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The Fight on Erosion

Part 2

Mountain Biking is a recreational activity that can be pursued without taking harm to the environment if one takes the right precautions when cycling. There are various actions one can make when riding to prevent erosion along the trail. I am going to display various tips that bicyclist should be aware of to prevent further erosion. Erosion can be prevented, and mountain biking can be pursued in a safe manor to benefit the environment.

Some mountain bike trails are highly wide, while other may be far too thin. These thin trails I am speaking of are known as single-track trails. It is often easier to stay on track within the wider trails, than such smaller ones. Wider trails are easier to stay on track when traveling down, considering they offer much more space to ride on Personally it is less difficult for me to ride thin trails, than wide ones. Experienced riders often ride down trails in the same region. One part of the trail begins to become very smooth, from the various cyclists traveling down from time after time. These thin trails are easy for me to travel down to the fact they are very smooth from the previous riders. Wide trails grant people the ability to choose where along the trail they want to ride. Every individual rides a trail differently. Due to this wide trails are often not smooth, and have various ruts along the trail from the various directions riders choose to travel. While on a thin trail, riders are often following each other’s tracks to avoid running off the trail.

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To ensure the longevity of local mountain biking trails, it is highly important to minimize trail damage. Mountain Bikers should avoid riding their bicycles through deep mud. Riding through deep mud contributes towards the formation of large ruts, which serve as erosion trenches. When bicycling in nature, in is important to not forge new trails, or to travel across unmarked terrain. It is advised by sfmtb.com to wait 48 hours after a rainstorm to ride dirt trails. If mountain bikers avoid riding through deep mud, these deep trenches can be eliminated. I know that trails that are wet offer more traction for the cyclist, but to ensure the well being of such trails one must not ride during these conditions.

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A bicyclist can prevent causing lateral erosion by carefully riding around sharp corners, rather than sliding or skidding around such corners. It may be difficult to avoid sliding at times, but it is crucial to attempt to in order to prevent erosion on the trails. If a tire is rolling on a solid surface, it does not cause significant damage. When a back tire locks up not slowing you down, and it shredding apart the trail. If a trail is too steep for you to ride down without potentially locking up your back wheel, just hop off your bicycle and walk down. This does not make you a less experienced cyclist. Instead, it makes you a more passionate cyclist towards the environment. An experienced cyclist always puts the environment before personal needs.

Part of the challenge of riding a single-track is to succeed the technical sections the trail may offer. When traveling along the trail there are many obstacles that nature may throw at you. It is very common to see fallen trees, roots, embedded along the trail, random waterbeds, and many other foreign challenges. If you are to encounter a natural obstacle along the trail that you are not capable of overcoming, it is ok to get off your bike and carry it over the obstacle!

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If you built it, they will come! It is important to volunteer your time to sustainable trail construction projects. If you love riding local trails in your hometown, help create them! Trails do not build themselves, nor maintain themselves. If possible, attempt to get involved with local organizations that work to improve trails, and dissipate erosion.

This blog post was made possible thanks to the following:

http://www.sfmtb.com/sheets/lowimpact.htm

http://www.americantrails.org/resources/ManageMaintain/WKeenImpacts.html

http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk/learningabout/lab-printableresources/lab-factsheetshome/lab-erosion

Prevent Disasters On The Trail

Mountain Biking is a boundless recreational activity that offers numerous great rewards. Along with these rewards, mountain biking has many dangerous aspects as well. There are a few precautions one should take into consideration before visiting the outdoors. If you are planning on going on a ride, the most fundamental rule before beginning is to always tell someone where you are going, or what you are doing. This can be done by a phone call, text message, or leaving a note on the refrigerator. One must make sure that they never break this rule. This alone can be a key factor in determining ones fate if a disaster were to strike.

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Today we have various mediums of technology, which make it fairly easier to get ahold of a lone individual. Although, technology is not always reliable! Technology can most defiantly fail! Itis highly important to always have fully charged devices when going on a bicycle ride, although this does not ensure your safety. Many mountain bike trails are located deep in the forest, high in the mountains, and many other desolate locations. Telephone service, or Wi-Fi is not always abundant in these isolated locations. With this being said, it is highly important to always notify an individual of your intended whereabouts before you begin your adventure.

When visiting the outdoors, it never hurts to maintain a full inventory. When one is mountain biking, various problems can occur on the trail. Whether these problems are mechanical or physical, it is important to be prepared for when they occur. It is important to ride on the trail with a set of tools, for in which if you are to ever experience any mechanical problems. You can never be too prepared for when a disaster might strike, but despite this there are a few essential tools that should always be at access when on the trail. A set of tire levers, and an extra inner tube are crucial for if you are to ever experience a flat tire along the trail. Patch kits can be used to repair damaged inner tubes, but I have not personally have had the best luck with such kits. Patch kits can be unreliable, and often uninstall themselves. Although, they have been known to work for other people. A miniature hand pump is vital to have if you are to ever experience a flat tire. Without a bicycle pump, you will have a very hard time inflating your new inner tube once it is installed. It is essential to ride with a set of Allen keys on hand, in case any mechanical problems are to arise. Allen keys serve as a significant tool used to tighten, and loosen screws on a bicycle. It is critical to always have water at hand, to prevent dehydration. If one was to become lost or stranded, water may be vital for survival.

It is important to remember that when you are riding on a trail, you are a visitor in a foreign environment. When riding on the trail, you may encounter anything from other mountain bikers to wild animals. If you are to ever encounter a wild animal on the trail, do not corner the wild animal! If an animal is corned, it may feel threatened and it may attack out of instinct.

To learn more on this topic, click here:

http://www.mbaction.com/Main/News/What-To-Do-If-Youre-Stranded-Broken-Or-BittenInste-4641.aspx

Riders: Patrick Rasche and Constantin Fiene

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