Taking Your Bike Offroad Bike trails are being created all over the country. Check an outdoor activities map and you’ll see, from deep down south to the far northern states, bike trails are popping up all over. Some are natural, twisting through parks and forests. They climb steep grades, and twist crazily through scrub brush. Others look more urban, perfect for gentle exercise and mums to stroll with their baby carriages. Whatever your level of fitness, bike trails are there to get us all outside, breathing fresh air, exercising stiff limbs.
Take into consideration your own fitness level before heading for the bike trails. Just as with hiking, the experience and fitness level of bike trails varies wildly from flat, level bike trails to super challenging bike trails consisting of rough terrain, and built for expert bikers. There's no fun to be had taking on bike trails way above your fitness level, in fact, that would be downright dangerous. It's a similar story for the exercise enthusiasts out there. It would be a little boring taking your mountain bike out on a flat path, when there are mountain bike paths waiting further down the road.
Be informed, and take to the internet, or talk to friends. There are clubs that gather especially to explore new bike trails, and it's a simple matter of contacting one and seeing if membership space is available. Otherwise, do a search for bike trails online and there are sure to be a few in your area.
The comfort and safety of equestrian riding should be addressed with proper stirrup length, proper riding gear and a helmet. Equestrian riding may involve a fall, so a helmet is necessary.
They're wild. They're fun, and it's a chance to explore country you've never seen, and would never see from the road. Bike trails are a way of exploring your surroundings, while keeping fit. Each one has a list of descriptions, outlining the terrain and difficulty level of the trail. Some have become overused, unfortunately, and it may take some searching to find bike trails still offering any kind of solitude for solo biking, if that's what you’re after.
At the end of the day, it's your choice where you take your bike. Some folk enjoy the thrill of rattling down a muddy downhill trail, jumping branches and small obstacles. There's a whole group of bikers whose deepest delight is riding into the deserts of Arizona and following old bike trails into dry, dusty landscapes, but there's as many types of bike trails as there are types of people. Don't hesitate to pack your bike on your car and head out of the city. There's more than enough variety of terrain in America to satisfy any level of biker. Just remember, some bike trails may become hard to navigate when the weather changes. Heavy rain can wash out bike trails and make biking treacherous at best.
At the other end of the scale, simple urban bike trails may not offer the grand views of forests and lakes that country bike trails provide, but a far greater variety of traffic uses urban bike trails. Young mothers push baby carriages, and joggers get their daily exercise on plain, flat trails. Let's hope more and more of these trails open up, and people are tempted from sitting in front of TV's, to the great outdoors.