By Ellen Perez Brantley

Ladies, you want to try something you’ve never done? An adventure is waiting. When was the last time you rode a bike? Among one of my most favorite sports is mountain biking. Mountain biking is a sport which consists of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain where trees, rocks, branches, and even puddles or streams may cross the path.

MTB’s are more rugged then other bikes and are known for their knobby tires, which help grip that type of ground. This is why the sport is so fun. There are surprises around every turn and you have to stay alert and ready for any obstacle.

I haven’t always been a mountain biker, but when I realized how exciting it really was, I got obsessed with it! Of course the “professional” MT bikers will tell you to invest in a pricier bike, but since I’m sure you’re not ready to enter a race or get hardcore with it anytime soon, don’t worry about price. You’ll never get out trying it or seeing if you even like the sport, if you’re wasting time saving to buy a $2000+ bike!  There are so many people that get gung-ho about biking, so they purchase a bike which ends up never ridden and taking up space in the garage. This is how my husband and I got our MTB’s.  We found a couple that were selling their “barely ever ridden” bikes and were looking to clean out their garage.

More fun to always bring a friend!

What a steal! We paid a measly $100 dollars for the set, and left feeling like we could conquer any trail with those bikes! After taking them on a few trails, we realized that we were stuck on this amazing sport. Yes, we had cheap bikes, but that didn’t stop us from traveling around to bike some great trails. We definitely had a few laughs about them, but I‘ll tell you, when we got on those trails, we passed up all those bikers with their fancy equipment!

We wore them and tore them up with our riding, but we had a great time doing it and we never expected them to last as long as they did. It was a fun inexpensive way to get out and have a great time. I loved getting out in nature, feeling the wind and sun on my face, feeling my heart beat quickly when I barely missed a tree, and testing my endurance. I felt alive! I encourage any woman reading this…if you think you can’t do it, you’re not fit enough, it’s too dangerous, JUST TRY IT!  Ride with a friend, take it slow, and have fun!

If you live in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth Metroplex, here are some trails we always had great fun on:

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve-Plano-This is about a 2 mile trail loop that we used to live really close too.  It was a quick ride with many sharp turns, slopes and hills.  If you’re a beginner, take it slow, and have fun with it!

Erwin Park Trail-McKinney– This is a 8 mile trail, that was surprisingly challenging in a different way.  It has some long stretches through fields that definitely challenge your muscular and mental endurance.  If you don’t want to get muddy, do not go during the rainy season!

helmet is a most! Wear the right safety equipment.

Northshore Trail-Flower Mound is 15-18 miles.  This was our favorite trail by far! It’s a beautiful, scenic, and challenging ride alongside Lake Grapevine.  Definitely some places you’ll have to walk your bike.  Make a day of it by bringing lunch and taking a dip in the lake!

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