Mountain biking is all about learning and practicing. It is common to learn while practicing and from one’s own riding experience. However, the best option is to enrich oneself by reading books on mountain biking. There are many things related to mountain biking which cannot be learned by own.
The great books written by experts will help to gain knowledge. The tips and the experiences shared by them are worth reading again and again.
So, if you are thinking of mastering the mountain biking skill then here are our list of best mountain bike books of all time.
1. The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Race-Winning Fitness in 6 Hours a Week
The secret of getting fit by cycling just six hours a week is in this book. Elite coach and time-crunched cyclist, Chris Carmichael shared his valuable knowledge of building fitness on a realistic schedule. Along with fitness it also guides to develop speed and power in mountain biking.
This book not only helps to develop skills to compete in mountain bike events but also helps to achieve the proper fitness for road racing, century rides, cyclocross, gravel grinders, and Gran Fondos. The third edition includes time-crunched diet, sports nutrition, hydration, managing heat stress and many more.
2. Mastering Mountain Bike Skills
There is hardly any biker who doesn’t want to ride a bike like a professional. Practicing is not enough if one doesn’t know the minute techniques. Learning through experience takes years, and not everyone has the patience to wait that long.
So, the best option is to learn from the best of the bests. Renowned coach Lee and World champion racer Brian Lopes has shared their experiences, biking disciplines, and successful techniques in this book. To own the trail, try and improve your mountain bike skills and master it.
3. Rusch to Glory: Adventure, Risk & Triumph on the Path Less Traveled
We are living in a world of equality where women are equally involved in adventure sports and mountain biking. It is an inspiring experience of Rebecca Rusch where she risked a lot to reinvent herself. Rebecca chose to retire at the age of 38 to involve herself in mountain bike racing.
Her sheer determination and hard work have put her name on record books. Where many fails, Rebecca with all her glory risked her comfort and managed to earn a great triumph on the path less traveled. It is her story. Girl power in all its glory in the form of a book indeed.
4. Zinn& the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance: The World’s Best-Selling Guide to Mountain Bike Repair
World’s leading bike maintenance and repair expert LennardZinn guides the beginners step-by-step and shares basic knowledge of bike repairing and maintenance. The book illustrates the necessary information on tools and parts of mountain bikes. It is easy to read.
The illustrations are hand drawn, and that makes learning a tedious job. So the more simple and detailed the language is, the more it becomes enjoyable. Learning with illustrations is a bonus.
5. Dialed: The Secret Math of a Perfect Mountain Bike Setup
Mountain bikes are different from regular cycles. There are a lot of complicated features in it which cannot be understood unless a biker is well-read about it. If you are buying a mountain bike make sure you are also buying a book on how to set it up. So, this book comes handy while setting up a mountain bike.
Created by renowned bike instructor Lee McCormack, this one surely is great for beginners. It also helps to understand what type of mountain bike one should buy. It explains complicated calculations easily. With the help of all the information, a biker maximizes the comfort, safety, and fun.
6. The mountain bike way of knowledge
This book is full of cartoons and illustrations which teaches valuable techniques. It is funny yet a chest of knowledge. In short, it is a medium of learning while smiling all along.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or an experienced biker or just thinking of purchasing a mountain bike; this book is for everyone. William Nealy shares a lot of insider knowledge on mountain biking in a unique cartoon style.
7. Mountain Bike Maintenance: The Illustrated Manual
Anyone who owns a mountain bike knows how significant maintaining a mountain bike is. Mountain bikes are expensive and used in challenging trails. Vigorous use asks for more care and maintenance. This book covers every area of bike maintenance.
To keep your bike healthy and durable, you need this one. It starts with the simple tips on maintenance and ends with the solutions of the most complicated troublesome bike issues.
8. Mountain Bike Like a Champion: Master the Techniques of America’s Greatest Rider
If you are searching for a book which was written long back to know how different the techniques of biking was back then, then this one is for you. This book is still relevant even though it was written quite a few years back and a precious basket of knowledge.
The author has shared his experience on mountain biking in the form of anecdotes and illustration. The tips, techniques, and strategies shared by Ned Overend will help any novice biker mastering the bike riding.
9. Mountain Biking Skills Manual: Step-by-Step Guidance from the Experts
It is a contemporary style book which targets wild and extreme sports market. It is a guide on extreme mountain biking, and the photography is breathtaking. It has easy-to-understand techniques shared by the experts. From novice to more advanced, this book is for those who are willing to improve and advance their core biking skills to a different level.
10. Art of Mountain Biking: Singletrack Skills for All Riders
This book is based on Robert Hurst’s 25 years experience on bikes. Filled with valuable information, it is his humorous take on the art of mountain biking with a pinch of dark humor. It also includes other veteran mountain biker’s years-long wisdom to share with the beginners and most skilled. It is a book on complexities and mysteries of the difficulty level of bike riding.
Books on mountain biking are abundant, and it was difficult to search for the best ones. Nevertheless, the above ones are the best of all time indeed. It is fascinating to learn how vast knowledge can be.
Mountain biking is just a branch of the magnum tree of adventure sports, yet there is so much to learn. So, learn more and master the skill with all the technique and strategies shared by the experts in the above books.
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