Mountain biking is off-road cycling over rough terrain. Compared to a racing bike, a mountain bike generally has a chunkier frame with tyres that have a deep tread to enable them to grip well when cycling over rocks, gravel, grass and dirt etc. The mountain bike has to be sturdy and durable in order to withstand the trails that run through forests and countryside as well as over rocky mountain outcrops and grassy slopes. T
Mountain bikes can be made out of different materials and you must first consider what you can afford, how long you plan to have the bike and whether you are a complete novice or an expert.
Probably the most popular material for bikes as it is the least expensive. Steel is normally ‘butted’ meaning that the walls of the steel tubing are thinner in the centre than at the end (where the tube has been welded to the other parts of the frame and where the tubing tends to be stressed the most).
This is a good alternative to steel as it weighs less. The diameter of the tubing is larger than that of the steel frame because aluminium is not as strong or as rigid as steel. A good option if you want to buy a reasonably priced lightweight frame.
Lighter than steel but just as strong, this is Boasting one of the highest strength to weight ratios of any material, titanium is lighter than steel but equally as tough. Can be used as a shock absorber on some bikes because it can flex whilst still maintaining its shape, therefore a costly material.
Carbon Fibre Frame
This is a non-metallic material. The carbon fibres are extremely strong and exceptionally light. The fibres in this material all run in one direction so to add strength when making the frame, several layers of the carbon fibre are laid onto the mould in a specific crisscross pattern. The connecting parts of the frame are stuck together using a super strong aerospace adhesive. Very expensive to buy and is therefore mainly used by professional cyclists or those who plan to take up the sport seriously.
This sport is great for building up your core strength, balance and endurance and like running, you can go mountain biking anywhere.
There are numerous trails for mountain-biking and cycling around Lake Como taking you through some spectacular scenery, through the mountains as well as along the lakeside.
Many hotels rent out standard bicycles but if you are looking to do some more challenging cycling, then you should hire a suitable bike from a cycle shop where they can provide you with the correct equipment. There are various shops in the northern part of the lake where you can hire bikes as well as Bici Sport 2000 in Lenno and Como Bike.