June 12, 2019 Off

Mountain Bike clothing, the right tips for purchases.

By Garfield Thomas

The unconventionality in DNA, mountain biking has always had, obviously influencing the ‘ clothing for mountain biking . Forty years ago, when it was imported into Europe from the United States, the discipline of “fat wheel” bikes subverted all the patterns and ways of doing cyclists on the old continent, why not, also the way of dressing. Compared to the “cousins” of the road, bikers have always dared more, they were the first to use strong, almost dazzling colors. In the 1990s, bikers were the first to use yellow, purple or fuchsia suits; bikers were always the first to wear full-face helmets that the road bikers had never seen.

Now let’s take a leap forward a few years to see how even today, the world of mountain biking has set the pace in the clothing sector: it was the world of “fat wheels” that first abolished tight-fitting trousers and t-shirts narrow that almost does not allow you to breathe or take a banana from your back pocket. No, the clothing of the modern biker is cheeky and “easy” , it is more comfortable and not very compelling, because basically the biker does not only have the chronometer or aerodynamics in his head, but above all he wants to have fun and do it freely, comfortably, without being too wrapped up in what he wears, especially since in this way if you have a few extra pounds you can better conceal …

How does the biker dress?
Let’s start with the trousers , the ones you can’t call them “overalls”. The biker’s breeches are called baggy shorts , and they are definitely different from the more tight and tight lycra overalls, which are hardly used by anyone in mountain biking. The baggy shorts are basically short trousers with a wide fit , also equipped with practical and useful wide pockets on the sides, where you can store useful accessories during outings. The baggy shorts flutter a little, it is true, but it is not a problem for a discipline that does not have to pay much attention to the resistance that at speed opposes the wind.

How baggy shorts are made
The baggies are made up of two parts, the outer part of which we have spoken and the underlying boxer, in practice a tight pant fitted inside the bottom, which performs the classic function of interfacing the contact between the saddle and the saddle. In practice, if the baggy has the function of dressing, the underlying boxer has the role of improving comfort and sometimes also protecting the body through soft inserts strategically positioned on both sides, exactly at the point where the femoral head insists.

The jersey of the biker moutain
Wide trousers should be combined with sweaters of the same type, wider than those used in the past and almost never tight. Moreover, the back pockets have disappeared from the mountain bike jerseys, as another accessory is now used to carry out the function of storage, and we will talk about it later, the water pack. Remaining with the sweaters, the cut of the sleeve is usually long, whether they are winter or summer models, since in both cases the need for the garment is also to protect the arms from scratches and abrasions that might otherwise occur with the branches or with shrubs. As with the baggies, there are also models with integrated protections for long-sleeved shirts.

June 12, 2019 Off

MTB TRAINING: 5 USEFUL TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

By Garfield Thomas

Start gradually
The biggest mistake that can be made is to start with intensive training right away . This will lead us, as already said, to soon have a rejection of the discipline because the fun will be far exceeded by fatigue.
It is essential to start gradually, depending on your starting level. If you have never done sports, allow the body to get used to it: start with 1-2 outings a week on medium-easy routes for a couple of hours. As you see progress, you increase difficulty and duration, but make sure you always leave the body with an adequate recovery phase.mtb in the woods

Aerobic training

We often hear about aerobic or anaerobic training. In a nutshell, the first occurs in the presence of oxygen while the second occurs in the absence. Both types of training are important, but above all at the beginning you will have to pay more attention to aerobic training in order to improve your base and your general physical condition, burning excess fats. Once you have reached an adequate level of fitness, you can think about training power and speed with anaerobic methods.

To train in aerobic condition it is necessary to do it with an intensity equal to 80% of one’s maximum heart rate. If you do not know it, you will have to feel like pedaling with a busy breath but without wheezing.mountain bike ascent
Also train the technique

To be able to enjoy a fearless MTB outing, it is not only necessary to be physically fit, but you will also need to have a good command of the vehicle and a good technique to tackle descents and climbs in an optimal manner. Also the technique can be trained and then interspersed with exits dedicated to physical training, also exits dedicated to the use of the MTB : look for a path that is as close to home as possible and return to follow it until you have reached an optimal level of safety even in the most challenging passages. At that point you will be ready to move on to a more technical itinerary!mtb training

The importance of nutrition and hydration

As always, it’s not just a matter of training! It is essential to feed and hydrate properly. All your efforts in the saddle could be frustrated if you miss your diet or hydration. The nice thing about riding a bike is that you won’t have to make big sacrifices at the table. You will only have to eat in moderation and without exaggerating. At the end of the training make sure to ingest protein in the first half hour and then carbohydrates.
Hydration is essential in all phases : before, during and after training. Make sure you not only provide the body with the liquids it needs, but also with salts and sugars to help with various training phases, such as using products such as Mg.K Vis Full Sport and Mg.K Vis Pocket Stick .mechanical and hydration in mtb

Stretch at the end of the exit

A final piece of advice I can give you is not to neglect the practice of stretching at the end of the MTB training. The muscles, if you do some exercise at the end of your ride, will recover fatigue faster and you won’t have any problems with cramps or anything. By putting these easy and brief tips into practice you will already be at a great point to be able to start loving that wonderful mountain bike discipline and you will then be ready to move on to a more advanced level.