- Frame: Get a “medium duty frame”, in other words, not too heavy or too light. And “make sure you get fit properly on your new bike so that your body can generate power for you”. In many places, bikes are treated with a one size fits all mentality. But a slight change in one dimension has ripple effects that you can notice in other areas of the riding experience. Kid sized bikes are definitely not adult bikes.
- Gearing: Get a “practical trekking crank with wide range cassette” for efficient power transfer.
- Wheels: Get “reasonably fast touring tires inflated to an optimal pressure.” Probably the single most important piece of advice. If you haven't noticed, mountain bike tires are slow!
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