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What are the disadvantages of mountain biking? Things you should know

No matter how much I love to ride my mountain bike into the wilderness there are always some risks associated with it. There are some pros and cons to everything you do. We as humans often tend to focus on all the good things associated with something while turning a blind eye to the cons. Let’s go through some of the cons that are associated with mountain biking and how it can affect you or someone around you. Some of these downsides can be through personal experiences, so one of these downsides may or may not be true for you.

The 8 Main Downsides of mountain biking:

  • Health
  • Expenses
  • Environment
  • Exposure to Wilderness 
  • Low visibility 
  • Bike Thieves
  • Storage
  • Limited Trails

Mountain biking effect on Health

Mountain biking is healthy but there are several reasons that would make you think the other way. Mountain biking is fun but it’s one of the high-risk activities that pose serious risks to health. Careless and less focused riders are one of many reasons that most mountain bikers end up in terrible accidents that result in broken collar bones, Ligament injuries, concussions, and even death. 

Mountain bike tracks are designed to be more fun rather than safer, considering they are designed to give you a much-needed adrenaline rush. Prolong riding sessions result in joint and knee pain. Intense biking sessions and high-impact use of knees often turn into chronic painful knees that result in multiple surgeries later in life.

In certain circumstances, Mountain biking also causes erectile dysfunction in males as the saddle puts constant stress on the area between genitals and anus called the perineum. These stress damage nerves and cause fertility issues later in life. Mountain bike saddles slow the blood flow to this region, resulting in decreased oxygen supply to genitals that promote erectile dysfunction. In many cases, ED (erectile dysfunction) caused by biking tends to be temporary but it’s best to always consult your health care professional, in case you wanted to know more about risks with biking or if you start showing any of the above-mentioned symptoms. 

Mountain biking is Expensive

When it comes to expenses, maintaining a mountain bike is very costly, it is to mention that bikes themselves are not cheap because good quality mountain bikes can cost anywhere from 2500$ up to 6000$. You can’t ride your bike safely if it’s just you and your bike, is it? You need a bike helmet, a set of shin guards, a good light set, Biking Boots, glasses, elbow pads, padded gloves, padded shorts, neck brace, etc. All these gears cost quite a sum, adding up the total. Not to mention the custom accessories that are necessary for good mountain biking experiences such as quality suspensions, clipless pedals, bike covers, comfortable saddles, handlebars, and mudguards. Multi-tool Kits for your mountain bikes are quite expensive, which are also a must-buy considering you would do small repairs at home which otherwise gets more exorbitant. when You take your bike to your mechanic for quarterly (at least) maintenance or replacement of various other bike parts such as bike chains, brake rotors, derailleur hangers, braking pads, chain, hub bearings, bottom bracket, fork seals, and bike tires, all these items end up making you regret the decision of owning a mountain bike because of the prices.

Mountain bike trails are often located hours distance away from your home, driving to this remote location daily, fuel expenses would easily add up to half of your total monthly savings. Its important to mention that even though there are no fuel costs associated with riding a bike itself but still operating a mountain bike gets expensive when you take notice of all the costs that come with it. 

Effects of mountain biking on Environment:

Mountain biking is damaging to the environment in many ways. Most of us are ignorant about how our activities, unintentionally result in the degradation of the very environment and this planet we all live on.

Mountain biking results in the loss of vegetation in remote areas which leads to the destruction of the native plantation and results in the growth of invasive plants that hurt the habitat of that region. Intense mountain biking also results in soil compaction in those areas, which decreases the absorption abilities of soil and results in water runoffs to other areas that don’t need it this much leading to other serious issues. Compact soil also hinders the ability of plants to effectively grow which slows the plant’s overall growth, because of oxygen deficiency. Most mountain bikes instead of getting recycled or reused end up in the same landfills that are polluting our planet. Most of the bikers often carry single use-plastic bottles that end up choking wildlife in those areas. Some of the bikes with carbon fiber frames are also damaging as the process is very energy-intensive. For lubrication used for chains in mountain bikes, most the brands have Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) present in their products which is proven by experts to be damaging to wildlife.

Bike tires and tubes are the second biggest cause of pollution. Most of these tires and tubes are designed this way that they are very hard to recycle, because of this most of these tubes end up in landfills and rivers in the form of nano-plastic fibers.

