In this post, we’ll look at the average distance mountain bikers ride. We’ll try to answer some questions like:
How far can a new rider expect to ride?
How does this compare with road riders?
As always, I am going to limit my scope and coverage of the topic in an effort to keep things focused. This is a good, general overview that will work for most people, but every rider is different.
Let’s start by looking at how far a typical rider can ride on an average day:
What is the average distance mountain bikers ride in a day?
A typical mountain biker rides around 43 miles (69 kilometers) per day.
The Average Mountain Biker
People who ride mountain bikes tend to be healthier than the general population, but even so, they’re probably not as fit as you think.
If we take a look at the data from this study of over 90,000 cyclists, we see the average mountain biker is a 41-year-old male who bikes 10.9 miles in one hour.
Road Cyclists Vs Mountain Bikers
Now let’s compare that to road cyclists, from another study conducted by Stanford University.
This study reports the average road cyclist rides around 107 miles (172 kilometers) per week! Which means they ride over 2.5 times as many miles as mountain bikers do.
The average road cyclist is also quite a bit more fit than the average mountain biker, averaging 20 years younger and biking around 22 mph versus the 11 mph of the average rider.
But it makes sense since road cycling requires a lot less skill and perceived danger to do.
When should you use Bicycle gears and when should you not use them?
What is a Gear? And How To Use It?
In simple terms, the gears on a bicycle are being used to multiply your effort. Still, confused? Take a look at this video:
How much weight can you carry on your bike?
For those that love to ride their bikes with friends, you know how important it is to bring water along.
But what about other items? How much weight are you actually carrying on your bike when you do this?
The average mountain biker can carry up to 9 pounds on their bike, but some bikes have been tested as having cargo-carrying capacity as high as 55 pounds!
While it’s great to know you could carry even more weight, be aware that the heavier your load, the slower your speed will be.
additionally, as your tire pressure goes down the amount of weight the tires can carry is increased.
What are some safety tips when riding a bike off-road?
Mountain biking is an exhilarating sport, but it does come with some risk of injury.
There are several things you should do to stay safe while riding through the woods or on your local trails:
1) Wear a helmet
This is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself. Helmets have saved countless lives.
2) Wear elbow, knee, and shin pads
If you fall or crash your bike, it’s likely that these areas will hit the ground first. Protection here is crucial to avoiding major injuries.
3) Protect your hands with gloves
When you’re riding over rocky terrain, falling on your hands is a real possibility. Wearing gloves helps to protect your hands and fingers in case you do go flying off your bike.
4) Don’t ride beyond your limits
Don’t try anything too crazy or difficult. If you find yourself having to make quick movements with your handlebars, reduce the speed until things are back under control.
5) Follow the rules of the trail
If there are designated routes to take, follow them. And if someone is riding in the other direction, make sure to give them plenty of room before passing.
Just because you’re on a trail doesn’t mean it’s okay to break the rules of the road!
6) Slow down around blind corners
When you can’t see what’s around a corner before you take it, reduce your speed to make sure you have time to react if another bike is coming from the other direction.
7) Be aware of your surroundings and know how to react
Use common sense and ride defensively. The more you’re tuned in to what’s going on around you, the better you’ll be able to respond if things go wrong.
Additionally, if you don’t have the experience it takes to ride on more technical trails, stick with easier routes.
What are some of the most common injuries that come from mountain biking
1) The most common injuries from mountain biking are broken collarbones, wrist fractures, and sprained ankles.
2) Falling or crashing off a bike can cause major scrapes and bruises as well as broken bones.
3) Head-related injuries such as a concussion caused by a crash can happen, but they aren’t very common.
4) In rare instances, paralysis or death caused by a severing of the spinal cord can be an injury that comes from mountain biking.
How is riding a bicycle uphill different than riding one downhill?
While there are many similarities between biking up and down hills, there are also some ways in which it is very different.
To start with, when you’re climbing uphill, it’s all about power. You want to make sure you’re pushing down hard on your pedals in order to make it up the hill.
When you’re riding downhill, however, your focus should be shifting towards balance and control.
If you don’t slow down before you get to a bumpy section or curve, there’s a real chance you could crash.
In addition, when you’re going downhill, it’s important to stay as far over your bike as possible.
If air resistance is a little too much for you, lean forward and crouches until things calm down a bit.
My Final Thoughts
It really doesn’t matter that much how far you ride your mountain bike. If you’re a beginner, then stick to the basics and go for fewer miles.
If you’re an advanced rider, then you can do more miles; it won’t really matter that much. Just make sure that when you’re riding downhill to pay attention and understand what’s going on around you.