^^ yikes, I have phobia riding any two wheels.
yeah, i went to Mt. Diablo awhile ago and there are alot of bikers!I'm surprised we don't have a cycling thread yet.
Well its spring and many people are starting to take out their bicycles and storing their skis/snowboards away. It was 20c today, the warmest day of the year so far so I took out my bike hoping to ride for a couple hours, but my tires were flat so i ended up doing less.
I'm no bike expert, so what's the difference between a Hardtail and Softail MTB?
Is my bike a hardtail or softail?
thanks Mike. I dont do any downhill biking, but do some cross country biking. I'm happy with my bike, its quite light and great on paved roads. BC has some great MTB trails, so I'm gonna check them out this summer. I'm not a MTB enthusiast just yet, but it looks like great fun. I'll see how my bike performs outside paved roads.That's a hardtail bike you have there. If you don't have a rear suspension system, your bike has a hard tail. A lot of newer bikes have rear suspensions-- most of the time for downhill mountain biking. They're a little bit heavier than hardtail bikes since the suspension system weighs a little more.
I myself don't have a rear suspension on my bike since I like to roll old school. Mine is also configured for what's called cross country rather than freestyle/downhill riding. We have plenty of both styles of mountainbiking in my town.
edit: if you're looking for a bike with full suspension (front and rear), consider your uses for it. A rear suspension adds weight and also softens up the ride so you need to use more pedal power to get it going (due to its less stiff rear end) so it's only ever useful if you do downhill mountainbiking or do heavy trails. So they're not always practical, especially if your bike spends the majority of time on paved roads.
Also known as full suspension MTB. Mine was bought 5 years ago, its a hard tail bike GT frame & XTR groupings. I mellowed down after i broke my collar bone in one of our long rides. Our group usually go cross country on saturdays and once in a while go long rides usually 50kms or more. The longest was 118kms. ^^So I guess this is the soft-tail bike?
I bought this around six years ago when I was still in high school. I also brought it to college since our dorm is more than 1km away from the classrooms. Unfortunately, the university roads go up and down a couple of hills so you're panting and sweaty by the time you get to class. I gave up and rode the tricycle:lol: