Any place with uneven terrain and blue skies in Dallas, Houston, or anywhere else in Texas is where you're most likely to find mountain bikers. The sport of mountain biking usually refers to bicycles that have certain off-road design features, although sometimes the term simply refers to riding a mountain bike.
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It is a tough and demanding sport that requires persistence, good cycling skills, and high self-confidence. This is an individual sport that can be done almost anywhere. There are several aspects of mountain biking that are more similar to trail running than regular cycling.
And because drivers are often far from civilization, there is a strong ethic of self-awareness. Experienced motorcyclists have learned to fix a damaged motorbike or a flat tire so they don't get caught in the middle of anywhere.
This dependence on survival skills takes into account the group dynamics of the sport. Climbing clubs and other forms of group climbing are common, especially on longer hikes.
Mountain biking can be roughly divided into five categories: cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, freeriding, dirt jumping, and trial/road riding.
Mountain biking can be done anywhere from the backyard to the gravel trail. However, most mountain bikers prefer what they call a one-way road – a narrow path that winds through forest, fields, desert, or mountain slopes.
Bicycles have not been known as off-road since their invention in the late 19th century. The modern sport of mountain biking emerged in the 1970s when several groups of riders in Texas and other parts of the United States made legitimate claims to participate in the sport's birth.