High-speed mountain biking that many experts engage in doesn’t have to be frightening. After all, this sport is known as “the new golf,” so a beginner is welcome to try it. The trick is to have the correct equipment, but you must also have a positive attitude and be in the right mindset physically. When you have that, you can enjoy mountain biking the first few times that you try it. You may even become an expert like Michael Hagele.
Michael Hagele states that people can begin mountain biking in one of two ways. The first is to visit a mountain bike skills camp. If this is not your cup of tea, you can also find a partner who has been a part of the mountain biking community for a while. A partner will be instrumental in helping you navigate the trails so that you are never surprised by anything.
If you live in Chicago or Atlanta, you are fortunate because these cities have mountain biking parks that have different tracks of various intensities. These tracks help beginners learn how to switch gears and steer without getting into major accidents. You can also watch mountain bikers who have more experience and ask them questions.
Before you get started, you might want to take a little advice from Michael Hagele to ensure that everything goes well. Michael Hagele works in the IT industry as outside general counsel for technological companies based in the biotechnology, defense, internet and aerospace industries. Michael invests in technology companies as well, but he has also started his own ventures in the hospitality and restaurant industries.
Mr. Hagele earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley. After his graduation, he became an in-house attorney. He moved on to become general legal counselor for various venture capital companies. He took control of the reins during mergers, employment issues and corporate governance. In the telecommunications field, he negotiated, drafted and closed several agreements within American telecommunications companies and international companies as well. He has also been involved in several corporate transactions and commercial agreements.
Mr. Hagele has incorporated mountain biking into his daily exercise routine, and he has a lot of advice for beginning mountain bikers. He suggests that beginners seek out the best quality equipment, but you don’t have to worry that this will be expensive. If you can’t afford to purchase it, you can rent it or borrow it.
You must not think that you can buy a road bike and be able to create the same effect that you would have with a mountain bike. Mountain bikes are sturdier and thicker than road bikes, and the wider tires of mountain bikes have lower air pressures. They also have 21, 24, or 27 gears while road bikes have less than that number.
Mr. Hagele suggests that beginners who are looking for mountain bikes may want to visit a bike shop where you can test a high-end bike. If the store has rental bikes, the owner may be willing to sell one at a discount so that you will have a high-quality mountain bike from the beginning. Make sure that you take advantage of the store’s staff because you want to find the bike that is the perfect size and design for your needs. Be ready to explain to the salesperson why one bike doesn’t feel right to you and then try another one for your next ride.
The most important thing that a beginning mountain bike rider can consider is his or her helmet. To say the least, it must fit well. Mr. Hagele doesn’t think that a beginner needs to purchase expensive mountain biking shoes because a decent pair of athletic shoes will serve the purpose well. The clothes you wear must be comfortable, and they must be able to breathe. The type of clothing that he sees as optimal are spandex shorts worn without underwear and a cycling jersey.
Mr. Hagele reminds everyone that they will need to remain hydrated, so you must carry a water bottle with you. It’s also important to have your personal identification on your person.
Some extra items that beginners will be glad they have with them include gloves that will make it easier for them to maintain a grip on their handles. You may also find a use for a backpack or a fanny pack that fits snugly and securely on your body. In the event that you are taking an especially long trip, you will need the following essentials:
Michael Hagele’s Mountain Biking Essentials
• Small tools
• Chain lubricant
• Tire pump
• Spare tire tubes
• Energy bars
• Trail map
If you are going on a short ride, you don’t need to pack a bag like the one described above, but you will need a few safety features. For example, take your smartphone in the event that you need to make an emergency phone call, but your phone should be turned off while you are riding. You don’t want to be interrupted while you are enjoying an exhilarating ride.
Find out more about what makes Michael tick by checking out his interview on Inspirery here: http://inspirery.com/michael-hagele/
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