We receive many questions here at Mountain Bike Diaries. Questions regarding trails, riders, maps, video, photos, and GPX tracks are usually easy to answer. Queries regarding bike parts and mechanics are next to impossible to deal with, while questions on riding techniques are a hit-and-miss affair. The other day we received the following question from Dylan, from Alice Springs, Australia.
Hi,I have done a little bit of downhill mountain biking. But just forget that because I would like to know, because I am just starting, what is all the things you would recommend, which type of tracks, what equipment, what bike, what accessories pretty much everything a beginner would need to know. Thank you in advance. Also I will be moving to Cairns shortly, which I have looked at and seen some really good tracks on Google Earth and stuff.
Not being a true downhiller myself I did not feel comfortable answering Dylan's question. So I asked my buddy, Steve Ford, head of the Gravity Cycling Inc (the largest downhill mountain biking group in the state of California) to come to the rescue. Please click New to Downhill to hear what Steve had to say.
This site is filled with Story Pages. These Story Pages display the text, photos, and videos from my personal mountain biking trips. Each Story Page can serve as a trail review for anyone trying to do research for an upcoming trip, someone looking for new trails to tackle, or just for entertainment.
But this website is even more useful (and entertaining) with the addition of your stories. Mountain Bike Diaries is built on a platform that allows visitor-submitted stories to be published automatically as their own Story Pages on this site. As a result, we can easily display a myriad of experiences and opinions, helping lead us to some great overall mountain bike trail reviews and ... some very interesting stories.
Do you have your own mountain bike story to share? Feel free to tell us about something interesting that happened on one of your rides. Long story? Short story? It doesn't matter ... You can share that story with us here.
Mountain Bike Diaries exhibits over 700 photos of the trails, the riders, and the physical features found on each ride ... like towering snow capped peaks, sparkling alpine lakes, strange sandstone rock formations, tightly packed aspen groves, and plenty more. Don't feel like reading? You can use this website simply as a picture book. Many of our photos are as stunning as the one below.
Mountain Bike Diaries provides two different types of maps. The first is called a Trailhead Map, which shows icons for each trailhead in a given region (like the one below). Clicking on an icon gives the reader the chance to get directions to the trailhead, or to link directly to the Story Page for that ride.
The second type of map is a Ride Map, where icons highlight interesting events along the route. Clicking icons on a Ride Map gives the reader additional information about each event. The first icon listed for each Ride Map links directly to the Story Page for that ride.
Trailhead Map:The map below shows all the trailheads for the entire MBD website. By clicking on an icon you will get the name and location of the ride, an option to link to the ride's Story Page, or get driving directions to the Trailhead.
Do you have any opinions on the rides mapped above? Are there better rides in these areas? Please let us know so we can try them! We can all benefit from your experiences, so ... please tell us about your ride(s)!.
Want to get a preview of the terrain as you plan your next trip? Would you like to see videos of the trails before you ride them? I have taken video footage on every ride I've done lately and we have made several YouTube videos from this footage. These videos can be viewed either at our video page on this site, named Mountain Biking Videos or on our YouTube channel called MountainBikeDiaries.
I may not be a pro or a "semi-pro" mountain biker, but I have learned quite a few things of this sport. Having been a teacher for the past 32 years, I feel I can give you clear explanations on many aspects of mountain biking. From my Beginners page I share many ideas about buying a good bike, getting a helmet, which shoes to wear, and many other ideas that go along with getting started in this great sport. My Tips and Techniques page offers advice on what "To Do" ... and what "Not To Do" to make each ride a success. And my Best Rides rankings give you ideas on which trails are really worth exploring.
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That's me, Joe Unden, your guide on this site. Since 2005 my favorite activity has been mountain biking. In 2011 I decided I wanted to share my biking experiences with others online, to make it easier for people to learn about the trails I love.
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