4 out of 4 stars
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“Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” I extracted that intriguing quote by Albert Einstein from Let’s Mountain Bike!, which is written by Paul Molenberg. This book gives much insight into the sport of mountain biking. It provides comprehensive information and advice for all riders, whether complete beginners or experienced riders. It’s a guidebook for those who want to improve their cycling performance.
Molenberg begins the book by introducing readers to mountain biking and highlighting its benefits. In an engaging way, he discusses the different types of mountain bikes and their parts. Also, he tells about bike accessories, how to purchase a good bike at a good price, how to prepare yourself and the bike, how to ride, types of bike crashes, and how to avoid crashes. Again, he tells about the types of mountain bike races. He proceeds to show how to prepare for and partake in a race successfully. In summary, the book provides all one needs to know about the above sport, without giving unnecessary details.
This is a good book to read if you’re interested in mountain biking. Being easy to read, it’s very intriguing and informative. The author presents his points in a coherent and an instructional manner. Included are some beautiful, colorful pictures and diagrams, which give better understanding of what the author is telling about. In addition, there is an interesting and inspiring quote, related to the world of biking, at the beginning of each chapter. At the end of the book, Molenberg gives endnotes including URLs for additional information. However, this is a technical book, containing a lot of mechanical details. Hence, if you don’t enjoy books with such details, then this one is not for you.
Consisting of twenty chapters, Let’s Mountain Bike! discusses other useful topics like knowing your local trails, riding skills, mental focus and state of mind, obstacles, wearing protective equipment, endurance, strength training, flexibility training, hydration, supplements, how to eat healthily, bike care, trail etiquette and so on. Sincerely, I have nothing negative to tell about it because it was exceptionally written.
Altogether, the book is engaging and enlightening. Therefore, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. Regarding editing, it was professionally edited; I noticed just one grammar error. Moreover, I couldn’t rate it lower because it’s well written and the author presents his ideas in an intriguing way. I recommend it to mountain bikers or anyone who is interested in the sport of mountain biking.
Let’s Mountain Bike!
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