The countless accidents involving cyclists, the pollution and the scarcity of bike lanes have attracted more fans to a sport bicycle in the middle of the nature, the mountain bike. The style gained momentum in Brazil in the early 80’s and today it has with various groups performing tours, trips and even teaching courses in the area. One of them was consecrated by the architect Paul Tarsus who, seeing the new fever that was born among athletes, left her career and founded the Sampa Bikers, in São Paulo. The portal of the group already has around 15 thousand registered and receives new ones every day. So, My Life talked with two experts on the subject to end up with the main questions of anyone who wants to start playing the sport.
1. What are the advantages in relation to walk in the city?
According to Paul Tarsus, the great advantage of the track is the much smaller amount of cars that the cyclist is facing. He remembers only that, in certain places, it is necessary to deal with jipeiros and the bikers are not always so friendly. “Still, the risk of accidents and confusion are far lower,” he says.
Another positive feature is the close contact with nature. “The clean air and absence of noise pollution and the visual gives us a feeling of freedom and causes us to leave the stress behind,” adds Lucas Moreira, president of the Associação Mountain Bike BH Cycling in Belo Horizonte. He says that, riding a bike, you see the scenery in another way, and reaches places inaccessible to cars.
2. The sport requires more physical effort?
“As you go through the holes, winding paths, steep climbs and descents – and everything on earth – the sport requires a good physical preparation,” warns Paul Tarsus. Such a difficulty can discourage many would-be right on the first try, but the cyclist Lucas Moreira account that what defines success in the sport is persistence and self-knowledge. “A beginner should recognize their limitations and choose to start with challenges more simple, on tracks with less relief”, suggests.
It is worth remembering also that, on account of this greater effort, the burning of calories is more than a ride bike on the asphalt.
3. I can use the bike you have in the house?
Bikes are not all the same: there are the most simple designs suitable for rides, other size and design is ideal for manoeuvring, and the versions aimed at the practitioners of mountain biking. These are finished in reinforced suitable to withstand high impact and always include gait. Invest in this specific equipment is a safety issue, recalls Paul.
4. Of the safety equipment the sport requires?
“The basic equipment are a helmet, glasses, glove, shorts with liner (to avoid that the bank hurt) and light clothes that, preferably, call the attention of the drivers of the car, to avoid accidents,” points out Lucas Moreira. It is also advisable to always carry a raincoat in case the weather to change during the ride, and bathing suit to enjoy the waterfalls that appear in the path.
5. Can I go alone?
Hiking alone can be very dangerous. In addition to the risk of getting hurt and not have anyone to support, you’re more vulnerable to burglary. “The ideal is to go out in groups of at least three people, because in the event of an accident, one of the members may stay with the person injured and the other will seek help,” advises Paul Tarsus. The professional account also that one of the big motivations of the sport is the camaraderie among the participants.
6. What should I check before heading out for a trail?
Before leaving for a track, adjust the height of the bank to not wake up the next day with back pain), check whether the wheels are securely fastened, check to see if the gears are working correctly and calibrate the tires. It is also important to take the bike to review on a regular basis. “The ideal is a review every six months at least, but this will also depends on the biker, for only he knows when the bike is not 100%,” says Lucas Moreira. Finally, a habit that not all grow – but should – is to put oil in the correinte to let it always be lubricated.
7. How to clean your bike in the back of the trail?
Anything nozzle! According to the professional Paul, some of the components of the bike are very sensitive and can be damaged if they come in direct contact with jets of water. Therefore, whenever possible, make a dry wash that, in addition to everything else, it still retains the lubrication of the bike. If it is covered in mud, allow to dry up to be able to eliminate the earth with a simple brushing.
8. The time can mess up the ride?
For to be a walk in the open air, the mountain bike is drifting heat and excessive cold, in addition, of course, the rain. Both Paul and Luke do not often ride in rainy days, but they say that during several hiking trails have been surprised by real floods. At this time, the way is to wear the raincoat and face the trail.
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