Exposure to Wilderness:

No matter how much we as mountain bikers love to go on adventures into the wilderness. Some of those areas we end up visiting are season sensitive. Human activities in those regions damage the planation and their natural pollination process which harm the native surrounding plants. Not only the native plantation but wildlife also gets affected by these activities. In mountain biking sessions, you can easily startle a wild animal, which gets very close and often results in animal fleeing which is energy-intensive especially in winter months when food sources are already scarce. Frequent exposure to wild animals also increases the chances of their aggression that result in serious accidents. 

In intense riding sessions, sometimes small creatures unintentionally get in our way and get killed as result. Instances as such harm the local population of these creatures which then starts to disturb the ecological balance of nature. 

Bike Theft problems

Mountain bikes tend to be more expensive than normal bikes you see on the streets, you know the reason why that is, it’s the pricing. It’s because of these reasons mountain bikes have become the prime target of thieves. The numbers of bikes that get stolen each year are only on the rise because of the few security features installed on the bikes. Thieves can easily assess the prices of these bikes because of their unique functions which are visible to naked eyes. Only 5-6% of bikes that get stolen end up being recovered by local police. It’s because of these reasons owning a bike gets very risky and maintaining one is not cheap, especially in urban areas. You can try locking your bike with premium locks but a thief carrying a few simple tools can easily steal parts of your bike and sell them in the market for a lucrative price. If you own a bike, it becomes a hassle as you can’t go anywhere without leaving your mountain bike at home. Risk can be minimized if you buy mountain bike covers, that comes with a built-in strapping mechanism that keeps the bike firm at its place but then they also come at premium prices. 

Limited Trails

Mountain bike Trails are also few in number, it’s because of the large distances between them that it gets very troublesome to get to these distant locations. Few available trails in some areas then result in more off-trail biking activities that are most damaging to the environment when it comes to mountain bikes.

Bike maintanance and storing is cumpsory and it can be expensive

Mountain bikes require a workshop or sufficient space in a garage where you can store your bike and perform daily inspections when required. Less storage will result in you storing your bike outside. Storing your bike outsides leaves it to the mercy of bad weather and thieves. Bad weather conditions can easily damage your bike and after a few weeks, rust will start to form inside the bike that then resulting in costly repairs. At night mountain bikes are more prone to thieves especially when you are storing it outside, rather than in a controlled environment (your home). In some of the high humidity areas, even storing your bike in your Gurage is costly. High humidity can start to rust chains in your mountain bike, that’s why you would be required to purchase a good dehumidifier to keep the Gurage dry enough for your bike. Dehumidifiers consume tons of energy that gets very expensive in the long run.

It’s because of these reasons getting a mountain bike can be tiresome. After knowing both pros and cons of mountain biking, you can make more informed purchase decisions in the future. Happy riding!

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  1. Whether you believe in God or not, this is a must-read message!!!

    Throughout time, we can see how we have been slowly conditioned to come to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Did you know that the Bible foretold of this event almost 2,000 years ago?

    In Revelation 13:16-18, we read,

    “He (the false prophet who decieves many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless society. Why? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast. If physical money was still in use, we could buy or sell with one another without receiving the mark. This would contradict scripture that states we need the mark to buy or sell!

    These verses could not be referring to something purely spiritual as scripture references two physical locations (our right hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one “OR” the other. If this mark was purely spiritual, it would indicate only in one place.

    This is where it really starts to come together. It is shocking how accurate the Bible is concerning the implatnable RFID microchip. These are notes from a man named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this RFID chip

    “Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about this one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).

    Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.

    Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places the Bible says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, crime record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

    Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16–18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this is referring to a hypodermic needle when they poke into the skin to inject the microchip.”

    Mr. Sanders asked a doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor replied by saying a terrible sore would appear in that location. This is what the book of Revelation says:

    “And the first (angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

    You can read more about it here–and to also understand the mystery behind the number 666:

    The third angel’s warning in Revelation 14:9-11 states,

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.'”

    Who is Barack Obama, and why is he still in the public scene?

    So what’s in the name? The meaning of someone’s name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface.

