Mountain cycling is all about steering a mountain cycle over rocky tracks and around boulder-strewn paths. Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes, but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain. It’s no secret that mountain bikers love trails and more trails! To tackle the trails, the requirements are physical strength, stamina and a strong mountain cycle. Mountain bikes or ATBs (all-terrain bikes) feature a frame and fork that are rugged. Their frames are often built of aluminum so they are lightweight and stiff, making them efficient to ride. Mountain biking is one of the major adventure activities undertaken in Jammu and Kashmir. Most mountain bikes also have a very durable construction to hold up against the rigors of off-road riding. There are a few aspects of a mountain bike that often make people second guess whether or not it can be suited for road riding. The first is that mountain bikes are usually setup with knobby tires.Mountain biking can generally be broken down into multiple categories: cross country, trail riding, all mountain,downhill, freeride and dirt jumping
Where to go?
The hot spots for
are Srinagar to Gulmarg, Gulmarg to Pahalgam, Pahalgam to Srinagar, Srinagar to Sonamarg, Sonamarg to Wular / Manasbal lake and back to Srinagar .The Srinagar – Leh highway gives you a chance to conquer the mighty Himalayas through ten mountain passes.
What you need to know?
Mountain cycling calls for strength and stamina. Make sure that you get used to the local climatic conditions.
What you must carry?
A sturdy, geared mountain cycle is what you need to buy. Accessories include biking shoes, helmet, insulated gloves/waterproof gloves, cycling bags to carry belongings, lightweight, washable and insulated bottles for keeping beverages cool, collapsible water bags, first-aid kit, sunglasses, insect repellants and sunscreen lotion. Carry a repair kit with tubes, non-toxic and water-soluble degreaser, grease tubes for greasing bearings and an aero spray for bike cleaning. A bike pump and tool kit, along with spare tyres, accessories like speedometer, bike rack, batteries, instruction manuals, maps and flashlights are other musts.