I’ve bought a mountain bike!

Julia9054

Guru
Location
Knaresborough
On a complete whim, today I have acquired a mountain bike!
Obviously I am far from a beginner to cycling but have never done mountain biking before. Any tips and hints? Ideas where to take it near me?
Also I need pedals. I’m guessing most mountain bikers use flat pedals rather than clipping in as I am used to. What pedals do people recommend?
Looking forward to getting muddy this summer!
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MontyVeda

a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll
I think a lots of MTBrs do clip in... but for flats, i highly recommend Welgo or DMR V12 flats like this...

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you should be able to find some in bright yellow :okay:
 

Paulus

Started young, and still going.
Location
Barnet,
On a complete whim, today I have acquired a mountain bike!
Obviously I am far from a beginner to cycling but have never done mountain biking before. Any tips and hints? Ideas where to take it near me?
Also I need pedals. I’m guessing most mountain bikers use flat pedals rather than clipping in as I am used to. What pedals do people recommend?
Looking forward to getting muddy this summer!
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Looks like it has SPD's already fitted. All you need now are the shoes to go with them.
 
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Julia9054

Julia9054

Guru
Location
Knaresborough
Looks like it has SPD's already fitted. All you need now are the shoes to go with them.
I use SPDs on my road bikes. The pedals belong to my friend who sold me the bike but I have a couple of spare sets in the garage. Was thinking that I might crash horribly as a rather uncoordinated beginner using SPDs?
 

T4tomo

Guru
I used SPDs when i go out on the MTB - m520's like those. I have the tension dialed out so its easy to unclip if necessary.. to be honest off road is a softer landing than a road if you have a "can't unclip" moment

smart looking bike BTW
 

Grant Fondo

Oswalds legs look strangely human?
Location
Cheshire
I use SPDs on my road bikes. The pedals belong to my friend who sold me the bike but I have a couple of spare sets in the garage. Was thinking that I might crash horribly as a rather uncoordinated beginner using SPDs?
I tried SPD's on my MTB years ago, probably stayed on a month before change to flats, just like to have the option of feetys on floor very quickly. Clipped in on gravel bike though, and although I came a cropper 3 months ago, they will stay 'cos of road miles.
Back to your question, I use Shimano Saints on MTB, bit pricey mind! But good.
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ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
I use SPDs on my road bikes. The pedals belong to my friend who sold me the bike but I have a couple of spare sets in the garage. Was thinking that I might crash horribly as a rather uncoordinated beginner using SPDs?
As suggested by others - stick with the SPDs, but set them to minimum tension. I've never had a problem unclipping in a hurry.

I'll leave it to your locals to suggest routes.

There is a lot of good stuff over here which I could help you with if you ever fancy a change of scenery. I may even arrange a MTB forum ride some time but my MTB is currently, er, 'off the offroad'! I aim to fix it over the next month or two, so it should be ready for post-lockdown rides.
 

Kajjal

Veteran
Location
Wheely World
I tried SPD's on my MTB years ago, probably stayed on a month before change to flats, just like to have the option of feetys on floor very quickly. Clipped in on gravel bike though, and although I came a cropper 3 months ago, they will stay 'cos of road miles.
Back to your question, I use Shimano Saints on MTB, bit pricey mind! But good.
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Now I have pedal envy :okay:
 

Kajjal

Veteran
Location
Wheely World
For where to ride if you check a combination of OS maps (or similar) and google maps satellite view to see what it looks like in real life it gives you a good idea. Likely candidates are bridleways, canal towpaths, forestry roads & trails and also byways. Just takes a bit of local exploring as some are great and others unrideable, good luck :okay:
 

Bobario

Über Member
You are in a fantastic location for mountain biking, I'm surprised you've never tried it before. The Dales National Park and North York Moors are prime mountain bike country. Try flattyres-mtb.co.uk or pedalnorth.com for some routes.

As for pedals get some superstar nano-x flats (when they come back in stock).
 

figbat

Slippery scientist
Welcome to the dirty side.

I‘m principally a MTBer but have diversified into road, gravel and shoppers. On my hardtail I use SPDs and have done since day 1, about 14 years ago. Yes I’ve had an occasional clipped-in moment but now it is so 2nd nature that I can’t remember the last one. I run them fairly slack and I also use M324s which have a clip side and a flat side - the flat side is useful for riding with trainers on or for tackling a slow, technical section where a dab might be needed - very deep, rutted mud for example.

On my full-sus I use flat pedals (DMR V8 v2) and Five Ten shoes - this was new to me and on that bike they work well enough, but I still prefer SPDs.

As to where to go - get a map and look for bridleways and byways! I still haven’t done a trail centre so all my cycling is local tracks - I still come across places I haven’t been and the changing conditions mean that tracks I know well behave differently at different times. Some are impassable in the winter but really quick in the summer. You might find there’s a local group that rides near you - I go out weekly with a group from my village and know of two or three other groups that go from nearby towns; all informal and social, no clubs or competitors.
 
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