James: That’s why I like mountain biking. To me it reminds me more of riding a BMX bike when I was a kid. In fact I got my first mountain bike because I wanted  to ride my bike, I was living in Santa Barbara, California and the parking where I was working… you know I lived like, you now it’s like a freaking 5 minute 10 minute drive from my house and the parking was really bad down town. So I was like, man I would just get a bike and ride.’ And so when I went to the bike shop and I was like, I didn’t want to get a road bike I thought they looked too weenie. And I thought a mountain bike would more like, it would look more like a BMX bike.

So I was like, that looked more like what I rode when I was a kid. And so, that’s always been kind of the appeal to me with mountain biking. It is like you know fun. It goes back kind of hard and back when you were just a kid and just you know ripping around in your BMX bike. And that’s how I encourage people to ride. That’s why I’m a huge advocate for flat pedals because I think it makes the sport more accessible to more people; you know people understand that you don’t need clipless pedals to be a really good rider. 

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sports adventure_rod buctonRod Bucton, mountain bike fanatic from Mid North Coast, New South Wales Australia…discover the shortcuts to mountain biking for beginners and while you’re at it follow Rod on Facebook or Instagram.

Like any sport, bicycling involves risk of injury and damage. By choosing to ride a bicycle, you assume the responsibility for that risk, so you need to know — and to practice — the rules of safe and responsible riding and of proper use and maintenance. Proper use and maintenance of your bicycle reduces risk of injury.