although normal bike riding does increase your health, mountain biking pushes it to that extra level of cardiovascular activity through the use of gear variety, bike structure and riding terrain. One of the main health benefits of riding a mountain bike is the improvement of cardiovascular fitness. This is because cycling makes the heart pound steadily, increasing your heart’s fitness by three to seven percent and decreasing the risk of having coronary heart disease. A study done by the British Medical Association on 10,000 people showed that riding a bicycle for at least 20 miles in a week, lessens your risk of having coronary heart disease by almost 50%.”
If you expected me to lean toward mountain biking vs road biking, you assumed correctly. I enjoy being on two wheels of all sorts, but have not found the personal physical and mental health benefits like I have on a mtb. I have ridden and ride Motorcycles. These have included track days on sport bikes, touring on dual sports, cruisers, and all other forms of street bikes. I have enjoyed riding dirt bikes and even spend a fair amount of time on road bicycles, but I have yet to find something that offers the mental and physical benefits of mountain biking. For Chris Matthews, Obama gives a thrill up his leg. For me Mountain biking presents a thrill up both of mine. Here is another persons point of view, in case you have yet to come to this conclusion.
Here is a sample. The rest can be found by clicking the link below.
- Mountain Biking is Better for your Health: see above. Not sharing your ride with CO2-emitting vehicles is a lot better for your lungs, particularly when you’re surrounded by…
- Bib Shorts. Enough said.