4 out of 4 stars
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Let's Mountain Bike! by Paul Molenberg is a non-fictional book that addresses bike riding, specifically mountain bikes. The book is divided into five parts and twenty chapters. This structural division has enabled the author to address different aspects about the experience of riding a mountain bike, without sounding repetitive. The parts independently deal with factors to consider when acquiring a new mountain bike, preparing to ride, the actual riding skills, fitness training and finally any other factors to consider. The author's unbiased approach ensured that both men and women can borrow a skill or two from the book.
Molenberg has given us different categories of bikes, which range from: hard tail cross-country, trail bikes, aggressive trail bikes, gravity driven bikes, plus-sized bikes and further descriptions of more categories of other types of bikes. The categories classify the bikes according to their tire size, their frame sizes and suspension types. This is because such qualities determine whether a bike can be comfortable rode in ascending or descending a hill, or riding on a flat terrain. The author has also informed his readers on which bikes they can purchase depending on their budgets, by providing a list of conventional prices for different types of bikes.
I liked the inclusion of graphic images in the book, which aided in creating an aspect of precision to the reader. One is able to clearly see the distinguishing features of the different categories of the bikes. Moreover, scales have been provided, which act as parameters through which a reader can measure different aspects of the bike. The different parts of bikes have also been illustrated graphically to enable a reader tell them apart. Although I have literary no experience in mountain bike riding, I was able to understand what the author was talking about, which would not have been possible in outright narration alone.
The author's holistic approach to mountain bike riding is commendable, as this gives the book an "all you need" characteristic. Molenberg considered the fact that a reader's safety is of essence in the various terrain. He has provided examples of threats that a rider is likely to face, which are all caused by wild animals. Amateur riders can basically begin their first riding experiences with the advices contained in this book, and end up contented.
I only found a single typographical error in the book and, therefore, believe that it was professionally edited.I rate it four out of four stars and recommend it to any reader who wants to try mountain bike riding. Experienced riders can also borrow an insight or two from this book.
Let’s Mountain Bike!
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