As part of the "Extreme Sports" series, this book informs the reader about the thrills of mountain biking. Now a Summer Olympic event, mountain biking is enjoyed by bikers around the world. The sport is suited to any terrain, not just mountains. Trails with snow, ice, and mud are just a few places enjoyed by bikers. The bikes are not the standard models; they have bulky frames, nubby tires to grab the ground, super shock absorbers for bumps and stumps, and up to thirty gears for long hills. A mountain biker needs the proper equipment to be safe: a helmet, gloves, bright colored clothes, a first aid kit, a spare inner tube, and plenty of water. It is not a sport for the leisurely! The book contains lots of tips for beginning mountain bike riders. It color photographs and descriptive captions on every page. The sport's specialized vocabulary appear in bold throughout the text and the words are listed in a glossary. Index and resource sections are also included. 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 6 to 10.
Andrea Sears Andrews