    Jesus says in Luke 10:18, “…I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

    The Hebrew Strongs word (H1299) for “lightning”: “bârâq” (baw-rawk)

    In Isaiah chapter 14, verse 14, we read about Lucifer (Satan) saying in his heart:

    “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”

    In the verses in Isaiah that refer directly to Lucifer, several times it mentions him falling from the heights or the heavens. The Hebrew word for the heights or heavens used here is Hebrew Strongs 1116: “bamah”–Pronounced (bam-maw’)

    In Hebrew, the letter “Waw” or “Vav” is often transliterated as a “U” or “O,” and it is primarily used as a conjunction to join concepts together. So to join in Hebrew poetry the concept of lightning (Baraq) and a high place like heaven or the heights of heaven (Bam-Maw), the letter “U” or “O” would be used. So, Baraq “O” Bam-Maw or Baraq “U” Bam-Maw in Hebrew poetry similar to the style written in Isaiah, would translate literally to “Lightning from the heights.” The word “Satan” in Hebrew is a direct translation, therefore “Satan.”

    So when Jesus told His disciples in Luke 10:18 that He beheld Satan fall like lightning from heaven, if this were to be spoken by a Jewish Rabbi today influenced by the poetry in the book of Isaiah, he would say these words in Hebrew–the words of Jesus in Luke 10:18 as, And I saw Satan as Baraq O Bam-Maw.

    The names of both of Obama’s daughters are Malia and Natasha. If we were to write those names backward (the devil does things in reverse) we would get “ailam ahsatan”. Now if we remove the letters that spell “Alah” (Allah being the false god of Islam), we get “I am Satan”. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    Obama’s campaign logo when he ran in 2008 was a sun over the horizon in the west, with the landscape as the flag of the United States. In Islam, they have their own messiah that they are waiting for called the 12th Imam, or the Mahdi (the Antichrist of the Bible), and one prophecy concerning this man’s appearance is the sun rising in the west.

    “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.'” (Revelation 14:6-7)

    Why have the word’s of Jesus in His Gospel accounts regarding His death, burial, and resurrection, been translated into over 3,000 languages, and nothing comes close? The same God who formed the heavens and earth that draws all people to Him through His creation, likewise has sent His Word to the ends of the earth so that we may come to personally know Him to be saved in spirit and in truth through His Son Jesus Christ.

    Jesus stands alone among the other religions that say to rightly weigh the scales of good and evil and to make sure you have done more good than bad in this life. Is this how we conduct ourselves justly in a court of law? Bearing the image of God, is this how we project this image into reality?

    Our good works cannot save us. If we step before a judge, being guilty of a crime, the judge will not judge us by the good that we have done, but rather by the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of justice, how much more a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?

    God has brought down His moral laws through the 10 commandments given to Moses at Mt. Siani. These laws were not given so we may be justified, but rather that we may see the need for a savior. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has put in each and every one of us, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, murder, and so forth.

    We can try and follow the moral laws of the 10 commandments, but we will never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh about 2,000 years ago in the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by fulfilling the law, living a sinless perfect life that only God could fulfill.

    The gap between us and the law can never be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, through faith in Him, He will pull us up being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if someone steps in and pays our fine, even though we are guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let us go free. That is what Jesus did almost 2,000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood.

    For God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). This is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it pleased God to crush His only begotten Son.

    This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. If that wrath was poured out on us, we would all perish to hell forever. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son whose soul could not be left in Hades but was raised and seated at the right hand of God in power.

    So now when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), God no longer sees the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling in us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death–now being conformed into the image of the heavenly man in a new nature, and no longer in the image of the fallen man Adam.

    Now what we must do is repent and put our trust and faith in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins, and to receive His Holy Spirit that we may be born again (for Jesus says we must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God–John chapter 3). This is not just head knowledge of believing in Jesus, but rather receiving His words, taking them to heart, so that we may truly be transformed into the image of God. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but rather turn from our sins and practice righteousness through faith in Him in obedience to His Word by reading the Bible.

    Our works cannot save us, but they can condemn us; it is not that we earn our way into everlasting life, but that we obey our Lord Jesus Christ:

    “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” (Hebrews 5:9)

    “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’

    Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’

    And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.'” (Revelation 21:1-8).

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